Date: 5th September 2007 at 5:29pm
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Hyder Jawad has spoken to former manager Dr Jozef Venglos in today’s Birmingham Post.

Dr Joe speaks of the proud history at Villa, ‘There is something about Aston Villa. Something about their history, their tradition, their stadium that makes them a great historical institution. So when I read about things changing at Villa, things getting better, about new owners, I think to myself that this club will always be great – no matter who is in charge.’

And he also backs the Villa boss saying, ‘I know Martin O’Neill and I rate him highly. It is not true to say I know him deeply but I have met him many times and I have always come away impressed by his knowledge and his human qualities. He has a big reputation among coaches in Europe. He is a good coach and a good tactician but he is most known for having the ability to bring out the best in his players.’ Also stating that O’Neill always plans for the future, ‘Judge him by what he has achieved elsewhere and you will find that he is a man who likes to build and strengthen. The planning is long-term but there will also be short-term successes.’

And on his Villa period he adds, ‘I enjoyed my time with Villa and I enjoyed working with Doug Ellis. It was only for a season, and maybe I should have gone to Villa a few years later, but I look upon my time there with a lot of good feeling.’

‘Villa are so important to me. They have always had a strong feeling for the young footballer and they do produce many of their own players.’

He also says to the Mail reporter, ‘Do you know any Villa supporters?’ (Hyder says yes) ‘Then please give them my best wishes.’

What a top bloke!! Full interview: Click Here

 

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