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If You Were Manager?!?!

If You Were Manager?!?!

Could you be what the villa need?

Every article about managers seems to be about how Eck should be shot... I mean... sacked..... or who our next manager will be. But to lighten spirits, how would any of us do as a manager?

Yes, most of us will be a better appointment than the ginger nut shell but how would we do as a manager? Despite having no training in an academy. The idiot managed to do it, so what about any of us.

Me, I would get the team to play an attacking style of football, no matter who we are against. I play a short, fast paced style. I would use the wings to cross in or for the wingers to cut in and take a shot. I would want to have lots of through balls. I would like passing in space to create time for themselves. I would like my forwards to be poachers, not target men.

So... My tactics and line up. 4-4-2 attacking.

Given in goal with Clark and Cuellar in front, Herd on the right of them with Lichaj on the left. In the middle of the field, Gardner paired with Ireland. N'Zogbia on the left and Albrighton on the left. Up front, Bent and Agbonlahor.

The tactics. I would want Herd to play as a defensive-winger whilst Lichaj being our fullback. Clark will be the limited defender whilst Cuellar will be the marksman, the one getting his head on the ball and the hard tackler. Irelend would be the main man in the middle sticking in the middle making passes to support the strikers and wingers, not to run up and take a shot. Gardner, he would be our Gerrard. He would be running up into dangerous areas, making vital passes across the box to free man to put in the back of the net or to take a shot. N'Zogbia, he would be used as our Messi. Taking players, cutting through the defense and either putting the ball away or passing to an open man across the box. Albrighton will be used to whip in supreme crosses in dangerous areas. Bent will be waiting in the box, where he is best, to put his foot behind the ball on a low cross or taking on the keeper from a through ball. Agbonlahor will be the one that finishes low crosses, high crosses and taking defenders on to pass to his partner.

The captain will be Ireland as he is the one that can visually organise the team, he will tell players to pass into certain areas or to a free man. The player taking direct free kicks will be Gardner, second man for this will be Albrighton and third will be Ireland. Indirect will be Taken by Ireland, second favourite will be Albrighton and third will be Clark. Penalties, first choice will be Bent, second will be Ireland, third Albrighton, fourth will be Garner, fifth N'Zogbia, sixth Agbonlahor and seventh will be Clark. Free kicks will be Albrighton as the primary taker, second will be Ireland and third will be Gardner.

So, what would you be like in the hot seat? McLeish, eat your heart out.


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Date:Monday April 30 2012
Time: 9:59AM


I'd give the team a link to Vital Villa, tell them to follow every bit of advice on there, and then go down the pub.
30/04/2012 10:08:00
I would play a diamond 4-4-2 with Bent & Gabby up top. I would teach Gabby how to get in the box and also where I want him to make his runs. I would play Herd as the DM, Gardner & Albrighton as the wider men with Albrighton being more of a wide man and Gardener bombing up and down. Ireland at the head of the diamond playing in Gabby & Bent around 20 times a game so Bent should score about 6 and Gabby may get the odd one every 5 games. (Maybe Wiemann if Gabbys finisghing doesnt improve). I would play the Zog as an attacking LB, I would play Lichaj RB for his throw ins, maybe Herd if I played Warnock as DM. I would have Clark & Baker at the back as if we are scoring 4 a game we can concede the odd one while they get match practice! I would also employ Paul McKenna to get the team thinking as positive as I do, they are unbeatable, they are invincible. We will never play to draw and we will never look up to our opposition. We will stand toe to toe and go all Rocky on them, I would even go as far as playing the Rocky soundtrack in the dressing room pre match. I would break the heating in the away dressing room, I would tamper with the showers also so they got from boiling hot to freezing cold without warning. No opposition player will ever like coming to Villa ever again!!
Chelt Villan
30/04/2012 10:19:00
Just simply a modern approach. The kind of football people want to see. You don't have to be Barcelona, just look at Swansea, Burnley (under Owen Coyle), Blackpool etc. Attack and entertain. Yeah sure, a few of those teams were relegated, at least they went down in style. Difference is Villa will always have better players. Oh and when it comes to transfers I wouldn't spend millions of pounds on crap players. I would also wear a suit jacket, shirt and tie but with football shorts and boots. And have a drinking problem.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
30/04/2012 10:24:00
I would use brian clough methods, tell the chairman to pull his finger out, punch hutton in the stomach, Then get drunk in my office.
30/04/2012 10:31:00
I can't see N'Zogbia and Albrighton on the left working ;)
30/04/2012 10:45:00
I would do a MON on Hutton and bench him... Forever.
30/04/2012 10:48:00
given in goal, baker, clark and cuellar cb, nzog lwb, lihaj rwb, gardner + delph anchors, irleand am, gabby and bent, bent playing on the shoulder gabby making runs from deep in a kind of 5 3 2 (in old school terms) or same defence with herd as an anchor drop gabby and play the same midfield in a 5 4 1 diamond. but as graham taylor said, the fans team always wins as it never has to face the oposition
deaf dean
30/04/2012 10:58:00
or is that too defensive? no i am not eck in disguise
deaf dean
30/04/2012 10:59:00
I would play a 3-5-2 formation against the teams below Citeh Chelski Manuire and a 5-3-2 against the top 3 sides, counter attack away from home with 3-5-2 i would have 2 sitting in front of the back 3 and let the wide men get forward as much as possible, where against the top 3 sides i would rely on the wide full backs to push forward yet still have 3 at the back and 2 sitting and protecting them in midield to stop the silva's scholes etc from picking up lose balls and causing problems. I have been saying this formation would work for ages, Dalglish played it at stamford bridge 3-5-2 and it stifled chelski's midfield and allowed liverpool to get forward in the wide areas and push chelski back, also Bialsa of Atletico Bilbao has been playing these formations and they outplayed manuire in the europa league, Swansea's style of football in a 5 man midfield is the way to go dominate teams rather than like we have all season be dominated i say!
30/04/2012 11:04:00
Formation 3-5-2 Gk-Given CB-Cueller-CB-Clark-CB-Collins-RWB-Albrighton-LWB-N'Zogbia-CM-Makoun-CM-Herd-CAM-Gardner-FWD-Gabby-Stkr-DB-. I would have Makoun and Herd sitting in front of the back 3 and let Garner wonder and create and score goals getting forward and joining Gabby and DB9, N'zogbia played left back for the toon army so he is can add width as a left wing back bombing forward, and Albrighton as a right wing back he would need work on his defensive side but he can learn. Gabby as a centre forward and DB9 lurking in the box waiting for crosses from N'zoggy and Albright's, thats the way i would go, Mcleish has never even tried a new system or formation tactics he has no variation in his locker.
30/04/2012 11:11:00
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