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MacDonald Stays Loyal To Reserves

MacDonald Stays Loyal To Reserves

Gerard Houllier has said today in his press conference that Kevin MacDonald has declined the opportunity to work within his first team coaching staff.

Instead of our reserve managing wonder will be happily going back to his former job once his stint as caretaker manager is over, laying to rest all concerns of him leaving the club following the appointment of the new man.

MacDonald will still be charge for the Stoke clash on Monday whilst Hoooolier dots the eyes and crosses the tees of his resignation from the FFF. Depending on how those resignation negotiations go Hooooolies will definitely be at Villa Park for the Bolton game, and will be aiming to take up the reigns for the visit of Blackburn.

Clearly, MacDonald staying in the role until Hoooolies can take charge properly, and then agreeing to go back to his former role shows there is no bad blood within the club and who knows, maybe Mac will change his mind and become more involved with the first team again over time.

Houllier admitted disappointment that he wouldn't be working directly with MacDonald, so I suspect the door will always be open should he change his mind.

'Joint management doesn't work, but in some capacity as assistant manager he would have been helpful. He could also have maybe learnt the trade and, who knows, taken over from me.

'But I understand his decision, he's a nice bloke, I told him I'd like him to stay at the club.'

Maybe MacDonald just wants some space again now having been thrust into the limelight, but his experience of the club and the players especially I'm sure will be tapped into by Hooolies even though Mac will be returning to the second string.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Friday September 10 2010
Time: 5:16PM


I think this speaks volumes for both men. I think GH is right. KM wasn't in the running for manager because he had no prior league management. But he could learn and potentially be a "manager in waiting". I think KM has the "x's and o's" of a manager...he just needs to fine tune the rest of it.
10/09/2010 17:25:00
great, think it is the level that Big Mac enjoys and where he is best deployed, crucial job that he does at Villa and so well respected. So that puts pay to a few more fears. Great stuff.
The Fear
10/09/2010 17:31:00
Now as long as Steve the Gaffer doesn't get a role, Villa legend and all that he is - as a player! - we can all rest easy in our beds. Continued success to Big Mac with the stiffe.
10/09/2010 17:42:00
Stiffe - lol - stiffs I meant.
10/09/2010 17:43:00
If KevMac really feels that the time is right for him to move into club management, then he needs to apply for the Southampton job, or something similar. Fine tune his talents at the lower level, while determining once and for all whether first team management is for him. He was never going to get the Villa Park job, but reserve team coaching doesn't have to be his lot. There will be opportunities out there, and I certainly wouldn't be surprised to see him move on to pastures new. Good Luck to him, whatever he gets up to.
10/09/2010 18:08:00
lol I've just read that Houllier say the FFF could make him wait three months before he can leave but is hopeful as they have a good relationship. Gees what a shambles this is. I'm not sure how all this works but how can he sign a contract with Villa before he has terminated his other contract. What happens if they don't let him finish his contract with them? By the sound of it he cant just walk away and work for Villa. Kevin could be in the job for a while yet lol They should have just waited until January when Houllier was free.
10/09/2010 20:31:00
Houllier has said the Blackburn game is likely to be his first game so how do you explain the clubs false advertising of the Bolton game as Houllier's first game. Its not very professional and I see it as a complete joke. I back Randy and the board as Randy is great for this club but I do question how these guys have got on in business if they go about things like this.
11/09/2010 02:52:00
Mike, For your information I don't drink and have not for ten years. I actually thought Alcohol may be the cause of your irrational thinking. Maybe I'm wrong but maybe that's why you are thinking you are being intelligent. Alcohol and intelligence don't go together so maybe you next reply should be in the morning after a good breakfast. I'm not going to go on about this all night but I'm just taking what Houllier has said. I think its better that I listen to what he is saying rather than what you are thinking up. He has not signed a contract with us! He does not know when he will be able to leave his job at FFF. It could be three months but as he gets on well with them he hopes to be at the Blackburn game. All things that have come out of his mouth. If he is saying he does not know then why do you think you know? If I'm wrong and he has signed a contract then Houllier is lying but either way its not good so cant see why you would try to make it sound as if its not bad. There is no healthy explanations why he should be unveiled now but not be able to manage our team. It could actually have a detrimental effect on our next games which is not good. Yes the press are running with it and yes its making our club look pretty daft. The way certain things have been handled has caused bad press and discontent with certain fans. These are both not good for our club which ever way you look at it.
11/09/2010 03:37:00
Mike, Maybe I should just quote what Houllier actually said and then you may be able to comprehend that I'm not just making this up! 'I haven't signed a contract yet but for me it's a formality. My word is more important than what is signed,' 'I apologise. I can't get back for the Stoke game on Monday. I have meetings on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The other thing is that if I don't do the three months' notice, maybe I have to go back one day and maybe spend time there.' 'All I can tell you is that I will come. I spoke to the chief executive (Paul Faulkner) and told him there was no point delaying the official press conference. At some stage, I will be here. 'I will be at the Bolton game next week. I hope Kevin MacDonald will be alongside me for the Blackburn tie in the Carling Cup. My league start will be the derby with Wolves. But even that I can't promise.'
11/09/2010 04:10:00
Staunton isn't coming, he departed Liverpool to return to Villa because of Houllier if memory serves me right?
The Fear
11/09/2010 09:04:00
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