August 04, 2006

What a signing!

Have our local side Aston Villa gone and pulled the transfer masterstroke of the summer? Certainly capturing the most wanted man in English football is no mean feat. I bet Villa fans can barely believe it – Martin O'Neil, a man who has turned down Newcastle and been touted as a replacement for Sir Alex at United is their new boss. Obviously Villa's location close to his home had something to do with his decsion to go fro a seemingly lesser club, but personally I think it's a marriage made in heaven. As Rob pointed out last month Villa have virtually unlimited potential and I think O'Neil has spotted that. Whereas at United, for example, he would have been under the shadow of Fergie, at Villa he only has to worry about the legacies of people like John Gregory. And of course if Ellis sells out as seems likely, he could have quite a bit of cash to splash, which can only be a good thing.

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  1. Ellis? Shell out? When’s that ever really happened?

    Also I think O’Neill is a big enough man to overcome SAF’s shadow. Liverpool managed to find managers to stand up to Shankley, Man Utd’s failure post-Busby was not to be so astute. O’Neill would be able to follow the Liverpool pattern which is why I still think he’ll be Man Utd’s next manager. A couple of years of battling Ellis would be enough to scare anyone away from Villa.

    05 Aug 2006, 00:11

  2. Dave Sheffield

    Fergie’s still not out of the shadow of Big Ron! But you must admit it was a big shadow…

    05 Aug 2006, 12:28

  3. I’m itching to get along to watch Villa this season because i am sure that O’Neill will transform the team, and should be on for at least a top ten finish. I doubt he will go to United quite yet – he’s on a three year contract at least and is a loyal man who relishes a challenge – he has just that at Villa Park

    05 Aug 2006, 16:16


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