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Is McLeish's Luck Running Out?

Is McLeish's Luck Running Out?

When our 'manager' bemoaned his luck yesterday, most of us could not believe our ears.

His claims that we have lost many points this season through bad luck beggars belief. Indeed, I consider that the early season form included a number of games where we scraped lucky points. He has also been very lucky with injuries.

Yes we have had the odd player injured from time to time, but up until recently no established first team player had been out for a significant number of games. (Jermaine Jenas was hardly established and with his injury record, his loss was predictable).

He has also been lucky that Gabby's injury has coincided with Robbie Keane's loan spell.

However his luck would now appear to be coming to and end. In the last 48 hours we have lost Ciaran Clark, and Richard Dunne, to what appear to be mid to long term injuries.

Having recently released Habib Beye, we are now left with just four experienced defenders, Hutton, Cuellar, Collins and Warnock. None of our other defenders have more than 10 Premiership starts.

Whilst I believe that we have some promising young players capable of filling in at full-back, I am not so sure about the centre-back role. An injury or suspension to either Cuellar or Collins, would leave the squad's lack of depth seriously exposed. Vital games coming up.

Get the worry beads out and start praying. There always seems to be on team that drops into the relegation zone late in the season, as one or more of the bottom clubs pulls off the Houdini act.

It as Birmingham City last season. Will McLeish make it a double?

{I believe we are now in a worst position than Blues were this time last season. ed}


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Date:Monday February 13 2012
Time: 11:15AM


Same thing happened at Blues no? He lost both his central defenders and then got relegated.
13/02/2012 11:26:00
The next four games will tell me what will happan, but i am losing any desire i have had for going to see Villa quicker than usain Bolt running to catch a bus ;(
13/02/2012 11:37:00
Take a leaf out of Wolves book, sack the manager...RL admit your mistake and lets move on.
13/02/2012 11:38:00
McLeish's record is woeful, he will take us down. website now improved after the many criticisms received last week
13/02/2012 11:45:00
Damage is done now ........... half the people there yeterday were there to see Man City, just like the Man Utd games etc ..... no passion from the players = no passion for the fans = no passion from the players and so on .......... he needs to leave now
13/02/2012 12:05:00
Unlucky to lose? Is he mad? The only unlucky thing for us is that we are going to be losing Robbie Keane who seems to be the only player that gives a monkey's right now! I bet he can't wait to get back on that plane to sunny CA.
13/02/2012 12:17:00
Herd at right back and Baker at left back would be a real improvement on Hutton and Warnock, not a fill-in. But agree any loss of Cuellar in particular would be a disaster. His non selection for much of the season once fit has been a huge miss. Fingers crossed he remains fit, in form, and in the team in the centre of defence from now onwards.
13/02/2012 12:39:00
Anyone who has witnessed the dross served up and then supports the manager needs to see the men in white coats. Was with the couple of hundred or so that were at the protest and managed to get my 'Get the F'Eck out of Villa' banner displayed as the teams were coming out. The funny thing was most people were in agreement with the sentiment and happy to helped get the banner in place, but some muppet tried giving a bit of verbal but strangely didn't want to come anywhere near for a full and frank conversation. Never saw Piper who threatened to rip down any banner he saw. Maybe Piper didnt go. This same bloke then sat on his backside for the game, gave no vocal support and then left before the end. And he questioned my support??? I simply asked for the manager to leave and then sang (as I always do) in support of the team. I stayed to the end and as always, refused to boo. Make no mistake, we are in a relegation fight although 7 points from the next 9 would actually pretty much sort us out. However if lose to Wigan and Blackburn we are well in the mire. We all know protests are not going to work at the moment, but I am sure that when the season ticket sales are a mere trickle Randy will have no option but to pull the trigger.
13/02/2012 13:19:00
0 clearly Yorke has seen the same games as all of us fans, but a different one to McClown.
13/02/2012 13:22:00
I think Dunne, Collins, Cuellar and Clark are a good balance actually as our four centre backs, if we have more than that Clark would not get a game in his preferred position as centre back. So I have no gripes with that. Looks increasingly like we have the wrong manager in charge though unfortunately.
13/02/2012 13:27:00
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