Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill believes club must keep pace with rivals

08 May 2010 09:59
Martin O'Neill insists Aston Villa must try to keep pace with their rivals if they are to remain a fixture at the sharp end of the Premier League.

Villa entertain Blackburn on Sunday at the end of a season in which they reached the Carling Cup final and FA Cup semi-final as well as qualifying for Europe for the third successive season.

Pointing the way forward: Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill

But manager O'Neill knows more will be expected in future, even when his position is still unclear pending a meeting with owner Randy Lerner.

He said: 'In terms of expectation, it is getting higher and higher. If you achieve a bit of success, you feel you have to move forward at a great pace.'

From next season, Premier League clubs must include eight homegrown players in a squad of 25, so a Villa team full of English talent could prosper.

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Source: Daily_Mail

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