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Martin O'Neill Said I Would Never Make It In The Big Time, Says Aston Villa's Barry Bannan

Aston Villa midfielder Barry Bannan has told how former club boss Martin O'Neill told him he would never make it at the club.

The Scot told the Daily Record how he became disillusioned under O’Neill, who told him the top grade of the game was not in his future.

The former boss never gave Bannan a first team appearance and sent him on loan the last two seasons, firstly to Derby County and then to Blackpool.

Current coach Gerard Houllier granted the 20-year-old his first league appearance for the club against West Ham in August, and after a handful of subsequent starts he played his first international fixture on Wednesday night against the Faroe Islands.

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