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Houllier Confirmed - Kev Mac Has A Taste

Houllier Confirmed - Kev Mac Has A Taste

That headline didn't quite come out as planned! It sounds like Kevin MacDonald may have caught the managerial bug after all.

The club have confirmed to the media today that Gerard Houllier will take charge of the team officially following the Bolton clash this weekend, having completed the commitments he wished to honour for the FFF.

In other news Kevin has again spoken honestly about the situation he found himself in and it does sound like he might well have the managerial bug now.

Speaking to the BBC our caretaker manager for one more game admitted that he was disappointed to not get the job, but admits he left his decision late regardless.

'I put myself up for the job and once I did I knew there might be disappointment. It took me long enough to decide and I was disappointed.'

Mac also again repeats that moving back to the reserves was a decision he took as he looks to re evaluate his career in effect, and decide whether he does want a shot at being top dog somewhere.

'The decision to go back and work with the reserves when Mr Houllier came in was totally down to me wanting to re-evaluate and see what I can - or want - to do.'

However he's certainly not talking like a man who is about to up sticks and be off as quick as a zone dweebie as he talks very much as though his immediate future remains at B6.

'I think Mr Houllier is already in the process of getting some of his backroom staff but if I am asked to do something by the Villa manager that is what I will do because I work for Aston Villa's manager. He asked me on Friday if I would do those things (Stokie preparation) and I have no problem at all. That will still happen when I go back to the reserves. If he asks me to go and help with the first team I'll help out - until I decide what I want to do.'

If Mac does decide he wants to drop a few divisions and learn how not to be the invisible man on match days I'm sure he'll leave with the clubs and fans full blessing and with the very best of luck.

He's been a fantastic servant of this club in his day job, and having been put in an unexpected position with luck against Bolton he'll return to the reserves with a first team record of 9 points from 15 which isn't really to shabby at all on paper.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Wednesday September 15 2010
Time: 3:37PM


The saying is 'to spite your face' not 'despite your face' lol. School boy error!
16/09/2010 00:51:00
I agree with you SBE, he had the chance to put himself firmly in the driving seat as soon as the West Ham game was over by saying he wanted to job, he spent 3 weeks deliberating and ultimately his indecision cost him the chance as I think if he'd have said 'yes please' we'd have not bothered looking around. I also think that despite him being an excellent development coach for th youngsters, he seems to lack the persona to manage at the top level, take the Stoke game, Pulis walked in the stadium and everyone lifted, yes I know it was because of his family loss and unique circumstances, but where was the response, where was the gee up for our players to counter this or the substitutions to break up play and strengthen the last 15 minutes? don't get me wrong, he seems a lovely bloke, one you'd want on your team as he'd go the extra mile for you, but as a leader I'm not so sure....
16/09/2010 08:22:00
Glad to hear the Houllier's contract has been sorted out so we can move on. As for KMac, some will know I predicted what would happen with his situation weeks before it happened. He has not left yet but he will sometime before the end of this season. My gut feeling is usually right and my gut feeling is still that he will be an excellent future manager. It annoys me that fans play down the few results he has had in temporary charge this season. Its no worse than we were playing under the experience O'Neil so I don't think he is judged fairly. Also Sir Alex Fergusons first years a Man Utd resulted in some terrible results until he had time to sort the team out. They lost to oxford, Coventry, Wimbledon etc and he didn't turn out bad so don't be so narrow sighted to judge on a few games. It also annoys me that fans keep harping on about he took his time to decide if he wanted the job. USE YOUR BRAINS! I also said back that he won't say he wanted the job until he knows he can get it as he knows as soon as he says he wants it there is no going back. He was not deciding if he wanted the job (he always wanted it) he knew if he didn't get it he would leave villa! That is what he was deciding on and that was a big big decision and rightly so he took his time until he thought the club would give it him. I think Houllier is a good choice and he gets my backing but it will be a big shame to lose Kmac. Most must agree it was handled wrong. The club should have told KMac they only want an experienced manager at this time but he will be given the Assistant managers job if he wants it to develop into the future manager. I'm not sorry if this sounds a bit like I told you so as I got shot down when trying to explain this to fans before. Now some can see it was a bit of sense I was spouting off. Anyway the best thing Villa can do now is persuade KMac to be assistant manager to learn his trade from Houllier with the view of being the potential future manager. If he wants to get into management surely this is the best way as I doubt Houllier will be here for longer than his three years. We need a long term plan for when Houllier leaves.
16/09/2010 10:54:00
Carn big Mac! Finish with a bang mate! = )
16/09/2010 13:16:00
At this moment in time Kevin MacDonald is nowhere ready for a managerial role at a top flight club, most certainly not a Villa Park. Just because he has been successful at looking after the reserve team, doesn't mean he is qualified to take over the big seat. He needs to cut his teeth at the lower level, gain experience, decide whether being a manager is actually for him.
19/09/2010 19:34:00
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