Date: 22nd July 2006 at 3:25pm
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Former Aston Villa manager David O’Leary says he is ‘sad’ to have left Villa Park after hoping to have been the man to turn around the clubs fortunes and says he hopes to be back in a job very soon.

He told BBC Radio Five Live:

‘I’m just sad, without a doubt. You move on with life now, I wish Aston Villa all the very best.’

He also says he will jump straight back on the good ship football if the right opportunity arises, Sunderland fans are said to be quaking in their boots!


O’Leary, who also famously, or infamously managed Leeds United continued:


‘That’s this job. You get on it, you get off, and you get back on again. It’s in the blood. You get on with your life. You don’t stay in the house with your mobile phone there waiting. I’ve got plenty of invitations over the last couple of days that have come in. I’ve even been asked to go to the USPGA in Chicago. There are plenty of things for me to do – I’ve already been invited to the Ryder Cup.’

Ending ‘I hope I get a good job before any of them!’

Be interesting to see if that is all he has got to say on Villa. Graham Taylor left Villa without a pay off and spoke freely about the problems, will O’Leary do the same? Can’t say I would blame him for taking the money and running, all well and good us saying we wouldn’t but would we seriously turn down cash just to spite a former employer? Aston Villa doesn’t mean to O’Leary what it means to us. That said, his reputation has been tarnished for his time here, so maybe a parting shot or two might help him?!

I’m sure there are many people in the game and interested in the game to see what the next step for O’Leary will be. Surely his next job will be his last unless he can improve his ever worsening league positions and build decent relations with the fans and club?

 

8 Replies to “O’Leary Looking For New Challenge”

  • Deadly Doug done it again, shame another sleeping giant who’s not allowed to wake up. If you wanna change direction you need to change the driver I’m afraid. COYS

  • And DOL’s reward for failing at Villa is ….. Sunderland! Hard to see where he’ll go after that. Probably down the dole que with Souness.

  • His reputation and standing within the game has got to be at all time low right now. Its not going to be easy for O’Leary to pick up the pieces.

  • You have to pity Sunderland if that’s where he ends up. Relegation from the EPL, then DOL turns up as your new manager. Nightmare! I read a quote from the same interview with BBC, where he said that he had signed a confidentiality agrrement with Villa, so

  • It looks like even Sunderland dont want him….so much so Quinny is willing to not just run the club but manage the team as well. The thought of O’dreary can be a great motivator.

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