O'Neill Plans Lerner talks

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has called upon the club to make further investment in the playing side and will meet with owner Randy Lerner next week where both parties will discuss the season gone by and potential changes for next term.

O'Neill has taken Villa to this season's League Cup final and FA Cup semi-final and although he has failed to produce any silverware this campaign, he believes he deserves more time to achieve greater success at the Birmingham-based side.

"I think the chairman is coming over for a few days to hopefully take in the last game of the season," O’Neill told the Birmingham Mail.

"Just as I said before, I’ll sit down with him, discuss all aspects and see what he thought of the season. If it was anything like what he was telling me a couple of weeks ago, he’s been immensely proud of the team.

"But who’s ever sure of what is going to happen? If we’d have got something tangible like the League Cup it would be nice to have said 'This is it – we’ve actually won this' and we went very, very close. And we were in the semi-final against Chelsea in the FA Cup. It’s been a great season but we have to sit down and analyse it."