Young keen to move on
Luke Young says he wants to focus on playing duties at Aston Villa after the departure of Martin O'Neill.
Last Updated: 01/09/10 12:57pm
Luke Young says he wants to focus on his playing duties at Aston Villa following the departure of former manager Martin O'Neill.
O'Neill sensationally quit the Villa Park club on the verge of the new Premier League campaign, leaving the Midlands outfit rudderless for the start of the season.
Kevin MacDonald has assumed charge in a caretaker role but the club's hierarchy have begun interviewing candidates to take the position full time.
The departure has paved a way back into the first team for right-back Young, who fell out of favour under O'Neill.
But the defender has spoken of his frustration at comments from him suggesting he was at odds with the ex-manager - insisting any remarks were of pure relief at being back in the first-team fold.
Young, who netted the winner in Sunday's defeat of Everton, told the Birmingham Mail: "We don't want to keep talking about Martin O'Neill.
"He left three weeks ago and we want to look forward to what's happening under Kevin MacDonald or whoever the new manager is.
"All I've said is that I never had a problem with Martin O'Neill, but that I'm glad to have got a fresh chance at Villa with Kev in the last few weeks."
Young said there was no agenda against O'Neill, adding: "I don't see why that should be interpreted as a pop at Martin O'Neill - it's not.
"There's no bad feeling from the lads here and we wish him all the best.
"Stiliyan Petrov and Stephen Warnock are also annoyed at some of the things they are supposed to have said in recent weeks and we're getting fed up with it to be honest."
Young also hit the headlines with his future at Villa Park subject to conjecture during the transfer window, although no move materialised for the 31-year-old.
Stir up problems
He had been expected to join Liverpool but Young says he is happy to remain at Villa, providing he can put transfer talk and O'Neill's departure behind him
"People come and people go, players come and players go and managers come and managers go," added the former Charlton player.
"We're professionals and we just get on with doing our jobs. I just want to get back to playing for Aston Villa, like I have been doing lately, and I know that the rest of the lads feel the same.
"I just hope people let us do that rather than trying to stir up problems that are not there and never have been there.
"There's so many good things going on at this football club that I don't see why people want to rake up the past, when we've said all the needs saying about it."