Food For Thought For Kevin MacDonald?
Food for thought? For Macdonald, Randy and Villa Fans!
Hopefully Kevin Macdonald is keeping up with his daily reading of Vital Villa so he gets to read this! ;-)
There seems to be mixed feelings coming from the press as to if Macdonald actually wants the job or not. I'm hoping he does want the job and he is just playing things down to see how things pan out. If I could speak to him I would like to suggest he looks at his options the way I try to look at big decisions in my life.
I always say 'try not to live your life with a 'what if?' hanging over your head!' Just go for it! if it fails you will know the answer but if you don't you will never ever know and will always be thinking 'what if?'
This stands true now for Macdonald, Randy and all us Villa fans. Yes some will think we have the chance of losing a great coach if things don't work out. I say we stand to lose a great manager if we don't try!
It may be that Macdonald is truly in a situation where he does not know if he wants the job but then he could always be in that situation until he takes on the job full time. I agree he should have concerns about his family life so the decision should not be taken lightly but surly he will have a none risk option here to have a good go and don't have a regret that he will always have that 'what if?' for the rest of his life.
My suggestion, that I feel would suit all party's is for Kevin to take on a contract similar to what O'Neil had. Lets give him a one year rolling contract that if he decides things don't turn out how he likes that he can go straight back into a coaching role. That way we take away this uncertainty and can get on with planning for the season. We will all find out how the season pans out and if Kevin decides the job is not for him then hopefully there will be better manager option open to us at the end of the season.
Surely our players will have benefited from 12 months of squad rotation and the youth being tried out meaning they will have greater sell on value if they are not up to the job.
I really can only see positives from Kevin having the job, I wanted him to be given it before we took on O'Neil but that was not to be so I backed O'Neil. Kevin has been so good at his job for so long, this is not a short lived success story. He has the knack of managing players well and as far as I'm concerned that's at all levels. This has been proven so far so let's all not let this pass us by and always be thinking 'What if?' as we have nothing to lose but an awful lot to gain.