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Villa DON'T Need Or Want A Director Of Football

I`m glad Mat Kendrick at The Birmingham Mail has published this!

I`ve tried to say it but hey, no bugger listens to me (even I ignore me!)

Villa aren`t and never have been after a director of football. I have known that for a fact because I asked! Quite an easy process really. No conspiracy. No blogging of twitter rumours by people who have no facts. No fibs!

The rumour a few weeks ago that became 'twitter fact` was that former Spurs guy Damien Comolli had been entertained by Randy Lerner at the Spurs game. Trouble with that rumour is Randy wasn`t there!

People say, I have at times to be fair, that Villa need a football man at the Club. Two things to that though:

a) at what point do they become football people? The CEO works 'in` football every day. Randy is far more hands on than most people think, because he isn`t visible at all games, people put 2+2 together and come up with a lack of interest. They work hand in hand, very closely and have done a great deal of good. YES, they made a mistake in this appointment. Fine. They`ve not set about correcting it and this guff that Paul Faulkner should go because he chose Alex McLeish is knee jerk and ill informed. He also has a boss. The boss decides.

b) The manager IS the football person. Do director of football work anywhere else in the UK? It isn`t something that is common.

I`d not mind a figurehead at the Club, but maybe they don`t want that? Maybe they don`t feel the need to 'hide` behind a former Villa man or whoever?

For me the focus is and always - or usually - has been is getting the right manager.

It can`t be argued that they didn`t back Martin O`Neill. It can`t be argued that they didn`t back Gerrard Houllier. And on GH, some say he was a mistake but if he`d not been so silly, it might have been a very good move but he let himself and us down with his comments about Liverpool.

They`ve gone against what we wanted with McLeish and that has caused a rift. It is a rift that should be healed quite easily with a decent manager now. They have put IN £220m including buying the club. That is not a small amount of money. We aren`t paupers. There will be more money as the seasons progress, they just had to curtail some of the initial 'mad` spending. They also NEVER said this was an Abramovich style takeover. Randy Lerner is a wealthy man, he isn`t 'that` wealthy.

Just my personal opinion, the modern world wants everything yesterday. Doug brought in some great, some good and some absolute howlers of managers. This lot have brought in ONE howler AND they have corrected that. Alex wanted to stay, he`s not been allowed to. I think a lot of fans have forgotten what has gone into the club in the last six years and also just how big Villa is. It was big before they came, it is big now. We aren`t the giants of the game now, but that goes for most clubs. We can`t buy the league like Man City and Chelsea have.

I`m sure if a new manager came in and asked for help from above, then a DOF type would be sought out. But I`m also sure no manager worth his salt would want interference from the top, just a good scouting network and a boss that will back his requests, within reason, for players in and out.

Is that not the English football way?

As for the name calling to the CEO. I`ve found it pretty petty this year. Fine to look at someone`s record and debate, but the playground stuff, jeez, get a grip! Paul Faulkner has brought in the two biggest deals Villa have ever had. If not for the appointment of the last manager, most surely would have been congratulating?!

Flame away, I care not, we have good people running this club, they just made a very bad decision. That has been corrected and I hope and pray we get a manager now that we can all get behind.

And for those that say we have no money. With some of the guff the managers have asked to come in who have either left on a free or sold at a loss, would you, if you were Randy, not have wanted to have a re-think?

FIRST SEASON 2006/2007 :


Kevin Phillips (WBA £700k )
Matthieu Berson (Levante £1m)
Ulises De La Cruz (Reading Free)
Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City £250k)
Eric Djemba Djemba (Quatar Free)
Juan Pablo Angel (New York Red Bulls Free)
Milan Baros Lyon (Swap)
Mark Delaney (Retired)


Stiliyan Petrov (Celtic £6.5m - £7.5m including add ons?)
Didier Agathe (Celtic Free)
Chris Sutton (Celtic Free)
Phil Bardsley (Manchester United Loan)
Gabor Kiraly (Crystal Palace Loan)
John Carew (Lyon Swap)
Ashley Young (Watford £9.65m)
Shaun Maloney (Celtic £1.1m)

SECOND SEASON 2007/2008:


Gary Cahill (Bolton Undisc in region of £4m?)
Liam Ridgewell (Birmingham £2m)
Jlloyd Samuel (Bolton Free)
Lee Hendrie (Sheffield United Free)
Chris Sutton (Retired)
Didier Agathe (released)
Steven Davis (Fulham £4m)
Aaron Hughes (Fulham £1m)
Gavin McCann (Bolton £1m)
Robert Olejnik (Falkirk Free)


Wayne Routledge (Tottenham £1.5m)
Moustapha Salifou (FC Wil Undisc)
Curtis Davies (West Brom Loan)
Zat Knight (Fulham £3.5m)
Scott Carson (Liverpool Loan)
Harry Forrester (Watford £250 000 initial fee rising on appearances)
Eric Lichaj (Unattached Free)
Marlon Harewood (West Ham Undisc region of £3.5m - £4m)
Nigel Reo-Coker (West Ham £8.5m)

THIRD SEASON 2008/2009


Luke Moore (West Brom - £3.5million)
Olof Mellberg (Juventus - free)
Patrick Berger (Sparta Prague - free)
Thomas Sorensen (released)
Shaun Maloney (Celtic, £1million)
Wayne Routledge (undisclosed)


Curtis Davies (WBA undisclosed but around £7.5million + add ons so total around £10m?)
Steve Sidwell (Chelsea £5.5million)
Brad Friedel (Blackburn, undisclosed but in the region of £2 - £2.5million)
Brad Guzan (Chivas US, undisclosed, starts at around £800k up to £2m on appearances etc?)
Nicky Shorey (Reading, around £4m?)
Luke Young (Middlesbrough, around £5m?)
Carlos Cuellar (Rangers £7.8million)
James Milner (Newcastle, around £12million?)
Arsenio Halfhuid from Excelsior (undisclosed)
Emile Heskey from Wigan Athletic (£3.5m)



Gareth Barry (Manchester City, £12million)
Stuart Taylor (Manchester City, free)
Zat Knight (Bolton £4 - £4.5million)
Martin Laursen (retired)
Craig Gardner (Blues in January, £3.5million)


Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough around £10m + add ons)
Fabian Delph (Leeds United - undisclosed fee - around £6m including add ons?)
Habib Beye (Newcastle, undisclosed but around £3m?)
Andy Marshall (free agent)
Stephen Warnock (Blackburn Rovers - around £6m + add ons up to £8m ish?)
James Collins (West Ham United - around £5m)
Richard Dunne (Manchester City - around £6m)

*Loan fees not included. Figures rounded up or down. Only a rough guideline!*

FIFTH SEASON 2010/2011


Andy Marshall (released)
Stephen O'Halloran (Coventry City - Free)
Wilfred Bouma (free)
Nicky Shorey (to the Baggies for around £1.5m)



Kevin MacDonald takes over as caretaker manager:

Kevin MacDonald transfers (sort of... although already in progress really)


Stephen Ireland (£12m value - in £26-30m package for Milner)
Andy Marshall (free - returns having been released in the summer, one year deal)


James Milner (Ireland + £16-18million)


Gerard Houllier Era :


Robert Pires (free)
Kyle Walker (loan from Spurs)
Omar Cummings (trial)
Jean II Makoun (from Lyon for around £5-7m depending on which report you read)
Darren Bent (from Sunderland for £18m rising to around £24m if paper talk is true)
Michael Bradley (loan until end of season, no rumoured fee)


Steve Sidwell (to Fulham loan till contract end undisclosed but around £250k)
John Carew (to Stoke loan till contract end undisclosed by likely zero)
Curtis Davies (to Birmingham City undisclosed but rumours £1.75 to £3.5m)


After Gerard Houllier`s departure:

John Carew (released)
Nigel Reo-Coker (released)
Brad Friedel (to Spurs free)
Robert Pires (released)
Isaiah Osbourne (released)
Moustapha Salifou (released)


Alex McLeish Era

First Season 2011/2012


Shay Given (from Manchester City around £3.5million)
Charles N`Zogbia (from Wigan for around £9.5million)
Alan Hutton (from Spurs, undisclosed, around £4million?)
Enda Stevens (from Shamrock Rovers, £250k)
Jermaine Jenas (from Spurs on a season long loan)


Ashley Young (Manchester United around £16m?) ... to be fair, this was a done deal before McLeish arrived.)
Stewart Downing (Liverpool around £20million)
Luke Young (to QPR, undisclosed)
Jonathan Hogg (to Watford, undisclosed)

January 2012:


Robbie Keane (Loan from MLS doo dah)


Shane Lowry (undisclosed - to Millwall)
Elliot Parish to Cardiff City (undisclosed)

Second Season 2012/13


Brett Holman (Free from AZ Alkmaar)


Carlos Cuellar (free)
Emile Heskey (free)
Brad Guzan (free)

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday May 17 2012

Time: 10:09AM

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So who is the manager gonna be, i would be happy with Martinez, Lambert and Rodgers. When will a decision be made hope its with the next week. utv
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17/05/2012 10:25:00

Rob Lee with Brian Little as D of F then??
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17/05/2012 10:33:00

FAIL!!!! Lee Clark not Rob Lee ffs..... I'll get me coat
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17/05/2012 10:35:00

not convinced by martinez, Lambert is a good call, not sure about rodgers also. A name from the past how about John Gregory??
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17/05/2012 10:42:00

why is lambert a better call than martinez? the potential of martinez of getting a rubbish sqd playing fancy football is some good stuff
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17/05/2012 10:49:00

lol, nice try nottinghamvillain!
Going to be a fascinating week or two as we wait to find out who is coming. Like the talk of a younger, more hungry manager, as opposed to the same older manager-go-round stuff!
The Fear
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17/05/2012 10:57:00

My shortlist ... 1. Gus Poyet 2. Brendan Rodgers 3. Paulo Di canio
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17/05/2012 10:59:00

I actually quite like the idea of a DoF. Someone with connections across the game, like GH for example who can work to improve the scouting network and position the club well across the football world and if we are going to go for a young up and coming manager having someone around that they can bounce ideas off / ask advice from isn't a bad thing. If the club have decided its not happening then cool, and I totally agree that the manager is the most important piece.
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17/05/2012 11:01:00

Good article, i always enjoy fact rather than fiction! As for manager, Clarke/Martinez/Lambert/Big Ron..any of them would do me!! UTV
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17/05/2012 11:03:00

Paul Faulkner a good football man? The deals negotiated for sponsorship and kit manufacture were both negotated on the understanding that we are a premier league team, then he appointed a manager so inept we almost got relegated. I'll admit he is good with a spreadsheet and calculator, but his lack of football knowledge or feel for the game almost made the 'two biggest deals Villa have ever had' null and void by appointing He who will not be named. I get the feeling that as long as someone says in their interview 'I favour free-flowing, attacking football' they will get the job, regardless of whether they are telling porkie pies!
heavy d
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17/05/2012 11:09:00

If they don't need a DofF they at least need to consult people who can research their candidates so they aren't taken in by any old guff at the interview, resulting in them handing out long term, well paying contracts on a whim. You can't tell me that the last few appointments failing (well documented ill health and dour football), shouldn't be laid at PF or RL's door. £million's sp*nked up the wall in payoffs can't be classed as good business or good for the club!
heavy d
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17/05/2012 11:17:00

DoF never works in the English game..proven time and time again... Damien C twice *****ed it up, dennis wise made a mess of newcastle, Frank Arnesan at chelsea was about the best but that made mourinho leave if im correct... just get Mr. Lambert and all will be well...
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17/05/2012 11:21:00

Spot on fear... well done.
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17/05/2012 11:25:00

Just imagine how we'd be feeling now if Eck was still with us . After the year we've had I'm just so excited about a new manager ,new style of play ,a couple of few new players . I just want a young energetic manager who plays attacking football & who we can get behind & support though thick & thin for at least 2 to 3 seasons . Please not one of the old school dour merrygoround lot
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17/05/2012 11:31:00

Could well be right about no DOF Dalgleishs hovering in the background pretty much destroyed any hope Hodgson had there IMO. Pity Liverpool are supposed to be courting AVB think that guy will feel he has something to prove at his next club. Do like the idea of a younger manager but we will need to be patient re - results and position in table for a couple of seasons but playing reasonably good football I can live with that.
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17/05/2012 11:40:00

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17/05/2012 11:50:00

I'd wager that AVB wouldn't want to step into another high-profile job after the way he was humiliated at Chelsea; Liverpool would be just as demanding, and if more money is pumped into that squad then the new owners have less of a scooby than the last lot. AVB for AVFC - it HAS to happen!!!
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17/05/2012 11:50:00

No DOF? For me the club is continuing to stick its head in the sand. As for the manager, it's interesting to hear the comment on the news this morning that Liverpool's standing in the world has plummeted over the last few years so that they will not be so attractive to the best managers. Well, if that is true for them then it is surely far more so for the Villa? RL's strategy over the past year or so might have had some reasoning behind it, but it's sure not created the right impression for any new manager. A club that has employed four (five if you count McAllister) managers in the past two years is not going to be an attractive proposition except for the Graham Turners of this world. It strikes me that RL's only ploy is to find a bullion chest in order for a prospective and worthwhile manager to be attracted.
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17/05/2012 12:01:00

When you look at it in black and white, that's a big turn of players over the years. Some good players have passed through our doors and its a damn shame we've not been able to keep them together for whatever reason and push on. Who knows the reason's why, we can all speculate and look at individuals but we've always been in touching distance until the disaster of last season, lets try not to forget that. Its more important than ever now that we come out of this with a strong manager in place who can identify and attract the new Milners, Young's, etc when they're in their fledgling stages of their careers but more importantly we become a club again that people want to come to. Whoever gets the job and I have no major preference needs to make us an attractive proposition again, lets hope they get it right....
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17/05/2012 12:30:00
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17/05/2012 12:35:00

Shame I think the DoF is now something a club like Villa needs.
Tallaght Villan
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17/05/2012 12:39:00

Cant believe we got Eric Lichaj FREE :)
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17/05/2012 12:52:00

This is clueless Faulkner safe guarding his job am not surprised he does not want a director of football/technical director. Fact is if Faulkner took the time to educate himself about football and where its heading in future he would understand we do. But his too lazy he knows nothing about football like he proved with Mcleish. A proper philosophical DOF Technical Director is needed am not talking about old out dated Graham Taylors (Who i still hold a lot of respect for what he did in his first stint as manager) or any of these useless english DOFs we have seen in this country. Cruff, Van Gaal, Houllier and there is others who can come in work with the manager from bottom up and leave a long lasting legacy at the club. Managers come and go but foundations built with the clubs future at heart can last for ever look at Barca, look at Porto, look at Ajax and numerous other successful clubs
Shane Villains
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17/05/2012 13:30:00

We absolutely do need one! Over the last two seasons, both Lerner and Faulkner have proved that they haven't got the first clue about football. We need someone in the boardroom who, when he hears Lerner say to Faulkner "geez, what about that Steve Bruce? Plenty of PL experience, and still lives locally.." turns to them and says "NEXT!!"
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17/05/2012 16:12:00

BigFatRon LOL
Shane Villains
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17/05/2012 18:06:00

So, how much did Matt get for publishing this from Randy. It's too biased in Randy's favour to be credible. It was clear to all that Eck shouldn't have been appointed and shouldn't have then stayed. The board have started to make up for it by sacking him as soon as the season finished and bridges are being rebuilt but this was a major f***ing mistake, not just like MON buying Sidwell and hoping that he'd repeat his form from Reading. We mustn't let them brush this under the carpet and I honestly think that they should appoint Sid or KMac or more likely Withe in this role. They don't know football regardless of how much time they spend in the prescence of nets and balls or being taken in by Ginger con artists. It's like talking to someone who's never played the game. They can know their stuff but they'll never know as much as someone who's walked the walk.
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17/05/2012 19:39:00


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