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All Aboard The Speculation Express!

According to some folk, the media circus is in full effect.

We`re riding the same carousel as last season, names are being linked, we`ve offered interviews, we`ve had talks, we`ve been knocked back, managers have ruled themselves out.

Now that Ole has ruled himself out, all we are left with is Alan Curbishley or Mick McCarthy as choices for the job. In fact, we`ll be getting both of them to co-manage the team.

Seriously guys, wake up and smell the lies. The amount of times the tabloids get these things spot-on are countable on one hand, maybe one and one thumb. On how many occasions have you read that players and managers are linked to clubs but it never materialises? Back in '96-97 I remember reading that Roberto Baggio had issued a "come and get me" plea to us, and that Doug was considering bringing him in as an intent of serious title aspirations. It never happened, and we ended up with Sasa Curcic from Bolton. This is just one example of the tripe that can be found on the shelves, but I`m sure many people believed it might happen. Believe it or not, these newspapers don`t always tell the truth. In fact, sometimes they make up stories to sell newspapers. In fact, and this is a secret; sometimes they hear a rumour started in a pub or on a computer game and then make up a story about it! Don`t tell anyone.

Thanks to evolution and the growth of technology, we are now lied to on a daily basis through various other means than the fish and chip wrapper. Depending on your personal preference, you can be lied to in the press, on the TV, on Facebook, on Twitter, the radio, online news websites, foreign websites and by people who say they`re in the know. While they`re busy fooling you they are generating interest, socially and financially, for the stories and headlines they run with. In turn, people choose to blindly believe what is presented as fact and come up with the worst possible conclusions, even going as far as to add their own truth into the mix when in reality they know as little as the people writing the stuff. The resulting mess equals a distressed but gullible fanbase who generate unnecessary negative feedback about the chairman, the CEO and anyone involved in the decision-making process.

Compare the current media 'frenzy` to the oh-so dignified silence of last year`s process. None of us knew about Rafa Benitez having an interview but turning us down because we wouldn`t give him a boatload of money to create Aston Villareal. We had no idea about Roberto Martinez being offered an interview but declining because Dave Whelan restored him to factory settings, and I don`t know about you but I don`t remember seeing anything anywhere about Steve McClaren`s interview being cancelled because the fans didn`t want him. The point is that this time around the board have rightly kept their cards very close to their chest. This time around, all we know is that they`ve spoken to Ole. That`s all we know. Lesson learned. They know they`re under pressure to find the right manager and they know that this is crunch time in terms of making progress for Aston Villa. Does that mean that they need to pick the first name mentioned because the fans like it? Does good publicity mean it's the right decision? If there's one thing we've seen from last season, it's that publicity creates pressure.

Consider the following; Ole 'ruled himself out'. Paul Lambert becomes the favourite (the BOOKIES` favourite). The fact that he lost his rag when asked about his future (he said he`s never said anything about leaving and that the press conference was about the testimonial) makes him even more of a favourite. Sky Sports News ran this story as "Paul Lambert is favourite for the Villa job and was agitated when asked about his future" (words to that effect) and showed the press conference, as well as a list of the bookies` odds for the next manager. All cleverly manipulated to create a story and generate interest that is not wanted by Lambert, Norwich or Aston Villa, but I`m sure most people have been sold on it. Bear in mind that Solskjaer`s name was nowhere near the mark when Alex McLeish was sacked, and that Mick McCarthy became a favourite because someone had enough money to wind us up. The favourite went from McCarthy to Solskjaer. The bookies are no more reliable than the tabloids.

Whoever is appointed Aston Villa manager will be in post because of an official recruitment and selection process, not because a poll showed a majority preference or because his name`s been linked in the media. The board are conducting themselves in the right way and will make the right decision eventually, but it won`t be because the odds are 100/30 on. That being said, take a look at this recent quote...

"According to sources in Portugal, Andre Villas-Boas wants to be considered for the Aston Villa job. It is believed that he still feels he has a point to prove in the Premier League and that the player power at Chelsea was too strong, but sees Aston Villa as a club where he can build a team of his own and imprint his footballing philosophy. Villas-Boas is seen as a contender for the Liverpool vacancy but has made public his interest in Aston Villa after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer`s refusal to take the job, and 'would relish the opportunity to manage Villa` should Randy Lerner make contact with him regarding the post."

Before anyone starts turning the wheel again, I made that quote up. It`s fake. No truth in it whatsoever. Some of you may have realised that, maybe some not. A similar story with a different manager`s name can be found if you scour the internet hard enough. Probably making money off it as well.

Looks more interesting than "still no news yet" though, doesn`t it?

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Writer: Turkish Penguin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday May 23 2012

Time: 10:40AM

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AVB you say, right, off to the bookies I go.....!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wise words Mr Penguin!
The Fear
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23/05/2012 10:47:00

Anonymous tip that one, Mr Fear. It's been written down though so it MUST be true!
Turkish Penguin
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23/05/2012 11:01:00

funny part would be if AVB actually got the job now :P
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23/05/2012 11:04:00

It's all a big circus, the media love the games to sell papers, the bookies are covering themselves on a big loss so drop the price on the guy that gets most backing. In reality, noone has a clue who will be the next manager, probably not even the board yet. Hardest thing to do is to just sit tight and wait and see. And to add more spice into the mix, I havent seen a quote from OGS saying he's out and his odds to become boss are still pretty high for someone who has point blank ruled it out....
se5 villain
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23/05/2012 11:04:00

AVB is not in line. I never thought he was. I have always said Lambert. I stand by that and have put enough money on it!
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23/05/2012 11:09:00

so AVB DEFINITELY wants to come to us then Turkish? lol
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23/05/2012 11:09:00

It's the silly season... you know, we have one every year.... get over it.
Pride of Lions
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23/05/2012 11:11:00

Is countable a word?? #justasking ;o)
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23/05/2012 11:22:00

The media as usual will decide how they want to make the club look,regardless of a little thing called the truth. Liverpool are suffering the same treatment. To be honest any of a list of managers would have got a poll rating of 86% after a season with Mcleish I am just supprised it wasnt higher.
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23/05/2012 11:33:00

must admit, I'm surprised how many seem to hate it all. I love the manager talk, but then I like anarchy and change I guess! I find it fascinating, like the proper footie talk of which manager (and also which players) would be good for us, rubbish etc! I don't get out much! ;o)
The Fear
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23/05/2012 11:43:00

Brilliant read, turkish. I really hope that the process finds the right man. Lambert getting thick at the press conference is a sure sign he has been approached. We must wait and trust.
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23/05/2012 11:47:00

Cant wait to get the manager in place so we can sift through the usual crap about which players we are in for... did anybody else hear that Dannie Guthrie is available on a free... zzzzz
se5 villain
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23/05/2012 11:53:00

Why doesn`t someone ask ,Hercs??? seems like the only one that know whats really going on !!!!
paul muldrew
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23/05/2012 12:09:00

What amazes me is that the only candidate to be seen anywhere near VP is OGS. Have we interviewed others and managed to keep it quiet or have we just not interviewed anyone else................
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23/05/2012 12:12:00

Wheres Voiceoftheholte gone ? not heard from him lately I put my wedge on Poyet on his say so as he was smack on with Mcleish going within a week of the season ending. lol
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23/05/2012 12:27:00

I got AVB at 25/1 last never know!
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23/05/2012 14:29:00

I have it on good authority that Prince Harry has turned down the job aswell, opening the position to Wills who is said to be unable to turn the job down if offered.
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23/05/2012 14:49:00

AVB you say? What about the bloke Fear tipped yesterday? I put all my money on him/her. I sometimes think the people on this site just make things up.
chocolate teapot
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23/05/2012 15:09:00

I was tipping myself to be fair Chocolate Teapot...! Threw my hat into the ring, the biggers through it back and I swear they had stamped on it.
The Fear
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23/05/2012 15:14:00

nottinghamvillain - Just to reassure you, 'countable' is indeed a word, meaning 'capable of being counted'. The integrity of the article remains intact! Hahaha
Turkish Penguin
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23/05/2012 15:39:00

I coach a Sunday league team and we are on a 3 match unbeaten run scoring 11 goals in the process, do you think I could be in with a shout? Might pop on my jet and go see Mr Randy. Oh and I play 433!
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23/05/2012 22:42:00


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