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Expectations For Villa Next Season?

Expectations For Villa Next Season?

Vital Villa asked, in a poll suggested by Lee Lindsay and PKing,

What are your expectations for next season?

63% expect Villa to finish between 5th and 7th. Phew, 5th is a tall order, 6th and Uefa might be a good first step though!

12% think we'll break into the top four. Ahem, not one to be negative, but come on guys, lets be realistic surely?!?!?!?!

10% voted top ten and cup runs.

7% voted 8th -11th

Some miserable buggers out there came up with 5% relegation scrap, so thanks to the non Villa fans for that vote!

That left 1% voting the League Cup, 1% FA Cup and 1% predicting a very average 12th-15th.

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday May 25 2007
Time: 10:51AM


Surprised that 7% voted 8th -11th. We need good cup runs too
25/05/2007 11:18:00
league title and FA cup will do nicely. (more likely to be 10th and 4th round of the carling cup tho!!)
25/05/2007 11:24:00
I agree there, we have to be realisistic, also it can depend on how the fixtures fall for a team like us.
25/05/2007 11:30:00
I just hope we continue to build solidly and don't repeat the cycle of one promising season followed by two bad ones and replace the manager that we seem to have had for an age now. Obviously we now have a different board with a completely different ethos but I would still prefer steady and solid progress so that any future success we may have is sustainable.
25/05/2007 11:49:00
I concur Jon.H. Last season I repeatedely said that anything above 10th would be a bonus. We finished where we deserved and like every other club the 'ifs' and 'buts' meant we could have finished fith from top or fith from bottom, so 11th was par for the course. Next season is still a season of development, by the end of which M'ON should have been able to move on the players who are surplus to requirements and replaced them with his preferences. Whilst he is doing this it would be nice to have a cup run, but if we have the luck of the draw we had this season (Chelski and Manure) away then it will be difficult no matter who we buy in the summer. How we do in the league is the standard to be judged by. I actually believe that it is possible to break into the top four but highly unlikely. More realistically anything above 7th should be considered a bonus. Slowly slowly catchy monkey. The foundations are still being laid after 25 years of destruction. Next season some of the building work will go onto these foundations. You can build a shed in a few days. A fortress takes a while longer. Make no mistake though, Villa are on the way back. The lion will once again be the king of the jungle.
25/05/2007 12:20:00
Well put voiceoftheholte. I would also re-iterate that we are entering the second year of the new board's five year plan to be challenging for Champion's League, as stated by Richard Fitzgerald. We are very much still building for the future.
25/05/2007 12:28:00
Expectations are a two way thing. We are on here saying we will do this, that and the other. I think the board have expectations of the fans. Is this an area in which we will deliver? I read a great article by Ruud Gullit the other day stating how much difference a clubs fans can make. He said a good set of vocal, passionate supporters are geniunely a 12th man. So forgetting who we may or may not buy, it is up to us to make a difference. The new owners and M'ON have shown they can not just talk the talk, they also walk the walk. We will be able to do the same as supporters. Season ticket sales will answer this!!!
25/05/2007 13:03:00
top four. Or maybe i'm just so happy with things at the moment it's clouding my judgement!
25/05/2007 15:22:00
i voted for 5th - 7th and belevie we can come 5th or 6th!
25/05/2007 17:33:00
Expectations are obviously high amongst the supporters, and that is good to see after years of doom and gloom, hoping for the best but very much fearing the worst. As we all know, finishing in a top six place isn't going to be easy, its guaranteed for no one. As for the Cups. As I've said before on here, forget about them. The luck of the draw rules your destiny. If you get a decent run then enjoy it, if you dont, and you've been presented with a difficult draw, then tough, get over it.
25/05/2007 19:32:00
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