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Manager Talk: Does Big Mac Want The Job At Villa?

Certainly not much manager talk about today... or indeed yesterday, which is strange. Some reports said that Kevin MacDonald would talk to the owner and CEO after the Vienna game. There seems a little uncertainty whether he actually wants the job - then I guess the next question is, if he wants it, will he be offered it!

The Express have a line in their match report asking if MacDonald wants the job and he apparently answered 'I still don`t know. We will have to wait and see what happens.' Not sure if that was a direct question or if that has been taken out of context.

Easy enough really, do you want to manage one of the biggest clubs in Europe or not! Ahem! No, not an easy decision really, the pressure is immense and he is very well respected in the area of the club that he currently operates in. Hopefully some conclusion will be come to soon though!

Whether he gets the role full time or not, it seems he wants to bring in some players. Not sure how this would work. What happens if he brings in players that whoever ends up manager doesn't want?!

The 49-year-old Scot, whose side play Rapid Vienna in the Europa League on Thursday night, hopes to meet owner Randy Lerner to discuss the situation.

The Metro quote Big Mac saying he should be able to talk to Randy and Paul Faulkner about transfers after the Vienna game, now that the Ireland/Milner situation has been sorted.

'After Sunday (Newcastle United away) we've only 10 days to see what there is and if there are going to be any dealings in the market.' Adding, 'I did say last week that whilst I was in charge - be it two games or 20 - that everyone would be given an opportunity.'

As usual, a great post in the forum by Glensider on Big Mac

Thread: Click Here

I firmly believe that its way too early to come to a definite and defining decision as to whether or not KevMac is the right man for the Villa Park hotseat.

If he is being seriously considered by the folk with the vote, then for the good of all concerned, particularly AVFC, his 'trial' period should run for an absolute minimum of ten games.

Can we afford to wait that long? I don't know.

In the absence though of any outstanding candidates for the position, what choice do we really have?

Do we go with a lesser appointment more or less immediately, in the hope that the new guy can salvage something from this summers transfer window? Or do we stick with the man in temporary charge, someone who knows the club inside out, and someone who may or may not bring the best out of the playing staff we currently have available?

I cant see anything being done in the transfer window now anyway, if I'm honest. If a new guy comes onboard, will he know where our failings lay, where we are weak and in need of strengthening, whereas if KevMac remains in temporary charge, will Lerner trust him with any money, if indeed there is any money to trust him with?

Forget last weekends opening day home win against West Ham. As impressive as it was, things are going to get a lot tougher, rest assured of that. I cant help believing that that sparkling showing will be the exception as opposed to the norm.

We're in for a tough campaign, I genuinely believe that, and I question whether KevMac is the guy to dig us out of any holes we might find ourselves falling into. Does he have the experience to cope if the going gets tough, results fall away, and the notorious Villa Park crowd becomes restless? Does he even have the desire needed to take on the job?

I'm going to continue to sit on the fence. Lets see what Sunday brings, then the Rapid game next Thursday, followed by the visit of Everton to Villa Park on Sunday week.

The next three games will answer a few more of our questions and concerns, while the Everton game itself might just give us a very clear indication of just where our season is heading.

Oh and a couple of other reports have cropped up on Ronald Koeman but nothing we've not already covered I don't think.

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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 20 2010

Time: 8:54AM

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He doesn't seem interested in the job from what I have heard and read from MacDonald. Im not convinced about him being our manager but at the moment I would rather have a manager which would want to manage Villa rather then being pressured into the job
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20/08/2010 09:06:00

Yeah the Everton match i think is going to define the character if Big Mac and also that of the team this season. We certainly cant judge too many things against lower half of the table clubs. However saying that, our biggest problem last season was getting the wins in against teams in the lower half so i could be talking crap.
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20/08/2010 09:27:00

I agree with Gordonsleftboot, we need to make a move, if it is to be Kevin Mac then so be it. He should tell the club if he wants the job or not. Sunday will be very interesting, the Jaudies first home game back, did not loose at home in the league last year (great achievement, yes I know it is Championship football). We have the added issue, we put them down so revenge is on the cards despite what Chris Heuton (a man that has done a great job, maybe big Mac is the man?) COTVABU
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20/08/2010 09:51:00

Agree with Gordon, our problem is up front and 20 goal season strikers just arn't around for what i would call reasonable prices. And i don't think it's right for Big Mac to spend the money on one if he's no that interested in the job.
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20/08/2010 10:05:00

KMac has played it very sensibly IMO, he may well ahve told Randy and co that he wants the job but in public is saying he is undecided and the trial period is as much for his benefit as the clubs. If it goes pear shaped nobody loses face and KMac can go back to his previous role still with his pride intact and the respect of the players. Also KMac has obviously seen different managers react to pressure in different ways and seen players react differently to managers over the years, waiting to see if he's going to get loads of crap from key players and testing to see how he personally reacts to the pressure before deciding if he wants the job is IMO totally sensible. Whether waiting until after the window closes is right for the club is one for Randy & co to decide and very much depends on whether there is any money to spend anyway.
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20/08/2010 10:07:00

I agree with glensiders comments. He knows what he's talking about. He always does. Big decision for Randy to make, and I'm glad that the ball is in his court and not mine. Yes, he's a guy who is used to making the big, tough decisions while under great pressure to make the right call, so clearly he's well qualified to handle the pressure of having to get this one right. Whichever call he makes has a huge element of risk attached to it, but unless he has a definite candidate currently outside of the club clearly set in his sights, he has little option but to continue with the guy who knows the players, knows the club, but is seemingly far from convinced that he wants to step into Martin O'Neill's shoes. It is easy to get carried away following the euphoria of last weekends 3-0 opening day victory against the Hammers, but fortunately Randy has the experience and know-how to keep his feet more firmly on the ground, and look at the bigger picture. Personally right now I believe that it would be a big mistake to confirm Kevin MacDonald as our permanent manager, but as I said in my article taken from the forum, can we allow the uncertainty to continue? Boy am I glad that I'm just a mere supporter, and not the guy who calls the shots. Over to you Randy, and Good Luck!!
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20/08/2010 10:20:00

I agree with AVbourandbred, I'm surprised most others don't see that of course Macdonald wants the job but he is not going to sing from the roof tops like some other managers that he wants it. It makes no sense to say he wants the job in his position as it put un-needed pressure on himself and if it fails and he does not get it then he looks a bit of a wholly. Petrov said he could tell before the game at Westham by how he spoke to the player that he wants the job. Also to those that are after transfer, then there is no way a new manager is going to walk in here next week and have time to assess the squad and then bring players in. The only way we might be signing players is if Macdonald is confirmed as manager after the Newcastle game. If not we will be waiting until January and so we may as well wait until then to see who may become available or if Macdonald works out. Personally I think he has got as much about him as anyone we have been linked with so I would give him the job now and let him get on with it. He could be on a one year contract like O'Neil with an option of if he resigns he can go back to being a coach. This way everyone a winner imo.
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20/08/2010 10:33:00

Why not make him head coach with a director of football to take the administrative stuff off his hands. It seems that he is a good coach unlike the last one who was rarely involved with the players except fisty cuffs. That way also he has less pressure.
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20/08/2010 10:40:00

Glensider doesn't know what he's talking about when he says he agrees with Glensider.
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20/08/2010 10:49:00

im i think like alot of you in that im undecided ,but didnt petrov in the sunday/monday press state that hed said to kev mac that it was his chance now and the players would do their best for him but more tellingly that he knew kev mac actually wanted the job.could it be the case that kev is also looking to see what type of reaction he gets from the players before he openly commits to saying yes this is for me ???
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20/08/2010 11:19:00

What is quite worrying for me is Mr Lerners history of appointing and firing management with his other club......!!!!!!
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20/08/2010 11:25:00

I'm with Fear.... lets give it 12 games and see how we go. The only issue of course being transfers... can we manage without signing anyone before January?? Yes we probably can as long as we have no injurys to key players... if warnock gets injured, we only have shane lowrey to fill in at LB :s
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20/08/2010 12:59:00

I think Klinsmann will be Director of football. Be the big name, doing the recruiting. Big Mac 1st team coach, working with the players, bringing the youth through. Perfect in my book.
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20/08/2010 13:27:00

Simon makes a valid point about Sbragia at Sunderland it went pear shaped there but who knows maybe KMac would relish the extra responsibility that being manager entails, he hasnt said no as yet and I am sure Randy has been made aware of his true feelings on the matter. Both options contain an element of risk, the director of football can backfire in spectacular fashion, remember Dennis Wise/Mike Ashley/KKeegan situation at Newcastle with agents hawking around 'world class' players that flopped and totally undermined KK hence he walked and they went down.That said I am sure Randy will get it right he is no mug
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20/08/2010 18:38:00


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