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Martin O'Neill Resigns As Manager! Aston Villa in Shock!

VIRGINIA WATER, ENGLAND - MAY 20:  Aston Villa Manager Martin O'Neill walks down the 5th hole during the first round of the BMW PGA Championship on the West Course at Wentworth on May 20, 2010 in Virginia Water, England.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
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Ramkumar SCorrespondent IAugust 9, 2010

The season has not even begun and we have a shocking managerial exit. Martin O'Neill the manager of Aston Villa football club has resigned after serving the club for four successful years. Kevin MacDonald, will serve as the caretaker manager of Aston Villa.

A statement in the club's website read "The club would like to thank Martin for the great work he has done at Aston Villa over the past four years. He has helped to establish the club in the upper echelons of the Premier League, has taken us to Wembley and we have also qualified for European competition for the past three seasons under his management. We wish him the best in the future."

Martin O'Neill said: "I have enjoyed my time at Aston Villa immensely. It's obviously a wrench to be leaving such a magnificent club. I would like to pay tribute to the Villa players, my coaching staff and the Villa supporters for all the support and encouragement they have given both the club and me personally during my time as manager. I wish them all the best for the future. I will obviously be assisting the club in the immediate short-term with regard to the handover of my duties."

This should come as a steep blow to Aston Villa as O'Neill consistently led the team to the top half of the league and on a limited budget. No reason was given as to why he resigned.

Did it have something to do with limited budget he had managed? Was there a feud with the management regarding transfers that caused friction or was it of personal nature?

There are many questions left to be answered.

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