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The Villa Impatience Curse?

The Villa Impatience Curse?

It looks like our classic impatience is starting to work its way through after our defeat against Sunderland. I found myself at my most negative since MON's arrival but soon realised it is a symptom I have been cursed with since starting going down the Villa in the early 1970's.

Villa fans (along with other inconsistent giants like Newcastle and Spurs) are incredibly impatient for success. We give our managers very little time. DOL, after a very decent start, was turned on after two and a bit years when the main fault lay at the chairman's door.

Brian Little suffered similar doubts after an incredible start to his managerial career at Villa. Three and a bit years and he was gone.

Vic Crowe was hounded out of the club after one bad season after a promotion from div 3 and a third place in Div 2. One bad season and we chanted 'Vic Crowe must go'.

Graham Taylor mark 2 was given 1.5 seasons before he felt our wrath and even in his first spell some of us (I was guilty!!) were calling for his head after a very poor start to his third season. Thankfully my advice was ignored and we went on an incredible run and nearly won the league!

Even the mighty Ron Saunders was under pressure in 1978 when a lot of us didn't understand that he was going through a necessary team rebuild.

I think history teaches us that changing managers regularly does not work. Our longest period with the same man in charge led us to the league title. Ferguson at Manure is another classic example where patience has paid off.

I think we should sit back and enjoy the ride with MON and Randy. Sometimes, like Saturday, we will feel at the depths of depression and get the urge to change things. However this is not the way forward. Let's for the first time in decades trust a manger with a decent record and reputation and see where it gets us.

However we may also need to get the Butler prayer matt out to pray for significant signings in the summer as the window is a particularly testing time for our poor patience!

Up the Villa!

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Writer:Jake Findlay
Date:Tuesday March 25 2008
Time: 3:56PM


I think we live in a society where everything we do is based on not waiting long (we are an impatient lot) Fast food, checkouts, hate queuing and waiting in phone calls, none of us like it. I think its true in football everyone hates waiting especially when we dont know how long that wait is. You can talk about 5 year plans and that but past experience and put football into the mix you just cant put a timeframe on success. As this article suggests sit back and enjoy the ride....
25/03/2008 16:17:00
A decent article and I agree with the point patience is the key to success. I am a fan of MON and feel he will take Villa on to great things, however I do have a couple of issues with him. His transfer policy and his frequent insistance on playing players out of position. (Point 2 may be solved by an improvement on point 1).
25/03/2008 16:18:00
I regularly defended DO'L on this forum and others - not because I thought he was a brilliant manager, but because (to quote a comment I used then) it would be like cutting your toenails when you have a gangrenous leg. We needed to get rid of HDE first, THEN sort out which manager could do a job for us. None of us can know how DO'L would have done under Randy Lerner's ownership, and we never will, but I'd rather keep a manager like MON than chop and change. Getting rid of managers is like moving house. Unless you have a LOT more money to spend, all you do is waste it on estage agents, removals and solicitors. Look how Everton have been held up this season as an example of good management that might be copied by Villa. Am I the only one who can remember the terrible seasons they've had recently, when David Moyes was absolutely pilloried by their fans? And how about Sam Allardyce, who was held up last year as being a replacement for MON. Anyone know where he is at this moment? My advice: stick with what you have unless it's absolutely essential to change. And even then think twice!!
25/03/2008 18:11:00
DOL was a bit of a tit , and still is
25/03/2008 18:29:00
I am mega concerned around the booing plus ovefrall moaning and groaning if we aren`t ahead after 10 mins,during the game we need to back the team and only after 90 mins can you gauge team performance and react.
25/03/2008 18:32:00
yeh booing at half time, come on people , support your team
25/03/2008 18:33:00
nicely summed up bob the builder.
The Fear
25/03/2008 18:34:00
I am 100% behind Martin, but would like to know if he is reluctant to spend or the funds not being available.
silkie villain
25/03/2008 20:37:00
Change the keeper !
25/03/2008 21:25:00
Cracking article Jake Findlay. Received some good responses both here, and on the forum. Food for thought indeed.
25/03/2008 21:53:00
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