Matteo Looks Forward To Reunion

Last updated : 09 August 2003 By Kevin Markey
Following his sacking from Leeds in May last year and a protracted compensation row with his former employers, O'Leary has now taken over at similarly troubled Villa Park.

It is with some irony that his first serious game in charge is against Leeds, although it is only a friendly, as the proper stuff will come on Boxing Day when Villa visit Elland Road.

For Leeds, after four pre-season matches without a win, victory will be a tonic ahead of the visit of Newcastle on August 17.

Skipper Matteo said: "We have not had a good pre-season. I'm sure this weekend will be more of an indicator as to what's going on.

"It will be a big test for us, but just because it's David O'Leary I don't think there'll be any problems.

"David was good to me and I'm sure a lot of the other lads will say the same. It will be nice to see him and it makes it an interesting game.

"We need a couple of results to get things right ahead of the Newcastle match. It's important we do get something out of this game."