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Villa - A Plea

I have been attending Villa matches for over 35 years and have seen many ups and downs. I think sometimes Villa fans can be impatient and unrealistic in terms of their aspirations and demands and I believe it is time someone took the time to put a balanced view across.

Less than 18 months ago this club was at its lowest ebb since the days of Turner and McNeil. I am convinced without the takeover we would have been relegated and now languishing in the Championship. Just take time to reflect and remember those dark days - the proposed boycott of VP, the refusal to compete in the transfer market, an ailing and out of touch dictator.

We now have a situation where we have a focused management team, a generous owner, a packed VP and a decent team. It is not a championship winning team but it is a reasonably competitive one.

If anyone expected us to be challenging for the league this season then they should be certified. Building a league championship team takes time - Ferguson spent record sums and still took over half a decade, and he actually took over a good side packed with internationals!

Yes, it was frustrating in the summer but would it have been right to buy just for the sake of it? Harewood appears to be the one player that fits this criteria and none of us are happy. Surely it is better to wait for the right target and get the player the manager wants and the fans will be happy with.

I do not think MON has done a bad job. He has brought belief and stability to a club that had become a laughing stock and was the scene of player power and rebellion. He has done this in a remarkably short space of time - just over one season.

Please be patient and give the boss time. I remember fans getting on Ron Saunders back (and even calling for his head) after the sale of Gidman, Gray, Nichol and Deehan. Fans were frustrated at the lack of stars and purchases, midfielders being played at right back (Swain) and kids commanding positions in midfield and up front (Cowans and Shaw). However the manager had a plan, actually knew what he was doing and ended up building a team that conquered Europe. It didn't happen overnight and, at times, it didn't seem to make any sense but the manager was left to it and given time.

I implore Villa fans to be patient and let MON build his team. He should not be judged for at least two more seasons. Managers who are believed in and left in charge tend to flourish; teams who chop and change their boss tend to disintegrate.

Keep the faith and the good times will truly start a rolling!!

Up the Villa.

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The Journalist

Writer: Jake Findlay Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 8 2007

Time: 9:00AM

Your Comments

Fair play, i have always backed MON and always will (unless we get relagated!) one critism of mine and probably a few others is his transfer dealings in the summer. he has left us with a thread bare squad, and Harewood. each game i look at our bench and i don't see that we have any players that can change a game. against WHU if we would have been a goal down, who would have come on to win it??? he needs to spend Randys money in Jan, and maybe if we are still in a prime position for europe next season we may find it easier to attract better players as they will see that we are progressing. the Future IS bright, i can only see good things comming out of this season. the board at this club have been brilliant, and the feel good factor is buzzing around us all, and i believe MON is the man to take us forward. UTV
*Holte*End*Star*
Agreed. Life at VP is good. Everyone/thing is moving in the right direction. Anyone know if there is truth in the rumour in the NOTW yesterday that we are after Jean Arne Riise. Apparently this was on the cards in the summer if Red Scouse had signed Heinze. I don't remember this rumour.
Adam Deuce
Saw the Riise rumour, he'd be a quality buy. Defoe in Jan to replace Moore (if he doesnt hit the goal trail) and that Portuguese right back would see us challenge for a Uefa spot this season.
son_of_cher
Excellent article. agree 100% and will those morons who booed Petrov before he even touched the ball **** off please. We don't want or need that negativity. Be as critical as you like after the match, but how is booing a player before he has even touched the ball going to help Villa win matches? Riise (or Matt Taylor) would be great in January with Boswinga, Mendes and Defoe!!
krfeskivilla
the people that booed petrov need to be shot.
Stig
superb article. the future is indeed very bright for villa.UTV
Belfast Villain
Neil Lennon was on Sky over the weekend. Says Petrov is one of the best players he's every played with. He doesnt know why he cant perform at the moment. I still reckon he'll prove a lot of people wrong this season. Hopefully he can start to emulate Elano from City.
son_of_cher
Jake - great article - and real common sense too. A supporter for 35 years? Then it wasn't you in goal a few years back.
Gordonsleftboot
Great article, sums up what many of us ha been saying for a long time. I don't care what anybody says great teams/clubs are built over time on solid foundations. Randy and MON have had to completely overhaul the on and off field aspects of the club, and from what I can see are doing a damn fine job of it too. I think the comparison between MON and Fergie are completely justified as I am old enough to remember Fergie being (allegedly) one defeat away from the sack. Whether you are,like me, a fan of MON or not, the fact he and Randy have a great relationship and that Randy is backing him all the way surely can only be a good thing. Give it time and we will have side to compete for years not just the odd season every now and again. The job isn't done yet, far from it, and yes perhaps mistakes have been made, no recognised right back, Marlon, Petrov?, but in my opinion the good stuff that has been done by far outweighs any mistakes. I firmly believe we are on the right track, with the right people steering us forward, and others are starting to sit up and take notice of us again.
Jon.H
Well said. Harewood cannot be mentioned in the same sentence as Stan. The guy has not done anything wrong, he has just not scored a hatful and provided 10-15 assists in the last year (which some people were expecting.)
Villan444
Well said, Jake. I've said it before and I'll say it again - there are no short cuts to building a great team (club!) It takes time and there will undoubtedly be setbacks and mistakes along the way, but I'm pretty relaxed that we're heading the right way at long last. Good on RAL for not demanding 'instant success'. Building something to last isn't like making a cuppa soup!!
BobTheBuilder
Agreed Jake. People tend to forget that it took Ron Saunders time to put together his Championship winning team, and that indeed many supporters were calling for his dismissal over the Gidman/Gray saga. They also forget that some of the football served up by Saunders teams prior to the 80/81 campaign (76/77 the exception of course) was pretty dire at times. It takes time to get your act together. Randy Lerner and his board wont be the problem, it will be the supporters who rock the boat.
glensider
We're all going to have our moans, groans, and complaints directed at whoever is in the managerial chair. The manager is never going to please everyone, far from it. Thats a fact we have to live with and accept.
glensider
 

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