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Houllier Out And The 'R' Word? Or Back The Boss?

Houllier Out And The 'R' Word? Or Back The Boss?

So, the aftermath of a poor game, or at least first half, v Arsenal.

Geard Houllier has admitted on Talksport that the Villa fans were right to boo the first half performance yesterday. Houllier said: "They were quite right, I was sharing their frustration, I was sharing everything that they could feel. It was the worst half that we`ve played here."

Nice to read the honesty at least.

Meanwhile also on Talksport, Ray Parlour said "If they play like this they could be in a relegation dog-fight this season there`s no doubt about that. There`s teams around them who are good sides and are getting points at the moment. Aston Villa were poor today."

Our forum thread on Houllier with a chance to vote you lucky, lucky people (remember, forum = adult language and strong views!) Click Here > Houllier?

I got this from Eddy1 over in Australia today... along with this great image of his car, or more importantly number plate!


"I've been reading a few blogs and there appears to be some concerns from Villa fans about the Houllier era, well its time the fans really got behind him. We all know what happened five days before the season, Kevin Mac took the helm on a temp basis before GH came in, had to build a new back room staff, get to know the players capabilities, unable to add new faces until January window.

On top of all this we've had a crippling injury toll and as Mr H put it 'sickness' also ( Gabby and Albie).

Look at the positives... Albrighton, Bannan and Clark have been outstanding, we are playing I think better football but not getting the breaks at present, yes we've had some off days but GH has said this would happen.

Transfer window coming up and I'm sure we'll see new faces in January (and probably not at the 11th hour on the final day)

Playing staff needs some pruning ... good bye to players who have been good servants yet need to move on...... Carew, Bebe, Sidwell .... players who never really made it like Salifou

Players coming back .... especially looking forward to return of Delph and Gardner.

We all know a run would have us shoot up the table, think we have a manager who will not panic.

So come on, lets get behind the team and especially Mr Houllier."

Cheers to Eddy1 for that.......................

So are we going to be in a relegation fight? I still don`t believe so. I also can`t see what else Gerard Houllier could be doing right now? We weren`t great yesterday but then we were against Manchester United, so not all is wrong is it? Also, he hasn`t had time to bring in his own players, how can he be judged on an injury ravaged team put together by another manager?

It isn`t comfortable at the moment and this season is sort of a write off already short of our Cup hopes and dreams, but are we not panicking a little bit too much? The 'r` word is being used more and more and I heard several at the Villa (and on this forum) mentioning Houllier in the same sentence as Billy McNeil. A few even said Houllier has to go. Really? Already? Without bringing in a single 'proper` signing?

Funny old game, leaving yesterday though, not many of us were laughing really were we?

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday November 28 2010
Time: 10:53AM


Ok, I've read all the posts on this article and the general consensus is that NO Villa Fans want GH out and ALL think that this suggestion is ludicrous! Anyone disagree????
29/11/2010 23:54:00
Any team with A. Young, Bannan, Ireland, Delfounso in the middle is going to get over-run by anybody wanting to put their foot in. This is not the managers fault, it's simply that we've got too many injuries in the same part of the pitch. It could be argued that for large parts of this little barren run we've played batter football, with the reserves, than we did for the last 18 months of MON's reign. Keep the faith, don't lose your nerve, GH is a good manager.
29/11/2010 22:26:00
JF, lol you hadn't posted before eltoro named you in his comment, and he was the one to use the $ sign in his post. 5 posts in, hence why I'm wondering if Eltoro has crossed posts or something like that or just done one of my historic after match rants PMSL
29/11/2010 19:15:00
easy to be confused to be fair, I don't remember and if I put a $ sign then wow, not exactly the first mistake I'll have made! I can't see in what world £80m for Ash wouldn't be good business if it was re-invested? Not saying sell him but if anyone came in with that price, I'd drive the dude wherever needed and take 4 x £20m players. That would progress us, he isn't 'that' good, he could be great but £80m? Come on!
The Fear
29/11/2010 19:05:00
Erm Eltoro, are you confusing articles mate. Read back up, no wonder JF's befuddled here - or at least I am PMSL
29/11/2010 18:14:00
I'm all for giving GH time if you read my earlier post, I also wrote on this very site how fantastic we played Vs Man U, it was just what you said about Ash - you wrote '$80 (yes dollar sign) is good business' it just got my back up, when a club is struggling like we are at the moment, I can't for the life of me see how selling any player for any amount of money is good business let alone one as good as Ash!
29/11/2010 18:02:00
Yeah but you must agree Fear, it was a good bit of business. pmsl
Villan Of The North
29/11/2010 17:56:00
wise words Ted. Think Houllier (or almost anyone else?) was on to a hiding to nothing coming after MON because MON joined with at least 95% (?) support and excitement, maybe we all (along with the takeover) started to believe a bit too much?!? Fingers crossed things click sooner rather than later though, starting Wednesday night !
The Fear
29/11/2010 17:49:00
I cant believe that some people are getting on HOU's back already. I think that we should give the bloke a chance, he hasn't even been able to pick the same side from one week to another. He has had so much bad look with injuries, sir alex or even Muriniho, would have struggled to do much better. Lets not forget its hard enough for a manager to take on another managers team let alone have all of these set backs, just when he thinks he's got two players that can work together one of them gets injured. Look at were Liverpool and Everton are right now, and they have not had the injuries we have had. We have got to give the man a chance. I say GET OFF HOU'S BACK AND SUPPORT HIM.
29/11/2010 16:23:00
Salted I would hope!

Eltoro, help JF out....point to the last time we sold a player for £80m, help narrow it down. I'm ignoring the quantum chaos of signing players by the proceeds of a player we aren't selling, but might in the future. Define top though, BFR put together a top team, Monny made some 'top' signings by the standard definition, so did JG.
29/11/2010 15:22:00
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