Writer: Crawling King Snake
Date:Friday August 31 2007
JF. Submitted earlier, been in two minds whether to post it, but to be fair, this isn't just my site, it is a site for everyone of all opinions. What I would love is for someone with a positive view to submit something every now and then though. Anyway, over to crawling king snake and his venom
I've noticed some fans on this and other Villa sites consider Martin O'Neill beyond reproach and give him a media led messiah status.
All I can say in my first submission to this site is O'Neill in this transfer window has blown it and with it any chance Villa had of qualifying for Europe this season.
For those that jump up and down screaming heresy please explain what exactly he has done apart from make promises he has been unable to deliver all summer long?
We'll sign players in before pre-season training. Result? Zero players came.
We'll sign players before the pre-season tour. Result? Zero players came in.
We'll sign players before the season starts. Result? No keeper on the bench and no right-back on the bench.
We'll sign players before the Liverpool game. Result? We paid over the odds for the player that was one of two players who West Ham fans blamed for their awful season. That was bad enough, but then we go and buy the other one, namely Marlon Harewood, the scorer of 3 goals last season. Quality? Do me a favour, he belongs in the Championship not the promised Champions League and yes I have seen him in training and he is rank.
Last season the excuse was that the squad was too small and that it had to be added to in the summer. Result? We sell Steven Davis, a player twice the man of Martin O'Neill purchase Stilian Petrov who is the biggest flop in our history and yet he is still played week in and week out.
He also promises there are loads of goals in this team. Where? John Carew would fail to score in a brothel on his current form and the best striker we have sits on the bench with the second best homesick.
We have a keeper on loan which is something that does not befit a big club trying to build a squad for the future. All it has done is put the two keepers we have backs up and got us a player we are paying big money to improve on behalf of Liverpool. How does that get us anywhere, please messiah worshippers, do tell?
We have five central midfielders, one left back who at best is average and zero right backs. How does that add up? We play a winger best on the right on the left and a kid with amazing pace but no footballing brain up front.
At what stage will people wake up to the fact that Martin O'Neill is not the messiah, he isn't even an average Premiership manager he is yesterday's news and has blown a golden opportunity this summer to push Villa straight into a contender for a top five place. The man is a liability, his tactics are outdated if indeed he has any other than hoofing the ball up front or panicking to the stage where he puts five strikers on against Fulham. I think JF called it naive in his match report but that did not go far enough. I call it unprofessional, no I don't what am I talking about I call it crap.
David O'Leary was so sodding right about the fans as well. Totally fickle. The season before last was awful. Last season was awful. David O'Leary was slagged off and abused by almost everyone. Martin O'Neill wasn't even questioned because the press say he is a nice bloke. Nice blokes always come last.
If you think this bumbling idiot is taking us into Europe, then I can only assume he is setting up a travel company for Villa fans to enjoy a holiday. If we make the top ten this season I will eat my snake. In the meantime, I'll stand in the Holte End and cheer on the lads and curse with my every breath a manager who offers nothing other than the possibility of turning us into Leicester City. The spin says we are improving but the evidence before me suggest we've not changed a bit. We will now defend hard, hoof the ball forward and hope to win 1-0. If you think we drew a lot last season you ain't seen nothing yet.
I expect so much more for my club and Martin O'Neill is not the man to deliver. I hope with every bit of optimism in me that he proves me wrong and makes me look stupid but I will not be holding my breath. My mates ripped me apart when I said this last season and especially when I said David O'Leary was doing the same sort of job. This season two of them are agreeing and the others have gone quite.
Martin O'Neill on this evidence could not organise a piss up in a brewery. Give him this season, lets waste another one as it isn't as if we haven't waited long enough, then for the love of Aston Villa and everything it stands for bring in a manager capable of buying and handling stars, preferably one who understands for success you buy players for specific positions and play them there. You do not play them out of position to fit in with outdated ideas. England lost a great manager? My arse they did they had a lucky escape, their gain is our loss.
Now go ahead and rip me apart and all kneel at your lord and master, Martin O'Neill. Just remember at the end of the season when we scrape the top ten at best that not everyone was worshipping with you. The media have fooled the lot of you.
(forgot to change the writer part at the bottom!)
Date:Friday August 31 2007
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