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Alex Vows To Win Us Over

Well give the man credit, he's determined.

Alex McLeish has taken to the Official Site to promise that he will turn fan jeers into cheers.

Bold promise given the season we've had so far, but again for all his mistakes and errors and nonsense, it's not him missing easy chances, it's not him going to sleep in defence, it's not him hoofing the ball 80 yards or being unable to pass 5...but I think that's about as far as you can defend him.

It's his choice to keep picking them.

'I'm delighted to be here and I'm confident I can get the Villa fans cheering instead of jeering. To be fair the Villa fans they've been fantastic on their travels, so I can't start criticising them for one particular game. We have a huge challenge ahead of us. We've spoken to the players, we've said we've all got to be together and there's got to be a bit of a siege mentality.'

Alex continues to find excuses for the performances and the results, and to be fair it's his biggest problem. Yes a good manager takes the heat off their players when it's necessary, but a good manager also lets a player take his beating at points to see how they react...he makes our players blameless in public (apart from when he picks on them directly) and it seems there are no consequences for performances.

'We've worked our socks off, we've got two young kids in that midfield, Stan's out, Gabby's just back after four weeks absense, Albrighton's just had the baby this week...'

Congrats Marc!

'...and we've had other players out for even longer. Herd's just come back afer three or four months and he's just broken into the team this season. So there's got to be a wee bit of patience.'

Yes Alex, it was a young midfield. But you got rid of Makoun. You chose to leave Ireland on the bench.

It's not always black and white.

Anyway, enough of that or I'll start repeating myself, in the same interview he talks about handing Gabby the armband which is something we can all applaud:

'I thought I'd give it to the guy who is the longest serving experienced player like they do on the continent and Gabby was thrilled to get it. It was great. I didn't think he could play the whole game, I said you might have to pass the armband on during the game.'

Ohhhhh Alex, why do you have to add that extra sentance?

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday February 27 2012

Time: 4:09PM

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The man has a terrific attitude, he`s just a bit crap.
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27/02/2012 16:39:00

He's staying as manager for the next game? Oh God! Congratulations to Blackburn Rovers in advanced on their 0-0 draw. (That is if they don't score from a set-piece). Sack him! Sack him now!!
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27/02/2012 16:41:00

The only way he's going to win me over is if he changes his footballing philosophy and stops making bizarre substitutions (ie, Heskey on Sat). Quite simple really. Or he could probably win over every Villa fan by resigning.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
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27/02/2012 16:41:00

I am assuming whatever happens Heskey will play so with Bent injured put him up front with gabby its called 442 for those of you who think I have lost my mind, the way I see it hes going to play him anyway and unlike Benty,Gabby knows what to expect when Heskey shoots e.g. make for the corner flag. Bring back stan alongside Gardner in midfield put zoggie on the left Ireland on the right and for once let them attack.With any luck weimann can come on as sub for Heskey second half. I regret I am not a fan of Bannan with other options available. I am also kidding myself he will let them attack.
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27/02/2012 17:04:00

Spot on Merlin. Just think that the Blackburn game will be one of the worst games ever seen in the prem as they are almost as negative as us. Guess who's last on MOTD next week. Fair play to Gabby though, well deserved and a true Villan.
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27/02/2012 17:22:00

We have 2 kids in midfield because the Idiot has upset Zoggy and Ireland - so he's fallen out with them. Hence, we didn't win on Saturday!
Pride of Lions
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27/02/2012 17:36:00

Sorry Merlin, not quite spot on. We don't need or want Heskey anywhere near the pitch on Saturday thank you. We need Weimannng Gabby up front to stand a chance. Needless to say, Idiot will have Heskey playing somewhere at some time...........
Pride of Lions
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27/02/2012 17:49:00

Have to agree with Merlin Heskey is the 1st name on the team sheet it looks like so if he is determined to play the idiot it might as well be in a 442 with Heskey up front so he can do the only thing he can do and get his head on the ball cause we all know we will be playing long ball crap! he will be better than Bent at it anyway, but ECK will never win me over he simply isnt a good manager!
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27/02/2012 18:09:00

AM "promise that he will turn fan jeers into cheers" The best laugh Ive have had all season. No chance! get rid. The only quote I want to hear . Alex is sacked! Alex and the board have made us the most boring Team in the league. Well Done.
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27/02/2012 18:11:00

I think McLeish should be paid based on his popularity that would sort everything out...
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27/02/2012 18:32:00

I love Stan his commitment his faultless but he isn't a match winner and frankly will not change our impending fate with Benty now out for season Keane gone Gabby prone to break down at the moment it's grim but we do have the majestic Heskey so why worry!
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27/02/2012 18:55:00

The only way Eck will win me over is if he mans up, packs his bags and leaves and NEVER comes back, not even as a spectator. I never want to see him again after this bad bad dream is over. Worse most horrible season ever
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27/02/2012 19:58:00

He's not helping himself. He shot himself in the foot when he brought Heskey on. When he called him back from his warm up and indicated he was going on we all went ballistic in the Wigan North Stand. It was bad enough that Ireland and Zog were on the bench to begin with. Awful pitch as well.
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27/02/2012 20:25:00

It's one definition of madness; where you keep doing the same thing over and over and expect a different result. Deluded.
chocolate teapot
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27/02/2012 21:32:00

Hear hear Mr Teapot; never a truer phrase uttered. Every game it' excuses this, must improve that, he played bad, blah blah blah, and in the next game - the very same stuff !! GRRRRRR Feck off Eck, you're worse than useless ! UTV
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28/02/2012 08:27:00

AM "promise that he will turn fan jeers into cheers" That will only happen when he quits or is sacked.
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28/02/2012 10:00:00

Nothing to do with injuries, age of players etc .... he is out of his depth at this level and doesn't know how to set up an attacking team on the pitch, not being able to do this means he can't change it during a game either ...... we are in big trouble and we don't have what it takes to battle at the bottom ..... Blackburn and Fullham can beat us in this state as they are better at attacking than Wigan are and Bolton will be a tricky one depending on whether or not they turn up, but teams smell blood at VP this season and they will go for it. I've never felt so low about this club and I'm praying for a miracle .... because we will need one. UTV
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28/02/2012 10:01:00

Pride of Lions I agree with you tottaly no way Heskey should play but you can bet he will I was just figuring where to put him where he would do least harm. And chocolate teapot spot on.
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28/02/2012 10:50:00

I just wish he had said that he wanted to turn our frowns upside down, that would have made my day! As others have stated there is a good way he can win us all over! In all fairness we are coming up against the 1 manager who can match him for deluded press conferences at the weekend. After the 0-0 they will both talk about a great game full of chances that we should have won had we not have had Heskey getting in the way trying to shoot!
Chelt Villan
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28/02/2012 11:13:00

Lol. You will never win us over - you've had your chance and failed. Results speak for themselves, now get out!
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28/02/2012 12:09:00

McLeish has won me over! I was on his side at the beginning to give him a chance! Now I've given up on that!! rofl AND lol
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28/02/2012 12:13:00

Everyone in football loves the bloke and I'm sure he's a really really really nice guy. Unfortunately he chose to be a manager and no-ones cruel enough to admit that he's bloody useless as hes too nice a guy to slag off publicly. Media is a joke.
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28/02/2012 17:42:00


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