Monday 20 May 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
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.
He won 37 of his 114 matches in charge at Villa Park, losing 43, resulting in a win ratio of 32%.