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Return of The Mac

Following on from my last piece, permit me to present an argument that appears more positive than the ones we`ve been having of late.

Pretty soon I believe the poisoned chalice will be put down once more ready to take the next man. I also believe that the next man I propose has the antidote.

ould Kevin MacDonald be Aston Villa manager on a full-time basis? There`s no reason why not.

This man has been a part of our club since 1995 and is responsible for most of the players currently making up the first team. He has won several titles as Aston Villa Reserve manager. Most importantly, the players respect him and will play for him. Even more importantly, the fans will back him.

Who`s to say that if Super Kev didn`t carry on as manager that we wouldn`t be in a different position than we are now? Maybe he was unsure first time around because of the shoes he had to fill. He no longer has that problem, as any kind of footwear will be a godsend compared to a season of callouses and verrucas endured under Alex McLeish.

We had a howler against Newcastle under MacDonald, when a striker who used to be Andy Carroll scored a hat-trick and we lost 6-0. After that game Kev admitted that he`d screwed up. It was the measure of a man who isn`t afraid to admit his shortcomings and in the next few games performances and confidence began to come. Then Houllier was appointed and the cycle began again. Kev is now first team coach and must be pulling his silver hair out at what is happening. The fact that he squared up to Owen Coyle shows the passion that he has for us; the passion of an Aston Villa manager.

ompare this passion to the fact that most of his work is now taking pride of place at left-back, central defence, central midfield, right wing and up front in the first team. It must be hurting to have sired these young lions to the apex of the footballing side of the club and suffering for mistakes that the manager is making. Kev would not allow the kids to take flak like that in public; he`d stick up for them and reassure them that they still have the quality to do the job for Aston Villa. Exactly the type of motivation they need.

Chances are that the search for a new manager is on. I say call off that search, we already have the man right here. If the board has been so enthusiastic about cutting costs and stripping assets it would make no sense to get a new manager from outside. Andre Villas-Boas would cost too much. Roberto Martinez knocked us back. Any other manager linked with us by the bookies is not worth a look in my opinion and would be too expensive. We would be back at square one with someone who doesn`t know us while having the right man for the job in our midst the whole time. The attitude going forward seems to be one of youth development and fresh blood. I say if it ain`t broke then don`t fix it. Kevin MacDonald as manager, Sid Cowans as assistant and a backroom team of their choice. A club run by Villans for Villans. It couldn`t get more perfect.

This is all hypothetical of course, but if McLeish resigns/is dismissed, I say we get Kevin MacDonald in to rebuild the team and continue the great work he`s done with our younger players. He might not have won any major honours, but he is the man that I believe Villa fans need to see in charge of the club. He virtually has the team he`s developed at his immediate disposal. It's written in the stars. If anyone can get the best out of our team, I believe it`s him. I hope you`ll agree.

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Date:Thursday April 26 2012

Time: 7:52PM

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Completely agree! I've been saying this since last summer!! Well said! Bring in Kevin MacDonald! It's his team anyway, they will play for him and he knows how to get the best out of them.
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26/04/2012 20:07:00

Surley we have to go for Pep Guardiola - maybe he can bring Messi with him..
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26/04/2012 20:25:00

McLeish Out! Pep In!
Stephen Jay Hawkings
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26/04/2012 20:46:00

no,no,no to kev, he had his chance to take the job and he dithered, winning reserve leagues with no pressure is one thing, winning prem games is another. i also disagree that our so called kids are so good, they are not.otherwise we would have been inundated with offers for them before now. Also at what age do they stop being kids and become men, for Rooney that was 17 for Albrighton it will be never, he is simply not good enough
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26/04/2012 20:59:00

No, we need a fresh start.
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26/04/2012 21:05:00

Tend to agree, fresh start needed. Big Kev wasn't sure last time and I don't blame him one bit, he said he didn't know if he wanted to live in a fish bowl with 24/7 stress and attention. I guess you have to be a certain type to really want to be a manager.
The Fear
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26/04/2012 21:09:00

He's already the first team coach of this massively unsuccessful backroom team. He can return to the reserves if he wants but what we need is a clear out!!
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26/04/2012 21:36:00

Great short term for last 3 games as put in my letter to Mr Faulkner but no long term.
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26/04/2012 22:12:00

Bring on the Pep' or if he goes to Chelski we should get Di Matteo.
Green Villan
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26/04/2012 22:27:00

If we have any chance of surviving McLeish should go now - before West Brom game. Forget the smokescreen that Lerner & Co are putting out. He's not good enough; neither is Ken Mac but he's got integrity and knows he's not big enough for the Prem. Ownership is the real problem. Lerner must dilute his shareholding and allow more money (minimum 50mill +) to be invested otherwise we will always struggle in the Prem whichever manager we have.
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26/04/2012 22:31:00

he would be better than mcleish, at least we would pass the bloody ball.
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26/04/2012 22:33:00

I agree with this article, most disagreed to my article earlier but Kev Mac is good, he just didn't have the time. Give him a season and I'm sure most would change their opinion. But 6games isn't long, that's just caretaker time. He knew his main concentration was the youth but what if his real goal was getting a Europa? Or even Champions League? It would be completely different then. He would focus on HIS job, not focusing on getting a few points until someone comes in so he can get back to his position. As for Pep, he will look at Villa then look at a team like Chelsea and wonder why he looked at us. We aren't awful, but we aren't champions league. But one thing for sure, Alex McClueless out!
Avfc94 we do
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26/04/2012 22:58:00

The single most obvious reason why Kev Mac is NOT the best candidate for Villa is his complete lack of experience in the transfer market. Remember what happened with Gregory, very much a mixed bag of signings. And KM would be coming from a similar position. KM has the club knowledge BUT it would only work if there were a DoF with a huge book of contacts to pick up bargains. Houllier would be ideal, and if possible him in that capacity along with KM might work. Otherwise GH as DoF with another up and coming manager would be well worth a punt. I went for GH with Poyet last summer, as soon as Ancellotti was ruled out. Imagine how different the season would've been with him in charge!! Up until the last couple of days I really thought we were stuck with McLeish for next season BUT now I'm not certain. He might just get the shove
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26/04/2012 23:45:00

Would be a disaster, why does every one keep saying how good our young players are, apart from Gabby who else has made it, Weiman couldn't hit a barn door, Delfounso rubbish, Banan not good enough, Herd ok , for Brum or WBA, just poor, so him as manager no chance, have I missed anyone, oh yes Albrightin, not good enough , Lichaj ok , Clark will be at Man u soon as he loves them.
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26/04/2012 23:54:00

IfIdiot wenttoday(he won't) get Mac to see us over the last three hurdles on a caretaker basis, yes. However, long term I don't think so.......
Pride of Lions
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27/04/2012 01:55:00

I reckon he could do a job for us. He was probably hesitant last time as he knew that someone else would be coming in, but if he worked with a DoF to bring in new faces it might stand a chance of happiness. In all honesty though, thanks to this season's events I think most credible managers will now avoid us like a bad smell.
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27/04/2012 07:52:00

Mac and Sid for last 3 or 2 games but definitely not long term you must be crazy even Norwich and Swansea have more brains than to ever do that
Shane Villains
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27/04/2012 08:11:00

Mac does not even want to be manager that would be forcing it on to him like poor Terry Connor at Wolves he needs to stay in his safe position as coach that's what he does best
Shane Villains
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27/04/2012 08:15:00

Stephen Jay Hawkings agreed mate Pep in dreams can come true you never know lol
Shane Villains
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27/04/2012 08:16:00

Last 3 games yes. Just so we have positivity in the ground for the Spuds game. Long term?? No No No No. He is successful at what he does. The youth and reserves have a successful set up, so leave that alone. All that is needed is a manager who can get the best from the players coming through and the most of the experienced ones we have. Poyet, Zola, Villas Boas, Di Canio, Lambert, Houghton, Atkins etc. There are options, but Kmac isn't one for anything more than 3 games imho
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27/04/2012 08:34:00

Villas-Boas is a massive shout. He's got something to prove and we're probably just the right challenge for him after what happened at Chelsea. Plus everyone would love saying Andre's Villa's Boss!
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27/04/2012 08:38:00

As others have said go for Guardiola I hear he wants a year out of football so we should suit !!
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27/04/2012 09:26:00

Do people read news properly these days? Pep is only leaving barca to take a year break from football. His chances of managing us is laughable. Kmac is a good man but doubt he wants the job, I expect whoever is next will not be given a fair crack anyway.
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27/04/2012 09:30:00

Why are people going on about Pep Guardiola? Do you really think he will come to us? Just look at the so called top managers we looked at last time and ask yourself if Pep would come to Villa? Errrrrrr I think not.
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27/04/2012 09:37:00

Whoever comes in will need a season or two to adjust anyway. We should make an agreement that as long as the football's improving, for the time being the goals we once had under MON should be shelved in order for the next manager to put himself in place properly. As I've said before, David Moyes finished 15th in his first season at Everton and has also finished 17th and 11th. He has done great things for Everton because he's been there for 10 years and learnt from his mistakes. He might not be a major success but he's pushed Everton on. If we could have a manager for more than 5 years we'd be getting somewhere!
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27/04/2012 09:38:00

errrrrr sense of humour Gibbo if you read them properly all references to Guardiola are tongue in cheek & mine's a joke OK
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27/04/2012 09:43:00

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO , NOT K MAC! Simply not good enough.
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27/04/2012 09:57:00

no I think Kmac had his chance seemed unsure as to whether he wanted the job or not which hardly inspires confidence. That well known and respected newspaper "The Sun" lol is saying that Villa may turn to Lambert if McLeish goes source - bbc gossip
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27/04/2012 10:10:00

I cant read properly so be carefull what your saying. Its a disability iv had since I was a lad. Also, jokes are meant to be funny and your attemp wasnt. Epic fail...........
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27/04/2012 10:43:00

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27/04/2012 10:44:00

Id be more than willing to see him step in and take charge... We should never have gottin rid of Houllier and over the past 3 months iv seen lots of people finally admit that Houllier was bringing the club forward... I would contest your snipe at the bookies managers... Paul Lambert would be excellent and cost something similar to McLeish and Marcelo Bielsa is superhero of a manager he would cost alot but would be well worth it... neither would dare come to Villa tho because our reputation is a shambles now...
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27/04/2012 10:45:00

All I'm going to say is. Think Think and Think while looking at what Chelsea have done? Superrrrrrr Kev!
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27/04/2012 11:01:00

Sorry Gibbo ,my staff laughed at it but probably only to humour the gaffer . I'll stick to the day job
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27/04/2012 11:39:00

KMac to stand in for now....
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27/04/2012 14:26:00

KMac to stand in for now....
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