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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?

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

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


I still believe we just need a good striker. If we were getting goals, confidence would grow and the rest would fall in place. However...I'm getting increasingly worried about Dunne...I thought he was shockingly poor yesterday, and so slow. Cuellar and Collins in the central defence for me. As for the 'bad run'...I have no fears of a relegation fight. Our team is seriously under strength at the moment, yet we still outplayed Man Utd just a few days back, and with Albrighton and Agbonlahor back and a few others I think we will begin to climb that table sharpish. Hold your nerve Villa fans !
28/11/2010 12:28:00
You know JP FEAR everytime money is mentioned Milner 25 mill Barry12mill Young $80 mill, you seem to think its good buisness! (so do the board) I'll tell you what's not good for business, *****in rollin over whenever the cash is flashed, selling your best players and not replacing them, and then the subsequent relegation fight! Because you and the board will look like fools when we're in the Championship but with a great *****in bank balance!
28/11/2010 13:24:00
Absolutely ridiculous talk, half the squad injured and 3 points seperating 7th-15th.
28/11/2010 14:24:00
The only people who would want houllier out are the people who sit at home playing football manager and slating everything the team and manager does. He has been here less than half a season, he didn't even have a pre season so he had to get everything right straight away. We have put in some good performances, havn't got results but come january when he gets his OWN players then hopefully it will. It is nonsense to even think about sacking him, everton always do bad start of the season but always get a top 7 finish which will be good this season considering the strength of spurs, city, arsenal etc. I think of this as a rebuild season, finding out who is good and who isnt and then houllier can go out and replace whoever isn't with better players so keep the faith and look at the bigger picture instead of the league table so early.
28/11/2010 14:32:00
I am nearly on the floor laughing here. As if any sane Villa fan actually wants Houllier out already. Because there's a dearth of top managers available isn't there? Dear me. Let's all get a grip and hold our nerve. We WILL be fine. its only 2 weeks since we came within a whisker of beating Utd. UTV!
Adam Deuce
28/11/2010 14:40:00
What other club could cope with 9 or 10 first team squad players out injured? Not for one match, but seven or eight? Of those missing yesterday I think 8 would have been in the 18 (Cuellar, Albrighton, Petrov, Reo-Coker, Sidwell, Delph, Heskey and Agbonlahor). Of those, four maybe five would be in our starting XI. ANY team would struggle with that many players out, and it is only because of our great academy that we have been able to compete at all. Clark and Bannan will need a rest soon, and we desperately need some experience in the centre of midfield.
28/11/2010 14:49:00
is everyone on here deluded, we were shocking yesterday and 4-2 papered over the cracks as it could have been 10-2. if we turn up at blues and play like that we will be a laughing stock. fear you say you cannot see what else he could have done yesterday, well not playing a 37yr old has been would have been a start and playing people in there correct positions, like downing on the left. the club is going downhill fast and people just seem resigned to it
28/11/2010 20:17:00
Houllier is going nowhere. Our owner gave him a lucrative, three-year contract. Relegation is unlikely, but nothing can be taken for granted. West Ham are terrible, and Wigan look particularly vulnerable, but after that, though there are plenty of poor teams in the Premiership, we are one of them. As such, I'd say we have a one in ten chance of going down; unlikely, but not impossible.
28/11/2010 22:55:00
Milner 25m and Barry 12m was bloody good business. Not sure what you're suggesting eltoro - we should have held onto them and let them run down their contract, put no effort in whatsoever, then leave for nothing? Doesn't sound that appealing to me! 37m transfer kitty and rid of two players who don't want to play for the Villa sounds like a better option to me - that IS good business.
28/11/2010 23:15:00
Can tell u now why he has to have the 1 after avfc!! Cause I got the avfc plate lol
28/11/2010 23:38:00
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