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McLeish Out Day Press Release

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McLeish Out Day
Sunday 6th May


This statement is in direct reply to the Chairman and CEO`s statement of the 25/04/12

On the 6th of May 2012 - 'McLeish out Day` is a day dedicated to broadcasting the message, loud and clear, that the vast majority of Aston Villa supporters are extremely unhappy with the current situation at Villa Park.

This is more than a protest to remove McLeish.

It is an opportunity for all Villa fans to express their dismay at the ignorance of the Clubs owner and management and the apparent disregard of the concerns of the loyal supporters. There have been measures taken by Aston Villa Football Club to suffocate the ground swell of discontent, and we offer all Aston villa fans the opportunity to peacefully show their dismay at our Board and management.

McLeish Out Day is the culmination of a series of planned events, taking place around the ground, before, during and after the match, organised by a number of fan groups, that will leave the Club and the watching media in no doubt whatsoever that the fans have had enough and will take no more.

McLeish's position as Aston Villa Manager is now widely perceived as untenable. A concern that was voiced by many Villa supporters before his appointment was confirmed and throughout his disastrous tenure. We absolutely will not accept another season under his stewardship.

It is not about where he came from. It is where he is taking us.

Our worst home record in the History of Aston Villa Football Club.

On course for our worst points tally since the formation of the English Premier League.

Our lowest amount of wins in Villa's proud Premiership History.

Just one win in our last 14 games.

An alarming slump in matchday attendances.

The team will receive our full passionate and vocal support during the game as always.

Before this season is over, the fans will have the final say.


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Date:Monday April 30 2012

Time: 4:00PM

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Talk about embarrassing! Who releases this rubbish ansd why do they think they talk on behalf of the fans. I want AMc gone, but a press release! Give me strength. We are not safe yet and this is counter-productive to the Villa cause.
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30/04/2012 15:35:00

Personally think the Holte has found its voice, at Bolton it was pretty clear. With that said, at least these guys are standing up for what they feel is right, people can choose whether to join in or not. I personally think it is shutting the gate after the horse has bolted, I can't see how McLeish could remain after these two games or indeed why he'd stay.
The Fear
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30/04/2012 15:37:00

Not many alternatives if you ask me. What with Lerners' Gestapo attempting to quell the fans displeasure and disgust. The media seems to of been tapped up as they turn their backs upon true Villa supporters and stick to the Lerner Mafia Line. This is the True Villa Fans chance to respond and show their feelings. Of course back the team 100% during the match, but before and after..... it's our time!!!!........
Pride of Lions
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30/04/2012 15:44:00

Nowt to lose to be fair, the season has been woeful, the cost for fans is high, fans were patient and gave him a go, he hasn't done much apart from fail so fair play.
The Fear
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30/04/2012 15:59:00

Fair play to Chris Hearn for actually trying to do something. Everything he has stated is true. Mcleish was and still is and abysmal appointment. He is deluded and a liar when it comes to defending his football. So nice guy but these aren't great qualities are they? His methods fail at this level, end of! The villa board have a long way to go to repair the damage of this disastrous appointment and frankly are very lucky its not culminated in relegation.
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30/04/2012 16:02:00

I dont get RoyalVilla what you are saying - "I want Alex Mcleish to go" then do something about it instead of sitting about picking negatives in everything.
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30/04/2012 16:07:00

Please, just hold fire until we're safe, there will be plenty of time to protest at the end of the season. I'm sure it's no coincidence that our away results are better than our home ones. These protesters will be the 12th man all right - for Tottenham. Everybody get behind the team - and yes, the manager - until we are safe. Then by all means vent your frustration.
Mark from Dudley
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30/04/2012 16:25:00

We will all be 12th Man in the ground - do not worry about that. I believe we are safe now - on GD. But I will be in the ground roaring on the boys and involved in actions b4 and after game
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30/04/2012 16:32:00

Not sure this is the right time or place really. It’s clear he’s GOT to go, but I don’t think there should be any distractions for this of all games – we’ve got to be 100% behind the players and just ignore McLeish. If his terrible performance this season won’t get him the sack, then our protests won’t either. Lerner has made it clear he isn’t interested in what the fans have got to say, but a fragile team composed of young kids, up against a resurgent Spuds side who know they’re keeping their manager after all, will need every bit of encouragement we can give them.
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30/04/2012 16:41:00

We need City to need a win the last Day of the season, otherwise they just might be on early holiday. I would not like to have to need a win at Carrow Road. COTVABU
irish villa
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30/04/2012 16:42:00

I think it was made 'loud and clear' at VP last week.
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30/04/2012 16:48:00

The team will receive our full passionate and vocal support during the game as always, really! So The Trinity and Ellis stands will be rocking as they always do? Can't wait to see this!
el sid
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30/04/2012 17:05:00

I'm in the 'press releases are a bit embarrassing' camp. The message has been delivered loud and clear and we don't need organised events or kids gurning at Sky cameras outside the ground. Why make the game a sideshow of supposed loyal support sandwiched between protests and abuse? It can't possibly have any positive influence on where we finish in the league, so why do it now? Only the stubborn would risk undermining the team at the death, surely.
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30/04/2012 17:08:00

As long as everyone is behind the team during the match 100% then i can't see the problem, its not as if the team take any notice - Alex said! Apart from getting rid of mcrelegator the club need to sort out their PR because it is pathetic, and a major reason why everyone is getting so angry.........some kind of fan liaison should be in place - and i don't mean a club appointed one!
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30/04/2012 17:20:00

Astonvilla05 - we're not safe, though are we? We might be safe on Sunday if QPR lose, but until then, we're at risk. I hardly need to remind anyone how Bile looked relatively safe with two games to go last season. Please, let's put on a united front until we know we're in the Premiership next season. These protests could be the difference between the result that keeps us up and the result that sends us down.
Mark from Dudley
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30/04/2012 17:20:00

Protest before. Protest at the final whistle. But I know that if a Spuds team who have struggled for results of late are winning comfortably on Sunday, there is absolutely going to be nowhere for McMuppet to hide. And as for people saying the protests harm results . . . . . . . please wake up. We have had the worst home record and performances before any protests. How can any form of protest make our worst ever home form worse????? However I am with Fear. The fans have spoken and McMuppet is already gone. All that matters now is the timing, the eckcuses we will hear and wether or not the club make as big a pigs ear of the appointment process for our new manager as they have for the last 2 seasons.
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30/04/2012 17:27:00

Where do all these people who want their new manager but aren't prepared to do anything about it AND feel the need to criticize others who are making a stand for everyone. Wouldn't want to go into battle with you lot. Things couldn't get much worse and the support has done nothing at the start of the season so why does anyone think that it's even slightly crucial? There's little to differ the home and away results we've been dogs**t all season!!
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30/04/2012 17:40:00

I think it should go ahead, but before and after the game, and the message/singing/chants should be clear and constructive and not nasty and abusive. As much as I believe AM is already gone, we have to make sure and this is the last chance to let our feelings known.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
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30/04/2012 17:51:00

Its absolutely essential that now that the last few make or break games are coming up, that the fans surround the club with as much negativity as possible, to distract the players and drain every last bit of confidence from the squad. If the fans put the effort it in, it might just be enough to get Villa relegated, and the fans can be happy in the knowledge that they played their part. Villa's 12th man - always ready to make the difference.
Steve Wade
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30/04/2012 18:11:00

can`t knock them, i wanted to give eck a chance so i disagreed witht he original protest. I have been proven wrong they have been proven right.
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30/04/2012 18:24:00

Steve Wade - I very much doubt that our brave fighters and battlers will understand your message. You've wasted your time on them.
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30/04/2012 18:28:00

Lets give the team our support. These youngsters turning out for Villa need fans behind them. The tension that goes with a protest ( i respect why ) cant be good the least form a timing perspective. There will be time to protest, come what may. I'll be there on Sunday giving our team my full support
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30/04/2012 19:03:00

Do people not understand?? You supporters mean Fu** all to most of the mercenaries in today's game. Booing makes some play better anyway. The tactics and direction are all that matter. Seems that we've been subject to such direness this year that some want to vocally help the team out and fair play to them for their intentions. It will not matter atall. The stadium is half empty these days anyway. Boo Eck. Not the team obviously. They know who our beef is with.
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30/04/2012 19:20:00

This is a Championship suicide note. EVERYONE knows we want McLeish out, but as the players have requested, let's concentrate on getting behind the team against Spurs. Vital Villa should not give these idiots the oxygen of publicity - they'll take us all down.
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30/04/2012 19:22:00

Yep I'm in the focus on getting safe camp and then there will be plenty of time to protest. McLeish is going. I think there is now no doubt. I suspect the season ticket renewals and the fact the club are phoning up old ticket holders to ask why they're not going down anymore says everything and in truth probably more than the Bolton protests. They can't sell the prospect of McLeish's football to the wider public.
Matt B
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30/04/2012 19:45:00

what a complete and utter waste of time. Its like having a world Adolf Hitler was a bad man day - we already ******** know !
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30/04/2012 19:50:00

Bigbear, why did it take Eck to almost relegate us for randy to realize what has been obvious to almost everyone for months?? Just as much a **** you and make sure you get the next one right message to randy or he'll just think that he can walk all over us and treat the fans like ****. Season has been needlessly overly depressing for 99% of the fans. We knew that cuts had to be made but come on. People have been saying for weeks to keep the protests back and it's made bugger all difference to how we play. It's ALL ABOUT THE TACTICS. Nothing to do with what ******** songs are sung or what key they're in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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30/04/2012 20:14:00

It is wrong to do during the match
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30/04/2012 20:19:00

Protest or no protest, McLeish is a dead man walking and I can't wait for the day he walks the green mile!! Give me my team back!! UTV
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30/04/2012 20:30:00

Like I have said before I think we would have been much better off to sack McLeish before this game. What would you rather 30,000 fans staring at his ginger nut pumping negative vibes out onto the field OR 40,000 fans untied, singing their hearts out?? No brainer I think
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30/04/2012 20:48:00

villan444, i'm not arguing a bit about mcleish, I despise the guy Its the protest I have an issue with, but we're still 99% coming at this from the same palce
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30/04/2012 21:02:00

Agreed bigbear, obviously no-one will boo if we're winning 3-0 but can't see it. Can't even see us drawing. Don't think that if we're losing by a couple of goals and Eck is playing 9 in defence that we should hold back as he's already done the damage. Can't wait for him to go to get my blood pressure down again. Hitler would ALMOST be a welcome addition to our dugout as long as Eck goes.
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30/04/2012 21:11:00

Its a fact of life that some people will not be confrontational you see it a lot at work where the boss or company make an unpopular decision and the staff are up in arms calling for a joint refusal but it never happens because too many bottling it. Therefore the people who choose not to voice a grievance toward AM/RL or whoever are happy as they aren't disruptive but will be ecstatic if the protestors get a result.
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30/04/2012 21:45:00

Booing makes some play better anyway......if your intelligence was ever in question you've shattered any remaining doubt with that gem.
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30/04/2012 22:08:00

No protest until we are safe.
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30/04/2012 22:29:00

Well we have supported the team all season and it hasn't helped in the results side of things, don't see that a protest can make it any worse then what it is already. Fair play to anybody wanting to make a stand
Randy bollox
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30/04/2012 22:53:00

Well there are many of us Villans with 2 views, 1)Protest at the spuds game, 2)Leave the protest until we know we are safe, the fear of relegation makes my head straight away and say leave the protests lads til we are safe cos if we are relegated we are screwed financially big time you know that right? but my heart says enough is enough, we can not let Randy think for one minute he can sneak another season out of Mcleish, we will probably lose to spuds anyway playing 10 men behind the ball as per usual, no one can blame fans for protesting all season with the poor home record we have 4 wins all season? So i do not think the Mcleish out protest will affect the result but confirm to RANDY enough i enough m8, get him outa here before he is threw out in a nice kinda way ;) PLEASE LETS SUPPORT THE LADS IM SURE WE ALL WILL protest and support in the right times.
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01/05/2012 00:44:00

What pains me more than Mcleish being here and dragging us down is the in fighting between fellow Villa fans, serious we are ALL important to Villa which we ALL care about the same thing here, rememeber everyone's different some are quiet and just want to get on supporting there club, others will fight tooth n nail to make sure Villa is not taken for a ride, I just want VP back to the way it should be, excitement an electric buzz and some noisey bugger banging some boards thats the real VP we are in a test at the moment we have to stick together and realise Villa is being hurt so let the protesters have there say they have promised to support Villa as they luv this club as we all do but for 90 mins lets then concentrate on being the 12th man for the clubs sake then i see no problems as Mcleish can not blame protesters for winning 4 home games all season can he?
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01/05/2012 01:03:00

LOL atom. The likes of Steven Gerard, Joey Barton, Christiano Ronaldo and many more thrive on boos from the opposition and raise their game accordingly. Some players get a rollocking off their manager and Man Up, others just fade away. Sorting out the men from the boys. My intelligence was never in question but my sanity after this years' horrendous performances and then reading what losers like yourself write definitely is.
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01/05/2012 08:30:00

its a sad state of affairs, but if I'm right - Villas biggest game of the season is Stoke v QPR! If QPR lose, we're safe unless they go out and beat Manchester City by something silly like 12 goals.
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01/05/2012 08:35:00

bigolbear, you are correct fella. Providing we match QPR's result on Sunday then we are safe. And should Spuds beat Bolton this week, then that also applies to Boltons game against WBA. Match either of those results and we are OK.
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01/05/2012 09:07:00

The protest must go on for the sake of the future of Villa. the same so called fans who saying 'there is no way the board will not sack him now' are the same ones who said before his appointment 'there is no way the board will hire him surely' and they saw their answer but it seems they never learn. The club hierachy have ignored us fans long enough and no clear message has come from them that he will be going at end of the season. Its clear they entertain mediocrity at our club
Shane Villains
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01/05/2012 10:01:00

For those who like me gave Mcleish more than half a season to show what he could do, we were wrong. For those who are saying do not protest at the Spurs game you are wrong its the last home game of the season Randy Lerner must be left in no doubt how the fans feel do you really want another season of this ? . I dont and even though I feel any manager will be taking a tough job here surely they can do no worse than we have seen this season with our worst home record ever.
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01/05/2012 11:07:00

Weimans goal against Fulham is starting to look like a potential life saver!
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01/05/2012 12:10:00

For me the time to protest is after the game. Regardless of result, stay in your seats or group together at the back of the stands and protest then. Sure the stewards will try to disperse everyone but that will just add to the spectacle and will draw further attention. Once they get the ground empty protest outside.
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01/05/2012 12:35:00

For 90 minutes on Sunday I will be backing the team with everything I have got as I have done for every game this season. But pre game and post game I will be calling for the head of the worst manager we have ever had. The flyers have been ordered and the banners have arrived.
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01/05/2012 12:39:00

Merlin, just because you say we're wrong doesn't make it definitive. You've got your view, which many clearly agree with. But a sizeable group of us disagree. Do you really want to take a chance on being the final nail in this season's coffin? Does anyone seriously think Randy gives a toss about what the fans think? Doesn't last summer give you a bit of a hint? My view is that it's naive and deluded, but that's just my view - nobody is necessarily right or wrong. Some of the stuff on here about 'if you're not protesting you're not a real fan' and 'I wouldn't want to be in the trenches with you lot' would be funny if it wasn't so tragic.
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01/05/2012 12:40:00

The Clubs PR machine is now in overdrive. Everything that can be done to silence the protests is being done. But we will not be brow beaten into submission. We have sat and endured this rubbish all season. We never protested enough because underneath it all we are good people and respectfully gave McMuppet the chance to prove that he was actually a good manager. He has failed. We have one day left to be heard. And those who want to protest against McMuppet should and will do so. Equally those who want McMuppet can sing and shout in support for him. Ignore the SPO's take in your banners, wear your 'Eck Out' t shirts, fill your pockets with the flyers that will be available on the day. Sing your heart out for Villa but be as vocal as is needed to confirm that McMuppet is sacked.
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01/05/2012 13:23:00

We're staying up, he's getting sacked. We're staying up, he's getting sacked. We're staying up, he's geting sacked. We're staying up, he's geting sacked 2 3 4 The Villa's staying up and McLeish is getting sacked, Mcleish is getting sacked, McLeish is getting sacked. The Villa's staying up and McLeish is getting sacked, Mcleish is getting sacked, McLeish is getting sacked. We're staying uuuuupppppppp, he's getting sacked . . . . . . .
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01/05/2012 13:30:00

AMc is going one way or the other. Protest not required. Just adds pressure to the team and makes for a bad atmosphere around the club. Can only bring about negativity.
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01/05/2012 13:52:00

royalvilla. And? When we were not protesting and allowing him to prove his worth to the club, he produced the worst home record in our history. Potests can not make it any worse.
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01/05/2012 14:11:00

What evidence has anyone got that we will play well with 100'000 fans cheering us on??? We are ****e due to Eck and his tactics, nothing to do with the support. Although the team would be nothing without us, the manager is more important than us fans. How many times??? Onlyteaminthe.... the trenches bit was RE: fans who would rather protest against other fans protesting, than protest themselves, even though they want the same thin!!!! Fans are free to do as little or as much as they want without some jobsworth or deskjockey complaining against it.
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01/05/2012 15:16:00

I really do beieve as long as when the game kicks off no one starts booing n all that potesting before and after the game will ensure Mcleish is gone, he may already be gone but just to make sure that Randy and Faulkner get the message and don't try and think oh well its quietend down now we are safe etc Mcleish as Villan444 and VOTH and few others are saying has had more than enough time to turn things around no protesting caused us to win 4 games at home all season also we have only won more games than wolves and they finished bottom rememeber he has to go for all our sakes and the clubs which is the most important thing to me.
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01/05/2012 16:26:00

I believe the argument was about causing a negative atmosphere for our own players so your comment on opposition players thriving on booing is irrelevant or just plain stupid.
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01/05/2012 18:12:00

onlyteaminthemids Like yourself was just expressing my view respect the right of any Villa fan to voice their opinion and have no axe to grind with those who take an opposing view we all want the best for the club but many have now run out of patience with the current situation. As to the effect it has on the team a protest after the game against the manager should have no effect whatever. After the Bolton game I am sure the players are very aware of the view of many. As for the not a real fan bit etc thats just wrong no matter what your viewpoint if you attend games on a regular basis then your a real fan. We can take opposing views without it degenerating to stupidity so I respect your opinion Onlyteaminthemids while disagreeing with it.
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02/05/2012 10:38:00

Thanks Merlin, very fair answer. Hopefully everyone on here is after the same thing, we all just choose different ways to go about it. Villan444, thanks also, I'm perhaps getting a bit touchy about some of this stuff, mainly because I think we're stronger when we're all in it together. That said, we've seen some dross this season and it's understandable that people are ready to take desperate mesures. Sooner this season is out of the way, the better.
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03/05/2012 03:18:00


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