Writer: Reza Bodiat
Date:Sunday February 26 2012
The Wigan debacle is just a continuation of the diminishing stature of a once proud club.
Aston Villa's 11th draw is so familiar in the West Mids.
Its an Alex McLeish trademark.
One that has seen Birmingham City relegated twice in three seasons.
Villa fans for three seasons under Martin O'Neill walked proud, chests pushed out and flirted with champs league football. That Villa team were a handful. They were solid at home, fantastic away, scored goals for fun from set pieces, conceded very little and always looked like they could beat anyone. And they did !
Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool were no longer matches Villa conceded to before kickoff. They were beating these sides and claiming headlines on Sunday mornings.
A few seasons on and poor if not detrimental appointments of the last two managers, Villa fans are scratching their heads and looking both up and more worrying over their shoulders.
Relegation would be a nightmare but very possible.
Villa haven't won at home since before bonfire. Records are being set for wrong reasons. Team selection has become shock and awe ramblings and Villa are fast sliding down the table much to their beloved fans disgust.
They have every right to demand more. If away support is anything to go by, loyalty from the claret and blue faithful should never be questioned.
However,hoards of disappointed and disgruntled fans from an economy already at dire straights will be spending Saturday afternoons doing algebra with their kids instead of honoring their intent to support the Villa. An empty Villa Park ? What a kick in the teeth to football that would be !
Can't blame them can you ?
Is it too late ? Perhaps there's still time but even that's a stretch. Villa are being sucked in and the current setup at the helm show no suggestion that they will change it around.
I'm a Villa fan - always have been, always will be.
I'm with the thousands of other fans. I want change - now !
The Chapter and Verse of Aston Villa FC is quickly and worryingly becoming the fast and furious !
Gatvol ! ( Afrikaans for Fed Up )
Date:Sunday February 26 2012
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