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Villa's David O'Leary Talking Sense

Don't get me wrong, DOL has to go in the summer, he has forged a gap between the fans and himself that is to great to bridge. I wont even highlight the complete Blarney that continually emanates from his mouth, but he said something on Saturday that sums Villa up completely in my mind and made me think - long and hard. When questioned on fans calling for his head he replied: ''What's the point in sacking me?, you can sack me if you want but whoever takes over from me will be faced with the exact same problems I have been for the passed three years''...(Playing a dangerous game here, I don't think I need to state the obvious).

I remember Gregory going down this route and it cost him his job, but you have got to admit it, for once O'Leary is not that wide of the mark, or the truth. He went on to mention how he was in for players like Robinson, (Phillips - first season), Carrick, Kronkamp, Carson, Smith, Distin, Vidic, Bakke, Beattie and so on. But the stumbling block was always the same, wages and backing from the board and OBE. I wont detract from the fact that he has had money to spend, and hasn't spent it as wisely as he probably could of, but then you look at what we have brought over the past three years, and we have being shopping at the footballing equivalent of Matalan. Excuse Solano, Laursen, Bouma, Baros, even if the Laursen has been out for the season, he is a quality player and like the rest they are players all caught in the Malay that is Aston Villa Football Club.

As fans we are lazy and got tooooo fat on prawn sandwiches living the dream in the early - late 90's, and now the prawns have been changed for curry pies at half time, we don't like the taste left in our mouths week after week when walking the streets of Aston reflecting, in often complete disarray of what we have just witnessed, wondering where the blame lies. But as proud/lazy Aston Villa fans should we accept this bargain basement approach to rebuilding our club. O'Toole has done exactly what was asked of him, clear the decks and flatten the pay role and we will move forward...but we are still standing still. I even remember missing out on Robbie Keane for the sake of 250k, and Ellis pleading with Southgate to stay stating he had just bid 10m for Frank Lampard & Joe Cole, I wont even bother explaining what was wrong with that, and the reason and overall decision maker in Southgate's mind for leaving the club. (As stated in his biography).

Can you imagine how different our lives would be now with this starting 11???

Robinson/Carson

Kronkamp Mellberg/Vidic Distin/Laursen Bouma

Solano Davis Smith/Carrick Barry

Keane/Baros
Phillips/Beattie

Need I say more?

Although he talks rubbish, and although I wonder every day where the press officer (Phil Mepham) for the club is and why no one is working with him on the PR side, it dawned on me, he is Ellis's escape goat yet again. Why would Ellis give him a 'media man' or 'press officer' to proof his interviews, or brief him on the PR side before addressing the fans? Because O'Leary is yet again the vessel in which Ellis will escape the wrath of the fans. Sir Alex Ferguson has his own personal PA who is with him whenever their are cameras or reporters near him (look out for the attractive blonde woman), she is the PA and Press officer for Fergie/Quiroz, they don't address anyone until she has briefed them on their current 'stock' in the media and with the fans. As for Ellis, he will leave O'Toole to his own devices and let him hang himself, very much as the face of the club, clearly with no support from ''Steve go-hide Stride'', and as for Ellis, you will find him where you normally would have found him over the past decade - hiding under the board room table in his incontinence pants counting his $$$$$$ and fooling himself he is doing a good job, and he can still fulfil the role of a Premiership Chairman...and probably chuckling to himself at how stupid Aston Villa fans are.

As fans we should not detract from the route of all evil at our club Douglas Ellis OBE, do not be swayed by O'Leary's in inability with the media, because I promise you one thing, that is exactly what Ellis is banking on, and if your not convinced ask Atkinson, Taylor, or Gregory.

By Michael Bakewell




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Date:Monday April 10 2006

Time: 11:23AM

Your Comments

He is probably right that any new manager will face the same problems, but it's a lot deeper than that with DOL now. The fans have lost all respect for him, and I have a feeling most of the players have too. Atleast a new guy would command the respect of the players we have.
DeanoVilla
He is probably right that any new manager will face the same problems, but it's a lot deeper than that with DOL now. The fans have lost all respect for him, and I have a feeling most of the players have too. Atleast a new guy would command the respect of the players we have.
DeanoVilla
I think you may be reading too much into the reasons for O'Leary not haveing a PA\PR person, I think you're crediting Doug with far too much intelligence and cunning. I think it's actually the same reason why we don't employ a full time groundkeeper, and have a 2 team coach which breaks down on the way to matches. Because the club is run like a 'corner shop' to quote a previous manager!
JPiggy
I think you may be reading too much into the reasons for O'Leary not haveing a PA\PR person, I think you're crediting Doug with far too much intelligence and cunning. I think it's actually the same reason why we don't employ a full time groundkeeper, and have a 2 team coach which breaks down on the way to matches. Because the club is run like a 'corner shop' to quote a previous manager!
JPiggy
Sense? O`leary...sense? Theres alot to blame Doug for but O`leary has to work with some pretty big international players at the moment, and seemingly they aren't reacting to whatever he's doing.
murph
Sense? O`leary...sense? Theres alot to blame Doug for but O`leary has to work with some pretty big international players at the moment, and seemingly they aren't reacting to whatever he's doing.
murph
Ellis has left DOL to lead Aston Villa Football Club, a job he clearly doesn't have the skills to do and certainly wasn't paid to do. Admittedly, he hasn't handled the situation well but who could in the circumstances? Go behind the scenes at Villa Park and the place is a disorganised shambles and while I am sure there are lots of people trying their best, the lack of leadership and direction is now past critical. Make no mistake, the club is in free fall and Ellis is letting DOL take the brunt of the criticism. DOL has had money to spend but when you look at the numbers, less than Bruce & Robson, and look where they are. While Doug couldn't find the money for a centre-half in January, he found 2 - 3 million last year to buy back shares from NTL. Guess who benefited from that transaction?
Stevew
Ellis has left DOL to lead Aston Villa Football Club, a job he clearly doesn't have the skills to do and certainly wasn't paid to do. Admittedly, he hasn't handled the situation well but who could in the circumstances? Go behind the scenes at Villa Park and the place is a disorganised shambles and while I am sure there are lots of people trying their best, the lack of leadership and direction is now past critical. Make no mistake, the club is in free fall and Ellis is letting DOL take the brunt of the criticism. DOL has had money to spend but when you look at the numbers, less than Bruce & Robson, and look where they are. While Doug couldn't find the money for a centre-half in January, he found 2 - 3 million last year to buy back shares from NTL. Guess who benefited from that transaction?
Stevew
O'Leary has lost the plot and has turned Villa from exiting to watch to dull. You guys need a serious change of direction.
BigYid
O'Leary has lost the plot and has turned Villa from exiting to watch to dull. You guys need a serious change of direction.
BigYid
I think we can allagree that HDE is the root problem at VP but I still maintain that a half decent manager would have had our existing squad in the top half of the table, as previously mentioned, there are some pretty big name international players in the Villa squad but under DOL do not play to anything like their potential. You can't blaim that on Ellis, that's all DOL's handywork!!
Villain Of The North
I think we can allagree that HDE is the root problem at VP but I still maintain that a half decent manager would have had our existing squad in the top half of the table, as previously mentioned, there are some pretty big name international players in the Villa squad but under DOL do not play to anything like their potential. You can't blaim that on Ellis, that's all DOL's handywork!!
Villain Of The North
Great report Mike, however I have to disagree with your comments on the "standing still bit". We have had our worse season since the Premiership began. 3 seasons ago we were joint 5th beaten by the Geordies on goal difference and no Uefa due to Millwall in the FA Cup Final... Thats when things went wrong. O'Leary's 2nd year, he bought players that didnt play, Berson, Laursen... Most of his budgets were sadly rejects, however much I rated Berson, he's not playing for Villa. Then Mumbo Jumbo, what the hell was that about? Hence this season 15th (if we're lucky!). Our best player this season has been Milner, who we will be lucky to keep and bless his cotton socks is ill with glandular fever! Barry has been our number one player this season, im not sure whether or not he has got better or just that Villa have got worse.
leelindsay
Great report Mike, however I have to disagree with your comments on the "standing still bit". We have had our worse season since the Premiership began. 3 seasons ago we were joint 5th beaten by the Geordies on goal difference and no Uefa due to Millwall in the FA Cup Final... Thats when things went wrong. O'Leary's 2nd year, he bought players that didnt play, Berson, Laursen... Most of his budgets were sadly rejects, however much I rated Berson, he's not playing for Villa. Then Mumbo Jumbo, what the hell was that about? Hence this season 15th (if we're lucky!). Our best player this season has been Milner, who we will be lucky to keep and bless his cotton socks is ill with glandular fever! Barry has been our number one player this season, im not sure whether or not he has got better or just that Villa have got worse.
leelindsay
I think the crux is that O'leary may have a fair point that whoever does come in will encounter the same problems eg the board and senile old twot, that said I am convinced many others could mould the raw materials available into a better unit than the current shambles.
fatloser
I think the crux is that O'leary may have a fair point that whoever does come in will encounter the same problems eg the board and senile old twot, that said I am convinced many others could mould the raw materials available into a better unit than the current shambles.
fatloser
would a change make things better ..
POKERMILLERSWINTON
would a change make things better ..
POKERMILLERSWINTON
GOOD LEADERSHIP STARTS AT THE TOP..THAT MEANS HDE IS RESPONSIBLE. HE IS THE ROOT CAUSE OF OUR CURRENT SITUATION. O'LEARY IS TAKING THE FLAK FOR HDE'S FAILINGS. WE HAVE BEEN MOANING FOR YEARS NOW ABOUT THE DIRECTION THE CLUB IS GOING...LONG BEFOUR O'LEARY CAME IN.
JASON
GOOD LEADERSHIP STARTS AT THE TOP..THAT MEANS HDE IS RESPONSIBLE. HE IS THE ROOT CAUSE OF OUR CURRENT SITUATION. O'LEARY IS TAKING THE FLAK FOR HDE'S FAILINGS. WE HAVE BEEN MOANING FOR YEARS NOW ABOUT THE DIRECTION THE CLUB IS GOING...LONG BEFOUR O'LEARY CAME IN.
JASON
Jpiggy, the coaches we have are hired, they aren't Villa's coaches that are breaking down. Totally agree, we are run like a corner shop though. I'd rather see Ellis leave before we get another manager and it is true, if he remains, any manager would have the same problem. Not sure 'any' manager would turn on the fans though!?
The Fear
Jpiggy, the coaches we have are hired, they aren't Villa's coaches that are breaking down. Totally agree, we are run like a corner shop though. I'd rather see Ellis leave before we get another manager and it is true, if he remains, any manager would have the same problem. Not sure 'any' manager would turn on the fans though!?
The Fear
That team would of been very nice though!
Tierney
That team would of been very nice though!
Tierney
In a lot of ways I sympathise for DOL. Just another fall guy for Ellis. Yes he's made mistakes, but he was on a loser from day one. Just as the next manager will be if Ellis remains at the helm.
glensider
In a lot of ways I sympathise for DOL. Just another fall guy for Ellis. Yes he's made mistakes, but he was on a loser from day one. Just as the next manager will be if Ellis remains at the helm.
glensider
 

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