Date:Monday April 30 2012
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.
Date:Monday April 30 2012
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