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Majority Say Villa Will Finish 4th

Majority Say Villa Will Finish 4th

Vital Villa asked in our last poll, following the slight wobble results wise recently:

Where do you think Villa finish now?

The majority still have the faith we can get 4th with 38% of the vote.

35% think we'll just miss out and finish 5th (see new poll on that very subject!)

15% are fearing a real fall and UEFA Cup football again with a 6th place finish.

3% consider the season doomed saying below 6th.

That leaves the opti's!

5% said 2nd and 4% 3rd.

Our latest poll asks, in a poll suggested by AstonVillaFC 'If we were to now finish 5th, would you view it as...'

So what do you reckon, where do you see us finishing and how would you feel if we ended up 5th?

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Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday March 9 2009
Time: 12:39PM


I know that when i saw Spurs and Man City buying a lot of good players, and Everton already ahead of us in terms of previous finishes in season, that i would have been very happy to finish as the best of the rest. I know that we've done really well thus far, and can see the 4th place as a realistic target, but i think if you looked at it at the beginning of the season you'd be happy enough about 5th. It's wrong to sprint at the beginning of the London Marathon for a few miles and say "I'm fourth, i don't know how i lost it" because we've got to play a full season before we're where we're meant to be. If that turns out to be fifth, then i'll be happy enough.
09/03/2009 13:42:00
So, according to your own figures, 53% say we will finish below 4th!! So how do you make out "The majority still have the faith we can get 4th..."?? Shouldn't you be working for the Government with this kind of 'positive spin'? ;-)
Class of 82
09/03/2009 13:49:00
well if you look at it like that class of 82, I could have put 82% say top 5!
The Fear
09/03/2009 15:48:00
You could have Fear, but we all know 5th place is 'failure' this season. 5th place only brings you the Europa Cup - and we all know what the club thinks about that don't we!? Again, the majority of fans think that MON will 'fail' this season - simples!
Class of 82
09/03/2009 16:46:00
5th is only failure in some "arm chair" fans eyes Class of 82. Finishing 4th would be incredible and we have given ourselves a great chance but to say finishing 5th is a failure is short sighted to say the least. We're building something at the moment and as long as the fans can see that then I think we'll keep moving in the right direction, i'm guessing you're one of the boo boys!!! Are you telling me if someone asked you 2 years ago how you would feel about finishing 5th you'd say it was a failure? Don't think so!!
09/03/2009 20:53:00
5th is all well and good and an improvement on last year e.t.c but i fear we may lose Barry, our most reliable and consistent player. We need him to stay because he's top class, as we all know. Losing him is like a step back. We deserve 4th even if we dont get it. We missed so many opportunities. Just hope Barry can see that
09/03/2009 21:13:00
So 53% say we will not finish top4.
10/03/2009 07:57:00
Hi pjvilla. You could have asked me at anytime in the last 30 plus years I have been supporting Villa, and I would have told you that 5th place was the bare minimum we should expect for a club as great as ours. However, now that MON has made it clear that the Uefa/Europa Cup is not worth competing in, I see it as HIS failure if we do not finish in the top 4 - especially with all the advantages he has over previous managers. By the way, you guessed wrong.
Class of 82
10/03/2009 09:41:00
Where the hell has o'neil said he doesn't think much of the Europa cup???. What he did was saw the chance (MAYBE the ONLY chance) of finishing 4th this year and keeping players like Barry. Ok so winning the cup meant silverware - but Barry clearly stated a desire to play champions league football - he'll be off if someone like Arsenal,Chelski, Liverpool or Man City (who WILL spend big this summer) and probably be fighting for a top 4 spot too and maybe Spuds also. He probably won't do the same again next year as I think he would have learnt from his mistakes (as all good managers do) but you seem to be predicting next season already. NOT ONE SINGLE fan (Armchair or attending) could possibly have predicted we would be 4th at this time. No matter what happens this season has been a success regardless of 4th or 5th. I have been a fan since 1962 and this is probably the best setup and chance we have of success since Saunders and the Bendalls. It took Saunders time (after we sold Gray) to win the League. We are building - we have to compete with the best and the ones who will join the best (Everton, Man City & possibly Spurs), Tell you what - some fans demand quality signings - they will only come to the top 4 or Man City and Spuds (for the money) - they won't come to Villa just yet - but maybe just maybe if we manage 4th (or higher) they will come to us. And that is what MON is thinking - the future. I have patience (have learned to with Villa and the old regime) some are so impatient. Hindsight is good isn't it.
10/03/2009 11:21:00
So can you tell us, Class of 82, of those who are realistically available, who would you rather have as Villa manager? I remember lots of names being bandied around during last summer's window, including Big Sam, Mark Hughes, (probably not Appy Arry lol) and a whole host of other managers who were spending cartloads of cash on 'big name' players. Where are they now? Are you saying you would prefer the big-talking, big-spending failures over the guy who has built something that, in my opinion, is more solid than flash, and who (in case you have missed the fact) has us still sitting in fourth place? The only manager I would swap for MON would be David Moyes, but let me remind you his squads regularly have real dips in form and is pilloried by toffees fans for it. Regardless of where we end up, I will consider this season a success over what has gone before. If you can name a manager you'd rather have, and who would come to B6, tell us who it is.
10/03/2009 12:40:00
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