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Eck's Verdict - I Somehow Still Have A Job

Eck's Verdict - I Somehow Still Have A Job

Alex McLeish has described tonight's loss to Bolton as a kick in the guts, blaming some woeful defending and our inability to put the ball in the back of the net.

Speaking to the Official Site after the game, without a mention of our worst ever home season, Eck said:

'Unfortunately we spurned a few chances in the first half when we had a good performance. To see it turning like that was horrible, it was a kick in the guts. We have to rally the troops and prepare them for the nest game, there are nine points to play for. It's still in our hands but I believe in the players and believe they will be in the Premier League next season.'

McLeish also called on the supporters to stick with the team for the final three games:

'They can have the power to galvanise the players and I thought they were excellent tonight and it just turned. I couldn't say I didn't expect that to happen, but they love Aston Villa and they have got to show their love for the club and give the players the power to get the extra energy to fight these challenges coming up.'

The fans were great tonight, as ever, when the team gives us something to get behind there isn't a problem...but why oh why can we never perform in the second half. What changes?

Eck only knows!

Bolton Match Thread - warning, at about 62 minutes into the game it gets very depressing.

So to cheer you all up, have my favourite Eck photo:

scratching head

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Tuesday April 24 2012
Time: 11:59PM


Alex, for your good and ours. Please go.
The Fear
25/04/2012 00:06:00
funny thing is the bookies still have us on good odds to stay up and 11/2 to go down
25/04/2012 00:10:00
It gets worse and worse and worse and then worse....... All the while Randy does what? I bet he doesn't even know the result
25/04/2012 00:25:00
It's depressing at the moment, but I'm sure we'll stay up. We'll get one more win and a draw - it will be enough.
25/04/2012 00:25:00
I echo fears sentiments ... eck please go ... please!!! ... how the hell did this guy get a job? really how!? and i mean his first job as manager .... someone needs to dust off that banner "we are not fickle, we just don't like you ". maybe add you are an inept manager too ..... most dire time in my villa supporting life all down to that man. also thanks fergie ... u endorsed a djemba x2 of the manager world.
25/04/2012 00:28:00
I'm sitting here thinking we need a point and wondering where we might get it and you think we will get a win and a draw??? Seriously??? I only see a draw against Spurs or Norwich as our only options to get a point and that's only if Eck goes as well. Who we going to beat??
25/04/2012 00:29:00
Absolutely no chance of a win in our 3 remaining games with this c*** in charge Aston Villa, sister ship to Concordia - sinking with nobody at the helm R.I.P.
25/04/2012 00:50:00
I am desperately hoping to read in the morning that he has left the club - I can only dream - poor game losing at home to Bolton in a game we needed to draw at least is a disgrace.
25/04/2012 01:05:00
I've never been one to make harsh comments on these things, after all Stan's plight does put this in perspective. Eck is a human being after all and a very gutsy one. But enough is enough. There is a lot wrong with the way this great club of ours is being run. It's not just Eck, it's the whole trip. We've put our faith in a man who asked SAF for a resume on another manager, a potential competitor and expected to get straight answer. And he listened to this, rather than listen to the fans who have made this club great. Well I bet someone's laughing his jublies off, as it's another threat to Man U squashed. We need a football man in charge, someone with relative knowledge and someone who understands the club and what it stands for, understands the nature of the game and understands the demands of the fans. I think it's time for a certain American to admit he knows jack about how to run our great club and take his equally knowlegable Smithers (Mr F) with him before we get into even worse trouble. Also I want Martin Laursen for Manager!! New, exciting and a Villa hero who could unite the club again.
Windy Villain
25/04/2012 01:38:00
I could do a better job of managing and running this football club, and so could every other Villa fan. And I'm completely serious.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
25/04/2012 01:42:00
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