Writer: J P Fear
Date:Friday March 10 2006
Vital Villa asked, following all the controversy surrounding the manager, whether David O'Leary was right to tell fans they needed to 'get real' or more exactly, that we need to be more realistic.
24% agreed that we did. Probably blue noses?! ;-))
5% said he wasn't right at all and the vast majority (71%) said he was wrong telling us to get real and that he should himself get lost!
Problem at Villa at the moment, and it will remain this way until Ellis goes, is that everything seems far too negative. Over the period of 8 years we have seen ourselves go from contenders to also rans and the anger is never far from the surface.
Some of what O'Leary is saying is totally right, he just needs to learn to say it better. What he should also do, in my humble opinion, is perhaps keep his opinions to himself slightly more until he achieves what he thinks Villa are funded for. So, lets have no more 'digs' at players, fans or the club until you get us into the top ten eh David?
Maybe his anger, frustration or opinions would be better directed at the board and more specifically Ellis? After-all, wasn't it 'that' man who blocked Villa from buying the now England No 1? He blocked O'Leary from getting Kevin Phillips a few seasons before we did finally buy him (O'Leary wanted to buy him directly from Sunderland, but Ellis wouldn't pay for the star striker) and he has blocked every move for the quality players that O'Leary says he targeted.
Happy days all round. Perhaps not, but he should never forget the fans - despite a great deal of provocation and grief - are proud of their club and don't take well to it being attacked.
Back the pride of lions, don't bash them please!
Date:Friday March 10 2006
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