Monday 20 May 2013

On this day: David O'Leary named as Villa manager

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall a new managerial appointment at Villa Park

  • O'Leary is introduced as the new Aston Villa boss by chairman Doug Ellis

  • O'Leary runs the rule over his players during his first summer at the club

  • O'Leary chats with Everton manager David Moyes

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 20 May 2003 David O'Leary takes charge at Villa Park

Aston Villa turned to former Leeds United manager David O'Leary as they looked to resurrect their fortunes after a disappointing campaign in 2002/03.

O’Leary, back in work 11 months after leaving Elland Road, succeeded Graham Taylor, who resigned after 15 months of his second spell in charge and after finishing 16th in the Barclays Premier League.

"I've been waiting for the right opportunity with the right club and that has come along," said O'Leary. "It's a club that I want to turn around and make it big again and I'm going to try and do that. I'm so happy.

"You have start putting the club back where it belongs - at the very top, get the crowds in and play good football and I'm looking forward to giving it my best shot.

"My aim is to get Villa in the Premiership top six in the next couple of years."

O’Leary brought in Gavin McCann and Thomas Sorensen over the summer but his tenure did not get off to a great start and with 13 matches played, Villa were in the bottom three after winning only twice.

But Villa recovered admirably and they lost only six more times throughout the rest of the season to secure sixth place in the table.

That was as good as it got for O'Leary at Villa, though, and after 10th and 16th place finishes, he left the club by mutual consent in 2006.

He won 37 of his 114 matches in charge at Villa Park, losing 43, resulting in a win ratio of 32%.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember David O'Leary returning to management at Villa Park