Saturday, 25 July 2009

Martin O'Neill promises another season of progress

What an exceptionally intense and intelligent man Martin O'Neill is. I had the pleasure of interviewing him at Aston Villa's team hotel on the Costa del Sol ahead of the Peace Cup, also featuring Real Madrid, Juventus, Lyon and Porto.

In our interview, the Villa boss was characteristically cerebral, looking up at me for just a fleeting moment halfway through the eight minutes.

I've great respect for the depth of thought he obviously gives to everything he's charged with achieving. His success at unlikely clubs in unlikely competitions stands as testimony to this.

The news conference organised by visitbirmingham.com, who encourage more people to come to the city for weekend breaks and holidays, was also the launch of the new kit.

Dressed up and raring to go were Brad Friedel, Stiliyan Petrov and Carlos Cuellar.