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Villa Rule Out Some Favourites

Villa Rule Out Some Favourites

Villa Rule Out Some Favourites

Aston Villa have ruled out chasing a manager who is already employed by another club, according to General Charles Krulak.

The general has been quoted as saying: 'There are those who seem to think we can waltz into any club and get a manager to leave their club and come to ours. Did it ever occur to you that I - speaking as a fan and former Marine, who values loyalty - may not want a manager who would up and desert his club for additional money? I may well think such a manager might not be right for our club. I am not sure getting someone who has baled out from their club is something I'd be comfortable about.'

Surely this rules out a fair few of the bookies favourites such as; Moyes, Bruce, Hughes, Allardyce, McLeish, McClaren, Jones, Keane, Coyle, Bradley, Pulis, Bilic, etc.

So with the news coming out that Kevin McDonald WILL be considered after all, and we are looking for someone with Premier League experience and currently unemployed then you would have to think of the most popular names that spring to mind such as; Sven-Göran Eriksson, Gérard Houllier, Tony Mowbray, Juande Ramos, Kevin Keegan, Graeme Souness and Alan Curbishley.

Although, the statement from Villa Chief Executive Paul Faulkner said that '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.' A

lthough the mention of Premier League experience is of great importance to Randy and Villa, it is not necessarily a requirement of the new manager.

Meaning other names still in the hat are Ronald Koeman, Jurgen Klinsmann and thought I would throw a new random name into the mix, Marco van Basten.

But with Villa announcing that they are searching for someone with preferably Premier League experience that is currently not in a job, it really does narrow it down. My gut instinct is that Kevin MacDonald is first choice prior to the interviews with Sven, Klinsmann, Koeman and maybe even Glenn Hoddle among those possibly lined up for interviews. But what do i know? Either way I do have a strong feeling that we will have a new man in before next week, I'm sure the new manager would like at least one full week on the training pitch with the squad before we go away to Stoke.



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Date:Wednesday September 1 2010
Time: 5:37PM


not sure they are ruled out, just the point is we surely want a loyal man, is the sort of man that we need one that walks out on another club? ie Mark Hughes would no doubt have been in the frame. Now if he would walk out on Fulham to come to us, doesn't that mean he'd walk out on us if Man Utd/whoever came knocking? Difficult one. Again, timing of MON really hasn't helped us as a club one bit :(
The Fear
01/09/2010 17:40:00
Well shoot me down if im wrong but i totally disagree with his comments there and shame on randy lerner and co if they are true. If you want to progress and become a force your gonna have to act bullyish and nick a manager of other clubs, Its what happens these days. The managers without a job i would be very unhappy about if they came to aston villa. Are we ment to tip toe around scared to unsettle managers because they value loyalty? Thats ridiculous and we wont get nowhere with the nice attitude, spurs stole harry and look at them now. KMac will be the new manager no doubts about it, im starting to think he was the chosen one a long time ago, But i hope krulak's comments are of his and not mr lerner's, We should be trying to poise top managers away from there clubs, its the way football is now. Also managers wont leave there clubs because of money, doesn't it occur that the likes of moyes has been at everton so long and he isnt taking them any further so he wants a new challenge and same with other managers.
01/09/2010 18:06:00
OK P.Avfc - consider yourself shot down.
01/09/2010 18:35:00
I totally 100% agree with you P.Avfc. It sounds to me as if what he means by loyal is (a yes man), i hope i'm wrong, we'll have to wait & see. Don't get me wrong, i like Mr Lerner but at the end of the day he is a yank, & i take it so is the General,which says to me that neither of them know alot about football. He said he writes as a fan, but is he really? I have been standing/sitting up the holte since i was six years old, i am now 49 & i'll bet most of you have been fans as long if not longer. I might be wrong but his statement sounds to false to me & not like it was written by a true Villan. Someone who really cares about the club and wants to win things like we do. One day Mr Lerner will leave & i prosume so will this General bloke, That to me is not a fan, its just a bloke who's been given a P.R job to write on the fan sites & tell the real fans what they think we want to hear. I maybe wrong but thats the way he comes across to me. UTV
01/09/2010 19:07:00
Someone tell the general that the Premier League is not Vietnam and the question of loyalty is not quite so crucial as it is in the theatre of war (although didn't Rambo disobey orders to bring the POWs back?).

People leave a job to better themselves or work for a better company, to be closer to home or whatever reason. That will apply to an unemployed manager who gets the job as much as one that may be already employed. They will leave the club for whatever reason

Mind you one great person (demi god) we could have is Shearer, imagine all that match of the day knowledge and analysis driving us forward!
01/09/2010 19:10:00
I think people would do well to read his actual comments before coming up with their own conclusions as a stick to beat the board with. Especially with so many pathetic and disrespectful comments being made - let alone the irony of lovey Monny being unemployed at the time we recruited him.
01/09/2010 20:06:00
GK has been very careful here in saying that it's not what he wants as a fan, he does not comment on club policy.
villan of the north
01/09/2010 20:09:00
who wants a manager who is unemployed?
01/09/2010 20:41:00
whoops...MON is unemployed.....
01/09/2010 20:42:00
Zola would be interesting i think he did well keeping West ham up, and I bet he could get us playing attractive football. On the general's comments he does not want an unloyal manager but buying player who jump ship from other teams is OK, I think its more to do with the compensation we would have to pay another team.
chris the villan
01/09/2010 20:52:00
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