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Who Do You Want As The Next Manager?

Our last poll asking: Who would you like to be the next Aston Villa manager? Has by the looks of it been 'invaded' by someone who is multi voting or some other forum is trying to have a laugh at our expense!

Therefore, I've cut down the options for our new poll on the same subject!

The results for the previous one had Gareth Southgate ahead on 30% whereas until someone had started to have their little 'joke' he was on 1%

Other results:

Guus Hiddink 24%
Martin Jol 15%
Bob Bradley 10%
Jurgen Klinsmann 4%
Other 3%
Sven Goran Erikson 3%
Slaven Billic 3%
Keep Kevin MacDonald 3%
Gianfranco Zola 1%
John Gregory 1%
Alan Curbishly 1%
Phil Scolari 1%
Alan Shearer 1%

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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday August 11 2010

Time: 3:41PM

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Sven's odds have come in big time this afternoon, I fear that the bookies know something we don't.
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11/08/2010 15:54:00

I remember when Celtic were looking to replace Strachan, Owen Coyle was 1/7 and then the bookies stopped taking bets on him... so they can get it wrong! Last season I had money on Terry to stay at Chelsea and it was 4/6... unbelievable odds!
Vanilla Ice
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11/08/2010 15:57:00

Can't get enthusiastic about any of them on the list. In fact most would be on my worst options list. However gun to head it would be either Hiddink or Yol. What a mess O'Neil has left us with. Thanks a lot Martin.
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11/08/2010 16:08:00

any of the top 6 on list would do me....though not sure about the credentials of "other"!!
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11/08/2010 16:08:00

Guus Hiddink is clearly the outstanding candidate on the poll list(s). He is, without a doubt, the coach that any Villan with a smidgen of football knowledge would pick. The reality is, of course, that Villa haven't a hope in hell of getting him. Unless, that is, you believe that he wasn't linked to the Liverpool FC job, because he was biding his time for an offer from the Villa. Get real! Roy Hodgson and Mark Hughes would have both been good fits for AVFC. Sadly, it looks like it's too late now! Klinnsmann, despite his problems at Bayern, would probably be the best of a so-so bunch.
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11/08/2010 16:24:00

Skrew it, im guna say it...I think Sven would be excellent for us!
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11/08/2010 16:31:00

Klinsman would be a disaster, his problems at Bayern were due to the fact that he is a crap manager, he had a great no. 2 when in the German job and stil only had about 4 really good games. his entire managerial experience amounts to three years, only one of these in club management. The Klinsman myth is due to his playing days and he was a phenomenal player but that rarely makes a great manager. Klinsman is all PR and no experience, I'd rather have MON and I was one of his most vociferous critics, calling for his head more than a season ago.
villan of the north
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11/08/2010 16:35:00

i think sven will do ok, rememebr he was the best england manager for the last 30 odd yrs? Jol & Kilnnsman are teh favs
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11/08/2010 16:37:00

I used to work as a bookmaker and have prepared books on next manager odds , inside info is very rare , it's purley weight of money to balance the books, the only exception I remember is when we took a bet off a premiership goal keeper i won't mention on who his next manager was going to be. the early favourite very rarely gets the job.
the beastman
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11/08/2010 16:47:00

Thanks beastman, that makes me feel a little better. For my money we try the v unlikely Hiddink, and then if not Jol (he could brig Suarez with him if he likes! :D)
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11/08/2010 16:59:00

I wouldn't rule out sven but bear in mind he's been in the top 3 or 4 of the betting for just about every job that comes up, he is a shameless self promoter.
the beastman
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11/08/2010 17:11:00

I've just read the article on AVFC about 'Macdonald is Proud to be Villa Boss' Reading that you can tell how genuine he is and how he wants the best for Villa. He has put the work in for many years at Villa and had success. He has not quit when the going out slightly(very slightly) tough. I think we would do much better promoting successful coaches from within like MacDonald and McAndrew. As he says in the article, he worked with O'Neil in the piece cup. It makes me wonder now if it was his influence in the peace cup that helped win it! Giving the guys until Christmas to prove there worth makes sense to me. If things were not going well a top manager may be available in January without having to pay clubs compensation.
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11/08/2010 18:03:00

I see where you're coming from Revua, but this could be a really pivotol point in villa's future where we either appoint a manager who is that piece of the jigsaw that mon was missing, or we could find ourselves slipping back down the table again and losing that bit of momentum we had have left, for attracting quality players. It would worry me that if Macd failed, that by christmas it may be too late to appoint a decent manager who can turn the season around. We struggled to attract top talent with mon, without him it could be even harder.
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11/08/2010 18:59:00

Johnnyuk I take your point as I did think how we would attract top talent but these days I think it comes down to how much money your willing to pay rather than who's in charge. The other main thing that will attract players is a team that is playing well so if he can crack that then the rest should follow. I think O'Neil could have attracted top talent and he had the money to do so, I just think he didn't have the brains to know who to buy at the right price. I think most managers would have spent 120m better. I still think he did ok with transfer but just ok. I can see people may worry that we might get in trouble by Christmas if we don't get a top manager in but then there is no guarantee who ever we get in. We could be paying someone else millions on a 4 year contract and still be in trouble by Christmas so I know the chance I would rather take. A lot of fans fancy Martin Jol for the job but he had a very bad start for Spurs in his last season hence why he was sacked. I still think he is a great manager but I'm just raising the point there is no guarantee whoever we have. One more point is we are not going to be able to afford to buy loads of top talent and I think for long term success we need to be buying youth with sell on value so talent that is coming to the end of its self life. With MacDonald's success with younger players I'm sure good young players would be very willing to play for him. (plus this is the mighty Villa so who would not want to play for us! ;-)
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