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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 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday April 24 2012

Time: 11:59PM

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Alex, for your good and ours. Please go.
The Fear
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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??
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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25/04/2012 01:42:00

Idiot - just go forth and multiply!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Pride of Lions
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25/04/2012 02:32:00

Green Villan
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25/04/2012 04:10:00

Windy...I agree...Laursen would be great....we need a Villa old boy in charge, someone who actually cares about this great club. Lerner has shown he knows nothing about football and has made many a wrong decision. Him and McLeish out !
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25/04/2012 05:07:00

We cant put all the blame on AML who employed him and who give the order to sell all our better players!!!!!!
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25/04/2012 07:29:00

Only a glimmer of hope, but I'll take anything positive I can right now. "It's still in our hands but I believe in the players and believe they will be in the Premier League next season.". Notice the word "they" not we.
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25/04/2012 08:40:00

Fear - i think that's the strongest 'eck out' message i've seen you give all season! I watched the interview last night on sky sports, and he looks lost - grasping for straws and using the usual "we didn't defend well enough" and "we should have scored more goals" tired old lines.... i just hope that the lack of season ticket sale renewals will make the board sit up and take note. I wonder if the new 8m sponsors are aware that their kit may well be displayed against the likes of Watford, Brighton and Barnsley next season? Maybe we should all start writing letters to the sponsors to make them aware of the situation, and bring more pressure on the board to sack this utter useless tool
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25/04/2012 09:57:00

Lerner the loan shark, Faulkner the yes man, AM the incompetent fool and the journey men on the pitch who don''t care AVFC
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25/04/2012 11:21:00

Good point chiefy. Randy has lent all this money and then made his investment less valuable by employing unemployables and defending the indefensible. Waiting for the knocking down of VP and a few houses cropping up.
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25/04/2012 11:32:00

Just read in the paper that Lerner and Faulkner were in the tunnel when the game ended and told McLeish chin up your jobs safe. Are they insane? Mind you, if you look at fans of the Clevelland Browns they have complained about the lack of investment at their club for years so why do we think we are different. I actually started wondering how Doug Ellis must feel - he might have done a lot wrong, but there is no way he would let McLeish stay Looking at our remaining games and everyone elses - Blackburn are still 6 behind us - so if they lose at the weekend and we can somehow squeak a point thats another club that cant catch us. The look at QPR - they have to still play Chelsea, Stoke and Man City - so ironically Villa's biggest game of the season COULD be QPR v Stoke City
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25/04/2012 11:50:00

Oh well randy at least you'll have the parachute payment to help balance your books when we go down ...
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25/04/2012 12:03:00

ByEck he will do even better than that with the sales of Benty,Nzobia,Collins,Gabby should fetch a tidy 50 million all replaced by more bosman & throwouts from other clubs and Mcliesh there to keep us in mid- table in the championship that together with what he will get for selling Aston Villa should realise a tidy profit maybe not such a poor businessman. On the bright side I forecast us to finish 17TH BEFORE Mcleish was appointed and before we bought Given,Nzobia,Hutton so the only thing I didnt allow for was the Mcleish factor.
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25/04/2012 12:34:00

Good point Merlin seems like he knows what he is doing all along ... just a shame our hearts are getting ripped out in the process.
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25/04/2012 12:43:00

this why we will go down, he thinks its all down to spurning a few chances. We don`t even do the basics right, we haven`t ALL season long.
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25/04/2012 13:01:00

Merlin how do you get 50M for those 4? You'd be lucky to 10M for zog and Collins combined Gabby? we'll be lucky to get 7M for and Bent will go for around 12M maybe less. The vultures will circle the minute we go down and anyone whose half decent (or thinks they are) will be off like a shot. This summer will see the exit of zog, collins, dunne, cuellar, ireland, bent, warnock, petrov, guzan and heskey and we won't get 50M for the lot of them. Gabby, Given, Clark, Herd and Lichaj could well also be off and if they do go they'll probably fetch another 20 - 25M so we might just get to 50 -55M.
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25/04/2012 13:28:00

Only basing on how he maximized the profit on Downing Milner & Young AVbornandbred you could well be right.But for the fans it looks bleak feel sorry for those who have already renewed their season tickets, I was waiting till the last moment hoping Mcleish would go after all these years not sure I could stomach another season of his type of football wouldnt normally stop me being relegated its the crap were playing that is unbearable.
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25/04/2012 13:52:00

If renewed already, you'll get 8 extra games next season, so not all bad!
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25/04/2012 14:01:00

We will stick with the team but not you. You are the WORST manager in the premiership. YOUR long ball tactics don't work and you dont belong in our club. If you have a decent bone in your body you will leave.
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25/04/2012 15:50:00

Good article on the guardian blog:
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25/04/2012 17:52:00

SACK THE BOARD, THE CHAIRMAN & MOST DEFINATELY THAT PR#*CK OF A MANAGER (if you can call him that) i never thought i'd say this but " COME BACK DEADLY ALL IS FORGIVEN".
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25/04/2012 18:57:00

How did this fool ever get a job managing a football team. Clueless ********
Randy bollox
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25/04/2012 21:18:00


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