Writer: J P Fear
Date:Sunday April 29 2012
The Sunday Mercury have gone pretty strong today that Alex McLeish is gone at the end of the season.
Following the statement from Paul Faulkner and Randy Lerner, (Click Here) and the abuse that McLeish faced at Villa Park following the Bolton game, I think it is pretty clear his position is now untenable. He knows it, they know it, we all know it. Don`t we?
There are talks of protests next Sunday for the Spurs game but to be perfectly honest, do the fans now need organising? They have already found their voice (at Bolton game) and McLeish was 'hiding` yesterday showing, no matter what silly excuse he has used, that he knows things are bust and that is that.
ALL that matters as far as I can see is safety and as we haven`t got that, do protests not have to take a back seat?
On yesterday, McLeish said it "didn`t seem appropriate" to be on the touchline at the Baggies.
This from The Sunday Mercury.
As I said the other day ( Growing Pressure On Alex McLeish )
"For the first time in a long time, the atmosphere at Villa Park turned poisonous, hate-filled and angry. I`m not sure if the club realise it, if Alex McLeish realises it, but his position has become, amongst the vast majority of Villa fans, untenable." Adding in The Express: "On the fact that McLeish has presided over the worst home form ever for Aston Villa, bearing in mind our history and heritage, including founding the league, he should have tendered his resignation straight after the Bolton match."
I`m not totally sure why the agony is being prolonged to be honest but the statement is fairly clear he has this season to end.
McLeish says he didn`t do his job (which is basically what he is saying isn`t it?) because his seat was in the middle.
The manager can`t ask his assistant manager or someone else to move?
He said it would have been a "chore".
Well, most of us Villa fans, even the patient ones amongst us who said 'give him a chance` know all about chores. That is what watching Villa has been this season.
Sorry if we all put you out on Saturday Alex, didn`t realise the job was a chore. However, please, don`t worry about us, if you feel that way, shut the door behind you!
I had felt 'sorry` and would have been the first to tell him at the previous protests that I was sorry he was having to face such things (not that I agreed with his style of play and NOT that I wanted him at Villa, last summers quotes in the press clearly stated I didn`t and it wasn`t the right appointment etc) but now....? Worst record at Villa Park in our history and now a chore to instruct your team.
I think the protests are irrelevant, he`s gone, he has to be. If he isn`t, most of the fans will be. However, I do now think the lack of integrity and his inability to even once take any share of the blame in any game this season that this decision should have been taken out of his hands, the reserve set up would have been more than capable of taking the last 3 games and lets face it, with just losses and draws to our name most of the time, how can shaking things up in a forlorn attempt to reach safety have hurt us?
McLeish finished: "I stayed in the dugout there (at Old Trafford also). It is a similar seating arrangement. Will I do it at Villa Park? I don`t know."
He should not have to face the Villa crowd again. He just shouldn`t. As he admits in the other Mercury article, you never get immune to this abuse. However, in a total contradiction re: leadership "You don`t ever get used to being criticised. You don`t ever think 'I`m immune to that`, but you have to show leadership. I think I`ve got plenty of that."
A chore to show leadership, he isn`t sure if he will do the same at Villa Park but he has plenty of leadership?
Rudderless ship. I`m gutted, embarrassed... why isn`t he?
He refused to be drawn on speculation as to his future before the game and said he can`t think about next season until this one is over.
"If you want to speculate, you can make your own mind up. What I took from the statement of support of the chairman is we`re all focusing on these next games. Nobody is thinking about anything else."
Date:Sunday April 29 2012
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