Martin O'Neill Continues To Impress As Villa Head To Wembleyby Mick Bates / 21 January 2010, 11:07Tweet
As Aston Villa booked their place at Wembley with an epic victory over Blackburn in the League Cup Semi-Final it only served to highlight the growing stock of Martin O'Neill, the former Leicester and Celtic Manager has been patiently building a top side at Villa Park for a couple of years now and it now appears that his young side are coming of age. O'Neill has long been one of the most respected British Managers in football and he has only enhanced that reputation with his fine work since taking the reigns at Aston Villa, surely it will not be long before he moves onto an even bigger club with Champions League football on offer.
O'Neill has built an excellent young group of home-grown players at Villa Park with the likes of James Milner, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Ashley young all performing for the Villa, all of these players have been rewarded with full England caps along the way with a lot of the credit for that going to Martin O'Neill. That potential is starting to be realised now with a League Cup final to look forward to as well as their continuing push for Champions League football that Villa are fighting for with Spurs, Man City and Liverpool. Champions League must be the aim for O'Neill if he wants to continue his progress as a Manager, he tasted European big night at Celtic but taking Villa to the champions League would surely be the biggest achievement of his career to date.
This success means that O'Neill is always mentioned for the top jobs when they become available and he is prominent in the Next Man United Manager Betting as well as the Next Liverpool Manager Odds, most would consider those the two biggest jobs in English Football and with Sir Alex mulling over his retirement and Rafa under pressure at Anfield then it may not be long before one is available. It is thought that the powers that be at Old Trafford are seriosuly cosidering O'Neill as a replacement for Ferguson as and when he takes his retirement, the Sack Race understands that he is the outstanding British candidate on the shortlist which puts him in with a great shout of taking the Old Trafford hot seat.