O'Leary: O'Neill's done no better than me
By Villa reporter
Sunday 28 Jun 2009 22:42:00
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David O’Leary says he was unlucky to be managing Aston Villa at the wrong time – and Martin O’Neill has done no better than him with a much bigger budget.

O’Leary says he had hoped for the sort of investment brought by Randy Lerner when he was at the Villa Park helm – but when he spoke about doing his best with a young squad he was simply told he was making excuses for poor results.

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O’Leary’s comments came in a Daily Mail interview as he looks to dip his toe back into managerial waters.

O’Leary said: ‘I came in thinking Doug Ellis would go and I’d be the lucky one that Martin O’Neill is now. I gave honest opinions at the end of that year (2005/ 06) saying we need investment here. I was hoping I would be the one that was there when Randy Lerner came in.

‘I read people now and they like Martin. He’s media savvy and he’s saying he’s dealing with a young, small squad. Yet, when I said that it was “Oh, he’s making excuses”. I said the club needed investment to keep it alive. Why did Martin need £50 million this summer?

‘At the end of the day, Martin, for all the money he has spent over three years – and they’re raving about him – hasn’t finished any higher than what I finished. Those are the facts.’

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