Date:Monday February 6 2012
McLeish's Days Are Numbered! Are Randy's Too?
We said we would give Alex a chance and he's had it. He's angered most and turned some away from Villa completely. It was a stupid managerial appointment.
I've tried to back him since the Spurs loss in November. I had a change of heart; I've tried convincing others to give him a chance. I convinced some, not many, but some. Now? I find it hard to convince myself to support him. McLeish is making basic management mistakes every week! After drawing with Everton McLeish said, 'I'm disappointed we didn't hold on.'
Wait, what? Hold on! What about finishing them off? We're 1-0 up at home and you want us to hold on?
What happened to 'I'm not a defensive manager?'
We could have won by more than one goal! Doesn't this send out a negative message?
We drew at home to Everton after conceding from a counter-attack. Petrov and Collins allowed Donovan to run a third of the pitch without standing him up or attempting a tackle, but McLeish singled out Albrighton for failing to keep up with Anichebe. Amazing! He set a rule on set pieces, fail to track your man and you're out! However, he forgot to add Hutton, Collins, Dunne, Warnock and Bent were excused from this. All have failed to track their man; none of them were dropped after each resulted in a goal. Good to have a manager stand by his principles! He also said we need to cut out silly mistakes. Well, Warnock handed Nathan Dyer a goal on a plate, nearly scored a header in the Everton game, in our own net. In the next home game against QPR, an exact copy of this play happened again with another header from Warnock, only this time he actually scored, oops! He then followed up his terrific form at Newcastle by giving away possession cheaply and making Obertan look like Messi.
Has McLeish dropped Warnock now? No, he drops N'Zogbia instead, blaming him for poor defending and brings on Heskey. Brilliant! What about Hutton? Has he been dropped for his poor defensive displays? Yes. Oh no, wait a minute, that was Ireland he took off for not preventing the cross today, not Hutton.
My mistake. What am I thinking of?
I didn't realise preventing crosses was the responsibility of the winger (not that Stevie is a winger). The responsibility of the full back must be to back off the attacker until you're in your own 6-yard box and move out of the way of the shot. Top stuff Hutton! Signs are appearing Alex is losing the dressing room: - After the Everton draw Bannan tweeted, 'Wat a cold boring day that was !!!' - Ireland back chats and swears at McLeish at Newcastle. - N'Zogbia tweets, 'First time in my life I'm not happy playing football!!!' The writing's on the wall, I don't want to hear 'He hasn't had time to bring in his own players' either, N'Zogbia & Hutton are his signings, aren't they?
I'll back him whilst he's here, but my God it's beyond difficult to back this muppet, ahem, manager.
A banner was up in the Holte End against QPR after 12 minutes aimed at McLeish (it was taken down within seconds), but another banner is going to be put in the North Stand next week against Man City. Before you ask, I'm not the one with the banner. Players and fans aren't happy, we're playing awful, conceding sloppy goals, out of the cups and haven't won a home game since 5th November 2011.
I can safely say my season ticket hasn't been value for money.
I want McLeish to do well but I've heard enough excuses and seen enough awful substitutions. Stop f****** hiding behind excuses and blaming others! I think you're out of your depth and Villa (we're not a BIG club anymore, but still this) is a club too big for you!
Randy's in for a lot of stick and although his intentions are good, he deserves what he gets! Giving O'Neill free reign, signing Houllier and now McLeish. I like Randy, he seems a nice guy, but he's proving he isn't capable of running Villa. My eyes are locked on you, Randy! And from what I've heard, McLeish isn't the only name on the banner being prepared for Sunday.
Date:Monday February 6 2012
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