Writer: J P Fear
Date:Friday April 24 2009
Ok, now I am fed up.
WILL SOMEBODY WITH A BIT OF SENSE AT ASTON VILLA - and I don't mean the manager who deflected blame for his keystone cops impersonation with our 'defenders' for the game - PLEASE TELL THE PRESS AND GABBY THAT THERE WAS NO ABUSE DIRECTED AT HIM AND NO BOOING EITHER.
I am totally fed up the flack the fans have got this season, Martin O'Neill several times has pointed fingers to us instead of looking at himself, his tactics (ahem), substitutions, throwing a UEFA Cup game etc. So why turn on the paying and passionate fans? Because we are an easy target, the press picked up on his comments and then he wasn't questioned about buying players and sitting them on the bench or loaning them out at a loss.
As I run the entire Vital Network I talk to many fans of different teams regularly and the amount of times I've been asked by other fans why we booed Gabby is just unreal. I did an article recently asking why some fans were booing at the end of games, I don't agree with that BUT I also don't expect lies to be pointed towards fans, especially us lot, especially after the years of winning absolutely nothing and still keeping the faith and the support.
What is the point of this constant moaning at the Villa Park faithful? What the hell do they expect to achieve? We have turned up in great numbers despite some God awful performances and all that happened was when Gabby - who hadn't scored in 12 games - was brought off the crowd cheered/jeered Martin O'Neill's decision. It wasn't aimed at the player, it was aimed at the boss - who it seems thinks he can do no wrong - for finally noticing that Gabby was way way off form and needed a rest.
Gabby is an exciting young talent, some think he'll end up an England regular, others don't. So what? The world is at his feet and it is up to him.
He is quoted in the Daily Telegraph as saying it was 'a bit upsetting' adding 'You don't expect that from your own fans.' It wasn't more than a week or so ago when he said he didn't care because he didn't listen to the fans anyway. So why the change?
He continued: 'Ever since I started here I've always had the crowd on my side, cheering my name and stuff. So to have that happen didn't feel right. I don't really know why they did it. They were probably upset because they'd been used to seeing us win games and in the top four for a long time. Maybe they wanted to take it out on someone.'
'But that's fans for you. It's not just at Villa, it's the same at most clubs. Eboue got it at Arsenal, didn't he? If they're used to winning games they turn quite quickly and look for people to blame when things go wrong.'
If anyone was booing then they aren't fans anyway BUT THEY WEREN'T. I sit exactly by the bench where MON 'apparently' heard booing. THERE WAS NONE. Most fans I know say exactly the same thing and some at the club know this for a fact as well.
Gabby carries on and I really see no point in this interview, how is this going to help him, the Villa or us?
'I think to myself, if they want to do that then I'll block it out and just play my own game. Pretend I can't hear them, even when I start playing well again.'
As said, will someone with a bit of sense at Villa have a word with Gabby, no one booed him, simple as that. He was way off form, at times he disappears in games and yet the Gabby song is still blasted out by the Holte. Maybe they shouldn't bother if he doesn't listen?!
Modern football is doing my nut in, how dare anyone have a go at a great bunch of fans like the Villa faithful?!
Date:Friday April 24 2009
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