If you’ve not heard the news, Martin O’Neill is 99% certain to be Aston Villa‘s new manager. Frankly, what have they done to deserve him? They’re getting an ‘Aston Martin’ (headline writers rejoice!) when I picture the hapless Midlands club more as a burnt-out Austin Allegro.
Many Villa fans cling to the notion of their club as a ‘sleeping giant’, but in case anyone hadn’t noticed, Roman Abramovitch has all but destroyed that quaint concept. In the past 100 years, Burnley have had much more success than most clubs now in the Premiership, but I dont’ hear anyone refer to them as a sleeping giant these days.
Martin O’Neill is too good for Aston Villa continuedâ€¦
As an England fan, I’m sure I speak for the majority in demanding that
Steve McClaren and O’Neill swap jobs; McClaren is the perfect mid-table
manager for a comedy club like Villa. I still can’t understand how the bungling FA overlooked
the most charismatic and talented boss in possession of a British
passportâ€¦ scratch that, of course I can â€“ this is the FA we’re talking
The one positive is that Martin O’Neill is back in the Premiership, rather than perched on a sofa with Alan Shearer in some BBC studio. O’Neill vs Mourinho is a managerial battle to be savoured.
But rather than jump into the hot seat at Villa Park, I’d suggest that O’Neill waits a few months, until Alex Ferguson resigns as Man Utd manager. I think that’s a very real possibility â€“ all Man U fans I know want Fergie to go. Then the Irishman could claim the job his talent warrants, at Old Trafford.