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Richard's Dunne McLeish A Favour

Richard Dunne has taken his turn to back the manager valiantly today.

Speaking to the Official Site after all the negative press this week, Dunney is the next in line to explain how good a manager Alex is off the pitch.

'Alex is a good man, he wants the club to do really well. He's here all day doing absolutely everything he can to try and get things right. He talks to every player and wants their feedback to see what we can do to improve things. He's trying 100%, he treats us with great respect and treats men like men.'

Dunne adds that McLeish is fair after games, if a player has done well he will praise them and give them a pat on the back, if they've had a mare he'll be honest about it.

'You need to give the manager time, he has a fierce will to win. He needs time to put his stamp on the team and build a squad and team to challenge, you can't bring success overnight.'

Petrov, Given and now Dunne...I wonder who next?

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday February 11 2012

Time: 4:04PM

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If only ECK would do us all a favour and F off!!!
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11/02/2012 16:49:00

If this was any other manager with the same record we would all be agreeing that he needs time to bring in his own players and put his mark on the side. I am struggling to see why him coming from the Blues should make any difference to that sort of thinking. Its natural for a manager to need time. For me its about time the players put into practice what they keep banging on about and start performing to their maximum and turning draws into wins to take the pressure off the manager.
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11/02/2012 17:28:00

whvilla - well said. But as other comments show some people will never accept him. Not sure himw leaving would do us a favour - 4 managers in less than 3 seasons would not be good news.
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11/02/2012 17:55:00

Well said chap : )
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11/02/2012 17:59:00

Fully agree , get behind big Eck and support him
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11/02/2012 18:17:00

OK. So everything that we already knew is true. He's a nice guy, he wants to do well, he's trying hard, he brown-noses the older players and isn't capable of bossing them around, he won't drop his favourites regardless and just moans at them afterwards, he asks players how to improve things because he doesn't know himself...............The overriding factor is that he isn't a good manager. I'm sure that he would be a good number 2 (and NO I don't mean turd,) or good at managing people in a workplace office type environment, BUT he isn't a manager that will succeed in this day and age where tactics are needed so much. He has got by in life because of his genuine qualities and that's obviously why Randy bought into him. He just isn't clever enough tactically and never will be good enough......... Clap clap to Gordon for suggesting that people will never accept him because he was at the Bloose. I'm going to get a username very similar to yours and just post that on every article to save you the bother mate as you really don't have anything else to say even though what you say is clearly not correct to anyone with half a football brain!!!!! ******** ***** ****** *******
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11/02/2012 18:24:00

he should be given longer.keane was a great signing.given too and i think nzogbia will come good.people are entitled to their opinions but i think they should support the team on the day and get behind is going to be tough enough without grumblings and protests around the ground
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11/02/2012 18:35:00

iv tried to support mcleish but since that spurs game my backing for mcleish has dwindled... he only knows long ball football... i want to believe he will sort it out but i just cant see it happening... his inability to see warnock is a liability is a case in point... warnock should have been dropped long before the wolves game and should have been dropped from all first team affairs after that swansea game...
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11/02/2012 19:13:00

Long ball football my ar*e. Been to All the home games and few aways and we DONT play long ball MOST of the time. Get this myth out of your minds. I agree with Gordon and whvilla and of course steff. If fans put as much effort in VOCALLY backing the team and NOT booing as they do in beating Eck and the players at every opportunity life on these forums might be refreshing.
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11/02/2012 20:14:00

I think the fact that Alex Mcleish has not got the best record in the prem at all and the fact he was a blue nose his been relegated twice so there is a big enough reason not to like him - i was one of the few that said to myself when he was apointed i will give him a chance as he is going to get a very rough ride with the fans - however with the reent results and the growing rumors of player unrest i can only assume we willbe in the championship - i will back my villa all the way
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11/02/2012 21:17:00

Villian444 - to be insulted by you is an honour, sir. I'll know I've lost my marbles if you ever agree with me.
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11/02/2012 23:25:00

Gordon, a lot of people sound like broken records on here, me included but I'm just fed up with trying to have a debate and then people just saying the same one liner that you've come out with many times. Nothing personal, it just gets to me that we are so poor with him in charge and it's like the emperor's new clothes where you can't say anything bad and if you do the only reason is because he was at the bloose and everyone is being silly and not giving him a chance. Dunne's latest comments make it sound like he's a 30 something manager in his first post. The man's had several clubs and he should know what to do without having to ask the bloody players FFS......As you can see, I've backed up my argument with reasonable logical facts, whether they're right or not is definitely a different matter but at least I haven't just said a stupid comment like " all the fans that like him only do so because he used to manage bloose and they're really noses" which isn't far off what you say every time without any backing ever.
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11/02/2012 23:38:00

Nice guy, treats men like men, good to have a football chat with and a glass of red, a man's man........ That's just lovely isn' it. What about motivating the players and fans alike? His words make me shiver every time he speaks. Imagine what it does to the players before they go out on the pitch?? He has and always will play rubbish football with focuses in all the wrong areas, he will never be accepted at Villa EVER
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12/02/2012 05:07:00

Villian4444 - we can atleast agree, I think, on two things: this is not a debating site people express views and then look for confirmation not discussion and second the Villa PR campaign is amateurish. Petrov has now been quoted supporting 3 or 4 different managers to the point where his 'latest views' mean little. That is a great shame. I have never said that the football this season has been great - it hasn't, maybe I'm just a tad more tollerant and prepared to give the man a chance. Believe it or not there has been some improvement recently - second half of QPR for example, though yes QPR is not a great team. The Chelsea game would be another example I guess but I was not there.
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12/02/2012 10:07:00

Let Alex build a team ? for ****s sake ! What makes believe he's capable fo bringing any form of success to this club ? Two relegations At Blues and then the ultimate - managed Rangers to third , THIRD!!. Thats like being relegated twice in one season . This team is better than 14th .
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12/02/2012 11:14:00

Agreed that this isn't primarily a debating site Gordon, but all posts are creating a debate of sorts and it's the oneliner comments as I previously stated that are repeated which detract from it. It sounds like a pantomime," oh no it's not, oh yes it is". I do agree with your well made points entirely re: PR. The qpr performance has shown how well we can play, even if not for 90 mins, so it's down to Eck to get this level (and no less,) every week. Man City await.....
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12/02/2012 13:55:00

Gordan I think I can agree on some level that if it was a different manager there wouldn't be so much negativity around the club, but the fact of the matter is that there IS! and its because of this manager and his negative football, and ok sometimes we don't hoof it but if you have been watching the games you will have noticed wheather we hoof it or TRY to pass it we usually still only come away with a point, I was willing to give him a chance and did for a long time even when others had already given up on him but im afraid 7 months is enough of a chance and simply he isn't good enough and will never get us to win 5 games in a row or even 3, I also don't think we will be able to get rid of him before the end of the season but my biggest problem is that we might have to watch this utter crap AGAIN for the WHOLE OF NEXT SEASON and for me that could cause a mental breakdown, I have never been so bored watching games, and today if I think about the Man C game all that comes to mind is embarrassment...but if you can honestly tell me you want ECK here for another season and you want to see him given 40mil? (a bit embellished I know) I mean can you imagine what this guy would do with that sort of money? he hasn't got the reputation and doesn't play good enough football to attract anybody who would improve the team, the players he bought Given, N'zog came here to play for Aston Villa not for Alex McIdiot but while we play like this no decent footballer will come here!!
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12/02/2012 15:14:00

To be quite frank if Deadly Doug was chairman and we had gone 7 games without a home win any manager would have been sacked. Said at the start of the season would give the manager my support no matter where he came from and have done but some of the fare served up has been truly dire.
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13/02/2012 10:09:00


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