Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Gregory - Doug Should Have Gone

Gregory - Doug Should Have Gone

One of many former Aston Villa managers, this time John Gregory, believes that Doug Ellis may well hold on to power but should have stepped down several years ago.

Gregory, in charge between 1998-2002 and famous for his 'Doug is in a timewarp' quotes, told Sky Sports

'Doug's time as chairman has been questioned. I questioned it in my time there, as did Graham Taylor. Now David O'Leary might be asking himself whether the chairman is prepared to push Villa up to where they belong. But Doug has always watched the pennies. He prides himself on the club being run on a very secure financial footing. He has spent money, but in taking that next step, you wanted him to take a financial gamble and push the club that little bit further and drive it on,'

'That is what made me walk away. I felt they didn't quite have that ambition to really stick their neck out and become a top-four, top-five club in the country. In my opinion he should have stepped down three or four seasons ago and allowed somebody younger with more enthusiasm, ambition and drive to chair the club and push them in the right direction.'

'Unfortunately, until Doug Ellis does that I think this is the kind of scenario that will continue to rear its ugly head from time to time.'


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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday July 19 2006
Time: 11:06AM

Comments

0
i think that o'leary will be sacked within the next two days after being grilled by those geezas.
elmo85
19/07/2006 11:14:00
0
thanks for that gregory (and thanks for Bosko Balaban as well).
tylervilla
19/07/2006 11:40:00
0
Gregory was a master at signing players that we got nothing back on, so how can he talk about what doug can invest?! Also I thought Gregory was really pushed for some dodgy dealings, bungs etc, hence why we signed balaban. To think we could have had Robbie Keane....
thekentvillan
19/07/2006 12:29:00
0
Whatever anyone says about JG his passion and love for Villa is never in question and I think he always had the best interests of Villa at heart. The fact that he still wears his Villa tie on Sky proves that! Bosko Balaban (who was in Crotia's World Cup squad and was top scorer in Belgium for the last 2 seasons) had the potential to be a good signing. Who was complaining when he was brought in?However, JG's net spend was very little and he was forced to sell people like Southgate, Yorke, Ehiogu and Bosnich becasue of lack of ambition and planning on the part of the Chairman. As for Robbie Keane, it is debateable who was at fault for that one, but to me it smelt an awful lot like the famous Ellis penny pinching. JG was also the first manager to publicly come out and criticise Ellis, something we are now praising the players for. So the more ex-managers who jump on the bandwagon and keep the pressure on Doug, the better.
DougInABox
19/07/2006 16:01:00
0
I'm with you on JG Douginabox
Villain Of The North
19/07/2006 16:24:00
0
JG did a good job at Villa but I wish he'd been more critical of Ellis when he first left. But maybe it was a condition of his pay off that he couldn't say anything. At least he's making up for it now.
Steve W
19/07/2006 17:22:00
0
Gregory speaks a lot of sense, from the heart too, which makes his comments more welcome. As of right now, I welcome and support any ex-managers and players who come out and have a go at the old boy.
glensider
19/07/2006 18:33:00
0
JG loves Villa but he has real problems getting back into the game .... I wonder why? Now surely Mr Ellis is not a vindictive man?
fatloser
19/07/2006 19:24:00
0
Maybe it's because that whilst he did a good job at Villa, where his heart lies, he did a crap job at Derby. Some people have a passion for football wherever they go (O'Niell, Fergusen, Pearce) whilst others have a passion for specific clubs.
Villain Of The North
19/07/2006 19:29:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Brook Fancies Spence Job

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Wyness Explains Pre Season Plans

Chief Executive Steve Wyness has confirmed that Aston Villa's summer friendlies will have a more local feel to them this summer at the request of manager Steve Bruce.

Villa Head To Germany In Pre Season

Aston Villa confirmed yesterday that the first team group would head to Germany for a mini tournament as we prepare for the 2017/18 campaign.

HK - Villa Squad Announced For Soccer Sevens

Aston Villa confirmed yesterday that Keinan Davis and Corey Blackett-Taylor will lead the line at this weekend's Hong Kong Soccer Sevens tournament.

Jedinak Feels Settled At Villa

Australian international midfielder Mile Jedinak has said he now feels 'right at home' at Aston Villa following the summer switch from Crystal Palace.

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Editor email
Profile
Mike Field
Editor email
Profile
Steve Wade
no email
Profile
JuanPablo Angel
no email
Profile
Glensider
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

I'm all out of questions at the moment
Suggested By:
You can suggest one50%
if you want to!50%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Newcastle 46 29 7 10 94 45
P Brighton 46 28 9 9 93 34
3 Reading 46 26 7 13 85 4
4 Sheff Wed 46 24 9 13 81 15
5 Huddersfield 46 25 6 15 81 -2
6 Fulham 46 22 14 10 80 28
7 Leeds Utd 46 22 9 15 75 14
8 Norwich 46 20 10 16 70 16
9 Derby County 46 18 13 15 67 4
10 Brentford 46 18 10 18 64 10
11 Preston 46 16 14 16 62 1
12 Cardiff 46 17 11 18 62 -1
13 Aston Villa 46 16 14 16 62 -1
14 Barnsley 46 15 13 18 58 -3
15 Wolves 46 16 10 20 58 -4
16 Ipswich 46 13 16 17 55 -10
17 Bristol City 46 15 9 22 54 -6
18 Q.P.R. 46 15 8 23 53 -14
19 Birmingham 46 13 14 19 53 -19
20 Burton 46 13 13 20 52 -14
21 Forest 46 14 9 23 51 -10
R Blackburn 46 12 15 19 51 -12
R Wigan 46 10 12 24 42 -17
R Rotherham 46 5 8 33 23 -58
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Blog: Monaco Preview
Latest Vital Boxing News
Brook Fancies Spence Job
Vital Football Comment

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.The Fear348
2.JuanPabloAngel318
3.sirdennis225
4.BBJ192
5.Pride of Lions175
6.villasince67172
7.Silhillvilla129
8.kefkat126
9.BodyButter119
10.col8118
Write for Vital Football