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Teenage Mutant Turtle Linked To Villa Job?

Teenage Mutant Turtle Linked To Villa Job?

Right, what madness do we have to contend with today?!

The Sun have a link that some have already mentioned in the forums.

Apparently former Italy manager Roberto Donadoni (I thought he was one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Then again, I need to get our more) is interested in taking the managers job at Villa.

The 46-year-old manager's rep... Charles Collymore ... is quoted:

'Roberto is a great student of the English game and he is very interested in the job at Aston Villa. He knows Villa are a top club with an ambitious owner and he feels he could be a success there. Roberto has worked at the highest level and he has always dreamed of coaching in England.'

Adding, 'He has the experience and talent to help develop the best young English talent and also the knowledge to help find the best foreign talent available.'

Donadoni took Italy to the quarter finals of the 2008 European Championships left Napoli last October.

Wiki: Click Here

He was also linked to the Fulham job this summer. Having looked at a few interviews on youtube, it appears that he can speak English very well, the one thing I do know is that we'll not end up with the ridiculous situation of having a manager who can't speak the language!

Meanwhile, Stiliyan Petrov seems keen on Kevin MacDonald getting the job. He told Talksport Drive Time (interview click here):

'I`m a big fan [of MacDonald. I`ve been at the club for nearly four and a half years and I`ve been seeing Kevin MacDonald working with the reserve team for a long time and he`s been great with them and great with us. He knows exactly what`s happening in the club and he`s willing, probably more than anybody, to do well for this club because he`s worked here for a long time.'

John Percy at The Mirror says Gerard Houllier as director of football alongside Kevin MacDonald who will bring in Steve Staunton which is basically what I said yesterday! lol See here: So Now The Press Say Houllier But No Sven!

Anyway, the report says he could be announced on Monday in what will would be a 'major gamble' by Villa owner Randy Lerner.

Interestingly the report also says that Villa CEO Paul Faulkner consulted with former manager and top gentleman Graham Taylor last week. Good to know.

Speaking of Graham Taylor... please read: London To Paris - Sir Graham Of Taylor...

I digress... for once with good reason!

MacDonald would apparently be happy to work with a more experienced person 'above' ... sort of makes good sense, Big Mac IS used to working with players not of his choice (ie youth players coming through and senior players not in the first team) and maybe this would 'shelter' him from some of the pressure as he learns the job?

There is a Mirror doo dah on Houllier here. not sure there is a need for a couple of the comments but hey ho... Click Here

Reminder what non executive director General Krulak has confirmed that some fans have it wrong, they aren't just looking at out of work managers... 'First off, we have and are continuing to look at Managers who are currently employed, are outside of the UK, are not outside of the UK and who are not employed. Simple as that.' (see here:Click Here )

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Saturday September 4 2010
Time: 9:45AM

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I know his record on Wiki looks poor. I'm not quite sure how he came to be given the Italy job. It would be like giving the England job to Southgate with the current record he has from Middlesboro.
04/09/2010 10:04:00
Staunton and McDonald, the due that brought us Cyprus 5 : Rep. of Ireland 2! Seriously, we need to be doing a lot better than that! Donadoni is an interesting prospect. He was castigated by the Italian press for their poor showing at Euro 2008, but they did even worse at the World Cup so I think he's been somewhat vindicated. He did better than Lippi albeit two years previously. Houllier is old. I keep thinking we should be getting someone like Nigel Clough (not because of the Mon link), but because he's a young up and comer that could manage Villa for 20 years. When you see what time, patience and astute investment has done for has done for Arsenal, Man Utd, even Liverpool when they were great it makes me think we really need to follow suit.
04/09/2010 11:42:00
mtw-Agree with you about Nigel Clough, although don't see the relevance in relation to L'Pool. They've been on a downward spiral for twenty years. (Istanbul 95 was the one bright spot for them).
04/09/2010 13:51:00
Oops, that should have been Istanbul 2005. Kevin MacDonald isn't really a young manager. (He's pushing 50). There's something slighty silly about a 49 year old learning the ropes from a more experienced guy. He still could be the right man for the job without any help. There are precedents of managers without any experience doing well. Especially at Liverpool. (Bob Paisley started out as a physio). Personally think Macdonald should continue bringing the youth through. They are the future of the club. Most of the papers seem to be saying Houllier is on his way to B6. His potential role doesn't seem clear though.
04/09/2010 14:06:00
VillaWillRiseAgain LOL... ABC very good!
Hey, Peter Taylor hasn't been linked yet?!
The Fear
04/09/2010 14:27:00
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