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Statement From AVFC -

Following the departure of our manager on August 9, the Club was left with very little time to react and to prepare for our opening fixtures.

Our first order of business, looking immediately ahead to our games against West Ham, Rapid Vienna, Newcastle and Everton, was to ask Kevin MacDonald to step in as caretaker manager.

Kevin has been with Villa for a period stretching back over 15 years, has thorough knowledge of our first team, reserves and youth Academy players, as well as strong and well-established working relationships with other key members of our coaching staff.

As such, we felt he would provide a critical degree of stability and continuity in a turbulent period and give the team the best opportunity to succeed in these early games.

Kevin, Tony McAndrew and many other long-serving members of our Club have stepped up selflessly and without hesitation to the task at hand and for this we owe them a huge debt of gratitude.

We are conscious that we have steered clear of openly communicating our thoughts on the search for a permanent manager until this time, as we felt that to do so would undermine both Kevin's and the players' efforts to focus on preparing for these games.

To date, we have immersed ourselves in the process of appointing a new manager and clearly identifying the key criteria this person must meet.

Two of the traits we believe are of crucial importance are that candidates have experience of managing in the Premier League and a strategy for building on the existing strengths in our current squad.

We have thoroughly researched potential candidates and have reached out to a variety of contacts we have within the game for advice and guidance, as well as keeping key staff at Villa Park informed and focused.

We will now start the process of interviewing candidates we believe meet the key criteria required to manage Aston Villa with a view to making an appointment in the near future.

Kevin MacDonald will continue as caretaker manager until that time.

Finally, we wish to make clear that our relative inactivity in the transfer market this window in no way reflects a change in direction or dilution of ambition for the Club, but rather our reluctance to make decisions on players without a permanent manager in place.

We would not expect to make any further statements until such time as we are in position to make a definitive announcement on the managerial situation.

Paul Faulkner
Chief Executive, Aston Villa Football Club

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Date:Sunday August 29 2010

Time: 7:46PM

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Houllier? We desperately need a striker! Good to be told something though.
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29/08/2010 20:01:00

So it's Jol then. Then again, perhaps not.
villan of the north
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29/08/2010 20:06:00

"Finally, we wish to make clear that our relative inactivity in the transfer market this winow in no way reflects a change in direction or dilution of ambition for the Club, but rather our reluctance to make decisions on players without a permanent manager in place." Except we signed Ireland without a permanent manager in place...
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29/08/2010 20:06:00

MoN wanted to strengthen but lerner wouldnt give him the money to do so. If every manager quit when confronted with this situation we would have manager less clubs all over the country, this is not an excuse. but the debate has pass, sorry couldnt help myself
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30/08/2010 01:14:00

I agree with all of that except the part about transfers. The Milner - Ireland deal should have been shelved until a new manager came in. That was pushed through at executive level and I personally find that quite sinister. It could have easily been picked up in January.
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30/08/2010 03:05:00

P.Avfc: "MoN wanted to strengthen but lerner wouldnt give him the money to do so" this is pure have no proof whatsoever that that was the case. Why don't you spin positive vibes? Why all the fuss about this transfer window...get to grip with reality. The club have NEVER said that they will not buy...what they did say is that the wage bill had to be trimmed...2 totally different subjects.
Bangkok Villan
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30/08/2010 03:19:00

They let milner go and ireland come because that deal had already been negotiated and we would have been left with a player who obviously had decided he was happy to go for the bucks,so i aint got a problem with it.i for one would be happy if they got decent offers to let salifou ,sidwell,heskey,and one or two others go also even without a manager because i see no gain either short term or over the long term.The reason we are left in this position is because mon decided it was time to go and what a time it was ,if any blame needs to be apportioned then it isnt at lerners door.If anyone is in any doubt about clubs finances then you only have to look at a very depressed transfer market(except of course man city)wages are draining the life out of them look to that world class player erm whats his name oh yeah nzogbia 50,000 plus he wanted .We are right to get the wage bill back in order . .
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30/08/2010 09:29:00

one of these, then:
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30/08/2010 10:50:00

^^ The Fear should be having that as one his random quotes!
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30/08/2010 13:25:00

Thanks lurman! Very proud when people say things like that! Hey, if I used that as a random quote Mickey_Villa, people would think I'd made it up!
The Fear
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30/08/2010 13:39:00

Ha, pleasure mate, feel free to quote me on it! Perhaps a bit random saying it when I did Mickey_Villa aye, but some of the comments above just seemed to me to reflect how this site (articles and users) is generally more objective and quite frankly sane than some others, even the stuff I don't personally agree with! While everyone is of course entitled to their opinions I just think certain other forums are unnecessarily negative, pessimistic and cynical and, to be perfectly honest, it annoys the hell out of me, hence why I rarely bother reading them anymore! Nothing Lerner & the club do is ever good enough in some peoples eyes - we could appoint Mourinho and some would say it was nothing more than a PR stunt - and it just really really f***s me off. Anyway, rant over so back to the point - Paul Faulkner has probably stated the obvious really, in that sense the statement perhaps wasn't necessary, but in the sense that some people apparently think Randy & the board have just been fannying around playing tiddlywinks or something it was very necessary, even if the people that needed telling won't believe a word of it cos its just more "good PR". FFS, what if it is? What would these people prefer - bad PR!? Oops, I said rant over didn't I... I lied.
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30/08/2010 15:57:00

Sorry, me again, just wanted to clarify something - I'm not naive enough to just blindly trust the board - asking questions of people and their actions is a GOOD thing (in all walks of life I might add) but that doesn't mean that I don't trust them.
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30/08/2010 16:02:00

BangkokVillan:- you quoted:-The club have never said that they will not buy...what they did say is that the wage bill had to be trimmed...2 totally different subjects you claimed,,. Well firstly how come one of our top earnes leaves Milner, we have got rid off our wage bill the likes of... Bouma, Shorey,Harewood,Milner, to name a few, We already have a small squad how much more savings before we buy?? none because it would defeat the object as to why they wanted to cut the wage bill in first place, Its simple if you think about it cos if we cdarry on selling we need to replace them as we do the ones already sold above i have mentioned? also any new signings made would they all be able to play week in week out?? ., Nope they wouldnt so as for your comment on saying we didnt say that, no not literally they didnt but look at whats going on in reallity then you see
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30/08/2010 23:38:00


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