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Martin O’Neill resigns as Aston Villa manager

The Trinity Road crestIn a massive shock, especially this close to the start of the season, Martin O’Neill has resigned as Aston Villa manager with immediate effect. No reason has been given for O’Neill’s decision to so suddenly but my only conclusion is that O’Neill had a major disagreement with Villa owner Randy Lerner

In a statement O’Neill said:

“I have enjoyed my time at Aston Villa immensely. It’s obviously a wrench to be leaving such a magnificent club. I would like to pay tribute to the Villa players, my coaching staff and the Villa supporters for all the support and encouragement they have given both the club and me personally during my time as manager. I wish them all the best for the future. I will obviously be assisting the club in the immediate short-term with regard to the handover of my duties.”

Villa have appointed Kevin MacDonald as has caretaker boss.

Creative Commons License photo credit: Ben Sutherland