Date:Thursday April 26 2012
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.
Date:Thursday April 26 2012
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