The Villains revitalised their European hopes with four victories and a draw from their five matches in the Barclays Premier League during April.

O'Neill's men began the month with a narrow 1-0 victory away at Bolton Wanderers, before returning to home territory to claim a battling 2-2 draw with Everton. Two further wins on the road at Portsmouth and Hull City yielded maximum points.

in contention

To cap an April to remember, Villa guaranteed local bragging rights until next season as James Milner's penalty earned a 1-0 victory over rivals Birmingham City at Villa Park, which leaves them in contention for a fourth-placed finish in the Barclays Premier League.

This is the seventh time that O'Neill has won the Barclays Manager of the Month Award in his career, and the fourth since he took the reins at Villa Park after David O'Leary's departure in July 2006.

The decision was made by the Barclays Awards Panel, which includes representatives from football's governing bodies, the media and fans.