Date: 6th August 2008 at 5:56pm
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Cyrille Regis has backed Martin O’Neill to ‘get it right’ in the transfer market and bolster our squad with quality.

The former Villan knows O’Neill well and has nothing but praise for the man who used to manage him.

Speaking on the official site, Big Cyrille said:

‘I played for Martin and I know his style. He is a fantastic motivator. I played under him for a year when I was 37. We did a deal in seven minutes.

‘I sat down with Martin in Warwick and I was delighted to sign for him. He had taken Wycombe from non-league to a very impressive league side.

‘He had a good reputation even back then as being a super manager and it was fantastic to play for him.

‘He had also signed Simon Garner and I think we were the oldest strike partnership in the league at the time. Martin wasn’t scared of age because he knew we could do a good job.

‘I thoroughly enjoyed working with him. What stood out were his motivational skills.

‘He is super with his players but he is also disciplined as well, which is what you need. He keeps you on your toes.’

Regis thinks O’Neill has already done a fantastic job of starting the rebuild of our club and he’s sure it will continue and we will go from strength to strength.

‘He has done fantastically at Villa. He took over after a season of struggle and there has been an upward spiral since.

‘He bought in some players that raised a few eyebrows, like Ashley Young. But that has proved to be a good bit of business.

‘He is not afraid to experiment and throw youngsters in. Look at Gabby Agbonlahor and Craig Gardner. If you are professional and can do the business on the pitch, Martin is happy. He has no fear.

‘He is determined and considered in his approach to management. He is well respected and rightly so. He has had success wherever he has gone.’