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A Letter In Praise Of McLeish

Dear Mr Lerner,

I am writing to you to congratulate you on the appointment of Alex McLeish as I felt I needed to balance out the negativity and criticism that McLeish and yourself have received since he became manager of the club.

The appointment has shown that since you bought the club somewhat five years ago, you have really grasped the culture of Aston Villa. You see, I often thought that supporting Aston Villa was exactly what supporting an English football team was about. You would have a few seasons of hope and enjoyment thinking that this time something was just around the corner. And then it`d all go wrong and we`d start from scratch again. As you have grasped, this would leave us supporters disappointed, frustrated and pretty much fed up of the whole experience. Yet come next week, we`d be back at the stadium.

Now there is no more disappointment. The lack of hope which has now been thoroughly placed throughout the team, stadium and supporters means that we can no longer be disappointed about only managing one home win in six months, or losing points weekly because it feels like key issues such as defending at set pieces are not being addressed. Simply put, we now go to games knowing that the club won`t win and that we`ll most likely concede from a set piece at some point in the game.

How on earth can we Villa fans be disappointed anymore when we know exactly what will happen, week in, week out?

The complete trashing of any hope by Alex McLeish has really helped lower expectations of a fan base who`d expect more than one home game win in six months. Was it not Alex himself who told all Aston Villa supporters that "Arsenal are an elite club, and we can`t expect to beat them". It really put things in perspective - and makes this season`s achievement of beating Chelsea, last season`s victories against Arsenal and Liverpool (not to mention the majestic draws which McLeish himself would have loved against Chelsea and Manchester United) show themselves to be the flukes that were. They have better players than ours, so quite rightly we should not even entertain the idea of trying to win the game and in fact make it as easy as possible to beat us. A bit like when you are lapped in Formula One you have to let the faster car go by you without putting up a battle.

In doing so, this has made it much easier to get tickets for games. Admittedly, this was never too hard, but with so many people not bothering for the recent mouth-watering tie against Stoke City it meant that I could drive away home at full time with no traffic jams whatsoever. Marvellous stuff.

Those moaners who whinge about going to games and not seeing the team win week in, week out. They have no right to complain about that or the apparent 'negative` football on display. As previously mentioned - they know exactly what to expect - that`s what they are paying their good money for.

The complaints about negative, boring football has been a common theme from these moaners. Well let me tell you - having recently been fortunate to witness the feast of football that was on display at Aston Villa vs Stoke - I have never been so excited at a football match.

Football these days is the side show - people don`t go to the match just for the game - those moaners just need to grow a sense of imagination. At our recent trip to Villa Park we played 'How many trains will pull into Witton Station?`,`How many airplanes will we see today` and of course saw the main spectacle of the event - a very exciting zorbing competition in which one young lad very nearly broke the record. Boring? I don`t think so!

However, perhaps to appease these moaning minnies, to pretend that you are listening to these morons who think the football is the most important thing, perhaps I can make a suggestion? Why not include a cut out paper aeroplane in the programme each week? Back in the final days of David O`Leary a fun game to make a tedious 90 minutes go by was to create paper aeroplanes and see if we could make them land on the pitch. One time it landed in the penalty box and the Holte roared. It was something very special.

The transition in turning Aston Villa to a Championship level football side is a magnificent one. Not only have you made it much easier to buy tickets, but next season we might be on the BBC as they show some live Championship games - meaning that fans who can`t afford the football coverage that SKY provides can now watch some games live on television for free.

The club`s intention to appoint a manager who was in tune with the fans and a best fit with the club really has worked a treat, and I thank you for not only making the appointment, but sticking with him. In fact, if I dare make a second suggestion - perhaps it may be worth trying to convince Mr McLeish to sign a new, longer contract to keep other clubs from sniffing around him.

Yours Faithfully,

Mr C. Cream

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Writer: CustardCream Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday April 12 2012

Time: 1:50PM

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"br/>" completely agree mate.
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12/04/2012 13:54:00

brilliant, but wasted on an american as they don't get our humour!!
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12/04/2012 14:00:00

Ouch. Oh and I know a lot of Americans with exactly the same sense of humour mr metal sir!
The fear
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12/04/2012 14:04:00

what the point of writing this? No one reads it that could or would doing anything about the situation. It just makes everyone more frustrated and worse, it's depressing. Don't we get enough depression on the weekends? Whilst I agree with the "96%" (who voted) I'm just too disillusioned to even care any more.
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12/04/2012 14:06:00

That raised a smile. I look forward to seeing the paper aeroplane in the next programme! ;-)
Bobby Norman
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12/04/2012 14:10:00

I take umbridge that Randy has no sense of humour of course he has after all he appointed Mcleish, excellent custard raised a rare smile with me these days.
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12/04/2012 14:27:00

There is a very good piece posted by Christo Mass on the Vital Villa fb page that i think every villan should read. think this was a great satirical piece but think it will be wasted on RL as he thinks satire means he's not seated in the lower trinity! And i hear that RL has had another letter off Alex F erguson today saying that manure are going to let us win sunday as they are so disappointed at getting beaten by wigan, so tell "the big man" no need to practise any set pieces as they intend not to even cross the halfway line, and the comment about andi weimann making it difficult for him to leave him out of the team, he should at least consider it even though alan hutton has put you in that position all season!
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12/04/2012 14:31:00

Mc***** out Martinez in!!!!!!!!!!
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12/04/2012 14:34:00

Same Martinez who told s to go **** ourselves last year?
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12/04/2012 15:01:00

LOL. Also - check this out - the letter from is finally getting some press coverage:
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12/04/2012 15:20:00

Yes think Martinez is quality plays good football. Will be great for the youngsters and is loyal!!!!
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12/04/2012 15:41:00

To get to Peterborough United do we go up or down the motorway ??
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12/04/2012 15:51:00

See what you're saying astonsteve, but what's changed since last summer? We're even worse than we were. Anybody wanting the job, looking at the squad we've got and probable lack of spending power in summer, would have to be mad.
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12/04/2012 16:11:00

ROFL. When i saw the title, i thought "oh not another villa PR dummy trying to deflect attention from the dross we've been served up week-in, week-out, but then i saw it was mr cream hehe. Personally, i think we need to have our very own 'McLeish's Villa Scrapbook' with stickers you collect for certain pages. There could be the trophy page (no actual stickers for that one), the donkeys page (starring Heskey, Mcleish, Grant and Hutton), and the 'Pin the goal in the net' set-piece page which only shows the corner flag. There could be a 'Best goal' page which consists of only one small sentance. Anyone got any other suggestions? :)
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12/04/2012 16:15:00

Good letter. I was thinking along the same lines thorpyuk......Lol
Pride of Lions
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12/04/2012 17:36:00

Laugh? I nearly pee'd pants so I did. Brilliant.
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12/04/2012 17:37:00

LOL. Quality again Mr. Cream. Glad that you can make us smile in these dark hours. If Randy even gave half a ***** about the fans, the good name of the club and the spirit in which the game should be played then this letter would not need to have been written .
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12/04/2012 18:26:00

Very good read and agree with it but i would like to say that Randy has done a lot for this club and yes he has made some big mistakes, don't we all. He should have listened to the fans last year,in one way he did,he dropped the McLaren part then jumped straight into the fire.We all knew what would happen,its happened. This summer put the wrongs right,do the right thing and admit to yourself you was wrong or at least get some help in to help him. A good manager on a budget we would not have moaned about,not a manager with Prem experience in only relegating a team is not what we wanted,it was suicide from the start and yes some of us did give him a chance,its long gone,open your eyes and get help to sort this mess out . Respect to you for trying to do the right things in the beginning and what you have done business wise and at Bodymore but if you can not see what will happen with this clown you may as well sell up as we will go down and down like Leeds if he stays for his three year contract.Been their and done it before,it was not very pleasant at all. You need to buy a book on the history of Aston Villa,read it a few times until it sinks in,then think of what this club is all about,you are not a stupid person but you are making some very stupid decisions on this very fine club. UTV
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12/04/2012 20:09:00

Randy, if you lower yourself enough to read this, then ANOTHER SEASON OF THIS AND THE GOODWILL IS FINISHED !
Stourbridge Villan
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12/04/2012 20:44:00

lol this letter is magnificent it is so true and reflective of the current turmoil we fans of Villa are whitnessing at this great club, i will not hold my breath for Randy or co to reply to this letter as i think Randy spoke this week to the players so thats his talking done for a long while isn't it! The paper aeroplane sounds more exciting than the performance and ambition of Villa under Randy and Mcleish what a joke we have become when i get stick from baggies fans never thought i would see the day but i do now thanks to Randy and co!
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12/04/2012 21:26:00

My 17yr old today said how embarrassed he was by all this, Im afraid although Ive been there before I had to agree......
Stourbridge Villan
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12/04/2012 21:38:00

There won't be another season of this Stourbridge - I'm sure we'll be ok in the Chumpionship :(
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12/04/2012 21:57:00

Randy would probably frame this letter and put it next to the one from Fergie, he believed Fergies ********* so he'd probably believe this. If the day after the season finishes McLeish is still here we need to turn on Randy and make huge noises. I used to call him king Randy and if he axed Eck at seasons end he'd win me back but if he doesn't and we start the season with Eck he's lost me for good. Eck out!!!!! NOW
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12/04/2012 23:21:00

Custard old chap you have a rare talent,keep these masterpieces coming.Perhaps instead of paper aeroplanes we could have paper Titanics.
sussex villan
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13/04/2012 06:45:00


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