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O'Leary Gone - Doug GO NOW

O'Leary Gone - Doug GO NOW

The departure of David O'Leary is no surprise as relations have obviously been stretched as yet another manager has tried to work under the constraints set by chairman Mr Ellis.

It would be fair to say that not many fans will be disappointed to see O'Leary leave, he did himself no favours in talking down to the fans or calling them fickle and as Pat Murphy said a few days ago, 'the chemistry just wasn't there'.

However the irony of the situation should not been lost. O'Leary wasn't forced out for criticising the fans, or for the humiliating defeats in the cups last year or for the worst start to a season in over 30 years. Nor was he asked to leave at the end of a woeful season BUT as soon as he was seen, whether directly or indirectly, to criticise Mr Ellis, he was out.

This proves Graham Taylor's point that Aston Villa is run by Doug Ellis, for Doug Ellis and on behalf of Doug Ellis.

We can but hope that Doug's trick of sacking a manager every time the pressure mounts on his tenure as Chairman doesn't work this time. A recent poll in a local paper had 88% of fans calling for Mr Ellis to leave and his 14th managerial appointment, where he will no doubt promise funds that don't materialise and herald in the next 'golden era' simply won't wash.

We call on Mr Ellis to step down with immediate effect, to put Steve Stride in temporary charge of the club until a reasonable offer is accepted for Aston Villa and for Mr Ellis to enjoy a long and happy retirement.

To that end, we hope that Mr Ellis does not bring in his 14th manager and that a caretaker appointment is made instead. Aston Villa deserve a top managerial appointment and in order to attract the sort of calibre we need, there has to be stability. For an appointment to be made whilst the club is without funds or leadership and is clearly in crisis would be sheer folly.

Mr Ellis' era at Aston Villa is over, he might not know it yet, but when a chairman stays on holiday whilst a Plc descends into a crisis situation, it speaks volumes.

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday July 19 2006
Time: 10:02PM


I am a Liverpool fan but I hate Ellis for his contributions or should I say lack of contrubitions. I am very sad that it was oleary who was forced to leave and not ellis.
19/07/2006 22:16:00
Oh and by the way, dont sell Baros, he will come good. Honest.
19/07/2006 22:17:00
I guess the puppet handled thus evenings meetings unless Ellis came back for it. Now Ellis HAS to go one way or another, dish the dirt O'Leary and these senior players keep up the pressure, the fans will and must. Roy Aitken in temporary charge!!!!!!
19/07/2006 22:20:00
Wow, Mr F! Either you typed that article in three minutes or you knew something we didn't. Prepared - Villa's motto and Mr F's article motto.
19/07/2006 22:21:00
Ellis will be thinking and believing that todays events have bought him much needed breathing space. He is aware that there's no love lost between the majority of supporters and O'Leary, so he'll feel that he will have pulled supporters back onto his side of the fence by ridding the club of DOL. How wrong he is. The opportunity to rid the club of Ellis must not now be lost. Protests and demonstrations have to be stepped up. Oh, and for what its worth, O'Leary's dismissal will not make me go out and buy season tickets.
20/07/2006 03:49:00
The problem is that, even if Ellis steps down, until a buyer is found, Ellis will still remain in control as the majority shareholder and if things happen that he does not like or approve of he will surely step in, officially or unofficially. Ellis is the type that likes to feel he's making a contribution (weather he is or not is another matter) and retirement means bannishment to a meaningless and futile life. If Stride or Ellis Jnr were to be put in temporary control I'm quite sure that they would merely be puppets doing exactly as their master tells them so I say, until the club is sold or Ellis becomes completely incapacitated (and I don't wish that on anyone and any that do, think about your priorities), better the devil you know.
Villain Of The North
20/07/2006 09:24:00
we need a leader to start the protest walks and get all the other fans chanting...any takers!?
20/07/2006 10:21:00
I agree we don't need Stride. He's just there to dress Doug in the morning and is the yes man of all time.
Steve W
20/07/2006 11:41:00
exxccelllllent steve....stride now reminds me of smithers from the simpsons, following dougie round like a little dog!
20/07/2006 13:45:00
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