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Houllier: A Case For His Defence..

WH Taylor presents... Houllier: A case for his defence..

As I do with all Villa managers, when Gerard Houllier was appointed I did some research on him, brought 3 biographies' on him and generally got a feeling of what he was about and what sort of manager we were getting.

When he took over I passed comment on here that things would get worse before they got better and at the minute this seems to be very much the case.

When he took over at Liverpool he was faced with the 'Spice Boys' era who had taken over the Liverpool dressing room under Roy Evans and were getting a bad press left right and centre for their antics off the field rather than success on it.

GH came in and sorted it out pretty quickly, new rules were implemented, big time players were shipped out and replaced by players prepared to fight for the cause and show pride in the shirt.

His motto was that every player should put the team 1st at the detriment to individual glory, if a player went out for a drink he was letting his team mates down by not being ready for the team when others were adhering to rules with the aim of being better, fitter etc.

If everyone, players, management and fans were not all pulling together then the success would not follow.

His early results were poor, the team were booed off on many occasions early into his reign, defeats at home to Watford and Leicester hardly setting the pulses racing as his new team adapted to his methods, methods that had won him several trophies and titles prior to arriving at Liverpool.

Slowly but surely his methods started to be adhered to by the players, injuries to key players such as Hamman and Redknapp meant that kids like Gerrard, David Thompson and Danny Murphy were given a chance in the middle of the team and had to learn fast.

Eventually, after spending money on several players he went on to win numerous trophies at Liverpool culminating in the majority of his squad going onto win the CL under Benitez.

Now I am not saying that all is rosy and the same will happen here but give the man a chance. He has not had the opportunity to bring in his own players, is working with a bunch of players not used to a passing game (the second goal was conceded last night because we tried to play football from the back, football we craved for last season!!), the injuries have exposed the squad for what it always was, poor, so we are up against it.

Stick with it people. We know full well that had we got a result last night nobody would have mentioned him waving to the Kop or any comments after the game, its purely down to what happened on the park which was admittedly poor.

Its horrible at the minute, snipes from the noses, even snipes from the Baggies at the minute which is very rare but still not nice.

What I would say however is look at the history of AVFC over the last 20 odd years...a few goods seasons then a dip and nearly go down, manager gets sacked, new manager comes in and we start the cycle again, and again and again. We have bounced back everytime, even during the disastrous spell under DOL we were in a similar position in his 1st season staring relegation in the face. Humiliated at Old Trafford at the beginning of December wondering what the hell was going on.

From somewhere we got a result and never looked back finally finishing 6th. You would not have said this in December just like we wouldn't now.

It was similar under MON when we couldn't buy a win between November and February even suffering the clown in the grey PJ's for a game or 2. We have come through it all and lived to tell the tale.

What we need now is the fans to get behind the team, give them a lift, show them we are still behind them despite the poor results and hopefully we can stick a few results together and climb the table.

Sniping at the manager, singing songs that blatantly take the piss out the side (ala the end of the reign of DOL) will do us no good at all. If anything it will get the players down even more making it harder to get results.

It was only 3 weeks ago that we battered United at Villa Park only for us to get nervous and wilt under the pressure of beating them. We have shown we can perform when the crowd get behind us.

Lets do it again and give the Manager and players our full support.

Sorry its long winded but I see no sense in moping about things when we can help the situation by sticking in there and getting behind the side

Who is with me?

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Writer: WH Taylor Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday December 8 2010

Time: 9:29AM

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I think this is a very fair, level headed post, at a time when people, including myself at times, have perhaps over-reacted and panicked.
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08/12/2010 09:59:00

Refreshing WH Taylor
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08/12/2010 10:16:00

Excellent article, very well done. It can be difficult to keep perspective sometimes, it's great to win every week but we're not Man Utd. A lot of positives about, particularly the quality youth players we've got coming through who are being given the chance that they weren't under the previous management
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08/12/2010 11:21:00

I could not have articulated my feelings any better than you have just done WH Taylor. Thank you for speaking for me also!! All i am saying, is give Hou a chance.
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08/12/2010 12:14:00

Well said - great article!
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08/12/2010 12:21:00

way to stay positive buddy... you can't read the future. all we can do is show our support, give our feedback to the general and hope GH gets us back on the road. the season isn't a complete waste yet.
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08/12/2010 12:26:00

Things could always be worse... We could have sacked a reasonable manager and be replacing him with Alan Pardew!!
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08/12/2010 12:34:00

Villan444 I agree with you - Houllier has had to backtrack but he meant what he said originally.. the fact is he was not hurting like us villans were and to suggest otherwise after that reaction is an insult to the intelligence
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08/12/2010 13:09:00

I was fully supportive of GH when he was appointed (although not my first choice) and thouht it would be a good appointment to address the shortcomings of the MON era and take us onwards and upwards. Unfortunately now, given how far we have slipped I think we need a different type of manager, one who can get some organisation and fight into the team. The stupid and unproffessional actions at Anfield on monday (the actions are worse than the comments) have given the club perfect justification to remove GH without having to pay for the privilledge and the club should act now to save the season. GH reminds me of Venglos - nice guy, great ideas, wrong players and wrong time.
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08/12/2010 13:20:00

Here's hoping for defensive changes and 3 points on Saturday. But to give the guy one season, not one more game is the way forward. He wn't need that long to start showing he can turn it round. But Albion are an excellent team . We can hope to deservedly thrash them - but not count on it. GH gets my support for certain. Evidence we are addressing the problems at the back will do me.
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08/12/2010 19:28:00

Sensible article - I shall be there cheering on Villa on Saturday as usual; travelling 250 miles round trip to do it but I have to say I'm not convinced GH has the right strategy. Maybe the return of a couple of players like Cuellar and NRC with Petrov soon after we can pick up a bit. I desperately hope so! GH seems to lack something credible to me - he just waffles and that business of giving up when two down was pathetic after what he said about the Man U game.
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08/12/2010 23:08:00

Great article, well written and articulated. I just hope for everyones sake we win on saturday against west brom. If we fail to win, the calls for his head already are going to be reverberating around villa park... i'm still undecided but will keep the faith for now. UTV!
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09/12/2010 12:50:00

Houllier the Frenchy, has no quality on the benchy... needs his January, to make the squad more healthy... time will tell, whether his tactics still smell and soon we'll know whether it's his time to go.. One things for sure, we need a lucky draw to hear a mighty roar from the holte end core. So here we are singing this song, come on Gerrard prove us all wrong! Allllll together nowwww!
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09/12/2010 14:19:00


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