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McLeish's Days Are Numbered! Are Randy's Too?

McLeish's Days Are Numbered! Are Randy's Too?

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.


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Date:Monday February 6 2012
Time: 12:19PM


sad times, have to agree McLeish has done himself no favours at all. He's best to admit this isn't the job for him and go, looks like the dressing isn't behind him and the majority of fans never have been and again, sadly, were never going to be - not unless he had got off to a stormer but even then, it would only have taken a few losses for fans to continue the dislike really. Gutted about this season.
the fear
06/02/2012 12:22:00
Well no matter what side of the fence you siton as a villan times are hard for sure, yes Mcleish has made mistakes as manager this season, yes he shouldnever have been appointed, but what outstanding manager wanted the job let me remind you? and what outstanding manager will want the job this time around? we are not attractive to the top mangers anymore due to the finaancial cuts, and people talking about Lambert and Rodgers are not reading what they have said about the projects they are building at norwich and swansea? they have huge buyout clauses in there contracts also, we need to realise we have some poor players at villa so blaming Mcleish for every own goal, penalty we give away etc is not fair TBH, these players have been poor for18 months wetherwe keep Mcleish or not.
06/02/2012 12:29:00
As for Randy's time being up LOL sorry i have to laugh as it is upi to him if or when he decides to sell us, he is never in the country so it will be a lot more difficult flying out to the USA to get your points accross, Randy has made many mistakes giving MoN an open cheque book, not putting a stop to the players he signed on an unsustainable level with an income like Villa's,appointing GH i can forgive but then this one Mcleish who i do not blame forVilla's woes as any manager taking over would have had the same problems he has, we have poor players and need a clearout and a fresh start but who in there right mind will pay money for Dunne Collins Warnock? and pay them wages aswe have?
06/02/2012 12:34:00
I think none of would complain if the players looked like they gave a stuff...Richard Dunne hardly moved faster than walking pace the whole game...he was wandering around as if he just didn't want to be there. As regards Warnock, I wouldn't question the effort the guy puts in, but how long can we suffer him in this team, he's hopeless, he is just not good enough, it's not lack of form, it's not lack of effort, he's just not good enough. Hutton looks reasonable going forward but hopeless in defence. Bannan is a great passer of the ball but a useless tackler. As I say, if players were really getting stuck in, trying their utmost we'd have no complaints, well, I wouldn't anyway, but they look like they just dont want the ball. Our passing is awful, and noone except Robbie Keane wants to shoot ! Is it the manager ? Is it the players ? I don't know, but this is just not good enough.
06/02/2012 12:35:00
and who the hell voted for Warnock in the man of the match column FFS !
06/02/2012 12:37:00
To be honest Clive, when when you see, Bent, Keane, N'Zog, Ireland, Given, Petrov, and the the youngsters Gardener, Clark, we were well capable of beating an average Newcastle team yesterday, and if MON was still here, I can say honestly we would not have lost yesterday, the players are there, it's just the manager isn't upto it sadly, and I've said it for a long time now, neither is Lerner.
06/02/2012 12:41:00
we never look in control of games . when was the last time we played well and never looked like we could draw or lose . no players are playing with a smile on there face .but i cant see villa sacking him because they would look like fools for giving him the job in the first place after all the fans said NOOO and he looks to proud to just leave and admit he was never up to the job i wish we had gone for some one like simon grayson who was sacked by leeds but they was still in with a shot of the play offs and they was selling his best players and not letting him bring in quality
06/02/2012 12:44:00
'eltoro' has said it ... the squad that Villa has is not at all a bad one and should be up in the top-8 i.m.o. A replacement manager does not have to be a "top" manager - he mainly needs to have commonsense and good tactical nous, like Brendon Rogers. A replacement manager should also have had something in common with Houllier as regards method - players cannot just swap from one system to another in periods of months.
06/02/2012 12:58:00
But the appointment of AM is down to RL/PF. A very bad decision - again.
06/02/2012 13:00:00
McLeish definitely isn't the manager for Villa but surely we will not get anyone better unless a load of money is poured into the club. Why would anyone decent come to a club that has no money to spend? We have some good kids but half of the team need replacing. We need two FBs, at least one CB and at least one creative CM. Depressing days.
06/02/2012 13:00:00
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