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Villa View: Martin O'Neill's Now Tainted

Villa View: Martin O'Neill's Now Tainted

Media mogul and all round good egg Jonny Gould has blogged on the MON situation. I'm trying to convince him to blog on Vital Villa a little more at the moment!

I thought I'd be less angry with Martin O'Neill a day after he quit Aston Villa but to walk out five days before the start of a new season marks him out as nothing more than a saloon bar firebrand.

When the story emerges as to why he's quit, it'd better not be about lack of funds. He's spent a mindnumbing £120million at Villa Park over four years!

His decision shows scant regard for anyone else but himself. What about his backroom team? the players he nurtured, the fans, the board, the owner? Honestly, if we knew back then how his tenure would end, would we have bothered with him in the first place?

At the news conference when he arrived, he talked on a grandiose scale - even dreaming of European glory. We thought we had a strategist, a clear thinker, someone who would use guile and experience to build from bottom up. With John Robertson at his side, even a sprinkling of the Clough and Taylor magic.

What a huge disappointment he's turned out then.

It's the end of his orchestrated attempt to leave Villa Park because he knew full well he didn't have it in him to keep up with the rest. That he chooses to leave five days before the start of a new season seems designed to cause the club maximum damage.

In this interview I did with him at pre-season exactly a year ago, it's so current you'd think this was a few days back. It proves he knew about the club's finances even then: Click Here (... half way down the page )

Set to one aside the volatile behaviour of a man with the capacity to walk out of a multi-million pound a year job and the responsibility that goes with it: who will come in as replacement with five days to go?

Let's face it; part of a football manager's multi million pound salary is paid on the basis that every job threatens to ruin reputation and career.

A big name at a big club with a lesser financial punch must roll with the punches, manage within his means - and keep his malcontent strictly in house. If this is really about selling James Milner and Ashley Young, okay it's frustrating. But so are three successive sixth placed finishes when we looked like making the Champions League each Christmas.

He started destabilising the club last season with public talk of a lack of funds, precipitating dressing room disquiet, so building a queue of clubs to turn the heads of our best players.

It's entirely O'Neill's fault that Milner and Young are transfer targets. If he'd shown a modicum of personal stability, we'd be the team to watch this season.

Chairmen of other clubs beware: if you really have a long-term plan to put in place, don't choose O'Neill to manage your football club.

Mr G's blog:

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Writer:Jonny Gould
Date:Wednesday August 11 2010
Time: 11:58AM


certainly a massive split in the fans opinions. Only thing that will quell this is for the right man to be appointed to replace MON and the results to go our way. If not, it is going to be all out war!
The Fear
11/08/2010 12:00:00
Couldn't agree more, I haven't been happy with MON for quite some time now. Under his stewardship, we were going nowhere. Yes it was better than it was, but there was little chance of that ever improving. We played some boring football with players out of position and we were never going to sign a 'bums on seats' signing under him either.....get the right man in and as far as I'm concerned, Martin O'who? That said, somebody I know who works at Birmingham airport said he saw Sven getting off a Paris flight today......oh God.
11/08/2010 12:23:00
"I'm trying to convince him to blog on Vital Villa a little more at the moment!" If this is the standard of his writing and thought processes please don't bother.
11/08/2010 13:14:00
@eltoro, IMHO you exagerate. If your boss only expected what other bosses expect, value for money and to earn your wage, you would stop, and I would too! Lerner was not expecting anything unusual, just common sense, O'Neill has had 120 M already, all he was asking was to reduce the wages bill and sell off players that were just warming the bench! *simples* If that is too much to be expected then MON is not up to the job. Did Sir Alex walk when he wasnt allowed to spend the Ronaldo money? NO, he showed charactor and got on with the job!
11/08/2010 14:40:00
ah right AllanW, so if the article doesn't match your view, you don't like it, got it. :o)
The Fear
11/08/2010 20:07:00
Well you may think that Fear but it doesn’t make it true :) I dislike that article because it misrepresents the facts (“He started destabilising the club last season with public talk of a lack of funds, precipitating dressing room disquiet”), makes wild accusations that don’t stand up to a moments’ scrutiny (“It's entirely O'Neill's fault that Milner and Young are transfer targets.”) and is written not with ink but with bile extracted directly from his stomach (“Chairmen of other clubs beware: if you really have a long-term plan to put in place, don't choose O'Neill to manage your football club.”). None of which traits make an edifying spectacle on your site. The fact that Gould positions his hysterical rhetoric one step up from the tabloid press doesn’t take it out of the gutter mate.
11/08/2010 22:16:00
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