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General Krulak Feedback Update Pt4

Ok, so where were we? Oh yes, we last finished with GK part 3: Click Here

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GK was again asked about his health, unfortunately he is still unable to travel as he is busting a gut to want to get back to Villa Park...! My doctor has still got a 'red card' on me for travel. I am not sure when he will give me a clean bill of health. This bacterial infection is real nasty and, so far, the antibiotics have not totally killed it. I just went off my last regime of antibiotics on Monday and should have a sense of how I am doing in a couple of weeks. Believe me, I want to be there!!

He also said that no decision at all has been made when asked about the possible re-naming when the North Stand is re-developed. Rumours have suggested it might be named after a sponsor, GK said No decision on naming the new North Stand....rumors to the contrary.

GK assured fans that certain comments that he'd not responded to had been passed on to the right department. For instance Jonah asked if they could return to the Hi Ho Silver song before the game and I'd mentioned the official site was no longer linking to archived results.

GK said Jonah..I have passed your thoughts up on the Hi-Ho Silver. Re. the OS, I have asked the site manager to look at each of my threads daily to ensure he (and we) don't miss any good suggestions, ideas or comments.

He also again spoke about the attendance at Villa Park having been further questioned:

Attendance at games: Attendance now, according to a poster, is a result of 'poor management.' That is an interesting view in my opinion. We have a management that has invested heavily in the infrastructure to make visiting Villa Park a welcoming experience. We have a management that has invested heavily in communicating with the Fans and providing them an opportunity to meet with management and make suggestions, comments, etc. (the SCG). We have management that has kept the ticket prices at Villa Park low...perhaps the lowest in the Premiership. We have management that has provided packages and incentives to encourage fans to come to Villa Park. We have an owner who has certainly provided funding for players...certainly more than the previous owner by a long shot. We have a Squad that won the Peace Cup (yes, this was friendly competition but it was competition none the less), have beaten Liverpool, have purchased some quality players during the current window (I am shocked that people question the capability of those we have brought in) and we continue to see a Bright Future. So where has management gone wrong??? There are many reasons why fans come to Villa Park...and many reasons why they don't come. I honestly believe I have been on these threads long enough to FULLY understand the reasons why they may not come. It was the Fans who made the decision not to come to the RV game. We, the management, offered them a very strong value proposition and some didn't take us up on it. Obviously the economy has an impact but the RV game should not have been impacted by the economy because the value proposition was there. Soooo, was it Wigan? Was it last season? Was it the transfer window? Only the Fans know. What I will say is very simple and very clear...we cannot have a football club without Fans. The Club needs Fans to survive and Fans need to understand that fact. Staying away from Villa Park because you are upset with someone is the surest way to cut off your nose to spite your face.

He was also asked, as a follow up, whether he would give the projections for the next few games - I interrupted saying of course he couldn't - he did however reply Obviously our projections are made with historical data as well as what is happening with the Club at the moment...standings, wins vs losses, etc. The projections are made a couple of weeks in advance so it would be difficult to give you multiple numbers. It also probably wouldn't be too smart. I will find it interesting to see what happens after the break, the summer is over, bank holiday etc. I would hope to see the numbers go up. We are 3 wins in 6 days, we had a good transfer window, we are all working hard. I would hope the Fans show their appreciation by coming out and cheering the lads on. We cannot have a team without fans. which was a nice way of saying, of course not!

Having had a few words in the press about the boos some fans have asked GK to pass on to the manager that not all fans are booing and many are there 100% supporting the team (to be fair, even those booing ARE at the game and ARE therefore supporting the team!) GK said: As I understand it, MON went out of his way in the media to settle down the dispute between him and the Fans. I think we all need to just get back on the horse that kicked us and get on with the ride. We have too much ahead of us to continue to dispute. At the end of the day, we need the Fans at the games cheering the lads on.

He also says on Richard Dunne, I think he has shown he can play the position and will be a real asset to the Squad. He 'fits' into our scheme and has solid experience.

Also some went on and questioned the signing, lucky that GK got there before I did as I'd have probably deleted the comments, GK isn't the manager and to expect him to 'cross' the manager and say what who he would or wouldn't have signed is madness! Anyway, GK fought his corner saying Let's give Dunne a chance before we begin to question his speed, age, agility, etc. etc. The Lad now wears Claret and Blue and we ought to not question his ability or desire. Obviously MON saw something in him that you didn't see. Again, all I ask is that we give the lad a chance to show what he has before we get down on him.

Also he points to the re-developed Bodymoor Heath training ground and other improvements assuring fans that those changes are helping to attract players: There is no question that much of the work done on the infrastructure is helpful in bringing players to our Club...this is especially true of Bodymoor Heath. If there is a drawback...and I use the word IF...it probably goes to the real estate motto of 'location, location, location.' I think there are some players who would like to play in London. Just my opinion...no one has ever said this is correct. What do you think?

You can't argue with that, some players will only look to London but there are still plenty who can't resist the temptations of Aston! To be fair, Birmingham has pulled itself right up there since the drab 70's grey concrete days and there is much more going on in this area, so the more we win, the more other players WILL have their head turned by AVFC!

Having been asked about the transfer window, despite it being the plague of the thread whilst open (well, for me at least!) GK said ... and remember, when he answers things about players, he is talking as a fan, not as the manager.... I would rate it a good window. I think that MON knew what he needed to get...knew who was available...knew those lads who would 'fit' and he went after them. I honestly believe that by the end of the season, people will believe that we are not only deeper but we are also stronger. I understand your comment about a stronger starting squad last year...I am not sure I agree. I think we are stronger in the middle of the field now and we are certainly deeper in the back...Laursen is a tough lad to replace but I think MON has done a good job of trying to do just that.

He also said that the undisclosed fee style of transfers will continue, as they don't see the point in advertising what has been spent in that way. Shame, makes my sums bloody difficult GK, have a heart!!!!!!!!!!! + I do not see us making all aspects of the transfer situation public. There are obvious downsides to taking that route.

He does also point out, as I did the other day in this article: Thanks To Randy Lerner, that Randy has once again backed the manager Transfers: For the past 3+ years I have said that the Board and Randy support the Manager. Hopefully when the next window comes around we won't be arguing if Randy is willing to pay.

There is also a discussion ongoing about whether the manager buys in plenty of time or 'panics': 'Panic buying'....oh me, oh my!!! Please...please...give me one day's break. Simply put, NO Panic Buying....there is SO VERY MUCH that goes into the transfer window that to have someone come on this site and insinuate Panic Buying is just too much for me to handle right now. Hold the thought and raise it when I am 'fit' to get into such a debate. Suffice it to say that if we thought we were into Panic Buying, we wouldn't be much of a Club. You do us a disservice.

And so there you have it, the latest round up of views from the Board via GK.

(Feel free to copy on Villa sites who don't have GK visiting by the way)




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday September 4 2009

Time: 5:58PM

Your Comments

fair play to him for doing this, and fair play for standing up to the fans when needed. and finally, fair play for that dig at Ellis!
bobbyfett
fair play to him for doing this, and fair play for standing up to the fans when needed. and finally, fair play for that dig at Ellis!
bobbyfett
It's impressive that the General is so knowledgeable about English football. My dad was a Colonel in the British army and the thought of him going over to work for an American Football team and learning so much so fast is quite frankly unimaginable! Plus, the last thing I'd want is him let loose on the public forums! But great that the General is doing such a great job.
olofthegreat
It's impressive that the General is so knowledgeable about English football. My dad was a Colonel in the British army and the thought of him going over to work for an American Football team and learning so much so fast is quite frankly unimaginable! Plus, the last thing I'd want is him let loose on the public forums! But great that the General is doing such a great job.
olofthegreat
Agreed fair play indeed. There are so many fans with ridiculous expectations. The whole management is working for steady improvement in all areas, and that's what we're getting
Jongekki
Agreed fair play indeed. There are so many fans with ridiculous expectations. The whole management is working for steady improvement in all areas, and that's what we're getting
Jongekki
I had the absolute pleasure of working for this guy during his time at MBNA. He is an absolute legend...a top top man who just inspires you when you are in his presence. Not sure people really understand how revered he was by the American presidents and and people of that standing (Well before Bush anyway). Fact he has done this aricle for you guys in no way surprises me.
5 times
I had the absolute pleasure of working for this guy during his time at MBNA. He is an absolute legend...a top top man who just inspires you when you are in his presence. Not sure people really understand how revered he was by the American presidents and and people of that standing (Well before Bush anyway). Fact he has done this aricle for you guys in no way surprises me.
5 times
I know that I constantly go on about support. In my opinion the attendances against Wigan Vienna and Fulham have been a disgrace. So that is not a knock against those that attended (although the atmosphere created was poor and the thousands turning their backs on the team 5 minutes before the final whistle should be ashamed of their actions), I find it refreshing to hear somebody in the club questioning the commitment of the fans. The club have bent over backwards to do everything possible and still there permeates an air of negativity and a reluctance for people tp put their money where their mouth is. When Randy took over attendances increased slightly and were at higher levels than since God was a dog. But still we had games where there were thousands of empty seats. And the consensus was lets see how the team do . . . . . lets see how much money is spent . . . . . . blah blah. Well the team have performed (although the last 3 months of the season were disappointing), money has been wisely (with some notable exceptions) invested both on and off the pitch. Everything we have wanted within reason has been done. And still we refuse to back Randy and his regime in sufficient numbers. This is not acceptable and if you are reading this and you are one of those happy to spout their views but not happy to pay your dough, then hang your head in shame. Forget that other than the last three months of the season, we have had some wonderfully entertaining football, played by a generation of generally young English talent (and some brilliant foreign additions such as Carew, Laursen, Petrov etc) remember the other things that have happened ie: Acorns, Bodymoor Heath, Nike are now partners and suppliers, The Holte Pub, the logo, the New Holte Suite, the brilliantly improved Trinity Road, a new club shop in the City Centre, away fans now in the corner and Villa behind both goals, the free travel to Chelsea for all supporters, the European Cup anniversary weekend against Sheffield United (bought tears to my eyes) the scarves, the flags, the great ticket prices in comparison to most other clubs, the supporters forums where many of the things fans have wanted they have got and not least General Krulack for being so patient with many of the muppets that have wasted his time. I could go on and tell of a personal story where GK arranged thousands of 's worth of hospitality for a terminally ill friend. But that is not the point. We are finally a proper football club. We have something that we can be proud of. We are progressing on the pitch. Some may not be totally happy with the manager and his player selections (but that will always be the case. Manure have just won the league but the fans are still critisising Nani, Evans, Fletcher and Anderson amongst others). So M'ON is never going to please everbody. But that doesn't matter. There is now absolutely no reason for VP not to be full every game. There are fans who still cannot afford it. There are still fans who live too far away to come every game. Some can't make games on certain days. But this is the same for every fan of every club in every league. For two years only 5 clubs have been better than us. Unfortunately there are too many fans who can afford to come, who live within reasonable distance of VP, who simply can't be arsed. And until that changes I feel our support is going to be Randys biggest disappointment and the reason why future investment (like the ground expansion) will be withheld. And who can blame him? A club is it's fans and we are simply not standing up and being counted at the moment and it may come back and haunt us. Then the real fans will have something to moan at.
voiceoftheholte
I know that I constantly go on about support. In my opinion the attendances against Wigan Vienna and Fulham have been a disgrace. So that is not a knock against those that attended (although the atmosphere created was poor and the thousands turning their backs on the team 5 minutes before the final whistle should be ashamed of their actions), I find it refreshing to hear somebody in the club questioning the commitment of the fans. The club have bent over backwards to do everything possible and still there permeates an air of negativity and a reluctance for people tp put their money where their mouth is. When Randy took over attendances increased slightly and were at higher levels than since God was a dog. But still we had games where there were thousands of empty seats. And the consensus was lets see how the team do . . . . . lets see how much money is spent . . . . . . blah blah. Well the team have performed (although the last 3 months of the season were disappointing), money has been wisely (with some notable exceptions) invested both on and off the pitch. Everything we have wanted within reason has been done. And still we refuse to back Randy and his regime in sufficient numbers. This is not acceptable and if you are reading this and you are one of those happy to spout their views but not happy to pay your dough, then hang your head in shame. Forget that other than the last three months of the season, we have had some wonderfully entertaining football, played by a generation of generally young English talent (and some brilliant foreign additions such as Carew, Laursen, Petrov etc) remember the other things that have happened ie: Acorns, Bodymoor Heath, Nike are now partners and suppliers, The Holte Pub, the logo, the New Holte Suite, the brilliantly improved Trinity Road, a new club shop in the City Centre, away fans now in the corner and Villa behind both goals, the free travel to Chelsea for all supporters, the European Cup anniversary weekend against Sheffield United (bought tears to my eyes) the scarves, the flags, the great ticket prices in comparison to most other clubs, the supporters forums where many of the things fans have wanted they have got and not least General Krulack for being so patient with many of the muppets that have wasted his time. I could go on and tell of a personal story where GK arranged thousands of 's worth of hospitality for a terminally ill friend. But that is not the point. We are finally a proper football club. We have something that we can be proud of. We are progressing on the pitch. Some may not be totally happy with the manager and his player selections (but that will always be the case. Manure have just won the league but the fans are still critisising Nani, Evans, Fletcher and Anderson amongst others). So M'ON is never going to please everbody. But that doesn't matter. There is now absolutely no reason for VP not to be full every game. There are fans who still cannot afford it. There are still fans who live too far away to come every game. Some can't make games on certain days. But this is the same for every fan of every club in every league. For two years only 5 clubs have been better than us. Unfortunately there are too many fans who can afford to come, who live within reasonable distance of VP, who simply can't be arsed. And until that changes I feel our support is going to be Randys biggest disappointment and the reason why future investment (like the ground expansion) will be withheld. And who can blame him? A club is it's fans and we are simply not standing up and being counted at the moment and it may come back and haunt us. Then the real fans will have something to moan at.
voiceoftheholte
VOTH, lately you've been saying some right old offensive tosh (that's putting it mildly) about the Irish and Scousers. However, your last post is pure class. Agree with virtually every word.
VillaWillRiseAgain
VOTH, lately you've been saying some right old offensive tosh (that's putting it mildly) about the Irish and Scousers. However, your last post is pure class. Agree with virtually every word.
VillaWillRiseAgain
true, voth
..doctorwho..
true, voth
..doctorwho..
haha never really listenend to this guys comments before, what a legend.............If you look at the big picture we really are going places now, some people need to chill out a bit and stop moaning.
son_of_cher
haha never really listenend to this guys comments before, what a legend.............If you look at the big picture we really are going places now, some people need to chill out a bit and stop moaning.
son_of_cher
Well said VOTH, brilliant post (one small detail: O'Leary brought in Laursen, not the current regime...so as far as exciting, big name foreigners it's just Carew really. Can this be the source of all the fans angst? Surely not).
olofthegreat
Well said VOTH, brilliant post (one small detail: O'Leary brought in Laursen, not the current regime...so as far as exciting, big name foreigners it's just Carew really. Can this be the source of all the fans angst? Surely not).
olofthegreat
great post VOTH if i was still in the UK i would still have a season ticket... unless funds and distance prevent attending games then there are no excuses. I try and support the club in other ways as best i can..lets all join together and push for apacked Villa Park and roar on the lads for glory...we DO have the wherewithall now
Bangkok Villan
great post VOTH if i was still in the UK i would still have a season ticket... unless funds and distance prevent attending games then there are no excuses. I try and support the club in other ways as best i can..lets all join together and push for apacked Villa Park and roar on the lads for glory...we DO have the wherewithall now
Bangkok Villan
The General does a great job on here and I know from personal experience that he does listen and act on suggestions. I just wish some people who post in his thread knew where to draw the line.
jonah
The General does a great job on here and I know from personal experience that he does listen and act on suggestions. I just wish some people who post in his thread knew where to draw the line.
jonah
VOTH - spot on. Fed up with all the negativity around Villa at the start of this season. Even wins are treated in a negative fashion by some. Truth is whilst there are some good fans, there are also some big moaners who follow Villa.
Gordonsleftboot
VOTH - spot on. Fed up with all the negativity around Villa at the start of this season. Even wins are treated in a negative fashion by some. Truth is whilst there are some good fans, there are also some big moaners who follow Villa.
Gordonsleftboot
Olof I never said who purchased Laursen, just that he has been a Villa player and is one of the reasons why VP should always have been full. We have a mixture of foreign and English players so that is not the reason for any moaning. We all loved Laursen but he was only plucked form Milans reserves. He wasn't purchased as a 'wow' foreign signing. He just turned into one.
voiceoftheholte
Olof I never said who purchased Laursen, just that he has been a Villa player and is one of the reasons why VP should always have been full. We have a mixture of foreign and English players so that is not the reason for any moaning. We all loved Laursen but he was only plucked form Milans reserves. He wasn't purchased as a 'wow' foreign signing. He just turned into one.
voiceoftheholte
Wish you'd stop with these one line answers VOTH and let us know what you really think! :o))) Might look to front page that into an article at some point... !
The Fear
Wish you'd stop with these one line answers VOTH and let us know what you really think! :o))) Might look to front page that into an article at some point... !
The Fear
Laursen wasn't plucked from Milans reserves ! ...he had injury problems there too, so they signed Kahka Kaladze, then when Laursen was fit again he didn't get off the bench much..so he came to us...he won a CL Medal with Milan...
astonmilan
Laursen wasn't plucked from Milans reserves ! ...he had injury problems there too, so they signed Kahka Kaladze, then when Laursen was fit again he didn't get off the bench much..so he came to us...he won a CL Medal with Milan...
astonmilan
...and being a season ticket holder for 26 years now....at home and travelling away .....we have the worst fans in the prem at home.....well now Boro have gone down.......I have a guy and his son sitting behind me and all they do is slag off every player who touches the ball.....I have never understood it.......why bother coming ????.........travelling away with England we always get stick off other fans about our fans moaning, under some managers I could justify it but now it is embarrasing, and as the Voice said, it will damage the club eventually......I pray it won't, I've waited too long for this great historic club to finaly have stabilty....UTV
astonmilan
...and being a season ticket holder for 26 years now....at home and travelling away .....we have the worst fans in the prem at home.....well now Boro have gone down.......I have a guy and his son sitting behind me and all they do is slag off every player who touches the ball.....I have never understood it.......why bother coming ????.........travelling away with England we always get stick off other fans about our fans moaning, under some managers I could justify it but now it is embarrasing, and as the Voice said, it will damage the club eventually......I pray it won't, I've waited too long for this great historic club to finaly have stabilty....UTV
astonmilan
Astonmilan. I think you have highlighted a very real and potentially catastrophic problem for AVFC. I honestly believe that as a group of fans we are on the verge of a Civil War. It is only a sense I have but I feel that there are a number of indications that as a group of Fans we have some fundamental issues to address. I do place the beginnings of this schism in the days of John Gregory and Doug Ellis. I think that both of these men had a deeply polarising effect on AVFC and its fans. At times I can remember the arguments for and against both of these men being verbally violent and paralysing for the club and I genuinely think this trait continues. We have a group of fans probably more polarised about every element of our club than any other team. I see this even more now in the regard for MON and worryingly RL. I believe that there is a deep routed animosity within the villa family & I am as guilty as any other fans in this respect. I genuinely struggle to have respect for many of my 'fellow fans, as I often see the ideas and utterances as being totally alien to my own. For my part I see idiots spewing obscenities from the back of the holt, frequent booing of the team, goading of villa players (Gabby Last season being the low point)at the first miss pass and general negativity based on any setback. This often makes VP a soul destroying place to be. I love the team and sometimes hate our fans. I am at a loss to see any quick change in this because I know that there are a significant number who disagree with me.
Brendanormsby
Astonmilan. I think you have highlighted a very real and potentially catastrophic problem for AVFC. I honestly believe that as a group of fans we are on the verge of a Civil War. It is only a sense I have but I feel that there are a number of indications that as a group of Fans we have some fundamental issues to address. I do place the beginnings of this schism in the days of John Gregory and Doug Ellis. I think that both of these men had a deeply polarising effect on AVFC and its fans. At times I can remember the arguments for and against both of these men being verbally violent and paralysing for the club and I genuinely think this trait continues. We have a group of fans probably more polarised about every element of our club than any other team. I see this even more now in the regard for MON and worryingly RL. I believe that there is a deep routed animosity within the villa family & I am as guilty as any other fans in this respect. I genuinely struggle to have respect for many of my 'fellow fans, as I often see the ideas and utterances as being totally alien to my own. For my part I see idiots spewing obscenities from the back of the holt, frequent booing of the team, goading of villa players (Gabby Last season being the low point)at the first miss pass and general negativity based on any setback. This often makes VP a soul destroying place to be. I love the team and sometimes hate our fans. I am at a loss to see any quick change in this because I know that there are a significant number who disagree with me.
Brendanormsby
 

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