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Villa Players - SHUT UP & Talk ON Pitch Please

Villa Players - SHUT UP & Talk ON Pitch Please

This is insulting.

Shay Given says in The Birmingham Mail that Alex McLeish has the dressing room and is indeed, a 'fantastic manager`.

Shay, you get paid to be at Villa. WE PAY to watch.

This season start to finish has been an insult to us and OUR club.

If McLeish is a fantastic manager then the players must be totally crap?

'Does McLeish still have dressing room support? Yes of course he does, he's a fantastic manager and we're all right behind him but we'd obviously like results to be better this season.'

It is also strange to hear the above line, it certainly is not what 'some` say out of the press. It is clearly not true otherwise we`d not be in the position that we are.

I do wish the players would shut the hell up, especially the lecturing idiotic comments from Alan Hutton (thread - Click Here - adult language) whose conduct isn`t exactly one to make him listenable to is it?

Fans don`t need to be told that managers or indeed players are fantastic, we are actually fairly bright. We look at the games, we know the style of football, we see us losing and drawing, we then look at the table and see the likes of Swansea, Norwich and WBA above us and we conclude 'we aren`t actually very good`.

In other words?

Shut up, get us out of this mess and if you have nothing better to say, sod off. Most fans appear totally fed up to death of this rubbish. Talk on the pitch (which to be fair Given does) and if you can`t walk the walk, leave the talking to the fans who live and breath this club.

Hutton said in The Sun 'We understand what the fans expect of us. Villa is a massive club. They want to see us up there challenging. But they have obviously sold a lot of big players. We understand where they're coming from, we're trying to give our all. You want the fans to get right behind you.'

When aren`t we behind them?

When do they start getting behind us and giving US something back? Like effort? Like desire? Like passion? Hey, like a bloody shot?

I don`t think the fans can be questioned one bit. We have put up with a ridiculous tenth rate managerial appointment, a manager who couldn`t even really hold his own in the average SPL league. We pay good money and watch dross and still turn up in our droves.

I don`t need players telling ME what to do unless they are doing it themselves. They haven`t this season, so why do they feel they can lecture us as to our conduct?

He added, 'No matter what goes on or what is said outside the team, everyone is 110 per cent behind the manager. We are all fighting for him, fighting for each other and fighting to stay up.'

Behind him with knives no doubt. How about being behind the fans and showing us some respect? If they`d been behind him, there is no way in hell this team of supposed internationals would have embarrassed us so many times this season (and not just since the injuries)

So where is the fight? Blimey, it was too much for our manager the other day to even go on the touchline, apparently it was a chore. (See: A Chore For Alex McLeish.. A Chore For Villa Fans )

Sorry for the rant, I`ve been at too much maybe. I cannot stand halfwits who are paid more in a week than what most of us get in a year telling us what we should think about our Club and how we should conduct ourselves. We`ve been there through thick and thin (thin and thinner?) and know what is acceptable. This season, start to finish, has been far from acceptable.

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday May 1 2012
Time: 2:13PM


I SO wish it didn't matter so much! I just fume when we get these lectures!
The Fear
01/05/2012 14:15:00
I`m just worn out with all of this ********* now, will the new manager whoever he is please clear out the brainless idiots like hutton and sign some decent players who aren`t dickheads. Thank you.
01/05/2012 14:21:00
I agree with you Fear that the players have no right in telling us how to act, but I could see myself if I was in their position saying something similar to what Shay said. In my interpretation of what he said, I am pretty much hearing "Management is not going to change before the end of the season so we need to put all the negativity (No matter how justified) to one side and stick together (together with AM since he is not leaving for 2 games) and fight tooth and nail for the last two games.. For all we know he is saying this to us but could be meaning this as a message to his fellow players who may be growing sick of AM too.. And there is no point in the players fighting AM for the last two games... Not sure if I am explaining myself correctly but I suppose what I saying is next year I think we need to give the players a clean slate when we get rid of AM as they are just trying to do what is best for Villa, AM is incompetent not the players.. UTV
01/05/2012 14:29:00
I too wish I didn't care so much. I wish I was on tens of thousands of pounds a week only to be less than half decent at my job. I wish players would shut the **** up and play like they care about the club and us, the supporters. I wish the media would finally grasp that we don't care where he came from, its where he's taking us. I wish Martinez had taken the job. This article in The Guardian shows that maybe the media do finally get it.
Adam Deuce
01/05/2012 14:33:00
I hate this team
Green Villan
01/05/2012 14:35:00
The only players defending him are the ones he brought in or are crapping themselves they won't get another lucrative contract like they have had at Villa ie: Given, Hutton, Warnock Dunne ....... don't here Nzogbia, Ireland, Bent, Cuellar sticking up for him do we ???
01/05/2012 14:42:00
*hear ..... pardon my grammar Mr Fear
01/05/2012 14:43:00
TOTAL agreement JF - spot on!
01/05/2012 15:30:00
I suppose I should be more vocal on forums but I've been talking about this a lot on Twitter. It's constant, it's not the players it's the PR of our club, it's an absolute joke and verges on non-sensical propaganda. The players are used as puppets, as mouthpieces to quell whatever negativity shrouds the running of the club. I'm sick to the back teeth of it. I made light that one week Gabby was telling us to get behind the players the next week he was saying how "loyal fans" would be rewarded with good performances should we buy season tickets of course Don't get me started on the ridiculous over exposure of NZogbia and Given when we signed them without the merest mention we were selling off and letting go of our best players hand over fist. Is it any wonder Zog was struggling at the beginning of the season he was exhausted from all the smokescreen interviews! Then we have how all the players are going to "fight" I've seen more fight in a feather duster, week on week a different player saying how good a manager McLeish is and how much they're going to battle it out. Good managers DO NOT break 138 year old records for being bad and a team of our quality and we do still have quality despite the excuses if "battling" should easily be higher in the table than we are now
01/05/2012 15:39:00
BOOM! Well said, it was reallllyyy *****ing me off too. Given is my player of the year for us, I think without him we'd be doomed by now. But the whole Hutton lecture was ridiculous.
01/05/2012 15:56:00
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