Date: 15th August 2007 at 10:06am
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Shocking news. Wales and Villa right-back Mark Delaney has been forced to retire due to his knee injury.

I’m gutted for him, Villa were always a far superior team when he was involved, he led by example on the pitch and never failed to make the tackles when required, which his what led to his injuries, he never asked for or gave any quarter.

The 31-year-old said to the official site:

‘This is a very sad day for me and this is not a decision I have taken lightly. But, having taken everything into consideration, I feel this is the right decision for myself and my family.’

Martin O’Neill also had to retire earlier and explained: ‘It comes as a big shock to the system. All you’ve known for the previous ten years is just coming into train and trying to prepare for a Saturday playing the game you love. When that’s no longer there for you, it’s exceptionally difficult to take, because it is your livelihood.’

On Delaney he said: ‘Mark has tried absolutely everything. He’s put everything into getting back. He’s been dedicated, coming in here every single day. Everything he’s been asked to do, he’s done. He’s gone to the very best people and he’s tried everything. ‘

Delaney had seen the same surgeon, Dr Richard Steadman, in America who fixed Martin Laursen’s injured knee but to no avail.

Hopefully he’ll be able to come to Villa Park to say his goodbyes to the Villa faithful. Delaney wants to stay in football and will pursue coaching options. Good luck in the future Mark.


18 Replies to “Mark Delaney Forced To Retire”

  • Thanks to Mark for his tremendous service to the club. Retirement not unexpected, but still sad. A Mark Delaney of old is just the player we need now. Always rated him very highly. All the best to him in the future.

  • Maybe he would make a good manager? He could be the next Chris Coleman he’s Welsh and retuired early! Best of luck to him anyway. He made some crunching tackles at times and was always solid.

  • Feel so bad for the bloke, as has been said he picked up most of his injuries by giving his all for the Villa cause and throwing himself into challenges that others wouldn’t dare! We will miss him, but more importantly he will miss the game and I feel so bad for him.

  • A quiet achiever. Top man. Solid player. All the best MD, we missed you on Saturday, and will continue to miss you in the future. All the best mate.

  • Great RB and I thought even better Centre Half. He made some amazing appearances covering in the centre of defence.

  • Feel pretty bad for him, every week or so we would get an update on his progress and recent news had me thinking he may not be far off a return. But a decision for the best, good luck to him. If hes anythin like Keano or our own MON, retirement due to injury could lead to a knack for management. Would love to see him remain involved with Villa in some way or another in the back or in management. Hope all goes well for him either way

  • All the best in whatever the future holds, you will always be welcome back to Villa Park. Any chance you could scout a couple of right backs for us?

  • A sad day foe AVFC and for a great servant. Imho one of the best RBs in the league and will be sorely missed. I’d love to see him suceed in management, perhaps with Villa.

  • Not totally unexpected, but very sad news all the same, and obviously a crushing blow to Mark himself. Good luck to him in the future, no matter where the path of life leads him.

  • They should let him have a walk on the pitch at half time or before ko against Fulham. He deserves a decent goodbye.

  • For the commitment, effort and level of skill shown by Mark, along with his determination to get fit for the season, he deserves at least a testimonial (or somekind of tribute organised by the club would be fitting). A great player and ambassador for Aston Villa FC. Thank You and best wishes…

  • Bazzah I for one endorse your post. Took a knock for the villa when required. Cant think of anyone who deserves a testimonial more. Too good to be a pundit, leave that to the failed managers. Guts a plenty. Great example of a humble person striving for better. Could teach some of the spoilt pretty boys a lesson or 2.

  • Good luck. agree PBAVFC. he deserves a good send off. he was a player that kept his head down, and worked his socks off for the team. we MUST sign a RB NOW!

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