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Blame Aimed At The Aston Villa Board?

Blame Aimed At The Aston Villa Board?

Strong words from astvil123

FINALLY The Blame Is Aimed At The Aston Villa Board!

I'm hearing people say Randy Lerner needs to admit he made a mistake and sack Alex McLeish. Some are calling for Randy to go, but most are now realising Randy Lerner has no idea how to appoint a football manager successfully.

Alex McLeish has become the latest failure.

Look at the facts, in recent months McLeish has managed some of the most woeful performances (if you can call them performances) from any Aston Villa team in recent memory. However, he refuses to accept the blame. He diverts the blame to others every week.

He's targeted Albrighton (v Everton), Dunne (v Arsenal), Warnock (v QPR), Collins (v Man City), Gabby (v Arsenal), N'Zogbia and Ireland (v Newcastle) etc. He's blamed injuries, the mind set of certain players, he's blamed the oh so famous 'silly errors', bad luck and just when you think he's ran out of excuses, he thinks of a new one for the shambles of a display at Wigan, the pitch!

I thought after today he would finally own up, take responsibility and say he got it wrong. He could have realised his mistake of playing Emile Heskey wide right, or 9 men always behind the ball, or Gabby wide left or even his mad loyalty towards picking Hutton, Collins and Warnock, but no, he blames the pitch.

How much longer will this go on?

We're 15th!

Doug sacked O'Leary after finishing 16th!

I'm a season ticket holder, I didn't get a phone call from the club with the survey they've done (because I haven't gave them my new number, ssshhh!) but I have heard what questions they are asking current season ticket holders. Well let me give my answer now.

NO! I won't be renewing my season ticket or spending any money at all towards Aston Villa until McLeish has gone and Randy gives this club better direction with new board members who actually know what they're doing. e.g. Ian Taylor said this season on The Goalzone he would LOVE to be a Villa board member.

Look at his mistakes. He gave Martin O'Neill free reign (a very expensive mistake).

Houllier? Awful choice. McLeish? He makes Houllier look a masterstroke!

Randy Lerner, Paul Faulkner and anybody else currently a part of our board are now finally exposed to the majority for what they really are, businessmen who are clueless in the world of football. They want success, but have no idea how to achieve it. I'm not saying Lerner should sell, but I think he needs to appoint new board members who understand the game and have a history with Villa. We need better direction; we need a new manager, new players and new ambitions!

At this moment in time, whether we will be relegated or not, we deserve relegation. The club is an absolute joke right now! We gave McLeish a chance and he has failed, as expected. He will never succeed here; Aston Villa is too big for him. However, he won't be sacked, Randy Lerner's main aims for this season are to reduce the wage bill and ensure our Premier League survival. He will keep McLeish here for as long as he needs to divert the attention away from him whilst he fixes the financial mess he created under O'Neill and Houllier. If we are to get McLeish sacked then we need to turn our attention to those who brought him here, the board. Until they come under fire, McLeish will remain. We need better direction from the board, McLeish is only 'a' problem; Randy, Paul and the rest are 'the' problem, and have been for quite some time.

Change is needed. Your move, Randy ...

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Sunday February 26 2012
Time: 10:02AM


astvil123, you are right, until the board get the heat turned on them they will not listen or give two shats what fans are saying and moaning about, i disagree when you say we deserve relegation, the club itslef Villa and the great fans who follow us faithfully home and away do not deserve relegation nor did they ask for this mess our clueless owner and board memebers have caused.
26/02/2012 10:22:00
95% of fans saw this coming, ok a few more were prepared to give McLeish a chance, no more! The botton line is we have been patronised by our board and treated with disdain, I mean what do we know? Do we really think we know better that an American business man who happened to go to college for a couple of years close by and liked the name? Silly us!!
Stourbridge Villan
26/02/2012 10:49:00
the club does deserve relegation, WE as FANS do not deserve it though. The owner is not fit to run this once great club, we need to do something to make him realise we wont stand for this rubbish
26/02/2012 10:50:00
Lerner is a clueless blundering fool. He won't make himself accountable for anything, and anonymous to us all. He knows nothing of the game and I am tired of his mistakes, I want him and the rest of his muppets gone!!!! Burn the stars and stripes cause this party is over!!!!
26/02/2012 10:56:00
Yeah we are 15th. But we are only two wins from 8th and have a GD of only -5, much better than the teams around us. Houllier was an awful choice - I thought finishing 9th was pretty good considering the summer we had. I would like the board to be a bit more reassuring or vocal but at the end of the day I'm sick to the back teeth of fans like you astvil123. All you have done for months is moan. We have the most negative fans in the country. Ever heard of positive thinking? This is my last post on this forum. I'm fed up with all this negativity and moaning. I'm behind Big Eck because I can see the bigger picture. We are not fecking Barcelona! Our players are not good enough - simples. MON could motivate average players into good ones because thats his main strength. Eck's strength is tactics, a solid back line, and yes defence is a part of football - all you lot think football is about attacking players. What was Liverpool's reign and 80s built on? Defence. Defending and stopping the other team from playing is part of the game you fools. How the hell could we stop Man City from hammering us? By stopping them from playing. The players we have are NOT GOOD ENOUGH to win against the top 7. They are MON's average joe's. He could make them good because of his management style, as mentioned before. Albrighton, not good enough. Gabby, not good enough. Warnock, Collins, Bannan, Delph. Heskey NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR TOP SEVEN. Let Eck rebuild, let him create a defense that is tighter than your mommas ass. Give him time and he'll bring us a cup. Just give him a break. I've had enough of you morons. You probably don't even go down the Villa. I'm off. PiperUK A long term season ticket holder in the North Stand - someone who actually goes to games, watches the team and sees the bigger picture.
26/02/2012 11:07:00
Good on you for showing passion and commitment to Villa Piper, it's great your loyal but I don't agree at all sorry. I do agree that Randy should stand up and also like the point astvil123 made about the board and Ian Taylor, it's clear the board want to do well but have no clue about football, they need help. I just wish they weren't so silent and go get the help. If they had some people football people in there advising McLeish would never have been even thought of and we all wouldn't be squabbling right now. I still want Eck out though and always will, don't rate him and never will.
26/02/2012 11:35:00
A well-written piece and spot on i.m.o. However, whether Ian Taylor would be enough to redress the balance on the board is a moot point. Perhaps Graham Taylor is needed as well - in fact as many Taylors as are needed to mend things!! Jokes aside, the imbalance on the Villa board is frightening and does need addressing.
26/02/2012 11:42:00
Unless you are very, very rich with Billions of pounds available to be thrown into an ailing football club, and unless you are prepared to do just that....then there is no point in sounding off about Lerner. Without that mega wealthy owner we can never compete with the Manchesters and Londoners. It would be no use buying two or three top quality players for 40M each, even if they would join Villa, because they would simply be picked off within a year by the 'big four/five/six'. So quit complaining about the owner or the board because that is not the way forward. Villa will simply have to produce all their own players like Gabby and not buy any more. The fans will have to stop slagging off home produced players as 'not good enough' because these players are the only ones we can afford. Get used to it and support them. The manager is a totally different thing though. He should go as soon as possible because he is clueless and has the record to prove it.
26/02/2012 11:48:00
I feel sorry if you feel that way Piper. I applaud your faith in Eck but you really need to stop for a second and think. The manager has lied countless times to us, is playing incredibly negative football, is constantly blaming players and is not getting results. Are those acceptable traits for a manager? You claim that Eck's strengths are a tactics and defense. What examples of this are there? He has not succeeded at any club with his "Defense Defense Defense" policies. Eck has a history of being a failure as a manager. What makes this different. We are 15th. Failure. He promised attacking football numerous times. Failure. He promised Gabby would not be played on the wing. Fail. We have scored 0 goals from set pieces and conceded numerous goals from set plays. FAIL. You have clearly listened to his rhetoric of blaming the individual players. I do agree we have some very average players. But we do have better players than the teams around us.
26/02/2012 11:50:00
I think every appreciates what randy has done... he is a good business man but as said he isnt a football man... Ian Taylor on the board of directors wouldmake sense somebody with football knowledge needs to be involved in club affairs at the top... in some ways houllier was a poor choice but after the liverpool debacle he started to get things right and he wanted rid of pretty much everyone nobody else wants on that team... theres no denying that
26/02/2012 12:17:00
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