Date:Tuesday August 14 2007
Anyone notice we didn't win our first home match Saturday ?
Anyone deciding whether to slit their wrists or jump off the top of the North Stand, and having been up there its a long drop ?
Anyone read or seen or heard Villa fans seriously calling for O'Neill to be sacked ?
Anyone with thoughts of relegation, despair of a bottom of the table dog fight ?
Thought not, just checking.
As the king of negativity I'm repeatedly told and O'Neill's biggest critic seemingly, I just wondered.
Why is it some fans have to see things in black and white, why is it not possible to support the club, the team, the claret and blue even if I don't go, to every home and away game, have a season ticket, and worst sin of all dare to complain about O'Neill.
Seems when I'm right I'm edging my bets, when I'm wrong its a three day thread telling me so. Happily that rarely happens but its annoying when fans criticise and its obvious their previous bias is what they are commenting on, not my present position, which as the General says changes.
With Blackburn on Wednesday off, our next game is at a resurgent Newcastle where talk is of the Allardyce factor, which I was repeatedly told didn't exist with O'Neill, has really got them moving and Owen could be back too. Could be an interesting game and one Villa need to make a mark in even if they lose.
I'm not going, doubt I'll even sign up for Setanta, I'm very pissed O'Neill is showing no signs of signing anyone and can't see it making much difference if he does, well not in the short term. I thought his tactics on Saturday were a return to our worst period of last season, his use of two sick players in Laursen and Carew was reminiscent of 80's thinking, and a disgrace, playing Liverpool with 10 fit men in their right positions was bad enough with 8 ?
It shouldn't happen in this day and age, it really shouldn't. I accept its going to take time to build a top 5 side, but for me so far, we have gone backwards from May 2007, we have less options, one better
player and a poorly prepared side who for a side with 1 new addition looked more like a side of 11 new players who had hardly played together and certainly not the one I saw end the season with the much lauded 9 match unbeaten run.
Mind, I still support Villa, have done all my life, I don't expect us to get a top 4 finish, in fact I've no idea where we will finish, but it won't be in the bottom 3 I'm not despairing, I'm not depressed, even though I am sure O'Neill has missed another opportunity this summer, especially as the General keeps telling me 'Money isn't the problem', and I see no merit in calling for O'Neill to be sacked. I'm sad we don't have a game midweek, but can't wait for the Newcastle game and I'm sure both will be worth the wait.
I'm not happy with the way O'Neills doing things, does that make me negative, a blue nose, a pessimist, someone to be shouted down. I don't think so, I'm just a Villa fan and have been for longer than most, criticising O'Neill's methods, decisions and so on doesn't change things one iota. Fans like me have stood alone for some time, its amazing how many have edged their views our way of late, yet we remain no less Villa fans than we have ever been.
It doesn't make us wrong either.
Date:Tuesday August 14 2007
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