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Relegation Might Not Be The Worst?

Relegation May Not Be the Worst

Before we see numerous amounts of responses below saying that this is outrageous and relegation can't not happen, hear me out.

I'm not for relegation, just stating some interesting things and maybe what we could expect.

We all remember the final day of the season of 2009, where Villa played against Newcastle, this game would determine whether Newcastle would stay in the Premier League or not. The result was 1-0 to Villa, this saw Newcastle getting relegated and this also marked the final game for Gareth Barry in the Villa shirt, he marked his farewell with a goal.

This resulted in a massive transition for Newcastle; which saw many average players on high wages leave and created room for new players. Some of the players that left were Owen, Geremi, Bassong, Martins, Beye, and Duff and in total made 23.5 million. With little players coming in, they developed their youth and once they made the change to the Premier League they were easily capable of buying Ben Arfa and Tiote. A change of manager was also seen, with Chris Haughton given a chance.

Some journalists say that there very much is a similarity of the Newcastle in 2009 and Villa today. We have a lot of average players and on high wages; a move to the championship would really fix that. And more importantly would result to an end of McLeish. Newcastle managed to win the Championship the following year and ever since have been established as a strong Premier League team.

Today we are seeing Newcastle challenging for the Champions League, they have a good scout system located in France. They also have a very strong manager in charge, Alan Pardew. Strange things have happened, but if Villa did get relegated this season I will be in tears but it could result in a better future. With so many similarities between Newcastle of 2009 and Villa today, we could see a completely transformed team in two years time.

Of course I hope this will all occur without Championship football, but the spotlight is on Lerner and I hope he uses Newcastle as a model for how to transform Villa.


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Writer: __villa__  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday April 26 2012

Time: 2:37PM

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Mmmmm - yeh I'm sure Coventry thought they would come straight back up after their 27 year stay in the old first division. relegation could go the other way, with us being the new Charlton Athletic
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26/04/2012 14:46:00

Interesting points and quite right in my opinion, but let's hope it doesn't become a reality.
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26/04/2012 14:48:00

Yeah, I can see your point, but what happened to Leeds? Southampton? Norwich? Portsmouth? Coventry? Charlton? and probably many more. They have all been relegated from the top flight, and have also gone down to league 1. I certainly don't think we would come straight back up.
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26/04/2012 14:49:00

Sheffield Wednesday are also an example of how it can go horribly wrong. They haven't been back since they were relegated 12 years ago.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
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26/04/2012 14:57:00

I've been thinking that relegation might not be the end of the World for a while. I agree with all the comments above & that it would be a risk but without a considerable amount of investment & a top notch manager I think we'll be in the same situation next year if we stay up. Last season was a disaster until the last few games ,this year worse . At least in the Champonship we might win a few games ,play football & consolidate & as stated above clear out the high paid average performers + Eck . Don't want to go down but I also don't want another season like the last two
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26/04/2012 15:02:00

There are possible similarities with Newcastle perhapsbut as you say, they have Pardew. What do we have?.... a toilet on legs!
Pride of Lions
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26/04/2012 15:17:00

We wouldn't get out of the championship if our board were in charge of hiring and firing regardless. We need a DoF ASAP. Faulkner can keep behind the scenes and leave the football to football people then.
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26/04/2012 15:26:00

We are more likely to do a Shef Weds/Cov than a Newcastle. I remember the pain of relegation under Billy McNeill, and the gulf between the divisions/difficulty of bouncing back is way bigger now. Relegation will be all of our worst nightmares, and then some.
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26/04/2012 15:34:00

And you have faith in Lerner getting the next managerial appointment right because?
Randy bollox
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26/04/2012 15:38:00

our latest poll asks if we are staying up or going down
The Fear
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26/04/2012 15:38:00

What a load of old cack, we go down we ain't coming back for a long time, do you want to pay top dollar to watch doncaster next year? You can see why they tried to get in early with the ST sales - they guessed this was the way it was going!
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26/04/2012 15:51:00

We need to get realistic. This "always look on the bright side" attitude has been evident from several this season when it's clear that no one above Sid and KMac knows what they're doing. DoF And new manager ASAP BUT it has to be the right men ie. someone with proven ability for 1 and either an history of success or/and an up and coming manager with new ideas. The old hoof and run is a thing of the past. So is the brave heart speech prematch.
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26/04/2012 15:52:00

Ya sorry but you hav 1 good example of a team doing well from relagation but as stated above so many teams hav never made it back, i would saw we are more similar 2 Leeds than newcastle so it could go horribly wrong, villa belong in da prem only our manager belongs in the lower leagues
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26/04/2012 16:10:00

I have to say i disagree with you there. Relegation would have a cataclysmic affect on the club financially. McLeish's Villa side are stagnating. It's pretty clear from the numerous comments from himself and his playing staff that there is no direction at the club, and McLeish's pay-off would be huge if he was sacked, making things even worse. I wrote about it extensively on my blog actually if anyone is interested, particularly about what makes the premier league such a wonderful example of modern art. It would be horrible to leave it, and i fear it would be for far more than a single year -
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26/04/2012 16:25:00

No going will be be the worst. You really trust the same owner and ceo that appointed McLiesh to plan our return to the premier league at the first attempt ? Its a huge gamble, one that i don't want our club to take
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26/04/2012 16:28:00

Good point people are making about teams that didn't bounce back. Teams that did though: Newcastle, Sunderland, West Brom. The Championship is getting tougher but these guys stormed it in the past, and they don't have one of the best youth academies in the country. Hopefully we won't go down but if we do, I'd be optmistic that we'd come straight back even stronger. I know what the writer is saying as I've had similar thoughts, but in all honesty it shouldn't take being relegated to force you to get your house in order.
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26/04/2012 16:30:00

Maybe the realistic threat of relegation might be enough to open peoples' eyes!!
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26/04/2012 17:44:00

The championship is like a sea, you can just get lost and never get out. Just ask Leeds, Middlesbrough, Nottingham Forest to name a few...If we do go down, I think our youth players will be good enough to drag the club back up.
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26/04/2012 18:23:00

villa 4 life, are these the same youth players that have been on loan to championship clubs without making any impression? I love home grown talent but there's also a dose of realism needed.
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27/04/2012 08:37:00

when we go down we will be staying down almost for certain. The big challenge next year will be staying in the championship.
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27/04/2012 08:39:00

To those saying when we go down we will change our manager, why? I can't stand Mcleish but as his premiership record is proof that he can't manage in the prem (3 relegations in 4 seasons) if the board look at his championship record isn't it something like 1 out of 1? gulp
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27/04/2012 08:45:00

Carefull what you wish for is an old phrase but if you want a good example of why not then take a look ast the team who finished second to us when we last won the old first division IPSWICH TOWN the older fans among you will remember what a battle they gave us and since they were relegated>?
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27/04/2012 10:43:00


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