Martin O'Neill Resigns As Aston Villa Managerby Richard Smith / 09 August 2010, 15:40Tweet
Martin O'Neill has resigned as Manager of Aston Villa with immediate effect after a difficult summer at Villa Park, nevertheless the news has come as somewhat of a shock with the new Premier League season just five days away leaving their pre season plans in turmoil. As the Sack Race reported last week O'Neill was facing a tough season ahead as he aimed to take Villa to the next level and into a Champions League spot, he appears though that he has decided that he can no longer take the club forward where they need to go with the best players being sold off on a regular basis in recent times.
There is no doubt that the transfer of James Milner to Man City has had a big effect on O'Neill over the Summer, he has looked on in dismay as City have tried to poach Milner who himself has made it clear he wants to move to Eastlands before the transfer window shuts at the end of August. City are one of Villa's big rivals when it comes to qualifying for the Champions League and O'Neill will have been dismayed to see his best player heading to one of their biggest rivals, that is has proven too much for the popular Manager and it leaves the club in a tough spot as we get ready for the new campaign.
O'Neill had the same problem last Summer as he fought to keep hold of Gareth Barry who was also being courted by City, that has now been followed by the Milner saga and with his best players leaving the club O'Neill appears to have taken the decision to leave his position. In the last two season Villa have been in great positions to finish in the top four of the table and with it Champions League football, but O'Neill has struggled to maintain that form for the team and they have slipped away in to the Europa League.
Randy Lerner has been reluctant to invest heavily in the squad and that is understood to have been of some frustration for O'Neill over the past year and in the end he seems to have taken the club as far as he can. That has been backed up by the fact that Villa are yet to sign a single new player this summer and with Milner heading to the exit door it is impossible to see the team breaking into the top four with their current squad.
Kevin MacDonald will take charge of first team affairs for the time being as we approach the first game of the Premier League season against West Ham at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon. It will be interesting to see how they start the season but any new Manager coming into the club will face a tough task as they look to take the club any higher than Martin O'Neill has done in recent years. They are a big club though with a fantastic stadium and fan base and there will not be any shortage of applicants to be the Next Aston Villa Managerwith the likes of Alan Curbishley and Steve McClaren likely to be mentioned as possible replacements.
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Bob Bradley 7/2
Sven Goran Eriksson 13/2
Alan Curbishley 7/1
Martin Jol 7/1
Slaven Bilic 9/1
Jurgen Klinsman 10/1
Steve McClaren 16/1
Billy Davies 16/1
Gareth Southgate 18/1
Kevin McDonald 20/1
Gianfranco Zola 20/1
Roberto Di Matteo 28/1
Glenn Hoddle 33/1
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