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Current Dilemma At Aston Villa Football Club

Current Dilemma At Aston Villa Football Club

We are well into the second half of the season and Aston Villa's season is in danger of unravelling as many fans feared it would.

At the start of the season Alex McLeish was appointed manager and Ashley Young and Stewart Downing were both sold.

One of the oldest, and the fourth most successful club in English football history, faces the prospect of possible relegation from the Premiership for the first time since it was founded in 1992.

One of only four English clubs to have won the European Cup after a historic night in Munich in 1982 against Bayern Munich, to which you can add seven FA Cups and five League cups, might not be good enough to be playing in the top division next season.

Fans are upset.

Players are upset.

Manager Alex McLeish looks increasingly like the wrong man for the job.

Where do we go from here?

The current state of Aston Villa Football Club is something fans aren't used to seeing with the past success the club has had.

Currently near a relegation battle, only eleven points above the drop zone, is something I couldn't of expected to happen this season.

Unrest is visible in the Villa Park dressing with players showing ill feeling towards manager Alex McLeish, both on and off the field. On Twitter recently one Villa player tweeted, "He was unhappy for the first time playing football" and in a recent Barclay's Premiership match against Newcastle several senior players told McLeish to '**** off'during the match. If any player has a problem with the way things are they should speak directly to the manager, not broadcast it through social networking sites.

If a team appoints a manager who has previously managed your team's biggest rivals, it isn't going to go down well. But that's exactly what Randy Lerner did, appoint Alex McLeish who quit Birmingham City to take the Villa job, after two relegations in three seasons with them. I couldn't personally believe it was happening to my beloved team, our new manager having a CV like that.

When the news broke on Talksport that he had been appointed my head literally dropped when I was driving my car down the road.

Along with the controversial appointment also came Ashley Young and Stewart Downing, Villa`s best two players last season leaving to join Manchester United and Liverpool respectively. It wasn't new to me that Ashley wanted to leave for Champions League football, but the news of Stewart wanting to leave, meant we had no wingers to supply record £24 million signing Darren Bent.

40 million was there to spend and one of the men brought to replace the pair has already been on Twitter saying he is unhappy at the club, great news in itself that. The other Marc Albrighton, a Villa academy graduate was then frozen out the team for the first half of the season by McLeish to the anger of many Villa fans including myself.

Over six months have passed with Alex McLeish in charge and the predicament Villa find themselves in is eleven points above the relegation zone even with away wins at Chelsea and Wolves. If Martin O'Neill was still in charge I honestly think we would still be finishing in the top six and pushing for Champions League qualification each time and gracing the pitch at Wembley, twice done under him.

I think I speak for the majority of Villa fans here when managers like Mark Hughes were available why did Randy Lerner think that a manager who has got relegated twice in three seasons with our biggest rivals Birmingham City should be the man to take Villa back to glory days of the past.

Social networking protest groups prior to the appointment and even a 1,000 strong fan protest at Villa Park, which I attended, which got coverage from several media outlets including Talksport and Sky Sports News were expected to happen.

So the question is does Lerner sack him or back him, with the realism of Championship football next season now a realistic thought.

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Writer:Chris Heath
Date:Tuesday March 13 2012
Time: 7:25PM


i actually think Albrighton is not that good at crossing after what i have seen lately, maybe Big Eck is right about him but who else is there at the moment. i would say give him support until next Christmas after he has set his own team up
13/03/2012 20:04:00
Sack him. Lerner doesn't have the bottle though. Browns fans were spot on with their assessment of Lerner. McLoser OUT! One last minute fluke of a goal doesn't change a single thing. The guy is an amatuer.
13/03/2012 20:07:00
I'm no Alex McLeish fan but this is without doubt one of the worst posts I have ever read on any blog so firstly congratulations for that. Secondly, you say that we are "currently near a relegation battle". Well yes we are 11 points above the relegation zone but we are also exactly the same amount of points away from 6th place and in fact only 4 points behind Sunderland in 8th place, who are of course managed by clearly your beloved MON. Thirdly, on to your beloved MON as you state that "If Martin O'Neill was still in charge I honestly think we would still be finishing in the top six and pushing for Champions League qualification each time and gracing the pitch at Wembley, twice done under him." Maybe we would be pushing for the top six but would that be enough given all the money he spent on dross like Heskey, Beye, Shorey, Sidwell, Reo Coker, Davies and the list goes on. Yes he signed Young, Downing and Milner but he signed more bad players than good ones and at inflated wages that have now left us in the mess we are now and before you say it yes Lerner should take some of that responsibility for bankrolling him but he is still at the club putting his own money in and trying to rectify the situation rather than throwing a hissy fit and walking out on the club a week before the season because he wasn't allowed to spend the Milner money. When United sold Ronaldo for £70m to Madrid and gave none of it to Ferguson did he walk out in a hissy fit? Oh and as for the two Wembley appearances how did those work out for us??? Finally, you say that you think you speak "for the majority of Villa fans here when managers like Mark Hughes were available why did Randy Lerner think that a manager who has got relegated twice in three seasons with our biggest rivals Birmingham City should be the man to take Villa back to glory days of the past." Is it the fact that McLeish has relegated teams twice that you don't like or the fact that he came from Birmingham City? If it's the former can I ask you if you would have Harry Rednapp as his replacement, as for the record he has been relegated twice as well. If it's the latter then how small minded are you? As for Mark Hughes, how's he doing at the moment? Nuff said.
13/03/2012 20:42:00
Pointless article. Nothing new here. Move along folks.
13/03/2012 20:45:00
Incidentally, I believe that McLeish also managed to get a team to Wembley last year and they won. Fancy that. As I said before I'm no McLeish fan but I'm not small minded either. I support my team, you should try it sometime!
13/03/2012 20:54:00
Debate the points and lose the childish digs.
13/03/2012 20:58:00
Even if we ptcked up another NIL points we wouldn't go down..Mark Hughes I believe wanted to bring his WHOLE staff with him which woukd have meant Kmac etc all being replaced...NO WAY,,the Youth is the pne part of the club that is the BEST in the country
13/03/2012 21:08:00
I believe I have debated the points or have you chosen to focus solely on the childish digs?
13/03/2012 21:10:00
Well said 866354 the best reply i have seen on vital villa forum for a long time,a true villa fan like i have been for 40 yrs. everything you have stated is true and .maybe if we filled the ground more often and generated more revenue.once a again great reply to this post
13/03/2012 21:13:00
Well thought out article... But if you look at some simple maths of the bottom 3 win/draw/loss ratio after 28 games they won't make 11 points prior to the end of the season. And we've still got some teams that we can get points off. I reckon we're ok this season.
13/03/2012 21:18:00
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