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Our Reality Is Harsh, But Ultimately True

We're never likely to realistically challenge at the top of the league again unless some mega rich fool seriously invests in this club, the fact is all of the top five are able to either pay big wages or big transfer fees.

Some would argue that Spurs haven't exactly spent like City but they've been one of the biggest spenders over the last five years or so and that's bearing fruit right now, they've also got another important advantage and that's location It helped Chelsea immensly before the oil money when the likes of Gullit, Vialli, Zola, Desailly, Dechamps, Hasslebaink etc were popping up in west London and getting them into the Champions League.

Many claim we had 'success' under Martin O'Neill, but the truth is all we done is do what we've been doing for the last 15 years and that's chase a dream and come up short.

When even the likes of Sunderland and Everton's record transfer fees dwarf ours (14m for Gyan and 15m for Fellani respectively) how can we ever expect to compete with the big boys?

Some would say Arsenal haven't spent the moon and the stars either but again they have the London factor and are a big club in the Champions League, the last team to do anything of any note who didn't have the lure of Champions League football or London were Pompey when they won the FA Cup.

The funny thing is they were paying big wages to the likes of Suli Muntari, Niko Krankjaer, Sol Campbell, Sylvain Distin, Glen Johnson, Jermain Defoe and Lassana Dierra, it cost them dear in the end because their owner wasn't rich enough to sustain it but it supports my notion about wages and transfer fees.

Many may want rid of Houllier right now, and I guess that's a natural reaction considering our plight, but at the end of the day until we can compete on a level playing field with the teams who occupy the top five all efforts to close the gap are likely to end in vain, just like they did in the last three years.

So ultimately the only departure that could make the biggest impact at this club could be one from the boardroom.

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The Journalist

Writer: He'sBiggerThanMe&You Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday December 27 2010

Time: 5:27PM

Your Comments

We need constant, regular investment. Are we any poorer than Spurs? Not sure m'self? Certainly we spend more than Arsenal. The problem may be the board but its not for want of spending money or even having it. I think they probably had naive expectations when joining the club and don't really understand how the game works. Hence the spat with O'Neill and the appointment of a manager who promises to build a miraculous footballing side out of spit and mud without regard for results.
simonbigron
Its tough to comment. You are right. Don't think Villa will ever compete against the top clubs in the league again. Pretty sad actually.
Astriel
Of course we could all give up now. But in reality over the next 10 years at least one club will come through and why not Villa? Based in the second city with an incredible catchment area is one reason. It takes time to build a build a sustainable club and we have the best chance now that we have ever had. A few poor results with a transitional team and the doom merchants write the club off for ever. What nonsense. Enjoy the rest of holidays and lets start the New Year looking forward not down.
Gordonsleftboot
I'm just throwing it out there: I think GH has asked lerner if he can ship out the ***** so he can invest again. only this time around the board will want to have a say. I reckon lerner wants to invest... but be a little shrewed in the dealings. I mean seriously. City can blow as much money as they like. they never in the title. Not with a **** manager like mancini anyway. they might be able buy the best sell outs... but no respected manager will ever join.
Zarch
"they'll never win the title"
Zarch
If you think that there is no chance of winning anything ever again what's the point? Why bother trying?

We were so nearly there with MON.

For this season we don't need to worry about top four or top anything else We must concentrate on not getting relegated. We have to stop criticising our own players (hint to Gigi) and start getting the basics right.

chocolate teapot
If we'd kept hold of Barry, Milner and MoN I think we'd have had a decent chance of winning the league this season, especially the way the big teams are stuttering.. So I think success is (was) possible, but that chance won't come round again for a very long time.
SchoolBoyError
 

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