Date: 31st December 2008 at 2:53pm
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When Martin O’Neill first came to Aston Villa he carried with him a reputation of only being able to work with so called ‘ordinary’ players and focused on getting the best out of them. Many people doubted that when he joined Villa that he’d be able to push onto the next level to manage (or even purchase) world class/champions league players, that were capable of or challenging winning any awards.

But in the usual MON style he’s quietly gone about his business and has slowly built a team of solid professionals (a term given to almost any player nowadays!) who have really started to gain a winning mentality and are capable of picking up results whilst playing poorly.

Over the past season he has managed to turn our better players (Ashley Young, Gabby, Laursen and Barry) into quality players who the neutrals and top teams are quite rightly starting to take notice of.
Its been a long since Villa have had any players that the United and Madrid’s of this world would want to poach from us, now our team has several. Add that to the fact that we are definitely not a selling club
and wont be bullied around by Europe’s elite and it shows Aston Villa really are going places.

If MON gets the players he wants over the next few transfer windows and if Milner, Davies, Guzan and Cuellar progress anywhere near like Ashley Young and Co we could end up with one hell of a starting 11.

The future is actually very bright and not just some crappy thought up PR slogan!

Happy New Year all and UTV!