Would Martin O’Neil really walk out on Villa?

by Mystical Mike

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

If radio and internet reports are correct then Martin O’Neil has quit as Aston Villa manager.

It had been reported that O’Neill had decided to end his four-year reign at Villa Park following disagreements with Randy Lerner, over his transfer budget for next season.

Odds were slashed from 66-1 to 7-1 for O’Neil to be the next Premier League manager to go.

O’Neil spent heavily in the summer signing Stephen Warnock, Richard Dunne, Fabian Delph, James Collins and Habib Beye. 12 million was made from the sale of Gareth Barry to Champions League rivals Manchester City.

Despite the signings, many Villa fans had questioned O’Neil’s ambition for the club not to mention the quality of the new players

A loss of form, and O’Neil’s refusal not to rotate his squad could have something to do with the decision.

If the rumors are true, who would you like to see replace him?

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  • Anon

    Nobody because it isn’t true, it’s fabricated.

    Besides nobody could replace O’Neill because he is a quality manager and my club wouldn’t benefit in any form if he left.

  • dexylongshot

    no smoke!

  • Matt Quinn

    To be honest, I am torn. I think he is the best thing to happen to us for years. And then it gets really confusing for me. I think villa have some of the more fickle fans in the league (I hate that o’leary was right about something) and I think this could force oneill to leave. However I honestly feel he has taken villa as far as he can- hence my confusion.

    He appears to have little real tactical nous and struggles to make game
    changing substitutions. His stubborness in constantly selecting certain players (cuellar at right back) has held us back. This season we have never really played what you would call good football. We only seem to threaten from set pieces rather than open play. A lot of fans seem to think that a goal poacher would set this right. I disagree. We need a complete overhaul of our attacking style. Playing it out to the wings for Ashley young to swing a cross in is great but we need a plan B- a central midfielder with genuine vision and craft… And this is where I feel oneill falls down. His type of player generally does not appear to fit in with this mould. So I am confused.

    Times are good at villa but with oneill I feel we have hit a ceiling. I am happy to maintain these league finishes/cup runs to be honest- but perhaps with a more pleasing style of football. If we replace oneill we may push on further or we may drop like a stone. It’s a difficult one. I love oneill but I can see he is not without his faults. Hmmmmm.

  • Chris Curtis

    Matt Quinn, I agree with almost all of your points. The one question I have is, who would you replace O’Neill with? I cannot see one manager that is proven to be better than O’Neill, that is available that would WANT to come to Villa

  • http://gmx Mark Bennett

    Matt Quinn, absoloutly spot on mate, but we’ve waited long enough now and times at villa should’nt be good, they should be great. It does’nt matter which site you go on, the majority of fans think the same, appart from a few die hard MON fans. However my question is, that if we the fans can see where the problems are, then why can’t he????

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