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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

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i think that o'leary will be sacked within the next two days after being grilled by those geezas.
19/07/2006 11:14:00
thanks for that gregory (and thanks for Bosko Balaban as well).
19/07/2006 11:40:00
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....
19/07/2006 12:29:00
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.
19/07/2006 16:01:00
I'm with you on JG Douginabox
Villain Of The North
19/07/2006 16:24:00
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
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.
19/07/2006 18:33:00
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?
19/07/2006 19:24:00
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
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