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AVB for AVFC....Why Not?

AVB for AVFC....Why Not?

Disclaimer: This article is based solely on personal opinion.

As the speculation wheel turns (hopefully for its first, last and only fortnight this time round) the current favourite is Paul Lambert. Understandable, he`s had a great season with Norwich, his team plays good attacking football and (something which tipped the scales for me in his favour) he went to the Emirates and came away with a point at the least after scoring 3 goals. Not a solid enough basis to go on but it impressed me, as I`m sure it did you.

My question is, why is Paul Lambert the favourite when there is a manager with a slightly higher-calibre CV?

Andre Villas-Boas has been out of work since he was dismissed from Chelsea. The general feeling there is that the senior players held too much sway over the dressing room and he was unable to implement his own style, much like trying to convince James Collins to go to the Carling Academy when he clearly loves a rave. However, Roman Abramovich thought enough of him to whip him out of his contract at Porto and bring him to the Premier League. Even with Abramovich`s trigger-happy nature, something impressed him enough to give him a chance. A fantastic win record and a title in his first season at Porto. Former student of Sir Bobby Robson and assistant to Jose Mourinho, the man who turns most things to gold when he touches them.

Sadly, because Chelsea didn`t win every game by 5 clear goals and everyone in the dressing room kept falling over the toys, AVB was given his marching orders. An expectation too high at this stage in his career as a manager. He was clearly the wrong man for Chelsea. But what about Aston Villa?

Paul Faulkner`s statement highlighted that the board are looking to appoint a young, vibrant manager to reinvigorate Aston Villa. Forget panicking about the Mick McCarthy rumours, that`s all they are, and if everyone believes the hype then you might as well paint your bedsheets now. Common sense dictates that we go for a manager without a club and that we won`t have to pay compensation for. AVB is a free agent. While Lambert has achieved Premier League status with Norwich, it is still too early to say whether they will sustain it next season. Lambert could well jump ship if the right offer came in, but I sincerely hope not. Roberto Martinez is linked again and would be likely to enjoy a frugal financial relationship with our chairman, but in all honesty I believe we can aim much higher in terms of managerial candidates. Brendan Rodgers is doing a job at Swansea. Let him continue to do so.

Aside from the obvious name connection indicating that he`s the right choice (that was a joke), I believe AVB would be the appropriate choice for us. If he was given time by the fans, as long as we weren`t relegated in the first season and playing attractive football, he could bring success back to Aston Villa. Trying to get John Terry to do something different is like teaching an old dog tricks he already knows with a new master. We have a young enthusiastic squad with players willing to learn. This process began under Houllier briefly, when Marc Albrighton`s confidence was flying and more of the academy guys started coming through. I believe AVB could work with this and harness the potential of the younger lads, setting the foundations for an exciting new team. I also believe that, should we get AVB, it would show that the board matches the ambition of the fans as opposed to if we got the ex-Norwich/Wigan manager. However, after this season`s failings and the fact that most people seem to be favouring the appointment of a manager from a smaller club it could be a sign that expectations are finally becoming more realistic around B6, something which I am equally in favour of.

Personally, I`d like to see Villas-Boas as Villa`s Boss, but I`m sure whoever comes in will be welcomed with open arms and be expected to deliver a top 4 finish in his first season. Otherwise, the protests, web pages and newspaper messages may rise from the ashes again......

Writer:Turkish Penguin
Date:Wednesday May 16 2012
Time: 10:43AM


I have a huge woody for AVB. He's linked in the Metro today: "Metro understands that the list includes two current Premier League managers, thought to be Wigan's Roberto Martinez and Norwich's Paul Lambert, and two currently out of work bosses - one of which is believed to be former Chelsea coach Andre Villas-Boas."
plastic villain
16/05/2012 10:47:00
Just embrace Big Mick he's on the way.
16/05/2012 10:52:00
Based on what he has done this is not as un-realistic as it first seems.
16/05/2012 10:52:00
AVB would be a wonderfull appoitment in the long term if we could afford him. Regardless of who the new manager is e.g. a Lambert, Martinez etc he will need to be given time and that could stretch to a couple of seasons, main thing here is I believe the Villa fans will be patient with a manager who plays decent football. Not many of us would truly expect a top 6 finish next season without huge investment which we know is not going to happen. But with a long term plan in place to progress playing good football IMO many would be happy with that.
16/05/2012 11:06:00
GUYS I've had a brainwave!!!! We get a jobshare agreement - MON until the end of Feb, then we hire Martinez for March onwards! We'd win the league :D
16/05/2012 11:11:00
how about Dalgleish if he gets the sack????
16/05/2012 11:14:00
If getting a new manager was like buying a car, then why not just go for the best you could afford, particularly if it made you feel good about yourself every day. The car would have no say in the matter. Unfortunately, we're not looking for an inanimate object (we've had one of them); the next manager has to want to come to us, and there are big name managers out there who have lower risk/higher reward options than us. I think AVB is one of them. By all means ask him, but it shouldn't be a reflection of our ambition when we don't get him.
16/05/2012 11:17:00
AVB exciting option, but is he the BEST option? No, in my opinion..Not now, at this point...Funds will be limited and AVB is more used to signing £20-25m players which is probably our WHOLE budget. We need someone with experst knowledge ofthe lower leagues (Lambert) or the cheaper European market (Martinez)..Also we need a LONG term strategy. Would AVB want that? If he did a good job for one or two seasons some top European Club come knocking offering Champions League? Certainly not against the appointment, but not sure our best option..Paul Lambert for me
16/05/2012 11:20:00
AV fits but he'd have to drop the B part of his name. Apart from that, yes!
The Fear
16/05/2012 11:25:00
Not sure how I feel about avb. He stunk it up at cfc with a top squad. Don't think he'd go much better with us.
16/05/2012 11:28:00
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