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We Have A Proud History & STILL Bright Future

A famous former Chairman of ours once proclaimed 'We have one of the top 4 managers in the league' before dismissing him from his post.

At the time we should and could have expected one of the other three managers to become installed as our new manager, if we were to progress.

History tells us this did not happen.

Due respect should be paid to Mr. Lerner, Mr. Faulkner and their colleagues. No wild statements, no rash promises (we'll let them off for the 'new manager for the Newcastle game' gaff). I like all true fans, have enjoyed a relatively trouble free period in our club's recent history, and for that I am heartily grateful.

Do I resent the Milner transfer? Absolutely not! Sound business acumen has resulted in a fantastic deal for my club.

Am I disappointed by Mr. O'Neill's departure? Yes by his timing, but the way it has been handled, with dignity and an air of respect by both parties I feel elevates my club above teams who choose to air their issues publicly.

Should Mr. Houllier prove to be the choice of this board, then I will support this decision because that is my duty as a fan.

We cannot, and should not sink to the levels of depravity demonstrated by a 'Green & Gold ' type campaign.

We have a proud history and we STILL have a bright future under this board and its governance. Our role as fans is as important as any paid member of the Villa family. It is an old worn clich now, but we are the twelfth man, we are the super sub. Without us as one of the key ingredients, the cake of success does not get baked.

Ask yourself all one question. Villa fan or a fan of Liverpool, United, Newcastle, West Ham, Blackpool etc etc etc? Mr. Lerner has long now been held up as the one true 'foreign' owner who has done things the right way.

As players do not become poor over night, neither do Chairmen. Play on Mr. Lerner.

You have our support, our blessing and in you and your team we entrust our passions and our dreams for our great club! Give me heart over dollars and give me passion over ego.

Friends of mine who are supporters of 'the richest club in the world' fear for their very existence now. Their club has changed and whilst they may indeed buy success on the field, they fear for the soul of their proud club and for the loss of its true identity. I love my club as I have since attending my very first game as a child.

This in an era when the fashionable club was Liverpool for all of it's domestic success and European domination. We were not in their league. yet here we are competing for the best mangers in the world and viewed by all as a progressive club with the right approach and ideals.

Long may my 'big family club' continue to be just that!!

DRU643




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The Journalist

Writer: DRU643 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday September 6 2010

Time: 5:40PM

Your Comments

You know, that actually moved me. Well done. I have a sudden urge to give Daniel Levy a bear hug. ;)
DubaiSpur
As for the Villa, of course you still have a bright future. One bad game and the departure of a manager who, by most accounts, is not missed,plus the sale of a player whose loyalty lay elsewhere, does not by any means spell the end of anything. In case you don't remember, we had a bad start two years ago, we lost two players who both wanted to leave, we sacked a manager who we lost faith in, and look where that got us last year. Keep believing, is the cry.
DubaiSpur
That was brilliant to read and i agree with you 100%. I almost shed a tear! lol. And i think DubaiSpur has made a good point too. We are the 12th man and i will support my club until the day i die. Whoever they pick as our next manager!
clhbelbin
When Mr. Houllier takes charge he will get my full support, i think he is the best manager we can actually get at the moment, we might actually buy foreign players for once that won't break the bank.
Villa 4 Ever
Personally, I think Lerner is a good guy who wants the best for Villa. But he has done nothing to suggest that he has sound football judgement. It is to his credit that he hasn't done anything to suggest the opposite either, having left football matters to our previous manager - although if you were being ultra-critical, you could argue that he should have realised earlier that O'Neill wasn't up to the job. The appointment of our next manager will tell us alot about Lerner's football acumen. If he makes a good choice then there is real hope for the future. If he doesn't, then we'll have at least another year of going nowhere. At this point it is impossible to say which way it's going to go. We can only hope.
Albarnista
And put it in some perspective as well, if you want to. Villa are among the six biggest clubs in England. Out of 92 professional league clubs, you are in the top six. In the world, you're probably in the top twenty. Out of more than 10000 professional football clubs in the entire world Villa rank in the top twenty. Both of those are unlikely to change anytime soon, as clubs do not just decrease in size unless a drastic change in either status or finances occur. Neither has. Take it easy, guys.
DubaiSpur
DubaiSpur. Very good point, and one that illustrates that we have to do better than Houllier. If Houllier is going to be a director of football (which seems to me the most likely option), or if he's going to be caretaker until next summer when we appoint a serious candidate (far less likely), then that's fine. But if Lerner thinks he's the answer, then he's asking the wrong questions.
Albarnista
Totally agree DubaiSpur.. have said similar ... some say we aren't high enough in the league but top six out of 92 isn't bad is it? Plenty to push on for and hopefully cup runs etc. Keep meaning (have a note on my desk) to do an article 'what is success' and it could cover one of 4 teams really. Things have changed in football, we just now have to catch up and realise that!
The Fear
Very true, Fear. It just bugs me that some Villa fans are acting like it's the end of their time in the PL. It's not, they have plenty to look forward to, the future's quite bright. As for Houllier, I know less about that. That's more of an issue for you guys to discuss. Though, out of the three candidates on the poll opposite, Houllier actually appears the least appealing candidate. Yes, he won things at Liverpool, but for how long now has he let that success be his laurels?
DubaiSpur
Albie, Fear, agreed. However, Lerner has shown sound judgement in the new training ground and has backed MoN for Ash, Friedel, Milner and most things he wanted and in retrospect I'm sure he will say every season is a learning curve for him. Hopefully as you say Houllier will act as an adviser not as the manager. He has my cupport if he comes in though.
koolbill
On a lighter note, anyone notice that Carlton Cole in the vid on the top left of the page looks as if he has had a blonde wig planted on him???
koolbill
For Villa to be considered an undisputed 'successful' club would mean to win the league title and Champions League. The European Super Cup and Intercontinental Cup/World Club Championship would be nice too. In other words do a Barcelona. The point is the journey can be just as exhilarating as the destination. Villa are currently in the foothills of 'Mount Success'. Behind us, far away, are countless thousands of other clubs and their supporters slowly trekking across the glaciers. Ahead, in the near distance are Spurs, Arsenal, and Citeh. Panting away just behind the Villa are Liverpool and Everton. In the distance, near the sumit, if we squint our eyes we can see Carlo Ancelotti and Ryan Giggs with oxygen cylinders on their backs. There are other climbers wearing Barcelona and Internazioanale shirts near them. For Villa to also get to the summit (or near it) means doing it without oxygen. Personally, of all the other clubs in the EPL Arsenal are, arguably, the ones who deserve the most respect. Why? Because they've been 'successful' largely on their own terms. They've also avhieved that success playing some of the best football ever seen on this island. Wenger can be a bad loser, true. However, few people who genuingly understand what football is, would begrudge Arsenal any of their silverware. 'Success' is relative. If Villa are always giving 100% and playing real 'football', then that will constitue a kind of success for many.
VillaWillRiseAgain
DRU643-Liked the article. However, disagree on one thing. Villa aren't in competition for the worlds best coaches. That would mean Guus Hiddink, Pep Guardiola, Joachim Loewe and Arsene Wenger, were being interview by the board. Alan Curbishley, Phil Thompson and Gerard Houllier (If they are in the frame) are not remotely in the same league as those other guys.
VillaWillRiseAgain
top article!
Zarch
Absolutely fantastic article, felt myself choke up at one point. Football club is more than just money and instant success, we have tradition and a proud history and a bright future. Love this club , thank you Mr Learner for doing things the right way
mattyh1986
 

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