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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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Date:Monday March 9 2009
Time: 12:39PM


Villan444 - good reply mate! Bob - I understand what you are saying, but I don't agree that "nobody expected top four" at the start of the season. Lot's of people, after finishing 6th last year (and with all the millions MON has at his disposal) expected we might finish top 4 - I remember seeing polls on various forums with this opinion. So, if you think we should all be eternally greatfull to MON for 5th this year, I disagree.
Class of 82
11/03/2009 11:21:00
I don't think MON is the Messiah, Class, and nor do I think he is beyond criticism. I simply happen to totally disagree with you on two major points: 1) I believe that MON was absolutely right to ditch the UEFA cup in favour of a greater CHANCE (not by any means a certainty) of grabbing a top four place; 2) I am absolutely sick and tired of hearing people insist on labelling anything less than 4th place a 'failure'. At the start of the season (when the UEFA cup was still a great opportunity, which is why we entered it, by the way) we would ALL have taken a top four place in a heartbeat, and you know it. The team are victims of their own success - nobody expected top four, but suddenly MON is a failure if we don't achieve just that. Fickle, or what?
10/03/2009 23:45:00
This is crazy that we talking about MON going - he is without doubt the best option for the future and needs to be given at least another 2 seasons to break into the CL position - esp with the money that Man City and Spurs have ... i only see one reason why MON should leave and thats if the special one Jose came out publicly and said he wanted to come to Villa for the challenge - if not MON should stay.... on finishing 4th this season - i think Arsenal will win saturday and then the way they are playing with all their injuries coming back at this crucial time and with our difficult next 4 games - sadly i think it will be next years challenge.... although Arsenal do have to play some tough games at the end of the season .... and its still a long way to go .... thats why im not giving up hope - just yet
10/03/2009 21:37:00
Fair play to you for posting your opinion (at last ;-D.) I would see us finishing below 4th and INDEED Liverpool to be a disaster after the way that we have performed in most games this season. Everyone has an off day or two but we have failed to turn up too many times for my liking and lost 3 points in 2 games at Stoke with seconds to spare. There is no end of the world scenario in my opinion if our wonderous leader falls short come the summer. If however he fails again next year then I might reconsider but Rome wasn't built in a day etc. and we are progressing. I agree with him RE: the cups, which are insignificant in comparison to fourth or above and I am also very impressed with how the closeknit squad has been formed. My main worry now is that Heskey has spoilt everything being the teacher's pet that he is and would have been a great asset had he been bought in the summer but not now. Also, we had a poor run this time last year and then turned it around to go on a run(which most of the armageddon predictors seem to have forgotten) so I am counting on us to do the same again. MON is not above criticism and no-ones perfect, but we could be doing a lot worse even with Randy at the helm
10/03/2009 15:52:00
But Villan444, you have omitted to post your thoughts on what happens if MON's "gamble" fails. As for the 2 managers that I suggested, I didn't realise there were more 'rules' on whom I'm allowed to suggest. What with Bob only allowing 'realistic' (whatever that is) managers, and you only taking into account Premiership managers I feel I'm being a little restricted in my thoughts and choices. Is that what the 'Messiah squad' do in order to make everyone think that MON is the best/only option we have? I'll reiterate something. I HOPE MON gets us to 4th this year, and beyond in the following years. However, if I am asked for my 'opinion' (some of you might like to look that word up), I would say he won't.
Class of 82
10/03/2009 15:08:00
"Kicked out of the club" .LOL. You didn't need to explain the UEFA cup moan as that has been done in your previous posts. You need to move on from the past and look to the future as MON is. The bigger picture is not the FA or UEFA cup this year but the gamble of risking everything for the holy grail of Champs League which would bring success for years by the income and influx of higher quality players. The 2 managers mentioned have never been near the prem so we will never know, (probably why you have hedged your bets by saying their names.) R U AVFC48 IN DISGUISE
10/03/2009 14:32:00
Surely, every time I don't agree with something the manager/players/club owner does or doesn't do, I don't have to give a list of alternative managers/players/club owners? Can't a manager/player/club owner do something wrong without them being kicked out of the club? I'll have a go just for you though. My complaint? - I don't agree with MON throwing away the Uefa Cup. My alternative? - Don't throw away the Uefa Cup. My choice of replacement manager should MON get canned? Hitzfield or Louis Van Gaal. How's that!?
Class of 82
10/03/2009 14:22:00
Being a supporter for 100 years doesn't make you a better manager or pundit than someone who has supported for less time. A lot of people expected the Villa to finish top 4 (above Liverpool at that.) MON has done an amazing job but anything less than 4th is failure no matter how far we have progressed and no matter what the pre-season expectations were.
10/03/2009 14:17:00
... or Ramos maybe, or Swen? The point isn't whether you have asked for MON to go, or whether you think he's the Messiah (I don't, by the way. I think he's a bloody good, well-respected manager who is doing what I consider to do a good job for my team). The point is that in order to criticise constructively, you must give some alternatives. So many fans post their criticisms on here without offering any replacement policies, players, managers, strategies, etc.
10/03/2009 13:34:00
.....would you prefer Arsene Wenger then
10/03/2009 13:01:00
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