Date: 23rd February 2008 at 10:52am
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Martin O’Neill ‘ain’t afraid of no ghosts’ as he says he won’t worry about players sold recently coming back to haunt him!

He told the official site: ‘There has not been a player here in normal circumstances that I would have wished to have pushed out of the door. But there are only so many players you can play at any given time and players are going to be unhappy at not being in the side. We have raised £15million from the sale of the four players so time will tell how things pan out.’

The club also have put on sell on clauses – something the previous regime woefully neglected when selling players like Peter Crouch costing Villa millions – so when/if players like Liam Ridgewell, Gary Cahill, Steven Davis, (and Luke Moore if his loan becomes permanent) are sold at a profit, Villa also benefit again.

‘I don’t sell players on the basis of being worried if people come back. I cannot sit and worry myself about players coming back to haunt me. There is a stage which players reach where if they are not going to play regularly in your side, they want to play regularly in someone else’s side.’