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Villa Fan Says Thanks To Kevin MacDonald


Just like to say this about Kevin MacDonald. For the past decade I have known Kevin MacDonald as Villas reserve manager. A reserve team which has won many many titles in the last decade with him in charge. He has helped along the process of bringing through talent like Gabriel Agbonlahor, Gary Cahill, Liam Ridgewell, Steven Davis, Gareth Barry, Mark Delaney etc etc. He has been highly successful and all of the young lads and now established stars can't speak any more highly of him.

Now when MON left, he left us high and dry at a really poor time. 5 days before the start of a season, we had brought in no players, this James Milner transfer saga was rumbling on but Kev stepped into the breach that was vacated by a very selfish Martin O'Neill. He took over and we outplayed West Ham. Played some delightful football and many were calling for him to be given the full time job. We then suffered unfortunate defeats to Newcastle United and Rapid Vienna in the Europa League while Milner's move to Manchester City finally went through. But after the disappointment of Vienna, we fought back and beat Everton at Villa Park. He was interviewed for the job along with Houllier, Eriksson and Curbishley and when it was finally revealed that Gerard Houllier was the new man for Villa he was bound to be disappointed. Then, we have this unexpected delay and Kev, even though he didn't get the job is asked to carry on preparing the side he wasn't deemed good enough to manage, at least for the next two games.

And his press conference today pleased me. He spoke about what a good man Gerard Houllier is. There is no resentment from Kev. There is disappointment yes but he is doing nothing but praising Gerard. He spoke today of how he didn't want to be assistant as he felt it was only fair that Houllier brought his own back room team in, which once again was very admirable. He will have prepared the side for tomorrows game and will pick the team for one final time. Everyone at Villa Park has massive respect for him. From the board to the players to the staff and all the supporters. He is one of us. He is Mr Aston Villa. He has been here for 17 years and done a bloody good job.

Whatever the outcome tomorrow, I think Kevin has done a very admirable job these past five weeks and cam come out of it with his head held high. I reckon he is good enough for a managers job, perhaps further down the divisions but hope he remains at Villa Park because losing him would be a bigger blow than losing O'Neill.

Thanks for stepping into the breach Kev and cheers for doing an admirable job. This one's for you!

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Writer: randy.stand Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday September 19 2010

Time: 3:49PM

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thanks for front paging this fear...about bloody time. Lol :P
Randy.stand
Yes agree he is a great Reserve Coach but how you guys can praise his 1st team coaching amazes me. The current form is Relegation form, what 2 wins after 5 games, one of which was a thumpimg, a narrow win against Everton at that, get a grip, if Big Mac was in charge for much longer we would be big trouble. Yep go back to doing what you do well, thankfully you were not in charge long enough to do lasting damage
kevin48
That's harsh kevin48. He wasn't exactly appointed full time manager back in may was it? He was thrown into the job four days before the season started. Coaching players he has never coached before and even after he didn't get the job he continued in the role. Cut him some slack. We could be a lot worse off right now. We got 2 wins and a draw which isn't bad seen as though we are supposed to be a club in crisis. I don't think he should have got the managers job full time but credit where credit is due.
randy.stand
randy.stand i'm behind you 100% - kevin48 & AVFCin0z - i just hope Houlier doesn't dissapoint you with only 2 wins in his first 5 games or you'll both be calling for his head! Any manager should be given the grace of a minimum half a season before people start calling for their heads surely??? Go back & read the comments after the west ham win & you realise how fickle (we) are...
thorpyuk
Fine performance against West Ham thorpyuk, no one can question that. However, the players were MON's not his. Love him or hate him, O'Neill engendered a belief in the side and when they clicked - like they did that day - their brand of football really flows. However, although not really after the Lord Mayor's show, looking at the Newcastle game, KM looked a reserve team manager. I for one won't be calling for Mr Houllier's head after five games, but how in heaven's name can you give a reserve team manager half a season if he's not good at what he does. Think back to Sbragia at Sunderland! This ain't a vendetta against KM, just a considered and honest opinion of the man's abilities and capabilities and ultimately what is best for our wonderful club.
AVFCinOz
Well said Simon. I dont think that he was ever going to be the guy to lead us forward, but as a stop-gap he's been adequate. His limitations have been exposed, but as a reserve team manager bringing on the young lads, he is priceless.
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