Date: 27th April 2008 at 11:43am
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There is an article in the Sunday Telegraph today about Martin O’Neill wanting to secure long term deals with our star players in order to fend off would be suitors. However he doesn’t seem so keen to commit his long term future to the club and seems to prefer the rolling one year contract that he also had during the latter stages of his Celtic managerialship. His present deal is, apparently, up for renewal in August.

The Telegraph suggests that Randy Lerner would like MON on a longer deal but MON said:

‘I’m sure if things went all right, Randy Lerner and myself would sit down and talk about that.’

However he added, ‘It doesn’t matter if you sign for five or 10 years, you get booted out if the results don’t go for you. It makes it messier at the end of the day. Insecurity has never bothered me, it is something I quite like.’

I remember him saying at the Tom Ross Capital Gold forum (first one) that he didn’t like the idea, if he was doing badly, sitting on the bench with a massive and long contract. He said it would embarrass him. I do agree the contracts aren’t really worth the paper they are written on, however surely it would send a message to the players if the manager did commit long term?