Date: 22nd May 2006 at 3:02pm
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Aston Villa captain Olof Mellberg has said that Villa cannot take next season for granted and says that changes are needed to make sure the clubs fortunes are turned around.

The Sweden international told the official site:

‘We’ll get nowhere unless we work hard to change things.’

‘It’s possible to do what teams like Everton have done in recent seasons, but you can’t just expect it, talk about it and hope for it to happen. It’s just hard work. We’ve all got to look at the season as a disappointment – not only because of where we finished in the league, but also our performances weren’t good enough. I said many times that the league table doesn’t lie. There are 38 games, you can be unlucky in a game, but there are 37 games left to put it right. So it doesn’t really lie in the end.’

More promisingly – following whispers that he is unhappy and will look for a move after the World Cup – he says:

‘I’m more determined than ever to bounce back next season. It’s all down to hard work, to try to change things. We can’t just go on trying to do the same things, we’ve got to try to improve, get better and try to change things. Maybe it won’t take huge changes, but we definitely need to improve and work hard to change things around.’


6 Replies to “Villa Skipper Wants Changes”

  • Doesn’t like to state the obvious either does he?! Olof, just get your form back up to scratch, stop opening your mouth (it usually doesn’t work talking to the media!), and win us some games! Make the Villa more than just “Pride/King of the Midlands”.

  • I think unless he improves we should give the captincy to Barry as he leds the team well.

  • A fully fit, focused, back to form Olof Mellberg would indeed be a big plus, but I still have my doubts as to whether he’ll be playing his football at Villa Park next season. No doubt we’ll find out the answer to that after the World Cup. I dont think tha

  • The problem with giving the armband to Barry, which I actually agree with, is how do you strip it from Mellberg without upsetting and therefore unsettling the guy?

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