UK time is: 04:58:34
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Villa - O'Leary's Worst Excuses

So here it is, the awards ceremony everyone has been waiting for. The inaugural Vital Villa End Of Season Awards. Queue drum roll.

First up:

David O'Leary's worst excuse of the season award

6% thought his whinge about the local press, especially Bill Howell of the Birmingham Mail, were against him. No one could quite figure out why Bill and a few articles, when we were already in 15th place, had any effect at all on this dire season. BUT as we all know, David O'Leary, very much like Herbert Douglas Ellis, is always right.

7% said the excuse of the takeover talk was unsettling took the biscuit and with legends like Ian Taylor saying that off the pitch matters don't effect players at all, you have to put this down to yet another attempt to deflect the blame from the manager and point it elsewhere. Didn't work David, but nice try.

11% voted for the early season excuse - following our worst start in 35 years - saying that the pitch was hard and that was injuring the players. Come on David, you can do better than that, maybe the seeds the grass was grown from were also defective and that would explain why our players kept falling over? See, I could write your excuses for you, I'm much better. I believe the paint used to paint the white lines was also slightly too bright.

14% said the excuse that previous managers had spent too much was the worst excuse to be uttered by this shameless manager - who still insists the majority of fans are behind him. They are David, behind you with knives praying that Ellis does the decent thing and sacks you (before axing himself). The average spend of the last few managers have all been very similar once you take away sales, so close Mr O'Leary, but no cigar.

16% voted they play badly at home because of the fans was one excuse too far and that was surely the start of the majority of fans turning against O'Leary? No manager should talk badly of the fans and he has made a habit of it. It isn't his job, he is paid to bring a team together and get them playing at their best. He's failed, the fans have not. For that alone I'd have sacked the man as how can you attract fans to Villa Park (and isn't it strange that O'Leary boasted over and over again about bringing the fans flooding back, but he has remained silent at the 7% drop in attendances this season?!) if your manager thinks he can argue with them, say they upset the players and treats them with contempt? Ellis has done this for years, now the manager is joining in. Not a good marketing ploy at all.

And the winner - for worst excuse of the season is..................

The fans need to get real with 46%. I'm sure his sugarbags quote will long be remembered for all the wrong reasons. I agree the fans should unite in their anger against Ellis but then the manager tells all that will listen, especially after the Blues derby game, that the board are nice people to work for and stuck up for Ellis after he had a 'hard time' at the AGM. Get real O'Leary, or do us a favour and get lost.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday May 9 2006

Time: 10:50AM

Your Comments

i think you being very harsh on your manager at the moment.
jono_forest
i think you being very harsh on your manager at the moment.
jono_forest
No he deserves everything. And its O'Leary who needs to get real and get out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bobbymsb
No he deserves everything. And its O'Leary who needs to get real and get out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bobbymsb
I dont think that in truth there should be a particular quote/excuse that takes the plaudits in this particular category. Every time the man opens his mouth he comes out with a classic.
glensider
I dont think that in truth there should be a particular quote/excuse that takes the plaudits in this particular category. Every time the man opens his mouth he comes out with a classic.
glensider
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Aston Villa Articles

The Villa Times - 21/08/2014 (Thursday August 21 2014)

Villa Have A Fox In The (Directors) Box (Thursday August 21 2014)

Bennett Makes Loan Move (Wednesday August 20 2014)

Former Villa CEO Linked To Forest (Wednesday August 20 2014)

Arsenal Man Linked As Villa's New CEO (Wednesday August 20 2014)

17th Minute Applause For Two Toon Fans (Wednesday August 20 2014)

U21s - Villa 1 1 Stoke (Tuesday August 19 2014)

Ins and Outs Still For Villa? (Tuesday August 19 2014)

Vlaar In BBC Team Of The Week (Tuesday August 19 2014)

Archived Aston Villa Articles

List All Vital Villa Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. The Fear 764
2. Pride of Lions 530
3. ClivetheVillan 453
4. Villan Of The North 305
5. Barney2004 246
6. mike_field 211
7. DeanoVilla 200
8. sirdennis 200
9. Juan Mourep 193
10. gator 190

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Stoke 0 - 1 Aston Villa

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
3. Arsenal 1 1 0 0 1 3
4. Liverpool 1 1 0 0 1 3
5. Swansea 1 1 0 0 1 3
6. Aston Villa 1 1 0 0 1 3
7. Hull City 1 1 0 0 1 3
8. Spurs 1 1 0 0 1 3
9. Everton 1 0 1 0 0 1

Breaking League News

Santon Injury Blow
Newcastle : 21/08/2014 23:18:00
de Jong Expected To Make Debut
Newcastle : 21/08/2014 23:11:00
Hull City : 21/08/2014 21:53:00
Hammers seek Belgian Defender
West Ham : 21/08/2014 18:40:00
What if we bought Pogba?
Chelsea : 21/08/2014 18:30:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Aston Villa v Newcastle (home) will:
Suggested By:  Mystic Mug
Win 51%
Lose 20%
Draw 29%