Date:Wednesday April 18 2012
New Priority Targets: Peter Grant and Adrian Lamb. Fire.......
In keeping with recent traditions on this page, this article will be calling for a sacking/resignation. Not Alex McLeish though, sorry folks. While I defended my piece defending McLeish to the hilt the other day, it did leave me pretty exhausted mentally and emotionally.
See: Defence For The Defensive Manager
In my approach to writing this my attitude is 'if you can't beat em, join em' as opposed to 'if you can't beat em, play for the draw' as we've seen on the pitch in recent weeks. Of course, this is just speculation and mere paranoia from myself, but could it be possible that the reason McLeish seems to be so clueless when it comes to press conferences, pre and post-match talks and game plans during matches is due to the influence of his number 2 no.2?
Consider Grant's record: After coaching at Bournemouth and West Ham, he moved to West Brom with Tony Mowbray. During the 2008-09 season West Brom's home record was poor and they won 8 games all season. They finished 20th and were relegated. Not one to hang around on a sinking ship, Grant made the jump with Mowbray to Celtic for the 2009-10 season. Celtic finished 2nd, 6 points behind Rangers. Mowbray's tenure came into question and it was alleged that Peter Grant and Neil Lennon could not get on. In March 2010 Grant was sacked as first-team coach after Celtic's 4-0 loss at St. Mirren. Lennon became Celtic manager in June 2010 and has since won the Scottish Cup and the SPL in his 2nd year in charge. Grant became first-team coach at Birmingham Hutton with Alex McLeish........we all know how that ended.
Fast forward to now. A sidenote on Adrian Lamb, who took over from Houllier's Robert Duverne. Lamb came from Blackburn. I don't feel I need to say any more on whether he's capable. He isn't! With Duverne the players picked up knocks and were out for a few games, yes, but when they came back they looked indestructible. Under Lamb's fitness regimes this season we have had a total of around 12-13 players out for significant periods with injuries. Bearing in mind that we are only allowed a 25-man squad for each season, that's about half the team. While McLeish is not totally blameless, he seems to be taking a lot of stick for the men who are most likely the reason for our downfall. That McLeish can put together a Scotland team which beat France (albeit from a wonder goal from James McFadden), a Hutton team which beat Arsenal 2-1 at Wembley and a Villa team which beat Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge, would suggest to me that he IS capable of doing a job. It seems more that 2 key members of his backroom staff aren't.
In conclusion, maybe a reshuffling of the backroom staff would be more beneficial than to get rid of the manager. I say this only because no-one wants another season of instability, we've been through enough as it is. K-Mac and Sid could be given assistant manager and fitness roles respectively, we'd have a bunch of lads who would play the football and train the way 2 Villa men want them to play and train, and for a manager who might get a chance to prove that Sir Alex doesn't talk Hutton all the time.
Date:Wednesday April 18 2012
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