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Last Updated: Friday, 14 November, 2003, 13:12 GMT
O'Leary denies Ellis rift
David O'Leary
If there's no money to spend, there's no money to spend
David O'Leary

Aston Villa boss David O'Leary has denied a damaging rift has developed with chairman Doug Ellis.

O'Leary has moved to end speculation about his Villa Park future and his relationship with the controversial Ellis after he was linked with a surprise return to former club Leeds United.

The rumours of an Elland Road return came amid claims that O'Leary was unhappy about a lack of transfer cash and complaints about Ellis' careful financial approach.

O'Leary said: "It would be nice sometimes to be able to talk about football, rather than answering endless questions about the money situation.

"I've said from day one that I'm here to put things right out there on the pitch for Aston Villa. If I have money to spend in January, that's great and I'll do my best to spend it wisely.

"If not, I won't be whingeing about it. If there's no money to spend, there's no money to spend. I wish people could just accept that."

Villa are in 17th place, just one point above the relegation zone but O'Leary is adamant he will keep the club in the Premiership.

"I just want to get on with the job and I've never tried to say this season would be easy.

"We want to survive, which I think we will, and then move up that table.

"The chairman has given previous managers nearly 90m in recent years - that's a fact.

"I might be coming at the back end of that, but I knew that when I came to the club.

"I'm looking forward to the chance to really start putting things right in the summer. I've said before that I expect quite a lot of movement at the end of this season.

"I'm looking forward to the opportunities that gives me. I can't wait to really start putting my mark on the club and start the rebuilding process.

"In the meantime, it's other people who are hung-up on the money situation, not me."

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