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Interesting - Lambert Took O'Neill Advice On Villa

Interesting bit from the press conference, Lambert confirms he did speak to Martin O'Neill.

This might at last put pay to the talk that MON is anti the Villa and the board etc.

(Note to self, stop getting so angry re: MON now! LOL)

He says MON was very complimentary about the Club and encouraged.

Very interesting.

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday June 6 2012

Time: 1:15PM

Your Comments

You can't post this, it doesn't go with the agenda!!!!!!!!! ;-D Naughty boy, not Messiah.
Fear, it would take a lot more than some compliments abour our club by O'Neill for me to change my mind about him. As far as I am concerned he is a very big part of what happened to the Villa over the past two seasons. Anyway enough on him, great to have Paul Lambert unvailed, now hoopefully we will be closerr to the top 6 than the bottom 6. COTVABU
irish villa
agree Irish Villa, but I want to get over my anger so that goes some way to heal! lol To be fair, he's gone, dont care about him, I'm well up for this new chapter ... going to ignore last season totally! lol

444, think MON was the last person you liked wasn't he?!?! ;-p (You know I'm joking hopfully!)
The Fear
LOL Fear, just waiting for you or Mike to bite mate. Know loads of people who've met him at Wycombe and no-one had a bad word to say. Same with Lambert although he's a bit drier/doesn't like the sound of his own voice compared to MON!!!
Fear, going to dao as you suggest forget MON, forget the past two seasons especially last year and look forward to happier days being a Villa fan. COTVABU
irish villa
I'm excited already.
chocolate teapot
lol, you know me 444, I don't bite really, just the odd bark! ;o))

agree Irish Villa, I'm fed up being angry, any player that stays I want to give a clean slate and all that jazz. How long will that last then!? LOL
The Fear
MON would recommend, we give generous payouts to departing managers.
Can't see how MON could be negative towards us a club. We gave him total control and a lot of money to spend, surely that's what any manager would dream of? Its his fault the 80m squad (net spend over 5 years) he assembled was not actually worth anything near that.
Have to agree son_of....MON was like a kid in the proverbial sweet shop - never had the sort of money available before (even at Celtic) and just got totally carried away. Had Deadly been in situ instead of Randy, he might not have got away with one or two of the signings. But letting players come in for huge fees and wages (Reo-Coker, for example) and letting them go for nothing, well surely the board have to take a long hard look at themselves. In any event, it's done now, let's hope the board have learned from their mistakes and give Paul Lambert the backing he needs, and let's hope Lambert is a bit more transfer-savvy than O'Neill was. That way, we might sign one or two decent players and actually win a few matches.
I've never accused MON of anti-Villa (perish the thought), I was wounded when he left us in the manner he did, I've called him a BLEEP and he could have done things much better here but it never crossed my mind that he didn't like Villa, from what I can remeber he always complements us.
Green Villan
Nice to have been a fly on that wall.
Would rather not keep talking about that bloke from the past who abandond his responsibilities and left us in the mire, it's all about here and now for me and Lambert looking forward to the new season and supporting my club UTV!
aslong as he didnt give financial advise
3 excellent years under MON, thoroughly enjoyed that time so can't hate the bloke. Maybe we will fund out what really happened one day.
General Disarray
I agree with the General. Its all very well throwing out the hate against MON and to a certain extent I agree with the comments. However if you think about it for a moment, the guy walked out on us and we ended up paying him compensation presumably so it didn't go to court for breach of contract? Makes you think about exactly what the breach involved and why we felt we had to cough up? Makes me suspect MON had a reasonable case.
Matt B
It was a settlement at a tribunal. We owed MON monies due to clauses but didn't want to pay compo for him walking out, but he didn't get everything he wanted and neither did the club. It was settled with both sides winning certain arguments. IF O'Neill had that strong a case for dismissal why would he have settled? He wouldn't have, just in the same way the club wouldn't have settled if they were convinced they didn't owe him a penny.

Remember the arbitration panel didn't 'rule', so we don't know who may have had the stronger arguments, both parties settled at a comfortable medium for each to bring it to an end.
Agreed Mike - but without knowing the precise details of the clauses then its really difficult to say exactly what went on. MON may have had a case but viewed it was better to take a settlement rather than risk getting nothing in a court case and end up paying costs? I'm not an MON apologist but I just don't think we know the full story yet. Certainly there were some shocking decisions in terms of wages and contracts during that period and we're now paying the price. As for who is to blame, I suspect it's probably a combination of RL's naivity and MONs poor judgement. Ultimately the owner of the club sets the framework for the manager not the otherway round.
Matt B
Nice to know O'Neil didn't put the dampeners on it anyway.....
Pride of Lions
MON walked because Lerner brought in a CEO to run things, Faulkner. He was then asked to move on players that weren't being used and cut the outrageous wage bill before he brought anyone else in. He walked because he had lost control of the purse strings and knew he was unable to put it right.. as a club though, he knows how great the setup and staff are, Lambert can better him and he knows it, so he wouldn't want to shatter the self promoted egotistical myth about himself by slagging us off, he will encourage him and then claim some sort of glory for it later down the years. UTV
MON's tribunal was to protect his CV and nothing else, he received a years wage as a settlement, but it wasn't about money, it was about his ego.

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