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One Villa Fans Welcome To Gerard Houllier

revua: My Welcome To Gerard Houllier

I'm sure you will get a big welcome from all Villa fans, even ones like me that would have preferred someone younger to be in charge. You have said the right things so far, it was nice to hear 'Aston Villa is one of England's Biggest clubs and has an amazing set of fans'. This is defiantly going to help your cause but then you will know this. I also take confidence it that you must still have the desire to take on this job at your age and maybe you feel you have a point to prove. You have undoubtedly had success at previous clubs but these were clubs where success was expected by the size of the clubs and the amount of money spent. Despite this success I believe if you're honest you slightly failed at both Lyon and Liverpool at the job you were bought in to do. Being successful in Europe with Lyon and winning the League with Liverpool. You still deserve credit where credit is due and you still did a very good job at both clubs.

I must admit I was really down when I first knew you were going to be appointed. This was mainly due to that I believe we have an excellent future manager in Kevin Macdonald and feel he has been unfairly encouraged to go for the job he was never going to get. I wanted someone that could be around for years and take the club forward season after season. I wanted our own Alex Ferguson! As I look forward to your welcoming press conference I hope so see that Kevin is given a major role at the club that he can evolve in and build on his past success. I'm hoping he can learn and take experience from you that leads to him taking the manager`s job in a few years. I, along with many more will be bitterly disappointed if he is pushed out the door after the service he has given.

Upon reflection I'm gaining my usual possessiveness back and I may even get out my Claret and Blue specs by the end of Monday night. I've even booked my Blackburn tickets today, I had been considering not going after feeling let down by the club. I felt like I'm not spending my hard earned money as a matter of principle but I pulled myself around . I can see why the club have chosen you at this stage, not that I agree but I see their reasons. Personally I would have given Kevin until January to show us what he can do as I'm sure you would have still been available then. Maybe we will never know how good or bad Kevin Macdonald could be but what's done is done and I with many others will move on and give you our backing.

There is only one way you can prove the doubters wrong and that's with results. I personally expect nothing less than 6th this season and if you do have something special then 4th can be achieved. Anything outside of Europe is a major failure in my eyes. Some will say that's unrealistic but we have a good base to our team here. If the club is right to choose your experience and history of winning over other managers then there should be no reason why you can't take us further than we have been in recent times. There is no time for building from the bottom here! The foundations have been set and you have the base to build a great team. We are paying for the finished article with yourself so I expect the finished article. That may seem harsh but we are not taking on someone that should need to learn their game here. It`s also no harsher than the miracles the inexperienced Macdonald was expected to achieve when thrust in without any preparation. Based on MacDonald's record of narrowly going out of the cup and two out of three premiership wins we should expect to win our next four games with you in charge. We will see how it goes but I will give you 100% backing in those games. I'm hoping for four wins and maybe some will reflect on how harshly they judged Macdonald after these first games in charge in difficult circumstances.

So there you have it, it`s out of my system and I am now going to shut up about Macdonald, give you my backing and judge you on your performance. I'm hoping everyone else does the same. Hopefully in your time out of management you have been studying transfers and potential targets. I expect these to be addressed in the first week of the transfer window and not the last day like we have had to put up with in the past. We have wasted vast amounts of money on transfer over the years so we can't afford to do that now. Overall I think your transfer record is poor but hopefully from your gained experience you will pick us up a new Hyypia, Hamann and an Anelka on loan. I won't list all the poor signing here as there are many but please none of them.

After all this uncertainty I feel we finally have a bright outlook. A good solid team, yes we have lost Milner but we have gained Ireland and Albrighton. We are sitting fourth with no Europe to worry about. We have a run of four games where we could win them all. A good January transfer windows and you can show everyone you can take a club that isn't expected to challenge back up with the big boys. If you setup a process of grooming Macdonald into the management role I know he can do then we also have a long term outlook and these years won't go to waste. You have the chance for this to be your biggest achievement to date and probably your last chance so let`s hope you make the most of it. I say Ooh R Houllier, I said Ooh R Houllier!

(Blind faith I know but if you can't beat them ;-)


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Writer: revua Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday September 10 2010

Time: 8:53AM

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amen! Think an awful lot of fans had their own options and opinions on who should come in, but as illustrated by our latest poll, now the decision has been made (and doesn't it feel great to have an end to all the speculation etc?) the vast majority will be fully behind the new man and the new era. I've certainly gone from a shrug (ie not excited, not gutted) to very excited about the new era, especially after talking to people at the club, Liverpool fans and (second hand) a couple of guys who have worked with him before. I think we might all be surprised at just how good this next chapter in our wonderful history will be.
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10/09/2010 08:57:00

Talk about damned by faint praise! If this is a welcome I'd rather stay at home! Come on, let's welcome GH with open arms or not at all. What's KM ever achieved in management anyway? How does his CV compare to Houllier's? My welcome is without qualification. "Great to see you here and that you want to take on this difficult job. I wish you the very best of luck."
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10/09/2010 09:23:00

Great post - thats the sort of positivity i've been looking forward to for some time. Lets all move on with enthusiasm
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10/09/2010 10:07:00

I was a MON fan, but he's gone now, so we move on. I have also always tried to put a positive spin on things no matter what. Liverpool had a good spell with Houllier in charge, so did Lyon. Let's hope he can do the same for us, and at least whether a game is going for or against us, we might have a plan B to hold what we have or change things. Good luck, Gerard, welcome to our wonderful football club. UTV.
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10/09/2010 10:44:00

Losing manager and milner at same time is a big loss. I agree that with above comments that we need to be realistic that 8th/9th could be a possibility. But i would be fine with this if we have another good cup run. I think Wembley needs another draping of claret n blue.
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10/09/2010 10:45:00

Was inititially sceptacle about the appointment of GH. However, now think he was probably the best RL could get under the circumstances. Monsieur Houllier is also a man with integrity. (He apparently once said that teams should leave the field if players are racially abused). Agree with the comment above that Houllier also has the potential to change the culture at the Villa. Change it from parochial (which it is) to one that is more in tune with the European (and global) game in 2010. Also agree that anything below sixth shouldn't be seen as failure given the current upheaval. It's also highly likely that RL feels that Villa cannot make fourth place for the forseable future. If so it is a perfectly rational point of view. He couldn't have predicted what has happend at Citeh. Villa fans should also start being more realistic. The Europa League and the domestic cups should be the clubs target. There is no shame in being in this position. Spurs (despite their CL qualification), Everton, even the mighty Liverpool are all in a similar position. Arsenal are, arguably, nearer the Villa's situation than they are to winning the league. The two Manchester clubs and Chelskov will probably dominate the top three positions for years. No matter, will look forward following the claret and blue domestically and in Europe.The format of the much maligned Europa league has a lot in common with the 'old' European Cup, Cup Winners Cup as well as, of course, the old UEFA Cup which it replaced. Those competitions had an integrity and exitement that the CL can never achieve. The standard of football might not be at the same level as the CL but the EL gives real fans the chance to go on a 'European tour' with all the exitement, great memories and 'folklore' that goes with it. Good luck Monsieur Houllier.
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10/09/2010 11:26:00

He is certainly the best of the bunch that were on offer. I don't think the above article is very welcoming at all, full of reservation and if onlys! I'm fully behind Mr Houllier and whoever he brings in as backroom staff. Great appointment by the Board considering the options available! All the Best and Bonne Chance!
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10/09/2010 12:00:00

on sky sports it says he's not even going to be there on monday night, so not sure why there's a press conference!
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10/09/2010 12:23:00

I have to agree with AVbornandbred and ric112 as well, what kind of statement is that to comment out with. If this is the level of off-the-cuff comments we can expect then lord help us. Whilst I think we're all aware that it's going to be tough to maintain Top 6, I'd at least expect us to be aiming for Top 8 as a minimum. Top 12?? who the hell is he letting past us, thanks for saying we're a nice little club who play ok football Mr Houllier, I was positive about your appointment but with alot of fans still dubious you need to learn to get them onside pretty quick. UTV
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10/09/2010 12:30:00

RE: Houlliers 'comments' about Villa. He was referring to Villa's record in the EPL. Not the old first division (where Villa won the league seven times and were runners-up nine times). Apart from being runners-up in 92-93, Villa have hardly set the Premier League on fire. Villa aren't at Liverpool's level historically, true. However, no English or British club is. In the history of the EPL L'pool have, nearly always, been way ahead of the Villa. (Despite never winning it themselves). Until last season they've usually (always?) qualified for the CL. They are also, arguably (and sadly), a club in long term decline. The Kop would love an owner like Randy Lerner and a stadium like Villa Park. In 2010, Villa are a club in, probably, a much stronger position than LFC. Houllier didn't come to VP to finish beneath the Pool. He probably has a few points to prove. He's also said that he turned down other offers. Villans should be proud that someone of his stature has come to B6. There's a lot to be positive about.
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10/09/2010 12:36:00

i agree villawillriseagain, that houllier may have something to prove, and that he may well be the best option we had for a new manager. i am quite happy about it, but i think he made an unintelligent comment in light of the perceived lack of support for his appointment. i dont think he will be actually aiming for only 7th-12th, it seems like more of a defense just incase we finish there.
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10/09/2010 12:45:00

I can not understand how Houllier can come out and say that Villa are not in the same league as Liverpool. And are place in the league is 7th - 12th in the league. Great , he has high hopes
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10/09/2010 13:08:00

jesusi thought i was pessimistic but *****ing hell, 12th!!!! is he having a laugh? i was not fussed about his arrival but now im majorly dissapointed, we are a top 8 club nowadays but *****ing 12th, so blues fulham sunderland etc are better than us are they? are they *****
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10/09/2010 13:09:00

And some of you trust Sky Sports News!! It's worse than the fcking Daily Mail ffs! They are all *****ts
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10/09/2010 14:03:00

VillaWillRiseAgain, if you look at the history of the EPL, our average (median) position is between 6th and 7th, and on the all-time points table we are fifth. Even during the time Houllier managed Liverpool, we averaged about 8th. The 7-12th comment is inaccurate - either houllier is deliberately playing down expectations or the man is just ignorant, doesn't inspire confidence either way.
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