Speculation does not faze O'Neill

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Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill accepts the speculation surrounding his future may never go away.

O'Neill ended the 2009-2010 campaign with massive question marks over whether he would still be at the helm for the forthcoming campaign. Club owner Randy Lerner quickly dispelled those and gave the Northern Irishman a vote of confidence at his end-of-season briefing.

O'Neill told the Birmingham Mail: "I've never worried about looking for votes of confidence or anything like that. I've never bothered about it in the past and certainly now, as I get older, I'm less concerned about it than ever."

He added: "Who's to say it (the speculation) has gone away? This is the nature of the game.

"You're in it. You're judged. You're judged on the last 25 minutes of the last game you've played. It's not a problem to me.

"But really I've known this for a long, long time about the nature of football management. That's not unusual to me."

O'Neill is still bemused how stories on his future spread after an internet blog claimed his days at Villa Park were numbered.

He said: "When some story appears on a blog and people take it up, then you find out that you're having to answer to it.

"I shouldn't find it incredible any more but it just is. The fact people kept on running with it and kept going with it became tiresome."

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