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Who Was/Is The Best Villa Manager?

The new poll on Vital Villa is asking who is the best Villa manager from the modern era. The poll was suggested by board member Lee Lindsay.

The options are:

Ron Saunders
Ron Atkinson
Graham Taylor (1st time)
John Gregory
Brian Little
David O'Leary

Goes without saying David O'Leary will be the runaway winner. ;-o




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday February 22 2006

Time: 5:34PM

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I cannot believe anyone has voted for O'Leary but 25% have supposedly. Ron Saunders for me purely on the fact he won the championship with a squad of 14 players or thereabouts and it was his team managed by TB that won the European Cup year after. No comparison imho, although I did enjoy the BFR era.
fatloser
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22/02/2006 17:55:00

I cannot believe anyone has voted for O'Leary but 25% have supposedly. Ron Saunders for me purely on the fact he won the championship with a squad of 14 players or thereabouts and it was his team managed by TB that won the European Cup year after. No comparison imho, although I did enjoy the BFR era.
fatloser
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22/02/2006 17:55:00

It's close between Saunders, Gregory, (Racist)Atkinson, Little, they are all great but O'Leary shouldn't be mentioned in the same breath as those managers
Vince_AstonVilla
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22/02/2006 18:14:00

It's close between Saunders, Gregory, (Racist)Atkinson, Little, they are all great but O'Leary shouldn't be mentioned in the same breath as those managers
Vince_AstonVilla
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22/02/2006 18:14:00

Surely the O'Dreary votes are a joke? Not being old enough to remember Saunders, I had a tough choice between JG and Big Ron but plumped for Big Ron (and don't give me that racist rubbish!). We played the best football under Ron and he used to excite the fans. Remember those days when we'd play Man Utd, Arsenal and Liverpool and half expect to get something?
deanovilla
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22/02/2006 19:34:00

Surely the O'Dreary votes are a joke? Not being old enough to remember Saunders, I had a tough choice between JG and Big Ron but plumped for Big Ron (and don't give me that racist rubbish!). We played the best football under Ron and he used to excite the fans. Remember those days when we'd play Man Utd, Arsenal and Liverpool and half expect to get something?
deanovilla
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22/02/2006 19:34:00

Not my favourite manager, but undoubtedly the best on record/performance/achievement alone, stand up Mr. 110% himself, Ron Saunders. My personal favourite, the other Ron, BFR. Played some great stuff under him. Under BFR it was a pleasure to enter VP. We were (nearly) always entertaining to watch, and as deanovilla so rightly says, we gave as good as we got against Man.Utd, Arsenal etc.
glensider
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22/02/2006 21:02:00

Not my favourite manager, but undoubtedly the best on record/performance/achievement alone, stand up Mr. 110% himself, Ron Saunders. My personal favourite, the other Ron, BFR. Played some great stuff under him. Under BFR it was a pleasure to enter VP. We were (nearly) always entertaining to watch, and as deanovilla so rightly says, we gave as good as we got against Man.Utd, Arsenal etc.
glensider
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22/02/2006 21:02:00

Ron Saunders end of discussion
still skeggy
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22/02/2006 21:43:00

Ron Saunders end of discussion
still skeggy
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22/02/2006 21:43:00

for entertainment value id go for big fat ron.although i think we might just have been onto something special with brian little until he made the gamble with collymore.
JASON
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22/02/2006 23:10:00

for entertainment value id go for big fat ron.although i think we might just have been onto something special with brian little until he made the gamble with collymore.
JASON
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22/02/2006 23:10:00

Saunders/Little - tough choice but Saunders. Nice to see my poll on the site!
leelindsay
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23/02/2006 09:07:00

Saunders/Little - tough choice but Saunders. Nice to see my poll on the site!
leelindsay
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23/02/2006 09:07:00

i dont get all these people who have been voting for gregory, he did well the first season then wasted about 30mil of the clubs money . its down to him we have a small squad now
son_of_cher
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23/02/2006 12:15:00

little for me!
son_of_cher
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23/02/2006 12:15:00

i dont get all these people who have been voting for gregory, he did well the first season then wasted about 30mil of the clubs money . its down to him we have a small squad now
son_of_cher
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23/02/2006 12:15:00

little for me!
son_of_cher
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23/02/2006 12:15:00

"I have to go for little bald ron as opposed to big fat ron"
eltoro
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23/02/2006 16:25:00

"I have to go for little bald ron as opposed to big fat ron"
eltoro
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23/02/2006 16:25:00

Gregory did spend money, but you have to remember he also had to sell players and the net spend wasn't much different to what any other manager got per season - 4-5million.
The Fear
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23/02/2006 19:22:00

Gregory did spend money, but you have to remember he also had to sell players and the net spend wasn't much different to what any other manager got per season - 4-5million.
The Fear
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23/02/2006 19:22:00

Where are all these Gregory votes coming from?!!
leelindsay
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24/02/2006 10:50:00

Where are all these Gregory votes coming from?!!
leelindsay
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24/02/2006 10:50:00

I honestly believe the JG votes are a reflection of the cyberage. Perhaps some younger viewers who have only real memories of Gregory, Taylor(part 2) and DOL. Given those three to pick from you can understand the JG votes rolling in.
still skeggy
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24/02/2006 15:16:00

I honestly believe the JG votes are a reflection of the cyberage. Perhaps some younger viewers who have only real memories of Gregory, Taylor(part 2) and DOL. Given those three to pick from you can understand the JG votes rolling in.
still skeggy
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24/02/2006 15:16:00

 

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