Date: 9th August 2007 at 5:28pm
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Martin O’Neill has again whetted the appetite of the fans hinting that if we get the players he wants, he thinks Villa will be ‘very competitive’. I hope he gets them, if not these comments have a habit of coming back to haunt managers!

He said: ‘I think we’ll be competitive. If we’ve got the players in I want by the end of August, I think we’ll be very competitive. Numerically we’re down on last season but in terms of the group of players contesting first team places, I think it’s very good.’

Unless you look at competition for places in defence or goal I assume?

Adding on the official site: ‘The players have got plenty of confidence and I’m hoping confidence remains a long-standing quality through the season, regardless of what happens in the next couple of games.’

Regardless of what happens in the next few games?

‘We could get turned over by Liverpool very easily, but the overall depth of the squad will be the most important issue and that’s what we’re addressing at the minute. The better quality of player that comes to the club, the better it is for everyone.’

I’m really sorry but that is outrageous, how does that instil self belief and confidence in our players? Martin Laursen made a rallying cry the other day saying we need to start beating the top four teams, that sentence above looks more like a white flag. Sometimes it is better to say nothing surely? I hope he hasn’t been taking lessons from David O’Leary’s book of motivation and pr.

He continues: ‘I’m very hopeful we can sign some of the players who are still my first choice and I’m still very hopeful we can have a competitive squad. We’ve got a couple of weeks to sign those players.’

Explaining: ‘In an ideal world, it would have been great to have all the new signings in the week before we went to America. But I’m afraid even the very best sides are still chasing players at this minute. The problem is a lot of teams are after what we consider the best available and everyone seems to be chasing the same players.’

Oh well, we’ll see what the season brings, still looking forward to it as I always do, but not with the excitement I expected to feel with a squad full of new blood ready to do battle.

 

39 Replies to “On No, O’Neill, You Didn’t Say That?”

  • at a loss over those comments, I thought he was a great man manager, is this reverse psycology or something?! DOL was slated for saying the very same sort of thing.

  • MON is fast losing his massive support. He better star pulling a couple of rabbits out of hats, if he wants to win us back.

  • I’m losing faith, we’ve been had again.

    We’ve got chequebook O’Leary as chairman and penny pinching Ellis as manager! Or so it seems!

    Haggling over fees lost us Robbie Keane among others and it’s probably lost us a few players this summer…

  • All you morons will be chanting ” O’ Neill out” soon. You should be ashamed. DeanoVilla how can you say the O’ Neill needs to win you back? the seasons not even started!

  • I don’t think it is a moronic thing to question what is going on Dannygav. I agree we’ve not kicked a ball in anger yet and we need this season to see what MON can do, but there are those that think he is above criticism (him not included I might add) and football has always been about opinions. The internet is just a big pub table where we all sit around and argue! It would be a disaster to sack a manager now and there is no chance that will happen, but he should have been more organised this season and should be coming out with fighting talk now, not that we could easily get turned over!

  • Isn’t this stating the obvoius ? – you know wigan could say “if we get the players we want we could be competetive'” – but it is our inability to get players which is proving the stumbling block. If we had better players we would be a better team – but we don’t some 10 weeks have passed since the end of last season, only 1 player of note joing – are we really to expect 4 or 5 in 3 weeks – when clubs releasing players will have less time to sin replacements

  • i reckon those comments are a bit out of context. imagine the man speaking those words. emphasis on ‘could’ get turned over. in that sense, we ‘could’ get turned over by small heath, but it just won’t happen.

  • This is just *********. I’m sorry but get your fkn act together Villa. A FKN SUNDERLAND FAN LAUGHED AT ME TODAY. YOU’RE NOT FKN FUNNY VILLA. SORT IT OUT.

  • Dont worry you will have the last laugh at school I had a Leeds fan laugh at me and hit me because I supported a ***** club and now look where they are

  • Seeing Dannygav’s post: Strange isn’t it how the merest hint of criticism of MON brings out such abusive responses in people? Makes me wonder exactly who the ‘morons’ are.

  • Well put JF. I applaud him clearing out all the “dead-wood”, a little premature in my view; I would have preferred him to keep a few of those that played last season until he at least got better quality replacements for them (partic Ridge and Hughes). The exodus of the other 6 was good and prudent management. He’s never disguised the fact that he’s an “old school manager” and will therefore “watch the pennies” and will therefore try to get the best deal for the Club, wherever he can. We can’t change that and I suspect that Lerner will respect and support him in this. It is clear that he has given a great deal of thought to his options for assembling a top-4 squad within the time-frame of the Club’s 5 year plan. The option to try to buy success by splashing money arounf to buy success has obviously been dismissed. So it has to be PlanB, ie a la Matt Busby at Man U 40 years ago. He’s also a realist and brutally honest. So his comments will not always be what we would like to hear – but make no mistake he’ll do everything possible to get the best out of his squad on Saturday; of that, I have no doubt whatsoever.

  • In a matter of a summer we have gone from being some of the most hopeful fans in the country to the most pessimistic and these comments are not going to turn people around again. I’m sorry MON but you have made a big mistake with these comments. The transfer window has gone extremely badly and I would be very surprised if things improve. I’m just waiting for MON to take off his mask and reveal DOL, these are comments that you would have attributed to him

  • Am trying to be hopeful but some of the people on here are turning me but am more hopeful then I as 2 months ago but losing alot of players even though most of them were not good enough makes me wanna bite my nails because I thin about 4 of them where in the first team last year and we only got 2 to replace them so far

  • ARE YOU PEOPLE BEING SERIOUS???? THE SEASON HASN’T EVEN BEGUN FOR GOD’S SAKE!!!! I HAVE NEVER SEEN SUCH A LUDICROUS OVER-REACTION IN ALL MY LIFE. THE SEASON BEGINS ON SATURDAY AND LASTS UNTIL NEXT MAY. FOR THOSE WHO “HAVE LOST FAITH” AND ARE COMPARING MON TO THE PREVIOUS MANAGER… ARE YOU THE SAME MORONS WHO BOO OUR OWN PLAYERS AND SING NON-STOP ABOUT HATING BLUES? THE SUNDERLAND FAN LAUGHED AT YOU? POOR BABY….. GO AND SUPPORT THEM IF IT HURTS YOUR FEELINGS……WE’LL SEE WHO IS LAUGHING BY THIS TIME NEXT YEAR. WE DON’T HAVE “AN INABILITY TO GET PLAYERS” – WE JUST WANT THE RIGHT ONES. APPARENTLY SOME OF YOU FEEL THAT BECAUSE WE HAVE A RICH OWNER THAT WE SHOULD GO OUT AND GET ANY OLD AVAILABLE PLAYER. I AM AT A LOSS FOR WORDS ON JUST HOW UNBELIEVABLY NARROW-MINDED PEOPLE CAN BE…..

  • You go girl!! gmvillan-as a matter of interest do you have any opinion on the pre-season planning and transfer activity?

  • MON has said some strange things this summer, I dont think he expected it to be this tough to get players, resting on laurels perhaps?

  • jonah, I was not being abusive. I just think that these articles are pointless. The transfer window is still open and the season is yet to start. People are losing their heads for no reason. For the record I am delighted that we have O’ Neill and honestly think he is one of the best managers in the game today. If i am wrong then so be it. However, the time to judge him is at the end of the season. Not now. Oh and be careful what you wish for.

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