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Anti McLeish Protests Planned v Man City

Been asked to publish this and as an open site and one where I like to put all opinions and contributions up, I've agreed.

I do want to make it clear this site isn't pro or anti this, we aren't endorsing or otherwise. It is down to individuals what they decide with such matters. Be remiss of me not to follow through on the request though

Statement reads:

We have played 24 games this season, we have won 6! Is this good enough? No. This is relegation form.

Alex McLeish is not the man to lead Aston Villa. He had a full pre-season, was given £20m (approx) to spend and has players of the calibre of Darren Bent, Gabby Agbonlahor and Stephen Ireland to work with (also the most promising batch of home-grown players produced in years). Despite all this we find ourselves 13th in the table and without a home win since Bonfire Night.

Now after the débâcle of Sunday with the players now seeming to be in open revolt, the future is looking very bleak indeed.

We need to act now before it is too late and the unthinkable happens.

If you support this, please join us 3pm on Sunday, Trinity road Stand by the McGregor Statue. If you don`t then please ignore this.


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Writer: mcleishout Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday February 7 2012

Time: 2:52PM

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07/02/2012 14:59:00

"the unthinkable happens"? What, we finish 14th?
Stephen Jay Hawkings
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07/02/2012 15:02:00

As long as it is before the game and not during, the fans have a right to voice their opinion.
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07/02/2012 15:05:00

Oh dear. If this was relegation form we would be bottom of the league so factually incorrect. I accept that everyone has the right to their own opinion but I have the right to believe this is the wrong thing to be doing now.
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07/02/2012 15:20:00

Anything that gets McLeish out!!
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07/02/2012 15:25:00

What worries me the most is by Protesting and turning on Mcleish now, we are letting Dunne Collins and Warnock of the hook, these same players caused us trouble last year and are back to there tricks, so if we do succeed in ousting Mcleish soon what happans whe a new manager comes in? he wipes the salte clean and Dunne Warnock and Collins get a fresh start to cause Villa more trouble again? I want to support the protest in wanting better for Villa but i am really concerned that Dunneetc are the ones we should be turning on first IMO.
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07/02/2012 15:35:00

For those that are still saying 'give him a go' i've gone into the archives and pulled up some of the quotes from our 2-0 surrender away at Spurs... one particularly bad egg in a whole load of rotten egg McLeish performances: "Im still raging after that appaling showing...we surrendered before we started with our shocking team selection and dumbfounded tactics...we do not even compete in terms of real effort, fight and spirit & thats what the gaffer is meant to bring if nothing else" - marcobavfc "Heskey & hutton in midfield absolute trash.lets get this ginger ***** out before its to late." - robbo110 "only 30% possesion, only 3 attempts on goal, only 1 on target, .... complete and utter ****e !!! Skysports keep saying AM showed spurs too much respect .... b*ll**** !! he's clueless !!" - bixit "If we were a dog we would need putting down for sure" - p.avfc "Well whos to blame for this pile of crap! Perhaps Mcleish will blame the ref, bad luck......... Anything other than he is the worst manager I have ever witnessed down the villa" - ShaneBlack There's loads more and not just on the tottenham surrender. We've seen far too much dross so far this season, and with McMuppet and his Eckscuses, we're doomed to continue to suffer until this fool no longer graces our great club.
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07/02/2012 16:22:00

We're screwed either way, we should wait until the summer and then try and ship him out along with the main root of our problems. No good changing things now....Would be funny if we beat City after the protest though!
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07/02/2012 16:36:00

Can we set up a Facebook page too? Why not try and get 'McLeish Out' trending on twitter? Or perhaps we could occupy Trinity Road? Have you thought of drafting Swampy in too? No protest is complete without a hippy chained to a tree.
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07/02/2012 16:42:00

Can we set up a Facebook page too? Why not try and get 'McLeish Out' trending on twitter? Or perhaps we could occupy Trinity Road? Have you thought of drafting Swampy in too? No protest is complete without a hippy chained to a tree.
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07/02/2012 16:43:00

you have the right to protest....but i do agree with others that some players also have a lot to answer forthis and last season. He's not my first choice either but if you think for one minute he will be sacked you kidding would cost too much and Mr Learner will not repeat the O'Neil payout, with limited funds who would want the job anyway. #utv #vtid
V111A DR
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07/02/2012 16:43:00

Were in a mid table and top 10 fight this season and will most likely finish 11th or 12th yes dissapointing but for me the unthinkable won't happen as there are worst team's below with below par players than us our board hiring mcleish is sign of ambition for a mid table finish so that's where are at the moment i would fully back the protest if we were sitting where wolves and qpr are but as bad as things are wer'e not there yet though close we are !!
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07/02/2012 17:19:00

It's rather quite simple really. If you don't agree with the protest - don't join in. If you do agree, feel free to join in.
Pride of Lions
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07/02/2012 17:31:00

We could finish 5th and I'd still be screwing. The only way this would happen is if there were 15 worse teams than us. NOT because we climbed up to 5th. A decent manager would get lots more out of the team, regardless of injuries, losing our best 2 players, having little to spend or whatever other Eckscuses anyone wants to make. I honestly don't think that anyone other than Avram Grant and a couple of others could do any worse. There are hundreds of managers who would take the job who have experience in lower leagues and their coaching badges. Ferguson or Clough Juniors, Southgate, Ince, Hoddle (if only,) Gorman.... Rather have any of these and many more than Eck. THE EXCUSES MUST STOP PEOPLE.
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07/02/2012 17:44:00

The players do have to take a lot of the blame but I ask these fans blaming them what would you do as a manager?? would you not drop them to the reserves where they belong or would you do as our fool of a manager does and kepp playing them every single week no matter how *****e they are? its bad management simple as, even if he felt the players were just unlucky with these schoolboy mistakes if ECK was a decent manager he would have stopped these mistakes when they began 6 MONTHS AGO, how anyone can defend a manager who lets a team make the same mistakes for 6 months is beyond belief and far beyond any logic, im sick of the stupid excuses and blaming attacking players for constant defensive mistakes completly draining them of what little confidence they have...BAD MANAGEMENT, BAD BAD BAD BAD MANAGEMENT!!!!
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07/02/2012 18:05:00

Have to say I am up for this. I fully understand the reasons not to demonstrate. I have thought long and hard about the pros and cons. As pointed out by several people there are reasons, both for and against. But imho we can take this dross no more. If McMuppet had a good record and it was possible to see shoots of hope in what was happening then I would wait until at least the end of the season, but there are not any. None at all. He has relegated Small Heath twice (for that we are thankful) and he built a Rangers team that went on the longest winless streak in their history and was eventually chased out of Glasgow for coming third in the two horse race. The football is dire. The players are openly revolting against the manager. They shouldn't I know, but if you are asked every day to do something that doesn't work you will eventually snap. If you are a mechanic and you are told to remove a nut with a screw driver you would tell your boss to eff off. Season ticket sales were down. Pay on the day customers are down even with massive incentives and price reductions to boost the flagging numbers. Atmosphere is terrible. The fans lack of vocal support is transmitting itself to the players and creating a terribly intimidating feeling around Villa Park that I believe is causing the players to play with fear (not the Fear). The manager epitomises everything about a club. If you think McMuppet is the person who epitomises the values and football traditions of Aston Villa then please feel free to support him. Sing your heart out for him. Lets hear the crowd singing Big Ecks Claret and Blue Army, Stand Up if You Love McLeish etc. I am happy for fans to follow their heart, but I am certain more fans want McMuppet out than want him in. So those that support him, sing it loud and proud. Those that don't please be equally loud and proud. As fans we may disagree on the values of protesting or not, but we do it because we love the Villa. Lets not fight amongst each other. If you want McLeish to stay bring along your 'I love Eck' banners. The Support prevention Officers (stewards) will allow these. If you want McLeish out bring along your 'get the F'eck out of Villa' banners. If there are enough of them the Support Prevention Officers will not be able to eject everybody. Their is a split in the camp. Last survey showed over half want McMuppet out, but it is the right of those that want McMuppet at the club to sing for him. We are Villa. We are Prepared. Up the Villa. McMuppet out.
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07/02/2012 18:21:00

About time too. Will 'they' listen? Most likely not but this fool is going to get us relegated. I have had my interest in Villa massively reduced in the last 12 months and have attended less and less, even to the point now that despite the fact I get access to free tickets, I still don't bother.
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07/02/2012 19:11:00

Have just printed 500 very simple 'ECK OUT' flyers on A4 paper. On the reverse I have just added the words 'The Villa is ours, The Villa is ours, go back to Small Heath, The Villa is ours'. Not sure if people will be happy to show them, or sing it, but it makes me feel better after the way the Support Prevention Officers (stewards) threatened to eject me for displaying my Eck Out banner last week. As I have consistently said, if he had a record of success and building clubs for the better I would give him time. But he hasn't and we must act now to get rid before the damage is permanent.
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07/02/2012 19:24:00

McLeish (and Randy?) out, great got it. Now please tell me who in?
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07/02/2012 20:00:00

I want Mcleish out as much as the next person, but not sure if it is the right time...Nothing against people doing it though, they pay money so they can do what they want.
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07/02/2012 20:34:00

i would rather have a ***** head and his dog in charge of villa just to get these jokers out - I just cannot belive with the talent in our squad and by that i mean just heskey ;) we are 13th and the game on sunday i hold about as much hope of a win or draw like the uk getting out of the euro lark - sorry to be so doom and gloom but we got to vent som how - oh well c;mon england for the rugby
Ted 369
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07/02/2012 20:36:00

ClivetheVillan, once again spot on with your thoughts about Dunne and cohorts. Our defence is a shambles, and of late McLeish has taken to publicly blame wingers and forwards for not covering the p9ss poor defenders such as Hutton, Warnock and Dunne. As for Protests, the best way is to hit the Finances, don't buy merchandise and although it huts just stop going, that message hits home immediately.
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07/02/2012 23:43:00

For what it's worth, I'm surprised it has taken this long. The Spurs showing was abysmal and a legitimate protest the match after that would have been far more rational than now... or after the United at home match. No matter, I just can't see Faulkner and Lerner sacking him and paying out 3-4 million pounds for the remaining years of his contract.
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08/02/2012 02:11:00

@TTed369 - no you wouldn't - Would you take the porn master and Brady in charge of Villa? Until someone comes up with a valid replacement for the manager & board then whats the point? - just support the team FFS.
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08/02/2012 04:01:00

Oh dear me the stats show AM is doing better than mon did in his first season so far , where was your bed sheets then ? We are better than this embarrasing
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08/02/2012 05:28:00

I am totally against this and if I see any banners around where I sit I will be ripping them down. Total waste of time. We should be singing our hearts out and be making loads of positive noise - I bet most of you who will be protesting are the same ones who sit in their seat and don't sing even when we are winning. IMO Eck has had some bad luck - Jenas, Herd injured / Zogs loss of form / good players sold / no money because of MONs disgraceful signings - and so how is he supposed to sign new players on crowds of 30k? I bet loads of these keyboard warriors don't even go to the matches. Set up a Facebook page ? Lol he must be *****ting himself now!
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08/02/2012 06:21:00

I have no love for mcleish but would echo the thoughts of Piper, chiefy and lost in Ca. Its embarrassing to see the glee in sky sports reporters faces when they can cover unrest at the villa. It'll be interesting to see just how many turn up for the protest.
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08/02/2012 08:11:00

Worst part of this is,where will it end ? Find Mcleishes tactics poor and the signing of Hutton probably his biggest mistake. But if Lerner appointed him and wont budge are you prepared to go the extra step of trying to have Randy Lerner removed ? With money so tight and a lack of big money owners available to buy (just ask Everton) my one concern is that we could not replace Randy Lerner with anything better and as he appears to have decided he wont be funding any big money moves will he be be bothered?. The protest should be held after the game its the way we used to do things in the past and seemed to work well enough,and of course i agree paying customers have the right to voice their opinion a facebook page would be a complete waste of time every bluenose for miles would be on it you would get half a million votes strange that only 35000 bother to come to home games.And yes I agree with those who are saying some of the players should hang their heads in shame,its one thing for the fans to voice their disaproval of poor management but the players should shut the **** up he backed them and its their poor form as much as Mcleishes poor tactics that has led to this.
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08/02/2012 08:55:00

Couple of things. Piper, my banner says 'Get the F'eck out of Villa' I sit near the front of the top tier of the Holte. It will be displayed before the game outside the Trinity and it will be displayed in the game. Please feel free to try and rip it down. And for your information, I do sing my heart out and not only when we are winning. Chiefy, you are wrong but not by much. After 24 games of O'Neill we were on 29 points, but he had taken over a terrible squad and didn't get the chance to spend £20m. And you say it is embarrassing because we are better than this. Too right it is embarrassing. That is why we are protesting. And lost in ca. This is a protest against the manager, not the board and not Randy. Many think Randy was wrong in appointing McLeish and he should have controlled M'ONs spending, but Randy is simply having to balance the books. Why do you want to bring in the Porn Master/Brady argument into this discussion? Who to bring in . . . Benitez, Poyet, Billy Davies, Capello, Di Canio, Kermit the Frog . . . . we have to trust in Randy to get the decision right, but his choice of McMuppet was sadly misguided.
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08/02/2012 09:11:00

All I can say is that this will make our club that already has a negative media look even worse and be made to look bad by the media even more so than we do already. We are just giving them ammunition. I think Kean at Blackburn is much worse and look how their fans looked. Its simply not the right thing to do and not before a game live on Sky at 4pm. We should be looking at this game to improve our season like beating them 1 - 0 last year so badly helped us. I agree with Clive the Villan that its actually our defence that are to blame for most of this and they simply make too many mistakes! I dont want our fans to show such a negative image to the players who do love the club like Gabby, Albrighton & Gardner who will be our future. I dont see managers with pedigree queuing up for the job. This season is all about surviving and getting rid of the utter dross from our wage bill. I think Heskey will be gone in the summer and I was as annoyed as the rest of you to see him come on for N Zog on Sunday, that was one of the worst substitutions I have ever seen. I dont see us going down but following Sunday our next 3 games are huge oppurtunities for points. Does anyone think any good can come of this??? McLeish & Randy already know the fans thoughts but they just want to get through this season and then build again!
Chelt Villan
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08/02/2012 09:13:00

The ironic thing is, for the first time in 20 years i'm not going to VP regularly, and it's all because of AM (okay and Heskey...). So I won't protest, but only because i'm not going to the match.....terrible support i know but why pay 50 quid (inc travel) to watch this dross!
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08/02/2012 09:13:00

chelt Villan, fully understand your points, but the time has passed for not protesting. And according to the survey the majority want a protest against McLeish.
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08/02/2012 09:34:00

blinking press have quoted this protest as Vital Villa. NOOOOooo! I'm not taking sides, I'll not be attending, I've never protested against a manager, I respect everyones right to but I've done my days of protesting, this one I don't really see as productive at this dicey stage of the season.
the fear
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08/02/2012 10:10:00

Players are again getting off scott free for their awful performances.
the fear
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08/02/2012 10:18:00

Just waiting to see Piper go flying over the barriers into the lower holte with a handful of torn off banner in his hand now!! Lol. The players seem to be still sulking from all the quality leaving Fear and I include MON in this. They were brought in on a promise and going places but Randy has rapidly destroyed their dreams. No other teams want them on those wages at their ages and no other managers would be able to get the same performances out of them. If I wasn't a fan, I wouldn't blame them for taking Randy for all they can.
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08/02/2012 10:42:00

Mr Fear, surely though if the players are getting off scott free, then that's the manager's fault? So if AM refuses to drop the likes of Warnock, then we need a manager who will? Or a manager who can get them to play to their potential- it was less than 2 years ago Warnock was in our World Cup squad! I agree that protesting is not ideal, but if that's what it takes.....i'd rather get AM out now and get a new manager in and settled before our difficult run-in
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08/02/2012 10:53:00

I have some Ellis Out Banners if anyone has any tippex and wants to use them?!?!? ;-p
the fear
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08/02/2012 11:00:00

Guy's you can protest all you want the fact is Learner will not fire Mc Leish. I would like to see Mc Leish gone; my opinion has not wained from day 1. What we want is of no mind, AV have spent a lot on money on managers and the Chairman is not going to throw more away by firing big ECK. To be fair the team started to play some kind of attacking football and looked much more exciting in the past few games. We are poor defending, every time we give a corner or a free kick away in a dangerous place you feel a goal coming. I do not know what happened between Ireland and the manager on Sunday. One thing for sure we were not the same team after that; he was very good as indeed was Keane. Assuming we lose on Sunday, then we can start to look over our shoulders. COTVABU
irish villa
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08/02/2012 11:18:00

I want rid of McCleish as much as most of the pro protestors above but the question remains if he goes now then what? who will we get in to replace him baering in mind the boards fascination with prem league experience??? and with the same squad could a new manager get them playing better in the time between now and the summer? I can't think of one reasonable candidate who would be willing to work under the same conditions imposed on McCleish and bring a marked improvement which would be needed to justify his sacking mid way through the season. Can anyone else?
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08/02/2012 12:32:00

Voiceoftheholte - you need to change your username as you are clearly not the voice of the Holte End, you speak for you and you alone. IMO you are totally misguided and totally missing the bigger picture, but you pays your money you make your choice. Can I ask you - huge Villa fan to huge Villa fan - not to display the banner as I feel it is totally negative step which will have a negative effect on the team.
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08/02/2012 18:11:00

voiceoftheholte get in touch via email address on the website. We definatly have some things we could work together on for Sunday
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09/02/2012 11:40:00

dont agree with this will not help the cause lets be honest am only got the job cause nobody else wanted it and they still wouldnt with no money to spend didnt want mcleish but its what were stuck with like it or not so get behind the team villa till i die
cradley villa
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11/02/2012 09:56:00


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