Date: 30th October 2006 at 2:05pm
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Martin O’Neill has re-stated that he would sign a long term deal at Villa but even with the rolling contract, he says he is here for the long term.

No contract worries for O’Neill

The official site are carrying the transcript of the Capital Gold forum evening where O’Neill said:

‘If it happened I would be delighted to sign but contracts these days are not worth the paper they are written on. It is not worth a jot because if you want to get rid of me, you will. I not into worrying about whether I have got four years left because if I am doing hopelessly it would be embarrassing to be sitting on that length of time. That has never been my scene. As a player I signed four one year contracts, always thinking life would be better the next year. The contract at Celtic didn’t matter, it was a handshake to Dermot Desmond saying that if I wanted to leave, I go.’

‘I am here now and am genuinely going to put everything into it and if it works I will be delighted. If I make an absolute horlicks it will not be through the lack of trying. In my time in management, I think that the number of years I have spent at football clubs speaks for itself. ‘I spent five years at Wycombe and every single year people were telling me: ‘You’ve got no ambition’. Then I went to Norwich for six months and couldn’t get on with the chairman at the time. Then I spent five years at Leicester City and five years at Celtic. I’m hoping that that number of years I have spent at football clubs in the past might be enough for me to say I am in this for the long term.’

Adding: ‘The one thing I want to keep going though is the feelgood factor. The supporters are definitely passionate about the club, and that is really important. I am not asking for ten years, what I want is a bit of time because I know that things can happen here. That is my genuine viewpoint despite me clouding it by bringing expectations down. I am really excited by the job. I genuinely love coming to work.’

 

15 Replies to “Villa Boss Looking For Time”

  • martin stay 4 life,u r the man.maybe not this year or the following but soon villa will be back were we belong,challenging 4 trophies so have all the time u want!

  • Surely it is only realistic to recognize that it is going to take a few seasons to get back to a challenging position again. None of the Premiership teams, with one exception perhaps, was built overnight.

    Perhaps the question is: what is the real targ

  • Managing expectations was always going to be the key. This site has spoken about the apathy amongst fans with many critical as to why only 30K turned up against Fulham. MON is no mug when he speaks of a feelgood factor. We have lost many fans due to du

  • I expect Martin to really surprise us with a few of the players he brings in – in January. Top drawer and some unknowns who’ll do the business but please not Heskey. Keane would be good. We haven’t had a manager this good since Atko, who to be fair was a

  • I look forward to the possibility of MON becoming our Fergie (obviously a better tempered version of) Gazvilla the lengths the PR people are going to speak for themselves, its nice to feel the atmosphere at the moment, I don’t even know that many fans who

  • Yes, rebuilding this club following the decline of the previous regimes era is going to take patience and time. In MON and the new owner and boardroom, you have to feel and believe that the right experts are at the helm. It will need to be a gradual proce

  • UTV. Also, not Damien Dunn either steff_the_villain ;-). What do you think of investing in youth and bringing Nathan Tyson from Notts Forest for the future…..?

  • I wonder if when the Manager decides to leave Aston Villa will it be 5 or 10 even 15 years? I have a sneaky feeling it will have been the most successful manager we have ever had, like his previous clubs, green hoopies and the crisp munchers he will fore

  • The crunch will come when England or Man Utd make an approach for him! Lets hope he turns them down flat!

  • The single biggest factor for the future of our club is ………….. us, the fans. If all things remain equal then M’ON and Randy are here for the long term. We have the opportunity of building a real football dynasty. It is not going to happen this sea

  • Voiceoftheholte you have said it in spades. What a brilliant exposition of our needs and our aims as supporters.
    Yes, we have had to spend too long moaning and complaining about the previous incumbent of Randy’s chair and yes, it will take some time for

  • VOTH, what can I say, spot on. had to wipe a tear from my eye. Doogie believe what you are saying, and think that MON has enough integrity not to vanish at the first sniff from the FA or ManUre. Can we have more fans like these please. nice to have a lift

  • Koolbill youth is good, our academy proves that. but I must admit Tyson is looking good. I think MON can spot a star in the making, we’ll see soon enough. UTV

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