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Polls Do More Harm Than Good?!

Polls Do More Harm Than Good?!

Polls do more harm than good?

It is now clear that McLeish will be gone at the end of the season, maybe earlier. Even if he is still manager for the Spuds game I wouldn't be surprised if he has a nasty cold and the club announce that he will be watching the game from home.

We do know that the club have been going to ridiculous lengths to prevent supporters airing their views and taking him out of the firing line will possibly be seen as way of dampening the venom he is about to face. However all talk is now going to be based on who the new manager is going to be. On this forum several weeks ago I informed people that the word within VP is that Poyet and Zola were being viewed as a new management team. I think that all the editors of sites such as this should agree not to have open forums asking fans for their choice and avoid having any polls at all.

Obviously we will air our views, but we have got to avoid the ridiculous shenanigans of the last couple of seasons where managers were refused interviews because of fans reactions (Wolly with the brolly!!!!). There are several good candidates who would potentially be good for us. None guarantee success and there is no guarantee they will do better than our soon to be ex manager. But there are managers who will raise hope and expectations and crucially, will have the support of all Villa Fans. Poyet/Zola, Houghton (if Small Heath don't get promoted)Martinez, Lambert (strangely if we win our last 2 games hahahaha these are all managers likely to finish the season below McMuppets Villa!!!!).

You can add the likes of Benitez, Hoddle, Villas Boas, Di Matteo (if Chelsea don't give him the gig full time) and probably more that do not immediately spring to mind. And this selection is why all editors of sites should refrain from any polls. From the possible choice of new managers I have mentioned none of them would probably get more than 20% of the votes in any poll, but all of them would be welcome if they got the job. Unfortunately the press (and the Birmingham Mail are experts at this) would headline the story as 80% of Villa fans do not want xxxxxxx as the new manager according to the recent polls. When the truth is that 100% actually are happy with the new man, but simply had a preference to someone else.

Yes we should let our voices be heard if Randolph is about to make another horrendous error in his choice of manager, but we should let him choose without applying pressure.

Randolph has been good for this club other than his appointment of managers. Lets forget the polls and just support who ever is awarded one of the finest accolades in world football - the job of Aston Villa Manager.


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Date:Monday April 30 2012
Time: 9:57AM


Houghton or Hughton?
30/04/2012 10:18:00
After a season putting up with Eck, any new manager bar the obvious like Avram, Strachan, Souness, Lennon etc. would surely be greeted with great welcome by everyone except the 3 blind mice.
30/04/2012 10:38:00
Srroy lzzoa. I ma udner grate sterss adn mi spillng and englnad is getin worser and wosrer
30/04/2012 10:42:00
I suppose they could of put him on "gardening leave" but probably the garden is under water...........
Pride of Lions
30/04/2012 11:11:00
Interesting article. You're probably right. We probably shouldn't have polls because as much as we'd like to keep the media and the fan sites separate, it's fairly obvious that the media come trawling these sites looking for stories. It's a pity because we'd all 'like' a poll :-) FWIW I'd take any of your initial suggestions with the exception of Hughton (surely Lerner isn't so stupid as to enter that minefield again. I'd add Rodgers to it now that it we know Harry is staying at Spurts.
30/04/2012 11:20:00
I guess it's better for us that Harry is staying at Spurs. Spurs is clearly a better job than Villa. Villa vs WBA however...? Surely the Villa job edges that one!? I would e happy with any of your suggestions. Even Hughton. In fact I'd positively welcome Hughton just to show the world we don't care where you've come from.
Adam Deuce
30/04/2012 11:37:00
lol VOTH . Yes just to put paid to these media stories about not liking a manager because he worked for Small Heath I would gladly have Hughton he was my choice last season. Lets forget the big bucks managers unless they have open cheque books they wont come anyway. Lambert has been floated recently and yes any reasonable appoitment would be welcome all though I am under no illusions with the current restrictions on spending/wages it will be a tough job to take on. BUT please please Villa tell the press you are drawing up a short list of candidates to be interviewed NOT we want this guy and then get turned down PR DEPT . take note of last years shambles.
30/04/2012 11:46:00
Disagree, voth. The fans are entitled to air their opinion. Randy Lerner doesn't have to listen or be influenced one way or another. He clearly wasn't when appointing Mcleish. If Randy Lerner was better informed about modern football -- I personally don't believe he is very knowledgeble -- then he could make these big decisions with confidence. I, also, wouldn't have an issue with Hughton as Villa boss although he wouldn't be my first choice. Slightly, off topic there is a good article in the FT today about the Manchester derby. It says -- and I agree -- that 'Chewalot' is the only factor keeping 'Manure' from decline. The same is arguably true of Wenger at Arsenal, Redknapp @ Spurs and di Matteo at Chelsea. Citeh are really the only club in England who are virtually guaranteed success in the long term. The UEFA fair play rules could yet scupper that, too. Point is one good manager can make a big difference and that nothing is set in stone in the EPL. RedScouse, arguably, are now closer to Villa than they are to Citeh etc.
30/04/2012 13:29:00
Commentary team for sky on Sunday, hoddle and Wilkins. Be great to have that duo in the dugout. Still not convinced that mcleish will be gone any time soon though.
30/04/2012 14:54:00
Surely not proposing stewards or support prevention officers to be introduced on fan sites! By the way, for £2million per year, I vote for me.
30/04/2012 15:03:00
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