Writer: J P Fear
Date:Monday March 13 2006
He's at it again. David O'Leary moaning about the fans.
He told the Birmingham Mail:
'I think there is an element at Villa Park, the players seem to be saying, that jump on their backs very quickly and they get a bit nervous.'
Nervous? These are top paid professional players, some are even internationals. There might be a few who heckle, but surely most of us fans are too asleep from the 'exciting attacking' football that O'Leary has the team playing? I don't like the heckling of players in the claret and blue, but ffs, the fans of Aston Villa are a proud lot and get nothing but flack from O'Leary and his whinging ways. Blimey, then you wonder why the fans are leaving in their droves.
He also says he has tried to focus on the team not the takeover speculation. Well, congratulations, you are paid in the region of £1million to sort the team out:
'It is important, the way the club has been- - and we don't know what is happening around the place - to keep everybody in that close-knit unit. We have a great spirit within ourselves at the club. We've had to try and get away from it and not get involved and try and keep going.'
Adding, 'It's a fantastic football club that I am desperate to put right but we know what puts things right. What we can do in the meantime is make sure it is safe.'
Safe? I thought we were budgeted to be a top ten side Mr O'Leary? You are right about one thing though, this is a 'fantastic' club, it is also a proud one, so lets start to have some positive comments please.
Seriously, if you have a problem with the fans, maybe you should stop hiding and agree to do a fans forum? Tom Ross at BRMB has asked you enough times, we at the Shareholders Association invited you - and you became the first manager in the Associations history to turn them down. So what is up? Is it so bad to spare a night to talk to the fans?
Date:Monday March 13 2006
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