O’Neill certain over Villa stay

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has vowed to remain at Villa Park beyond the end of the season and hopes to have ended continuing rumours about his future with the club.

O'Neill has led his side to sixth place in the Premier League, the semi-finals of the FA Cup and the Carling Cup final, but that has not stopped doubts emerging over the Irishman's tenure with the Midlanders.

However, he told reporters:"Of course I want to stay, why wouldn't I? It is a fantastic football club and it has things in place.

"I am well aware these days, more so than ever before, of how things work.

"Do you deny the story and thereby people say that there is a story in the first place, or do you let it run and by letting it run and not denying it you are giving it credibility?

"So that saying 'damned if you do and damned if you don't' is something that comes to mind pretty readily.

"I didn't intend to say anything at all at the dinner, but as people were enjoying themselves I did speak. I let the players disappear as I didn't want to be offending them in any aspect by speaking about them.

"I cannot understand how people can pick up in a totally different aspect from what was actually said.

"I don't how many ways there are to answer this question. I have enjoyed the season immensely. It has been very challenging and that has been part of the fun.

"The season in many ways has been exceptional as we have played more games than most clubs."

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