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By ESPN Staff

O'Neill has 'vision' for Villa wage structure overhaul

Martin O'Neill wants to introduce incentive-related contracts at Aston Villa and plans to review the club's wage structure with new owner and chairman Randy Lerner at the end of the season.

O'Neill has a 'vision' whereby players will gain significant financial rewards based on the degree of success they achieve for Villa.

The former Celtic boss is also aware of the need for Villa to hold onto their best players without 'bankrupting' the midlands club as they strive to re-emerge as a major force.

O'Neill said: 'The chairman and I in the summer, or maybe towards the end of this season, are going to sit down and look at the whole wage structure here at Villa.

'We will try and get a structure in which rewards people who put in the effort and have done well for the football club. But if you haven't done the business, then don't come calling.

'I want people that feel they can get rewarded here at this club by doing well. I do not mind paying for success. What we don't want to be doing is paying for a lack of success.

'You can call it incentive-based or whatever you like - but basically I want people who are busting a gut to get into the team and are playing well to be rewarded.

'The chairman understands what I am saying and by the same token it also means 'don't come calling to me if you haven't done it.'

'We've no idea how to structure it at present. It is just a vision.'

O'Neill added: 'In terms of wages, I am not saying we are remotely close to the four big teams. I know some of the wages people are getting at those clubs and we are not in that league.

'But I will want to be able to try and keep people without bankrupting the club.'

O'Neill will hold talks with defender Olof Mellberg and midfielder Gavin McCann regarding new contracts once the transfer window closes on Wednesday.

The duo, who have both been in fine form this season, have 18 months remaining on their current deals.

O'Neill said: 'I have spoken very briefly to both players and I'll speak to their agents soon. We just want to get this frenetic month out of the way first.

'Then we will sit down as soon as possible and talk about the future - those two players in particular and quite a number of players in general.'