Date: 7th February 2008 at 2:24pm
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Martin O’Neill has spoken about his shock at the resignation of CEO Richard FitzGerald and has told the Birmingham Mail it was nothing to do with him!

O’Neill told the Mail: ‘I genuinely got on very well with him. So whatever happened here, or whatever happened with regards to what he’s going on to do, it had absolutely nothing to do with me.’

He says he has no idea why Richard left and added that he will have no input as to who will replace him.

O’Neill also explained, ‘I’m running this side of events at Bodymoor Heath. I said to the owner I will take complete control of the training ground and everything to do with the playing aspect. Now sometimes there’s a crossover of responsibilities, but I’d be hoping the brand or commercial side of Aston Villa Football Club is similarly upheld. All you can do is uphold your own end. If the team are going well, I think it’s always easier to sell certain commercial activities, such as boxes, and if we’re not doing so well, it rebounds.’

He also questions whether at some point transfer negotiations etc will be done by a CEO adding, ‘That may well eventually be the case, but I don’t know exactly what Richard’s remit was in terms of those things. I want to point out I got on with him very well and I had no problems with him. In fact he helped me out a lot in some things.’

Reading between the lines, I think MON wants it known that Richard FitzGerald didn’t leave because of him!


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