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Martin O'Neill has resigned as Aston Villa manager with immediate effect.

Kevin MacDonald has been appointed caretaker boss while no reason has been given for O'Neill's decision to leave after four years in the job.
MacDonald will prepare the side for their Premier League opener against West Ham on Saturday.

O'Neill, appointed in 2006, said: "I have enjoyed my time at Aston Villa immensely. It's obviously a wrench to be leaving such a magnificent club."

The 58-year-old O'Neill, who led Villa to their third successive sixth-placed finish in the Premier League last season, added: "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."

In May, Villa owner Randy Lerner insisted O'Neill had pledged his future to Villa in after much speculation over whether or not the former Celtic boss would quit.

O'Neill has transformed the fortunes of Villa since replacing David O'Leary in August 2006, culminating in an appearance in the final of last season's Carling Cup, their first Wembley final for 10 years.

Lerner had backed O'Neill in the transfer market during that spell but it became clear this summer that similar investment would not be forthcoming.

Lerner insisted that Villa would have to adopt a sell-to-buy policy and O'Neill was resigned to losing the services of midfielder James Milner to Manchester City. Former skipper Gareth Barry also moved to Eastlands last year.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/a/aston_villa/8898993.stm
 

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There has obviously been some sort of clash of ego's and O'Neill lost. Too bad, he did a great job for you guys.
 

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Thank **** he has left!

Now I hope we get a manager who can sign some decent South American players like Angel, unlike those the bias that mick showed towards English speaking players. Cuellar was the only foreign player he signed and even he spoke English.

leprechauns...
 

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Thank **** he has left!

Now I hope we get a manager who can sign some decent South American players like Angel, unlike those the bias that mick showed towards English speaking players. Cuellar was the only foreign player he signed and even he spoke English.

leprechauns...
who would you realistically like to see take over? Moyes seems to be the recent bookies favourite...
 

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You're linked with Curbishley :howler:
 
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