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Martin O'Neill's Signings For Villa

An interesting post from McGrath4Pope in the forum: MON's Signings >> Click Here

The imminent return of O'Neil this weekend has stirred up a lot of feelings - positive and negative. One of the biggest arguments on here seems to be to what extent did O'Neil waste the support afforded to him by Randy. I've seen claims that the majority of the signings were successes and so have decided to waste some time at work rating them and offering my opinion for what it's worth!

Signings have been thought of in context of price and special circumstances i.e. swapping Baros/Carew, selling Cahill to bring in Zat Knight etc...

I've divided them into 5 categories - Great, Good, Average, Poor, Disaster.

Great: Stylian Petrov, John Carew, Ashley Young, Brad Friedel, James Milner

Good: Luke Young, Stewart Downing, James Collins

Average: Chris Sutton, Phil Bardsley, Nigel Reo-Coker, Brad Guzan, Carlos Cueller, Richard Dunne

Poor: Shaun Maloney, Marlon Harewood, Curtis Davis, Nicky Shorey, Fabian Delph, Stephen Warnock.

Disaster: Didier Agathe, Gabor Kiraly, Wayne Routledge, Moustapha Salifou, Zat Knight, Scott Carson, Steve Sidwell, Emile Heskey, Habib Beye

Looking at that to me really confirms he did what he does best - get an average team to overachieve - so good job. However, he spent far more than average transfer fees to assemble these players plus astronomical wages. He also inherited the quality of Laursen, Olof, Barry and Bouma to initially build upon.

In light of this, plus his disgusting behaviour in leaving us, I can't understand some of the continued hero worship to be found on this site.

Forum thread: Click Here



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:McGrath4Pope
Date:Thursday April 19 2012
Time: 3:48PM

Comments

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love these sort of debates! lol For me Carew could have been and should have been a great, he could have been our Drogba, but he wasn't as interested or dedicated as he should have been imho.
The Fear
19/04/2012 15:52:00
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Good grief when will you lot let history stay history? He's gone, he;s moved on and so should you.
Spursex
19/04/2012 15:53:00
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He isn't history, he is part of Villa, we still have some of his players, we still have a lot of his spending to make up for and we are worse since he's gone and he returns this weekend. How is that history? We'll discuss what we wish on the Villa site thank you sir! ;o)
The Fear
19/04/2012 15:59:00
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Spursex, he's coming back for the first time, that's why
Jongekki
19/04/2012 15:59:00
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He's a poisonous self obsessed egotistical jibber jabber talking fool .... he did ok but no better than David Moyes did and does at Everton on a fifth of the spend .......
astonmilan
19/04/2012 16:21:00
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You have to remember that you do not see things as they are. You see things as you are. For someone (like me) who thinks O'Neill did a good job at VP the classifications would be completely different. Zat Knight, for example, was useless but was sold on at a profit, as was Maloney. Bardsley, Carson and Kiraly were only loan deals. Dunne, Guzan, NRC and Cuellar I would classify as 'good'. I could go on. The point is that these are just my opinions. Your opinions are different. They 'prove' nothing. 'Comment is free. Facts are sacred.'
chocolate teapot
19/04/2012 16:28:00
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Carew great? Big, unquestionably.
144wittonlane
19/04/2012 16:34:00
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Cueller average?, everyone knows he our best defender. Warnock under O'Neil was good same for Dunne, but have both been average since he left. Guzan looks good, especially when he had a run in the 1st team.
Carew AV Legend
19/04/2012 16:35:00
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I disagree that Knight was a disaster... ok, he wasn't great on the pitch, but he did ok given he was our 4th choice CB at the time, and i'll never forget that goal he scored that got us back to 2-2 with arsenal. But mainly because we sold him for more than what we paid! Average i think.
thorpyuk
19/04/2012 16:39:00
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agree Mr Teapot, that is why I love these debates, we all see the same games so differently! Same with players and managers. Be dull if not!
The Fear
19/04/2012 16:40:00
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