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MON Wonders What Fans Expect

MON Wonders What Fans Expect


Martin O'Neill hasn't taken kindly to the apparent booing of some fans in the local derby v Wolves. Must admit although there were rumbles, I didn't think there was a major noise from the naysayers, what were other people's impression who were there?

I'm sure MON didn't take kindly to the cheers for Luke Young and Nathan Delfouneso when they were running to the Holte End and looked that they might be being brought on. He also looked away when the song from the Holte was 'we want Delfouneso' but most managers would react the same, managers by their very nature have to have a big ego surely? Not the sort of job I'd like, everything rests on him and he does at times seem an 'island' and is obviously - as is his right, it is his job - seemingly very stubborn!

MON told the press:

'The opening 20-odd minutes was as good a display as we have produced in recent times. It was scintillating stuff and you would have got long odds on us being booed off at half-time. But that's the nature of things. I suppose a Carling Cup final appearance, the semi-finals of the FA Cup and battling for a top-four place in the league is maybe what is expected to happen here every year.'

Adding, 'Does it upset me? I expect it. It is more the nature of the game nowadays than ever before. I don't think it is just an Aston Villa thing, but not every single side has reached a cup final, a semi-final and with nine games to go is in the hunt for the top four.'

MON with hand to mouth

My only question is what about the many more thousands of fans who turn up week in and week out and don't boo? It is hard to take when these quotes come up again almost suggesting that it is all or most fans booing. It totally isn't. Half time whistle blew and by me no one booed, all I did was shout 'come on you Villa boys' not that isn't a negative is it?! (I say that as I'm in ear shot as I sit right by the bench).

I don't like booing BUT at least the fans who are vocal either way are there at the ground, paying their hard earned money and taking their time to show their passion for the club. If that passion sometimes overflows into a negative vibe or frustration .... so what?

If any manager is looking for constant thanks from fans for a job they are VERY well paid for then surely they are on a hiding to nothing? The flipside, if any fan thinks their team is going to win every game and not at times disappoint, they are also on a hiding to nothing but depression!

Must admit, I can't see why we can't all settle down and just enjoy the run in to the end of the season, maybe we'll end up with the FA Cup and/or 4th place? If not, then the debates as to if what we do achieve is good enough can start?

Funny old game but boy do we love it?!


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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday March 21 2010
Time: 4:02PM

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I didnt think there was any major booing, but i cannot understand those who did boo. Sure, we were all frustrated because it WAS a game we SHOULD have won. I too, am disappointed that Luke Young doesnt start, and we dont see more of Deplh and Delfonseau BUT we are having a great season, the BEST for years, and I fully agree with MON about fans not appreciating this. Sadly DOL got one thing right whilst at VP about fickle fans. I and thousands of other 'happy' fans get very embarrassed about the minority who make DOL seem a good judge.
krfeskivilla
21/03/2010 16:16:00
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Message for MON if he's reading this: The majority of sane villa fans are behind you and the team all the way... we can see that overall, there is progress and it's good progress. P.S - Please buy Bent in the summer. P.P.S - Please sell Heskey. P.P.P.S - Please also sell Sidwell!
thorpyuk
21/03/2010 16:18:00
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Message for MON if he's reading this: The majority of sane villa fans are behind you and the team all the way... we can see that overall, there is progress and it's good progress. P.S - Please buy Bent in the summer. P.P.S - Please sell Heskey. P.P.P.S - Please also sell Sidwell!
thorpyuk
21/03/2010 16:18:00
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Wise words Thorpyuk. Did anyone else think that Doyle gave as good a display as any opposition centre forward against us this season.Would be very interesting to see him paired with Gabby
sirdennis
21/03/2010 16:22:00
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Wise words Thorpyuk. Did anyone else think that Doyle gave as good a display as any opposition centre forward against us this season.Would be very interesting to see him paired with Gabby
sirdennis
21/03/2010 16:22:00
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think that is the point thorpyuk, most of us don't boo so think that needs to be communicated so other fans don't think we are all boo boys. One thing running this network, after reading comments like that, other eds will often comment and then I find myself defending us as if we are all booers which we aren't. Interesting 'expectations' thread in the forum with a post from Randy.Stand talking about the booing, maybe it sounded more in the Holte End, I thought the few rumbles were very muted myself but I'm down on the front row of the trinity, then again I usually hear them and am on 10 foot away from MON so must here the same volume as him! lol
The Fear
21/03/2010 16:24:00
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think that is the point thorpyuk, most of us don't boo so think that needs to be communicated so other fans don't think we are all boo boys. One thing running this network, after reading comments like that, other eds will often comment and then I find myself defending us as if we are all booers which we aren't. Interesting 'expectations' thread in the forum with a post from Randy.Stand talking about the booing, maybe it sounded more in the Holte End, I thought the few rumbles were very muted myself but I'm down on the front row of the trinity, then again I usually hear them and am on 10 foot away from MON so must here the same volume as him! lol
The Fear
21/03/2010 16:24:00
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To be honest, I can't imagine Liverpool fans giving their players a nice half time send off if they were losing at home to Everton...and the gulf between us and Wolves is much bigger. I don't agree with booing but I'm sure he knows that in derby games pressure from the fans is so much greater.
Villa4Europe
21/03/2010 16:44:00
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I have to agree with the early posters here. I hope the Boss realises (and I base this view on polls I've seen) that the vast majority of supporters are right behind the manager.
donegalvillan
21/03/2010 16:55:00
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Yes, Doyle looked decent yesterday, not sure that we'd not be able to go a bit higher in the pecking order though? DaveM was with me yesterday, he lives in Dingle land and his mates say most goals seem to go through Doyle though.
The Fear
21/03/2010 16:57:00
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