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Reading the story about MoN just having a 12 month rolling contract has started me worrying even more that he might be on the way to Man Utd.
Worst case scenario - we don't make the Champions League, Barry (and maybe others) leave, and we end up being the team we have been for so many years - mid-table and occasionally fighting for relegation. Everyone would start calling for MoN's blood and that would be it.
The rotten thing is that MoN would (in my opinion) be perfect for United. Imagine him with that squad and a practically unlimited budget.
If I was the manager and got an offer of the job at Old Trafford I'm afraid I wouldn't think twice.
Randy Lerner has to give MoN a top contract and try to get him tied to the club long term. I know that contracts are there to be broken if the money is right, but I think it's essential that the club show MoN how important he is for us.
Anyone got any thoughts?
I am not worried about martin o`neill leaving villa..... we might get a manager that plays players in the correct positions....reo coker at right back is a laff a minute....luke young should be there with nicky shorey down the left doesnt take a genius......emile heskey was a waste of money, my granny could do better than him....another thing is why did martin o`neill enter the inter toto cup when he knew our squad is not big enough and in the end gave up in the end on europe the man is a joke,,,,,,,i am not getting on o`neills back because of our recent run of bad results, it is just he makes some stupid decisions.........
"Worst case scenario - we don't make the Champions League, Barry (and maybe others) leave, and we end up being the team we have been for so many years - mid-table and occasionally fighting for relegation. Everyone would start calling for MoN's blood and that would be it. "
In all honesty, I'll strike-through above paragraph as it's baseless given Villa's failure to register a single win in their last 7 outing and replace it with below version:
Worst case scenario - Everton finished in 5th place above Villa (don't laugh it could happen because Everton have a far easier run-in in comparison), Barry (and maybe others) leave, and we end up being the team we have been for so many years - mid-table and occasionally fighting for relegation. Everyone would start calling for MoN's blood and that would be it.
Now, that's better.
More closer to reality than daydreaming about the Champions League which isn't going to happen for Villa this season, Villa's squad is too thin on the ground and lack the wherewithal to achieve it anyway. I know people don't like to hear it but that's the truth.
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I wouldn't say Villa don't have what it takes to make the champions league, but i do think the Gunners are hitting form at the right time and are the more likley to claim 4th place.
I think Arsenal have had an unusually bad season, you've just got to look at the injurys they've had for the reason. Arshavin seems to have hit the ground running.
Maybe the Villa players are letting the pressure of expectance get to them, but there a team that deserve respect no matter who there playing, either domestic or in Europe.
As for MoN i think ferggie will be around for a while yet he's like a dog with a bone, but yea MoN would be perfect for that position if it ever opened up. He done great things at Celtic, and has done well at Villa, but he reminds me of a honourable man who would stand by his word or his contract.
I thinks this season's run in is going to be pivotal in our short term future. I too think MON is a great manager but I have been critical of certain decisions. I also fear that he may walk away at some point which would be a great loss.
I have expressed many an opinion on this board about Gareth Barry and at the risk of reopening that debate I find this all incredible. The whole drive of the manager and the club at times seems to be geared around how we keep one player happy and at the club. He is a class player, but he really needs to commit or be allowed to leave and MON be given the proceeds to rebuild.
I agree about United but as Fergie is showing no signs of retiring I think we are OK for a little while on that score. I think the Champions League thing is slipping away from us now and that will make for difficult summer for the club as a whole, because of the actions taken in recent weeks what should be celebrated as a good season is in danger of appearing as failure.
I just hope for once we actually build on a promising season instead of lurching into the boom and bust that we seem to have done for as long as I have been supporting the club. There's no getting away from the fact that it is 13 years since we won anything, and we sit at a crossroads that will test the ambitions of the owner. Next season will be tougher, Arsenal won't be this bad again, Man City will not be far away nor will Everton, we will need to invest heavily just to stand still, with or without Champions League money.
Time will Tell!!
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Villaman - I agree with you (I must be getting old)!
The only point I would make is that Barry IS that important to the team. We'll never agree about liking Barry but the team does revolve around him. Quite simply - without him the team loses shape, the same as the England team.
So it's not about being held ransom by Barry but needing a player of his class, and there are very few about. I thought the way MoN handled the Raffa saga was excellent. We managed to keep Barry and he has given his best this season.
Whatever happens we need half a dozen top players and they won't be cheap. If Randy doesn't open up his wallet and MoN doesn't do some serious buying in the summer, this is as good as we will ever be. Losing Barry would in my opinion mean that we won't be seeing another season like this, however bad things have been recently.