O'Neill shuns England link

22 November 2007 11:19
Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill has distanced himself from talk linking him once again with the England manager's job, following the sacking of Steve McClaren. Irishman O'Neill was interviewed for the post before McClaren's appointment in the summer of 2006, but he now insists he is more than happy with his job at Villa Park. He told the Birmingham Post: "I said something some time ago to the tune that England would qualify and was asked something on the back of that that was completely and utterly hypothetical. "It is absolute nonsense. I do not even remember saying it, to be perfectly honest. "It is utterly pointless to talk about it. I am committed to Aston Villa. I cannot end speculation. I have had it for years and years and years, no matter what you say. "I have a big commitment to Aston Villa. It is as simple as that." Meanwhile, O'Neill has also played down talk of turning Liverpool goalkeeper Scott Carson's season-long loan deal into a permanent stay in the new year. He added: "We have a season-long agreement and that is how it stands. "We have an agreement and we are happy with that agreement unless Liverpool come and speak to us about it, then that becomes a different issue."

Source: ESA