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Last Updated: Sunday, 9 April 2006, 10:15 GMT 11:15 UK
O'Leary insists he will not quit
Aston Villa boss David O'Leary
O'Leary refuses to bow to pressure
Aston Villa boss David O'Leary has made it clear that he will not buckle under pressure and walk out on the club.

Fans have campaigned against O'Leary, who has been heavily criticised by the local media as Villa have slipped towards the relegation zone.

But the Villa boss told BBC Radio Five Live: "No, I won't be walking out, there's no chance of that.

"People come out of the woodwork and knock you, but you have to expect that, take it on the chin and move on."

Villa supporters have mounted a campaign after O'Leary described them as "fickle", unveiling a banner at the last home game that said "we're not fickle, we just don't like you".

I want to be the one to put this club right and be successful with it
Villa boss David O'Leary

O'Leary has also fallen out with the local media, accusing them of a vendetta against him.

The Villa boss said: "When you walk on to the pitch maybe you're aware of the fans' feelings and it saddens you because we have a local paper who have said I have no feelings for the club.

"But I passionately care, and I'm like the fans, I feel frustrated."

O'Leary admits his future is uncertain but appealed to Villa chairman Doug Ellis to be given the chance to continue next season.

He said: "I'm waiting to see what's going to happen. I don't know what's happening behind the scenes, I'm just trying to keep a good bunch of lads as upbeat as possible.

"The chairman is like the fans, he wants us to do better than we are. We all share that opinion and nobody is arguing with anyone on that.

"I know what I would like to do to put this club right and I want to be the one to put it right and be successful with it.

"What I have to do now is get to the summer, get the club safe and then we can move forward."




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