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Andy Gray - Villa Fans Slapped In The Face

Another of the old guard has come out against Martin O'Neill's exit saying it is a 'smack in the face' to the fans.

I'm sorry for those that don't agree but I do. He has let you fans who loved him very badly down and also let down the is proud and magnificant club down. Who walks five days before the start of a new campaign?

The former Villa striker said on Sky Sports:

'I was surprised at first, then shocked after it and then, as an ex-Villa player who cares a lot about the club, disappointed that he took the decision. It was not so much that he took the decision he did but the timing of the decision is a really strange one. It's hugely disappointing in that it's a decision that's given no thought to the Aston Villa fans. Otherwise why would you leave five days before the season starts when you've been in charge of pre-season and all your set-up play has been done, then you walk out?'

Adding, 'That's a smack in the face for Villa fans who have supported him, largely to a man, in the four years he has been there. I'm really, really disappointed and shocked by the timing of his decision.'

He also says on finances in the game: 'Martin's not alone in his frustration. But did Alex Ferguson throw his toys out of the pram when the 80million they received for Ronaldo wasn't handed to him to purchase players and storm out of Old Trafford? No he didn't. Harry Redknapp, as we all know, has been desperate to sign players all summer. Has he signed any? No he hasn't.'

Andy goes on to mention 120 million spent and that it is reasonable for a club owner to take care with the finances and do some 'housekeeping'.

The strange thing is, there has been money available just no movements have really been made this summer. All fans are getting frustrated, our club is no different. IF MON had walked in May that would have been one thing, but he chose to walk just before the season, just as the owner had left for America and just because he so obviously didn't have a care for this club or us the fans (especially you guys who were so amazingly 100% behind him)

'When you look at the bigger picture, Martin has been given something like 120million to spend in four years. That's a massive amount to have been handed in four years at the club, so I don't think anyone can accuse the chairman of not backing his manager, 100 per cent. And if Randy Lerner has decided that right now they just need to reign it in - just for a bit, maybe for half a season until January - and just steady the ship a little bit in regards to finances, then I think as a manager you have to accept it, understand it... and live with it.'

Meanwhile Big Ron told the news yesterday that Villa need to go for a 'big name' manager and although I've not seen the comments, I'm told that Curtis Davies was very clear about the way players were treated and 'frozen out'. Oh hang on, here they are on Sky Sports - Click Here

'I was shocked at Martin O'Neill going. I didn't see it coming to be honest but a lot of players have been frustrated by not having a fair crack of the whip and I'm one of them. There is no guarantee whoever comes in is going to play you or not play you. But if you feel you have got a chance, then you are happy. As long as someone who comes is fair, I am sure people will be happy. I felt I didn't have a chance.'

He adds that although it is a difficult time we have good players and says Kevin MacDonald is a 'good coach' .. 'Hopefully he has got enough time to put his stamp on it and we can pull together for him.'

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday August 11 2010

Time: 5:05PM

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and so does every other *****er let us down when they want out, barry, milner, yorke, southgate, even yourself gray! so shut your *****in fat mouth yer cock
in fairness eltoro you did get a British record fee for him. MON has just dumped you in the *****e
I'm far from a fan of Andy Gray as a pundit, but he is absolutely right in what he has said. I agree with you Fear. O'Neill has conclusively proved that he couldn't give a toss about Villa by quitting in this manner. I was pretty convinced of this truth already though, having watched his performance of a press-conference in Spring, given after the rumours that he had quit. I believe that what he said then, and what he has since done, is worse than anything O'Leary ever did - and he is an awful man himself. Even when I first began to have my doubts that O'Neill wasn't up to the job, it never occurred to me that he was not working in the best interests of the club. But I guess everyone makes mistakes.
maka4chelsea I do respect what MON has done and I think most Villa fans do. But what he wanted was to spend 30 mil a year on new players replacing them a year later. That is in the same ball park of the DOL Leeds model. That is not a way to run a club. Looking at it MON did a good job but with the money he spent any less would have been a bad job. For all I respect him I have to call it as I see it. He should be ashamed for the way he left the club. If only he had of done it at the end of last season or just hung on untill we named a replacement I would wish him all the luck in the world.
Tallaght Villan
The irony is that Villa is awash with decent players (except a decent striker and 'creative' central midfielder). The problem is MON only played around 14 players on a regular basis (sometimes only 11). Villa didn't need anybody except a decent forward, and the aformentioned midfielder. Instead, MON wanted to bring in past-it Robbie Keane and that journeyman from Celtic. Hope Davies and NRC stay. Both are decent squad players who clearly want to play (not sit on the bench and collect their wonga).
maka, as a non-villa fan, you'll probably have not focused on the fact that MON has spent nigh 120m on players in 4 seasons, had SOME success with them, but not played nearly half of them regularly. He's bought players and then played them out of position, or simply not played them at all, or they have been really really poor for us. He has to take responsibility for that. If Randy Lerner is disappointed with the financial return on players he funded and says, get some return on these before I trust you with anymore money (which he probably - and rightfully so - has lost confidence in MON). MON achieved some great things for us, but his failings were just too major for a club like us.
Remember '78 Andy my boy? Where was your loyalty then? Slapped us in the mouth, then kicked us in the wot-nots by signing for Wolverhampton Wanderers. Dont think you're qualified to comment on Mart's walk-out Andy my lad.
Ok JP; Andy Gray is a two faced malevolent media monster who's only concern is to make money and pretend he has an interest in the Villa when it suits. When in fact he couldn't be bothered at all and is just like the rest of the country in being anti-birmingham. I hope we get a good manager like Hiddink but Fear we are going to end up with Curbs or Sven. As long as Ireland comes I don't care that much. We have an excellent squad barring a few wasters and are more than capable of 6th again.
Andy Gray often talks c*%p and yes he left us for wolves but he usually defends both the villa and everton and I think genuinely has a soft spot for both clubs. Even putting all that tho one side doesn't change the fact that he's spot on. MON showed what he thought of the fans by his actions at Burnley last season when we all called for NRC. The man's a self opinionated, arragant tw*t, the interview with Lerner summed it up perfectly he thought he was bigger than the club.
Hmmmm is this the same Andy Gray that ditched his job as Villa coach to go to Sky ?

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