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John Gregory On Villa Fans Passion

The longer John Gregory has been away from Villa Park, the more I've appreciated what he did for us. To get us into the top seven and keep us there with the restrictions at Villa was no mean feet. Funny, we were all moaning saying it wasn't enough, but look what we've had since! His style did become more negative towards the end which many of us didn't enjoy, but when he left and explained that he was in fear of his job every day, you could understand why he set us up to firstly be very hard to beat!

Anyway the former Villa boss has been quoted in today's Birmingham Post saying:

'Villa fans are very passionate, but they're also quite willing to put up with things and it takes a lot for them to turn on a manager. I've had a long association with the club and I've never known Villa fans turn on a manager ever, regardless of the position. Villa were 16th in the table when Doug Ellis fired Ron Atkinson, but the fans were still supporting him. They loved Ron to bits, because he was one of them but I reckon David has made a monumental PR error in distancing himself from the fans.'

He also says the reason why Blues fans haven't turned so much on Steve Bruce is because 'they feel he is really passionate about the job, the club and about the fans. They respect that but I don't think David has done enough to get close. They've put it up with it all and now they've finally turned on him.'

Adding:

'Aston Villa are not as big as Manchester United or Arsenal but they're still a huge club. In terms of support and stature, they're arguably in the top six or seven and you always expect Villa to be at least in a Uefa Cup challenging position. And when Villa haven't been in the top six or seven, that's when they've normally done away with their manager.'

Looks like there will be some very big decisions to make at the end of the season, not sure I rate the ability of the current chairman to be trusted with the decision though.

I've added a poll asking about John Gregory.




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday April 7 2006

Time: 12:51PM

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Always talks as a 'we' about Villa, I must admit I've missed him since he has gone, got a new found respect for what he did. You listen to the rubbish about how much he spent but the reports never take away sales, he still only had 4-5million a season.
The Fear
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07/04/2006 12:57:00

Always talks as a 'we' about Villa, I must admit I've missed him since he has gone, got a new found respect for what he did. You listen to the rubbish about how much he spent but the reports never take away sales, he still only had 4-5million a season.
The Fear
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07/04/2006 12:57:00

I was very, very sad when JG quit and was a fan of his from the start of his appointment to the day he quit. I'd love him back if Doug went but i gues GT proved you can never go back? At least when we lost with JG he got rilled up and angry and was so so very funny! UTV
mtones
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07/04/2006 12:57:00

I was very, very sad when JG quit and was a fan of his from the start of his appointment to the day he quit. I'd love him back if Doug went but i gues GT proved you can never go back? At least when we lost with JG he got rilled up and angry and was so so very funny! UTV
mtones
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07/04/2006 12:57:00

I loved JG when he was at Villa but as mtones said you should never go back. Just be thankful for the memories.
still skeggy
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07/04/2006 13:27:00

I loved JG when he was at Villa but as mtones said you should never go back. Just be thankful for the memories.
still skeggy
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07/04/2006 13:27:00

i dont want JG back at the helm (he wasted 30 mill remember, sold yorke, southgate, boateng, eghiou) but i do rate him as a person and a villa fan. He always wears the claret tie everyt time he's on the telly What about Ian dowie as manger if palace dont make it back up. He's passionate and a crowd pleaser?
son_of_cher
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07/04/2006 13:37:00

i dont want JG back at the helm (he wasted 30 mill remember, sold yorke, southgate, boateng, eghiou) but i do rate him as a person and a villa fan. He always wears the claret tie everyt time he's on the telly What about Ian dowie as manger if palace dont make it back up. He's passionate and a crowd pleaser?
son_of_cher
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07/04/2006 13:37:00

SOUTHGATE,BOETANG AND EGHIOU WENT FOR THE BIGGER PAY PACKET AND YORKE WENT ONTO THE NEXT LEVEL, AND REALISTICALLY WHO COULD KNOCK HIM. THEY DIDNT LEAVE DUE TO GREGORY. I SAY TO HELL WITH NOT COMING BACK. HE IS VILLA THROUGH AND THROUGH,AND IM SURE WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE VILLA FAITHFUL HE WOULD RESTORE SOME PRIDE AND LIFT US BACK UP THE TABLE.
JASON
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07/04/2006 13:56:00

SOUTHGATE,BOETANG AND EGHIOU WENT FOR THE BIGGER PAY PACKET AND YORKE WENT ONTO THE NEXT LEVEL, AND REALISTICALLY WHO COULD KNOCK HIM. THEY DIDNT LEAVE DUE TO GREGORY. I SAY TO HELL WITH NOT COMING BACK. HE IS VILLA THROUGH AND THROUGH,AND IM SURE WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE VILLA FAITHFUL HE WOULD RESTORE SOME PRIDE AND LIFT US BACK UP THE TABLE.
JASON
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07/04/2006 13:56:00

I always really liked Gregory whilst he was in charge, and even more so since he has left. He really seems to bleed Villa and you cant ask for more than that. I think, as people have already pointed out, that GT proved you should never go back though.
Aronno7
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07/04/2006 14:06:00

I always really liked Gregory whilst he was in charge, and even more so since he has left. He really seems to bleed Villa and you cant ask for more than that. I think, as people have already pointed out, that GT proved you should never go back though.
Aronno7
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07/04/2006 14:06:00

Of couse he can come back, but under Ellis?
Villain Of The North
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07/04/2006 14:49:00

Of couse he can come back, but under Ellis?
Villain Of The North
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07/04/2006 14:49:00

JG had no choice but to sell Yorke, he made that clear when he was on the pitch but 'didn't turn up' so to speak at Everton. Southgate went due to the lack of ambition at the club, not the manager and Ugo looked like a straight personality clash. I have been surprised no other club have taken JG, he is head and shoulders above some of the managers knocking about, ours included! Never realised what a 'Villa man' he was until he went.
The Fear
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07/04/2006 15:25:00

JG had no choice but to sell Yorke, he made that clear when he was on the pitch but 'didn't turn up' so to speak at Everton. Southgate went due to the lack of ambition at the club, not the manager and Ugo looked like a straight personality clash. I have been surprised no other club have taken JG, he is head and shoulders above some of the managers knocking about, ours included! Never realised what a 'Villa man' he was until he went.
The Fear
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07/04/2006 15:25:00

He obviously still bleeds claret and blue, and it concerns him deeply that everything about the club these days is little short of a shambles. He would certainly have ruffled a few feathers if he were in charge of the current bunch of individuals that make up our first team squad.
glensider
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08/04/2006 04:22:00

He obviously still bleeds claret and blue, and it concerns him deeply that everything about the club these days is little short of a shambles. He would certainly have ruffled a few feathers if he were in charge of the current bunch of individuals that make up our first team squad.
glensider
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08/04/2006 04:22:00

So what if GT did a bad job when he came back, it doesn't mean JG would
Bobbymsb
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08/04/2006 11:08:00

So what if GT did a bad job when he came back, it doesn't mean JG would
Bobbymsb
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08/04/2006 11:08:00

He obviously has alot of feelings for the club he just up and left it in limbo.
villabug
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08/04/2006 18:58:00

He obviously has alot of feelings for the club he just up and left it in limbo.
villabug
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08/04/2006 18:58:00

 

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