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So What About Villa's Doug Then?!

So What About Villa's Doug Then?!

Vital Villa asked, in a poll suggested by tylervilla, So what are we going to do about Doug?

56% said a complete boycott of Villa Park. Nice thought but unworkable. Would have loved to have organised a first half boycott at a game to get the camera's and press interested, but it is so difficult to organise and fans will always be split on ideas like this because Villa fans are faithful and all most want to do is support the team. That said, the attendances were down 7% last season and season ticket sales are again down this summer. Only thing Doug could do to bring back the masses would be to send David O'Leary on his way and bring in Martin O'Neil!

20% wanted the fans to rally in order to get the momentum going. Again, nice sentiment, but in practice it is so difficult to get the message out and to get the fans 'up for it'. We all need something to get behind, hopefully over the summer something might happen to work as a catalyst.

10% said that he is selling so let him get on with it.

8% said nothing should be done, 'he's the man'. I've unleashed the hounds of hell on those who voted that, although to be honest they only got as far as my front door before finding the weather too hot and starting panting. :( Still, thanks to all the non-Villa fans for voting!!

4% wanted Doug out t-shirts at all games until he had gone but the majority realise Doug would see his face as a sign of support and stay longer.

2% said he has got until January to do something but I don't think they need to wait that long, he has done something, he has gone on holiday!

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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday June 7 2006
Time: 4:03PM


"Only thing Doug could do to bring back the masses would be to send David O'Leary on his way and bring in Martin O'Neil!" If you keep saying it over and over again it might come true!
07/06/2006 16:08:00
OhAh no chance, we will just have to put up seeing other clubs signing well while we have to settle for the left overs. I still feel that our fringe players will do us proud next season.
irish villa
07/06/2006 16:20:00
There is a theory (and I could offer some evidence to back this up ;-)) that what you focus on is what you get. Lets be honest, all last season, Chelski concentrated on winning the league, and they did, MUTD focused on being league runners up (I don't think they ever - after the first few games - really believed that they would beat Chelsea) and Liverpool and Arsenal focused on CL qualification. All last season we were looking over our shoulders, there was a bit of talk about Europe but nothing that anyone took seriously, and we focused on avoiding relegation, which is what we did. Blues continually mentioned relegation (that it wasn't a possibility) but ultimately thier focus on relegation lead them to it's realization. I know that this may be concidered new age mumbo jumbo by many but it's not, it's just about goal setting and then heading towards that goal. No one can tell me seriously that Villa, with the players we have, should have finnished 16th, regardless of injuries. Our problem is negativity, from Doug to O'Leary(particularly O'Leary) to the fans. If Doug and O'Leary could show a little faith in the players (not publically criticising would be a good start - and not continually sayinng that the players did well but we just can't expect any more from them - I'm sure that really gives them confidence (sic)) and if we, the fans, could stop complaining and let things take their course (I think we all know that despite not liking it, O'Leary is staying and so, probably, is Doug and there's sweet f.a we can do about it) and get behind the club with a genuine belief and focus on a top 6 finnish, WE CAN DO IT!!!!!! Well I can hope anyway :-)
Villain Of The North
07/06/2006 18:34:00
Think if england gets a massive heat wave then natures law takes affect and begins culling the weak and elderly(DD)so if u want to get rid of DD so badly perhaps ur new age mumbo jumbo focus could be on an awesome summer and sit back and start the body count!? Yea i know thats a bit drastic and morbid sorry guys.
07/06/2006 19:37:00
all that will happen next season is that attendences will be down meaning no new players and another boring seaon even more so without a local derby.
south coast villain
08/06/2006 01:30:00
It comes down to the fact that both Ellis and O'Leary will still be at Villa Park come opening day 2006-07, and whether we like it or not, we've got to support that duo and the team they provide us, or continue in the negative vein that will hardly help the guys wearing the claret and blue shirts. Rather than bring in new faces (Milner apart), I'd rather go with what we've got, and see if the current squad can turn this unholy mess around. There's very definitely quality at B6 on the current payroll. Certainly as a club we should at least be a top eight side, and we go into next season knowing full well that if DOL doesnt show early proof that he's doing the business, he could well be gone by October, while the Ellis era surely cant drag on too much longer. Change is definitely coming, but whether it will arrive quick enough to save the clubs immediate future, is open to debate.
08/06/2006 05:07:00
Absolutely gelnsider, if we did not have the players and general potential to be challenging for europe on a regular basis, we would not be described, as we are by all and sundry, as under achievers.
Villain Of The North
08/06/2006 09:47:00
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