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Kevin MacDonald - Better Off Where He Is?

__villa__ asks: Is Kevin MacDonald Our Man?

After winning 3-0 to West Ham a lot of people have been talking about giving MacDonald the full time job.

There are pro's and con's towards this debate and its too close to call. I personally wouldn't want MacDonald as our manager.

He has been at Villa for 15 years and has done a great job with the kids.

After yesterdays post-match comments he didn't seem to joyful about being permanent manager. He seems unsure whether he will be interested in the job.

His comments weren't to positive either 'I'll have to sleep on it'. 'I said all along when I wake up tomorrow morning - win, lose or draw - and I haven't enjoyed it then coaching is better for me.' Adding, 'I'll hopefully sleep easier but we have to prepare for Thursday - that's the problem about being a manager, you don't get to sleep much'.

Doesn't sound to keen.

Despite seeing Villa playing very good, smooth attractive football and using a 4-4-1-1 formation I don't see that MacDonald should be permanent manager.

There's always that feeling when a caretaker manager wins a game that he should be the next manager. And the same has happened here.

The reason why I don't want MacDonald as manager is, that if he does get sacked he will leave Villa.

And he has done such a good job with the kids. The youth wouldn't be the same with MacDonald. Randy Lerner knows this too so its a huge risk.

Better to bring up a manager and for him to sort out the transfer dealings and MacDonald to go back to coaching. There are positives with him staying though, he would raise the morale of youth here at Villa and we would have a lot of young players developing here.

We would also save money on buying new talent. He also has the respect of the players and is always calm. Its a tough debate among Villa fans and some say that he should stay, while others prefer an actually manager.

Its up to Randy. UTV!


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Date:Monday August 16 2010

Time: 9:27AM

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Due to the lack of good managers available at the moment, the respect he has from the players i would see how the next 3 games go and if they go well give him the job!!
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16/08/2010 09:31:00

Give him the assistant managers job when/if we appoint a permanent manager and it suits them. The honeymoon period will be gone in a few games and it wont take long for fans to get on his back after a few dodgy results. Im all for him staying on but it might be a step too far for him at present.
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16/08/2010 09:40:00

There is an old saying that people get promoted to the level of their own incompetence and I'm afraid this might happen here if he became manager. He's good, nay excellent, at his current job. If he did become manager and it didn't work out, we'd have lost out on two fronts.
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16/08/2010 09:49:00

I can see your point that we would not want to lose him as a coach but we can't base our decision on that. Surely its worth the risk of having potentially a great manager. If, as we know he is that good at coaching players and getting the best out of players then why would we want to waste that on the youth when we can have him doing that as a manager to the first team? He won't be here for ever either way so I would rather have him used to get our first team near the top of the league rather than winning the reserve league every year! ok so if they youth went pear shaped for say the next 5 years but in that 5 years we were challenging in the champions league every season then I know what I would take. Its a lot easier to get a reserve coach under the guidance of Macdonald that to get a good first team manager. For those that don't think Macdonald is the best option then what is the alternative? A big named manager that will cost us millions with no guarantee of doing well? If there is a top manager out there then they have a top job already. Do Fans not realise that the managers that would be available to us are available for a very good reason!!! We need to take the chance of him being the next great manager as we have no chance of getting a manager after they have become great as they will just go to the biggest teams. It's a no brainer to me and I can't see why any Villa fan could not see the potential of what we have with Macdonald. Also on his comment of no sure if he wants the job, well at least we would have a manager that is honest for once and actually tells us how he feels. Its also natural to play down his own chances!
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16/08/2010 09:58:00

Lets also see how he gets on against Rapid and hopefully Newcastle. I'm sure if we win those two games fans will be thinking again. Some fans have tried to play down the Westham demolition on that Westham are a poor side. I don't think they are that poor and they are no poorer that Wigan at the start of last season who we obviously lost to. A win against Rapid and we have improved 110% on last season start. Also I don't know if you have seen Petrov come out and say they players want him to have the job! surely that's saying something when the captain comes out and says that. The players want to play for him and if a new manager comes in then they might not like his ways and it could really mess us any good work that has already been done.
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16/08/2010 10:06:00

Gees I've just realised Kevin has got the same birthday as me. Sign him up now! I'm just 16 years his junior lol
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16/08/2010 10:12:00

We all live in a 'knee jerk' culture these days where 1 good result can make you a world beater & a bad one a loser. You only have to listen to 'Talk Advert' (sorry i mean't Talksport) to know that. however, in my very humble opinion, i would be delighted if Super Kev was given the role. I've boasted with pride about our reserves performances over the last few years & that is down to Kev & his team. MON has built the squad which was a poor decision away from winning the league Cup last year, IMO. Any new manager would move on players to bring in their own & would NOT look at the excellant youth. L'pool (when they were Kings) built from the 'boot room'. Bill Shankly was replaced by previous L'pool physio & coach Bob Paisley... who was replaced by Joe fagin (also from the boot room). We are in a lucky position at the moment where kev will manage the team until Randy needs to make a decision. I hope for success against Rapid & n'castle then the Knee jerk culture to actually give us the best option. good luck Kev. UTV.
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16/08/2010 10:40:00

Your wrong, his "negative" comments were him not getting carried away. He does want the job, Petrov says in his article on avfc. Give him the job, keeps down wage bill and a man who knows the club better than anyone will be in charge...
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16/08/2010 10:45:00

Id give him up until our first game against one of the top 5 teams. See how we handle ourselves, or even the game after if we lose to see how we bounce back.
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16/08/2010 11:01:00

though to be fair hippy he would definately desever a pay rise
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16/08/2010 11:20:00

haha spelling fail. deserve
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16/08/2010 11:21:00

Seeing as it looks unlikely that any new manager would get funds for transfers before 1st Sept, I see no reason Kevin MacDonald shouldn't be given till xmas, and then see where we are at, and who is available...
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16/08/2010 12:23:00

I agree he can win 2 easy games on the bounce but then lose a third game and suddently people like arbarnista is on his back and calling for his head. So if you sum it up like that i dont think he should because we should have some experience.
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16/08/2010 12:44:00

If it didn't work out we could still have him as reserves coach again. But I think it will work out. Give him the chance.
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16/08/2010 22:28:00


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