Date: 9th August 2010 at 4:24pm
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The club have announced that Martin O’Neill has resigned from his position of manager of Aston Villa with immediate effect.

The statement on the Official Site states that Kevin MacDonald, our second string manager, will assume the role of caretaker manager and will be preparing the lads for the season opener against Wet Spam.

Paul Faulkner added:

‘The club would like to thank Martin for the great work he has done at Aston Villa over the past four years. He has helped to establish the club in the upper echelons of the Premier League, has taken us to Wembley and we have also qualified for European competition for the past three seasons under his management. We wish him the best in the future.’

Martin parted by saying:

‘I have enjoyed my time at Aston Villa immensely. It’s obviously a wrench to be leaving such a magnificent club. I would like to pay tribute to the Villa players, my coaching staff and the Villa supporters for all the support and encouragement they have given both the club and me personally during my time as manager. I wish them all the best for the future. I will obviously be assisting the club in the immediate short-term with regard to the handover of my duties.’

No further comment will be made by either Aston Villa or Martin O’Neill until further notice.

Well wasn’t expecting that today!

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