O'Neill in showdown with wantaway players
Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is set to meet with a want-away quartet of players over the next few days as he prepares for the new season.
Gareth Barry, Juan Pablo Angel and Lee Hendrie have all been linked with moves away from Villa Park and O'Neill will discuss their futures before then meeting Milan Baros, who appeared set for a move to Hamburg.
With less than two weeks to go before the start of the Premiership season the new Villa boss will be looking to make his plans as soon as possible.
O'Neill told the Daily Express: 'I need to speak to the players. First of all, I would expect there to be some enthusiasm to play for the club.
'But if people are absolutely adamant they no longer want to be part of it, then persuading them might be a bit more difficult.
'There is no point in me saying to you that all the players are going to be here. They might not be. I need to see what their views are. I wouldn't want anyone walking out the door without me speaking to them.
'I will do that here, individually. They might have a personal gripe or moan and I might be able to sort it out. I would hope the better players want to stay and that would be my intention.
'We are going to have the vast majority of the players in the squad opening up the season for us. I will be monitoring it and looking to enhance the squad if at all possible.
'If players don't want to impress when there is a new manager around then there is something wrong.'