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Board Looking To Reinvigorate Villa

Board Looking To Reinvigorate Villa

Paul Faulkner has spoken briefly about the season we want to forget, and has talked up the positives for a new incoming manager.

Speaking to the Official Site Faulkner used all the right words for me, both in terms of the honesty shown about the last campaign, but more importantly really given a lot of gripes the fans have, it was all the right words about us, about the club and about what we should be striving for.

Words like 'reinvigorate', 'bring the vibrancy', 'passionate owner and phenomenal fanbase' should leave plenty of fans with a smile on their face as we head into what should be a busy summer:

'I think we want to find someone who can reinvigorate the squad, someone who can bring some vibrancy back to Villa. That's what we need and that's what we can get. You want someone who can inspire the players, inspire the fans and can deliver on the pitch.'

Faulkner also clearly believes that the Villa remain a good catch for an ambitious manager who is looking to grow with us and take advantage of all we can offer:

'I think there are an awful lot of reasons you would want to come to Aston Villa. You look at the size of the club, the infrastructure we have here, both the facility at the training ground and our academy which are one of the best in the country and our stadium is one of the best in the country. We have a fantastic owner who loves the club and has supported the managers, there's the club's history, the fans are phenomenal, why would you not want to come here? That's what Villa is, it's a great club. Now, the past two years the first team has struggled, but Aston Villa is very strong.'

And we are. We've dipped, we've had hiccups (to be polite) but we are the Villa. We are a great opportunity for a manager who gets the ethos, understands what the fans want to see and who gets the history - understand the fans, play football the right way and we are a great opportunity for somebody to make their own history.

Admitting that last season was not good enough Faulkner adds:

'It's now a fresh start for us, it's about next season, about bouncing back and getting Villa back where we should be, where we feel we should be. Where we are right now, we're looking for a manager and we're looking to go into next season and be in those positions where we will be in there challenging. We should be in that top half of the table and fighting for the European places, why not?We know there needs to be improvement and that's what we're going to be aiming for.'

Paul adds that Holman was at the training ground yesterday, so once the new man is identified work will continue to strengthen the team to give us the best possible shot of bouncing back properly and getting Villa Park rocking again. So whilst we won't be 'hanging around' on an appointment, the club will be making sure it's the right appointment, but they want somebody in place as soon as they can so he can have the best amount of time to work on targets.

'We are very focused on this and we are going to give it absolutely everything. We have lots of people to consult and take advice from, that will be done as we aim to get the right man for Aston Villa.'

Briefly commenting about Alex, Paul adds - and I think rightly:

'This has been a disappointing season for us. We had to make the decision with Alex and we did it with a heavy heart because Alex is a good man and he's a good manager with a track record of success. Obviously he had that as a player and I'm sure he will go on in the future to have success but the results that we had this year simply weren't good enough for Aston Villa.'

The quotes are all over the press today, but again the version of the interview on Sky Sports I think further shows Paul and Randy have 'got it' this time:

'I suppose disaster would have been getting relegated, but this was too close for comfort. I think the fans' feeling were because of our results, which were not good enough. This is the worst year that Villa has had in a generation.'

And on a final note...let's leave the bookies and the media looking silly when it comes to the Mick McCarthy links eh!

The club have started mending bridges, let's not jam a stick of C4 under it please!

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Tuesday May 15 2012
Time: 6:57PM


I really do believe they understand this time round, this season was a wake up call, in a strange way maybe we needed shaking a little to wake up and realise we need to improve a lot of things at the club, and when PF speaks about a manager to grow with us to me they are looking at Martinez Lambert a younger hungry manager this says, i like the rumblings im hearing lets hope Fans Randy PF will all be as one from now on after all we all want the same thing don't we UTV!
15/05/2012 19:08:00
sounds like they have got it, saying all the right things, now back it up with lambert martinez or rogers! Whoever it is needs backing financially to the tune of 30 mil and we will back on a steady path.
15/05/2012 19:16:00
They understand they cocked it up last time. They have rectified it immediately as the season finished. And from the language they have used in the statements released over the last two days, it's clear they will listen considerably more to what we, the fans, want and what will inspire us, and less to what Sir Chewalot wants for his buddies. While not universal, I think there is a great deal of support for appointing Lambert. He is a realistic target. He would be a massive step up from what we had this year. I think Christmas is coming 6/7 months early this year
15/05/2012 19:18:00
Agree with most of the statement above apart from Alex is a good manager with a track record of success!
Randy bollox
15/05/2012 19:31:00
Let's see, eh?
15/05/2012 19:32:00
I have an ideal solution that fits all of the board's previous managerial criteria; - David Platt. i. he has Premiership experience (current No.2 at Man City, who've just won it!) ii. has international experience (with England under-21s) iii. has overseas playing experience (with Italian clubs such as Bari & Sampdoria) iv. will no doubt have lots of domestic & international based connections. v. would probably now relish the opportunity to be in charge of a top flight Premiership club. and always my favourite piece of qualifying criteria; vi. has previous affiliations with Aston Villa Football Club - being a former idol and who helped steer Villa back to former glory once before, as a player. (before going on to be one of the stars of England's World Cup campaign in Italia 1990). I've always championed Andy Gray, however I now realise that after meeting him during a personal appearance, he would have to obtain the required coaching qualifications. (Not impossible I know because if he was considered, I am sure that he would achieve what was necessary and therefore I still cling to the hope that one day he will be a serious candidate).
15/05/2012 19:35:00
Bloody hell, I go away for a couple of days, had no way of connecting to the interweb thingymagib and all hell breaks out. Have made some calls to 'feel' what is happening and everybody has gone mute all of a sudden. Seems that the board are ensuring that any leaks are kept to a minimum and that the farce of the last two appointments is not repeated. Personally am happy to sit back and watch what develops and hope that the lessons have been learned. It has been stressful just ensuring the pressure was maintained on McMuppet.Looking forward to renewing all my season cards now
15/05/2012 19:46:00
gazvilla - I presume you are joking. David Platt - good grief! There are a many great managerial targets to go for and you suggest Platt!!!! Along with McCarthy, Bruce, Withe, KMAC, Sid, Grant etc I can't think of anybody worse. Platt looks like he has a chance as a decent number two, in the same way that Brian Kid was suited to that type of role. But he will never ever in a million years make a manager.
15/05/2012 19:52:00
Faulkner was interviewed for 5 Live by Pat Murphy and said much the same, plus also that Randy is committed long term, and that they realise the importance of getting the appointment of the new manager right, agreeing with Murphy that the manager is the most important job appointment for any football club. Murphy suggested after the interview, whilst talking to Ian Payne that Brendan Rodgers ticks all the boxes as a manager who can 'invigorate' Villa, citing Swansea 'playing Villa off the pitch when they won 2-0 at Villa Park'. If Randy wants that type of manager, forget about the Mc Carthy rumour because dull is not an option based on what Faulkner is saying.
15/05/2012 20:06:00
voiceoftheholte - would you have said the same thing at the time of Brian Little's appointment? and he was the last Villa Manager to win us silverware (not counting the Intertoto Cup of course!) Why not let Platt have a chance, when fans seem to want to give the likes of Martinez, Rodgers & Lambert a go? Managing Wigan, Swansea & Norwich is one thing but Villa's expectations is another and if they don't succeed, fans will be moaning again that Villa was too big a club for them. Apart from Saunders & Taylor, Managers with previous Villa pasts such as Atkinson, Little & Gregory have enjoyed success. (At least they have the club at heart)
15/05/2012 20:12:00
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