Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

An Interview With A Burnley Fan

An Interview With A Burnley Fan

1) So, first year in the premiership, impressions so far?

Mixed feelings, its good for the club to be in the limelight and our home form is still holding up well but its a hell of struggle down there fighting for survival! Getting cheesed off now that I still haven't seen 'em win away yet this season

2) Who is the best team you've played so far, the hardest to beat and the team who has most surprised you?

The best team by a country mile must be Chelsea, they were awesome against us at the Bridge and played superb flowing football. Not so exciting at Turf Moor but they were still hard to beat and we lost again! The team that has surprised me the most is Birmingham, I wish we could go on a mini-run like they did. One of my bets originally to be struggling down with the rest of us so lost that one!

3) Owen Coyle... respect for what he achieved or just anger over his departure? Personally I think if he had hung around until the end of the season and kept you in the Premiership, his stock would have been much higher!

I know I am supposed to be grateful he got us promoted and that I have to move on now but I hate his guts with a vengeance for the mess he left behind. It was the manner in which he did it having spouted such wonderful platitudes about enjoying his work at Burnley. Yadda,yadda,bollox time!! He also took all the bloody backroom staff with him including someone we thought was Burnley through and through (Steve Davis, Chief Coach and former legend). You have hit the nail on the head, he only had to stay another four months or so and it would not have mattered had we been relegated or still been in the top flight, he could have gone anywhere with our blessing. What he did, still hurts. We thought he was something special and different, leaving the club in a crucial transfer window with no management team, a couple of points off the drop zone sums the guy up. From hero to zero, from God to Sod! Judas committed suicide, I am waiting for Susan Boyle to do the same and take Bolton down with him

4) Brian Laws seemed to be a bit of a surprise appointment, now he has had a little time, what are your first impressions?

Brian is making the right noises but I sense he is on a tightrope. If he keeps the club up, he will be a hero. If we get relegated I am not sure how the fans will react if things start going badly next season. The club say he is the right man for the job and he is a former player but the perception is we got him on the cheap because the club seem to be determined not to go into debt and appear to be preparing for the Championship next season. Some will say we should show more ambition. The problem for Laws if we do go down is that folk will remember his sacking at Shef Wed and the perceived label of a failed manager at that level might come back to haunt him. We are all supporting him though at the moment and we all want him to do well of course

One of the things you could criticise Coyle for was his 'gung-ho' approach. We played attractive passing-to-feet football, but time and time again we got caught out on the break with the midfield and defence unable to handle the pacy wingers and counter-attacks. Laws has identified that as a weakness and has tried to plug the gap by bringing in some key players in the Jan window. It is difficult to know if it's working as our away form continues to be worrying and we were dreadful in the last one against Fulham at Craven Cottage.

5) Looking forward to your trip to Villa Park? What is your impression of Villa and our manager Martin O'Neill?

I like Villa Park a lot, a proper footy ground. Will enjoy my time there and will enjoy it even more if you take your eye off the ball and allow us to get our first three points on the road this season. Big ask though.

I get the impression Villa still suffer from inconsistency at times but not enough to keep you out of earshot of a top-four finish. High regard for MoN, he gets on with it calmly without being brash and bigheaded.

6) If you could have a couple of our players, who would they be and why?

Milner and probably Downing now! Why? We might win away then!! :(

7) You staying up? Who is going down?

We have four crucial home games (six-pointers) coming up on the trot against struggling clubs -Portsmouth, Stoke, Wolves and Blackburn. Those are our vital four wins that would put us on 35 points and probable safety. Anything else would be a bonus. Bolton have an horrendous run-in (titter) and I fancy them to go down and would do so even if CoyleyClot wasn't in charge! Portsmouth looks doomed so we just have to finish above one other club. I think Wolves look the weakest.

8) Why is your home form so good and your away form so bad?

Now there is the question that has baffled all Clarets fans! There is the infamous 'Fortress Turf Moor' effect at home which is so intimidating for the opposition. That could be a factor but it cant be the total answer. Some of it could be psychological on the road. We seem to have got in the habit of playing well and pressing for an opener in the first 20 minutes or so only to concede and have the stuffing taken out of us. Our heads seem to drop after that although in all honesty some of the away games have not been as bad as the media make out.

9) Go on then, lets have your prediction for Sunday?!

I am hoping you have the Carling Cup final on your mind and we can nick a point 1-1!!

With thanks to turphmanphil from Vital Burnley: www.burnley.vitalfootball.co.uk/


Bookmark and Share

Exclusive to Vital ! Read now ! The Vital Boxing John H Stracey Interview



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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Saturday February 20 2010
Time: 10:56AM

Comments

0
my interview on Vital Burnley: Click Here
The Fear
20/02/2010 11:08:00
0
my interview on Vital Burnley: Click Here
The Fear
20/02/2010 11:08:00
0
Oi my name is TURFmanphil!! lol ;-) Cheers J
turfmanphil
20/02/2010 11:24:00
0
Oi my name is TURFmanphil!! lol ;-) Cheers J
turfmanphil
20/02/2010 11:24:00
0
I do love these interview exchanges!
The Fear
21/02/2010 09:54:00
0
I do love these interview exchanges!
The Fear
21/02/2010 09:54:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Bruce Previews Wigan Clash

Manager Steve Bruce has now held his pre Wigan Athletic press conference with the media and here's what he had to say.

Something For The Weekend (555)

It was destined to be a week haunted by old doubts after Bruce's Villa relinquished their invincibility tag, as they lost to Leeds United.

From Hate To Love! 5 Teams Villa Fan Does Like (Opinion)

JuanPabloAngel yesterday told us which opposition teams he hated. Today he's showing the love.

Away Fan Consultation Minutes From 7/12/2016 Meeting

The away fan consultation minutes from the last meeting.

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Editor email
Profile
Mike Field
Editor email
Profile
Steve Wade
no email
Profile
Villa_Grizzly
no email
Profile
Turkish Penguin
no email
Profile
Glensider
no email
Profile
Chris Heath
no email
Profile
M Calucar
no email
Profile
JuanPablo Angel
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

The Vital Villa Player Of November
Suggested By: JP Fear
Gollini8%
Hutton1%
Chester4%
Baker5%
Westwood2%
Amavi2%
Jedinak34%
Gardner1%
Grealish2%
Gestede2%
Kodjia31%
Adomah 5%
Ayew1%
Other2%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Brighton 20 12 6 2 42 19
2 Newcastle 19 13 1 5 40 21
3 Reading 19 10 4 5 34 1
4 Leeds Utd 20 10 2 8 32 1
5 Birmingham 19 8 7 4 31 2
6 Sheff Wed 19 9 4 6 31 1
7 Norwich 19 9 3 7 30 4
8 Huddersfield 19 9 3 7 30 -3
9 Derby County 19 8 5 6 29 4
10 Fulham 19 7 7 5 28 9
11 Bristol City 19 8 3 8 27 4
12 Barnsley 19 7 4 8 25 3
13 Forest 19 7 4 8 25 1
14 Preston 19 7 4 8 25 1
15 Aston Villa 19 5 10 4 25 1
16 Ipswich 19 6 6 7 24 -2
17 Q.P.R. 19 6 5 8 23 -8
18 Brentford 19 6 4 9 22 -2
19 Burton 19 5 7 7 22 -4
20 Wolves 19 5 6 8 21 -3
21 Blackburn 19 5 5 9 20 -7
22 Cardiff 19 5 4 10 19 -12
23 Wigan 19 4 6 9 18 -5
24 Rotherham 19 1 4 14 7 -26
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Red Bull Racing to take advantage of Merc turmoil?
Latest Vital Boxing News
Joshua v Molina – The Weigh-In
Write for Vital Football

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Wigan Athletic (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 13 2016 7:45PM : Norwich City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 18 2016 12:00PM : Queens Park Rangers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 26 2016 3:00PM : Burton Albion (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 29 2016 7:45PM : Leeds United (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Jan 2 2017 3:00PM : Cardiff City (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.The Fear208
2.JuanPabloAngel134
3.HeathfieldRoad187496
4.sirdennis85
5.BodyButter74
6.TuBBz74
7.Stephen Jay Hawkings56
8.DeanoVilla51
9.Wurzel49
10.Silhillvilla34
The Vital Football Members League