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The Return Of O'Neill

The Return Of O'Neill

The Sunderland clash takes on a new facet with it being the first return to Villa Park of Martin O'Neill since he walked out on us 5 days before the start of last season.

The current site poll asks simply:

How Will You Respond To MON Returning To Villa Park?

Cheer (hero)
Booo (Judas)
Turn My Back Like He Did But Not Boo
Nothing, not bothered

It's clear from the poll that O'Neill still has his supporters here, but it's a very good split down the middle of the fanbase with those who can't stand the man.

The Forum Thread reflects the poll to be honest. A clear split down the middle between love and hate.

But what will you do?

And please remember folks, let's not try and break the swear filter please :-)

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Tuesday April 17 2012
Time: 8:33PM


personally will never forgive the man for the state he left us in. No matter which way i look at it i just cant abide by the fact that he threw his toys out of the pram in the worst way possible after huge financial backing from the manager which he was quite happy to squander away on a bench full of questionable talent on multi millions. MON gave us great times short term but at what cost will his actions have long term. Im at the game sat and will either turn my back or boo.
17/04/2012 20:55:00
All about the spiteful timing of the exit. He is and always will be a surrender monkey to me, too many White flags. Shame who we have had in since have not wiped the mon myth but re enforced it!
The fear
17/04/2012 21:06:00
Amen to that. When he was here and we looked like we could challenge the top 4 places it was all gravy, then he got rid of 3 of our best young players, started paying transfer fees for players he never intended to play and used them out of their normal positions. Understandable at times, yes, but once I remember that Reo-Coker moved to right-back from midfield and Luke Young went over to left-back.........Shorey was on the bench!!!!!! The mind boggles. He might be the saviour of Sunderland at the moment but we'll soon see what happens in a few seasons' time. At least Heskey will be happy to see him!
17/04/2012 21:07:00
I'd also like to see a banner on Saturday that says "O'Neill Out!!!!!"
17/04/2012 21:10:00
Got no time for the spineless coward at all, but more. Agree with Fear about the spiteful timing of his exit, unforgivable.
17/04/2012 21:13:00
Not sure how to react. He had 'lost' a lot of fans before he went, but we also know we wouldn't have struggled in the way we have if he had stayed. I hate that he went in such an acrimonious way, but we enjoyed some great days/nights whilst he was squandering the money that has left us in the brown stuff now. The 5 - 1 against Small Heath, semi final against Blackburn, the 3 0 victory over Sheffield Utd when the old European Cup team all turned up, beating Manure at Old Trafford, a record number of consecutive away wins. There were lows as well. Not sure I have the heart to give him stick, so will see how I feel on the day.
17/04/2012 21:55:00
Lost of all my respect in the way he behaved when he left. Not all, but a considerable amount of blame lies with him for the situation and future we find ourselves in. I think its ironic he left us for a 'bigger' club, didn't get the Chelsea or Liverpool job, not even the Newcastle or Fulham one. He's ended up at a club where we recently bought their number 1 striker!!! I won't be at the game, but if I was, I'd turn my back, and maybe boo. UTV
17/04/2012 22:14:00
Agree with most opinions, had some great times when he first arrived and he brought a sense of excitement and hope that we can only dream of right now (at least until McRelegator goes). But he soon split the fans, wasted an awful amount of money on rubbish, had us playing a lot of crappy hoofball and bought Heskey. Emile Heskey. Don't think he deserves too much stick, but he did leave us in a right mess that we've never really recovered from.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
17/04/2012 22:26:00
he left us in a good state, if they had hired another top manager we would have had plenty of continuity. Cannot believe the animosity towards martin o`neill.
17/04/2012 22:30:00
Grrrrr the man with a dog returns.
Green Villan
17/04/2012 22:56:00
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