The manager is having to stick up for the Chairman and new owner despite nothing happening!
That is the one problem with not talking to the press and being clear, rumours start and those rumours become ‘fact’ as they make print.
O’Neill commented on one strange question: ‘There’s work being done in the background – but who knows whether that materialises or not? I think the chairman wants to do something, no doubt about that. I was asked a question last week, about Randy Lerner failing to come up with the promises. Excuse me – there has been no time to do that because there’s been no period to do anything. And actually it’s not true because he was the one, coming in very late, who said: ‘Let’s try to get James Milner.’ after we’d signed Stiliyan Petrov.’
‘I might not be able to get the quality of player in January – that’s my only concern. The rest does not concern me.’
I can understand people being sceptical or sitting on the fence and waiting to see, we’ve had so many promises over the years from the previous regime that now people want to see action – and in my belief we’ve seen about as much action as possible judging by the transfer window closing just at the point O’Neill and Randy rolled into town – but I’m not sure I can understand some of the negativity or the suggestion that Randy hasn’t fulfilled his promises.
Do we really think Randy, or indeed Martin O’Neill, who is a canny bugger, would go to the press and say we’ve got £x to spend and thus inflate any potential transfer targets price by 50%?