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The Aston Villa Manager Search Rumours!

So not only have we player transfer gossip to stress over, now we have the papers take on who will be our next boss. Ha, I wish I was still on holiday, not had a second to think since returning!

So what have we got so far...

Well, yesterday odds were slashed for Sven Goran Eriksson to become our next boss because he was spotted in Birmingham.

Some think he'd be good, others a disaster. I'm on the fence... ha, I'll get splinters. Has he peaked? Got a great management record at Club level but has drifted in recent years. On the flipside, he has a 'name' in the game and could attract decent players?

Anyway, The Mirror say that he would be prepared to drop his usual high wage demands because he wants the job so much.

The article by James Nursey repeats that David Moyes has ruled himself out but that Sven would jump at the chance. James, same as I said yesterday (Click Here) states that Sven hasn't, as yet, been contacted.

An article in The Guardian, with no quotes etc, speculates that Randy Lerner and Paul Faulkner (our CEO) are not going to rush the crucial appointment and have faith in Kevin MacDonald to manage the team whilst they look at all options.

Another similar, Sky Sports News' chief news reporter Bryan Swanson has been told that Lerner is no rush to appoint O'Neill's successor because the players are happy with MacDonald.

According to The Daily Star Ajax coach and former Spurs manager Martin Jol is high on our shortlist for next manager. Have they been shown a list that at the time of writing the article hadn't been completed then?! :o) However, the report says that Jol won't be easy to attract even though he isn't happy at the Dutch club due to the sales of some of their star players. The report says Jol would want top financial backing. Well, look at the backing MON got, not exactly the stuff of paupers is it? Click Here for finances

Reports yesterday suggested that Villa might still try to tempt Fulham's new boss Mark Hughes.

So... lets start breaking these down:

Who would you prefer, if only these two, Sven or Hughes?

Would you actually like either? If so, why. If not, why not?!

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday August 12 2010
Time: 3:11PM


Yeah, lets bring back Gregory, give him about a billion pounds to buy Bosko Balaban Steve Stone, Steve Watson, Alan Thompson etc to fill the stands again, haha. Loved JG, but BOY did he waste money like it was going out of fashion! :)
12/08/2010 15:35:00
Can I vote for HWWOW too?! In the event that we can't get Brian back, of the four mentioned I'd have Moyes, although I think the chances of getting him now are zero, and not much better in a years time. Next would be Hughes, although I think we might have to wait a year for him. Jol I remain to be convinced by, but he would definitely be preferrable to the awful Swede. Having said that, if Eriksson was willing to work for the minimum wage, I'd be impressed by this gesture of good faith and might consider giving him the job - if K-Mac fell flat on his face (which I think unlikley) and there was no-one else available!
12/08/2010 15:47:00
Sven has never really preformed any huge feats in his career. He won a lot before becoming England manager, but that included like the Swedish League and stuff, for all we know he was manager of the Man Utd of the Swedish league making nothing brilliant, no different to Bob Bradley winning the MLS. And in Italy Lazio were the best team in Italy at the time, they had quite a few world-class players (Nesta, Nedved etc.), so again he was helped by that. Since he left England he has failed in every job, don't see why it'd be different for us. We haven't got a team full of world-class players for him to come to, we're in a much more difficult league that the Swedish league. And in his recent jobs at England, Man City, Mexico and Ivory Coast, he hasn't done very well at all, why would it be any different if he came to us?
12/08/2010 16:19:00
Problem with Kev Mac is its not a fair trial. If we lose on Sat and then Lose against Rapid everyone will be calling for a replacement ASAP. As much as everyone likes Kev Mac the circumstances are not right for him to take over a fulltime roll and as much as we all appreciate him, hes relativity unknown outside of VP. IMO leaving Kev to have a go just signals out resignation from ambitiously challenging to build on top6.
12/08/2010 16:21:00
I dont think West Ham is a perfect test at all, if we win everyone starts hailing Big Mac as the savior , then as soon as we lose 2 games back to back we are in crisis looking for a new manager and all this will upset the harmony. We need somebody in charge by the Newcastle game, leaving 1 week to do some business (if any).
12/08/2010 23:32:00
"Sven has never really preformed any huge feats in his career" - - Benfica - Portuguese Championship, the Portuguese Cup and finishing runners-up in the UEFA Cup; Roma - Coppa Italia in 1986; Sampdoria - Coppa Italia in 1994; Lazio - Coppa Italia, Italian Supercup, European Cup Winners' Cup, Serie A title; Manchester City - go them up to second place in the PL at one point. Still, no you mention it, that's not that much really .. :
13/08/2010 04:15:00
Apparently Bob Bradley resigned over make of that what you will!!!!! I just hope he doesen't show up in Witton!!!!
13/08/2010 08:47:00
I meant 'Huge Feats' as in, made a team in his time there that won things. I am not doubting that winning the leagues and cup's he won and definatley not the European Cup are huge feats, they are. But i'm saying he did it with teams that were already contenders. Are we a team that people expect to challenge for the European Cup this season? Well no because we're not in it, but even if we were they wouldn't. Lazio were World-Class during that period of time, they were challenging for the league before he came and after, Benfica have always been one of the best teams in Portugal, as Roma have in Italy. I know the "no huge feats" thing sounds stupid, he's achieved a lot, i'm just saying he hasn't exactly preformed miracles. , If he'd stayed as Mexico manager then they wouldn't of even been in the World Cup this year! Mexico aren't amazing, but qualifying for them should be a breeze. I don't think he'd find his old success if he came to us.
13/08/2010 11:49:00
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