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Board Beware: Two Legged Tables Fall Over

Board Beware: Two Legged Tables Fall Over

So the Mail has decided to show that it's losing patience with the Villa management and has called for fans to support the team for now, then, in effect, demand answers later.

Despite what some may think, this has been my argument for months, get behind the team and push for answers/ change later.

My main thought has not changed and the performance of the team is clearly key if we are to survive and the less any one does to rock the boat the better. However we are also beginning to see what will happen after the season is over, if we stay in the PL.

Deadly has today predicted a top 6 finish next year. It seems to me that the cheap Spanish wine is getting to him at last. His argument is that now that the kids have been bloodied, they will be experienced next year. Seems a dream to me and another way of saying investment will not be needed during the summer.

I'll repeat what I've said before: McLeish is NOT to blame for the current mess. The board is at fault due to mismanagement over several seasons leading to a go:stop policy of investment and the resulting lack of vision for the future. Instead of hiding now and simply offering the manager support, the board (whoever they are - is it just Randy?) should be telling us: what is the vision and how will it be achieved.

Simply calling for support backing now and then choosing to ignore us in the future will not work. Supporters are one of the three legs of the table. The board and players are the other two. Take supporters away and the table falls over, which is where we are now.

The mushroom management policy of the current administration has failed to date and will fail in the future. If you want us to be fully devoted to the cause: tell us what the cause is.

Supporters volunteer to join the tribe - their club- for pride. The supporters are the only ones who give over time: they give time and money to the club with no positive return. The other two 'legs' both take: the players get wages and the board takes the value grown in the club, if they manage it properly but they get that opportunity for value profit. As the long term 'givers' in this relationship, we deserve to be told what the aim is.

Laughable comments about Top 6 next year with no substance are an insult to our collective intelligence. I do not expect to hear than xm will be invested, but a strong statement from the boar to the effect that this season has fallen well short of expectations and that the board will actively strive to turn the situation around from now would be a start. A statement of intent that top 10 will be a minimum expectation next year would also be helpful. Then tell us why we should expect next season to be different to the last two.

Gordonsleftboot




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Date:Thursday April 26 2012

Time: 10:41AM

Your Comments

unfortunately top 6 next season will only get us a play off place
Mat777
Doug has lost the plot totally.Maybe between 6th-10th with a new manager and a bit of backing but if we do stay up and keep the idiot on,get ready for more of the same next year.
jasevilla
I have a sinking feeling we might be in the top 6 next season, however it will be in the Championship. COTVABU
irish villa
I agree. We need a strong statement from the 'boar'. I'm not having a dig. This just made me laugh. Perhaps 'boar' could be a nickname for Randy?
chocolate teapot
Quite right Mat777, not only has Doug been at the wine, but he also seems to have invented time travel. Having seen the future planned under McGinge, he is correct to assume a top 6 finish, with Millwall finishing just behind us. He also invented the bicycle kick you know.
prmort
Gordon, reasonable article with a major flaw. The manager is more responsible for the blame then any other individual. Mcclueless is beyond p I s s poor and you have to be brain dead not to see it or in need of an urgent visit to see a quack. Just look at Chelsea to see what a difference a manager can make with the same group of players.
Randy bollox
chocolate teapot: maybe 'slow' rather than 'boar'? (Apologies for my typo!) Randy B: I take your point but I still think a mind set was provided by the men above and that has filtered down. OK Blues fans say he was negative there but he had fewer resources there so could maybe be forgiven.
Gordonsleftboot
How do u explain him finishing third in a two horse race in the spl Gordon? Facts do not lie 1 win in 13 1 win at hm since nov- that a last min winner Only wolves having less wins all season The lowest number of hm wins in villas history I could go on!
Randy bollox
I agree the board are to blame for some things, mainly for putting McLeish in the hot seat, but how can you say McLeish isn't to blame??? McLeish is clearly to blame because with a squad like ours including the likes of Petrov, Bent, Gabby, NzGobia, Ireland and some of the most promising youngsters he has managed to produce the most dire lackluster negative football in the history of Villa all the while clocking up some of the worst roll overs, poor selections, post match comments and record breaking underachievement's? With all the dramas from up top with those players and facilities you should do a much much better job than he has done, he really couldn't have done much worse.
AdzVilla11
Decent article Gordonsleftboot said at start of season I felt manager was on a hiding to nothing. But disagree that he cannot be blamed the team are using his tactics or should be if the players arent doing as he instructs thats poor man management I am afraid 4 home wins all season and dross served up on top would be enough to get any manager sacked at the majority of clubs,regardless of if we stay up or not. The Board have been given the worst possible advise in my opinion and we badly need a Director of football in place to avoid a repeat.
Merlin128777
A reasoned and balanced point of view, but I disagree with the main element. McLeish is to blame, but glb and I disagree on that point. I like the three legged table analogy. It one that my sales team have been using for several years in explaining the building blocks of good media strategy. I must laugh at the clubs PR team dragging out 'Deadly' to say he supports McMuppet. That is possibly the funniest thing I have read in years. Does Atkinson, Little and Gregory ring any bells to you Doug? He was obviously known for his patience and sticking by managers going through a bad period. He was mistakenly nicknamed 'Deadly' when in truth he was really lenient. Honest!!!! I think Villa fans do not need to be lectured by a two faced liar who managed our business as though it was a corner shop and walked away from it with 22m in his back pocket.
voiceoftheholte
Doug didn't say top 6 in the Premier league he just said top 6. I cofidently predict we'd get top 6 in the Championship .
AstonBilla
with Mcleish in charge AstonBilla ? wouldnt bet on it lol.
Merlin128777
Quality. Of course the board are at fault for letting MON spend too much and then cull his output overnight. They are then guilty of incompetence and ignorance in appointing players, management, Faulkners etc. Eck doesn't have to make the team play so badly though. He doesn't have to bull**** in press conferences and he shouldn't be raping our club of money, hope etc. randy is paying him + 2 mil per year FFS. We are paying for this as randy only lent the money!!! He is to blame for this although it's not his fault that he's incompetent!! If he was the nice guy that everyone portrays then he will walk as soon as/ if we are safe this year. He has never given anyone cause for belief that he's capable of being a relative success with us. He belongs in the third tier where I'm sure he'd do well but this level is way too intellectual, tactical and modern for his prehistoric backs to the wall permanently over defensive ways!!
Villan444
Once again Villan444 hits the nail squarely on the head!
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