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Expectations For Next Season ????

KMitch asked in our forum: Next Season's Expectations

Saying: Since apparently my expectation of a midtable finish is 'unrealistic' and could be 'damaging' to the new manager and the club, I guess I want to see what you all are expecting next season. Base your considerations on the fact that we have a 30 million pound transfer budget. I'm not even putting in the option for top 4, as I doubt anyone in their right mind could see us up there next season.

At the moment the poll says:

Push for Europe (5th - 8th) 30 Votes - [18.07%]
Mid Table (9th-13th) 126 Votes - [75.9%]

Relegation Battle (14th-17th 6 Votes - [3.61%]
Relegation (18th-20th) 4 Votes - [2.41%]

Prepared: I expect nothing but for us to now try and win every game we play. The rest will take care of itself providing we can bring in some ambitious players willing to work for Lambert.

Plastic Villan: We should be pushing for Europa league and causing trouble in the cups. We're bigger than Newcastle and only slightly smaller than Spuds with room to grow. But I'm in no hurry. If it takes a little while to get it together I'm happy as long as it's coming together.

Villan of the North: I expect us to try to win every game and for us to win more than we lose. That sounds like a good starting point to me.

The Fear: I'd not go so far as 5th, but 6-8th is realistic with the right manager and a bit of spending in the summer. Get Bent on form, get Zoggy working right, have Ireland totally buzzing and bring in a few more to supplement. Why not?!

BlackcountryVillan: Top ten, a decent cup run and some decent football and I'll be happy. Lets not forget Houllier got us 9th and we seemed to be crap for 90% of that season and the likes of Blues have finished 9th in the past with crap football. That's not too much to ask for and could easily be achieved.

Eaton_thevillafan: A decent cup run as well would be nice! Realistically? a good shot at top 10 at least.

steff_the_villan: The same as every season, I expect to see our boys fight for the Villa till the moment that final whistle blows, that's all I ask.

And the ever entertaining BEEFY: League and cup double. Anything less would be yet another abject failure and heads should roll. NUUUUUUURRRRRSSSSEEE

Forum thread: Next Season's Expectations

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday June 5 2012

Time: 9:48AM

Your Comments

Totally agree Prepared
AdzVilla11
A top 10 finish isn't impossible. I can see Lambert wanting to bring a trophy back to Villa Park so we can probably expect a decent cup run as well. Easier to make the Europa League via the League Cup rather than a 38-game slog with no guarantees? It could happen!
Turkish Penguin
Yup, just set out to win every game, the chips will fall wherever they fall.
The Fear
I think truthfully we'd all be happy for Paul to just rebuild the shambles that AM left, so by getting rid of some more deadwood and bringing in a couple of players who want to be here,I believe 24 months of re-working the whole club should see us back up to top 7, that should get villa park full again, and anything else will be a bonus.
eltoro
As I have said on here every year, at the start of the season I expect us to win the League, FA Cup, League Cup, Reserve League, Youth Cup, Goal of the season and the Eurovision Song contest. Usually after a couple of games I have to re-evaluate :o) However this season without any of us knowing transfer budgets (it is guesswork for those saying 20/30m), who is coming/going and such like, the Eurovision Song Contest might be asking a little too much. What I would like for my money is a team that plays for the shirt and comes off the pitch every game having done their very best for Aston Villa. The manager we have gives me confidence that that will happen. The rest I am happy to let take care of itself. A note of caution for those wanting cup runs. Paul Lambert totally focussed on keeping Norwich in the Premier League last season. So much so he sacrificed the League Cup to MK Dons with a 4 0 humiliation. If he done that at VP I am not sure we would be as forgiving as the Norwich fans were about that. But his brief may simply be stay in the division, show you can handle the pressure of being a manager of one of the biggest clubs in the world (we know we are not in the real upper echelons, but we are in the top 30) and then once you have proved that you will have the finances provided to move the club forward.
voiceoftheholte
I know we'll see a small number of new players come in but I think much will depend on what PL can get from our existing players. I know many would like to see our back line changed completely but surely we can't afford to replace all of them. Personally, I'm happy that PL was a quality midfield player because that's where we need big improvements. I think mid-table would be realistic in his first season. Anything else is a bonus.
M5villa
10th is not unrealistic at all - its what we should be at least. even our sqd last season was a mid table team... yes bent was a huge loss and i still blame mcliesh - he should have bought another striker or won the first set of games - he went for 1-0 wins constantly... by the way after watching england play their games - england have turned into what villa were this season!
villa4life87
To go out and win every game or the desire and energy to do so. With that expectation in mind and with a better game plan I expect us to finish top 8 with a decent cup run. Lady luck on our side and a good 3-4 good signings then we may reach a chance of euro footy but its really too soon to judge. Lambert will feel the pressure of our expectancy so lets hope we are off to a flyer! UTV. DTLW.
holte ender 1969
It's a 10th place finish guys. Cups will be a nogo. We will be building and heading towards another five year plan after the last five year plan failure. Got an excellent feeling about PL. I think even though we all want Jordan Rhodes and Keane we are likely to actually only get Keane and Holt fpr those positions with Delfouneso sign off, Delph too. I believe we will buy two defenders and one more central midfielder and that'll be it. With that in mind and the likes of Ireland and N'Zogbia being played correctly then I can see our new team concdeing loads initially before gelling and stabilising and hitting the heady heights of 10th.
koolbill
Paul Lambert has a track record of going for the win and for positivity. This is a good thing and could really shake up our club. We as a club, especially in the Premier League years, have a track record of first and foremost being difficult to beat. This is why we have drawn more games than any other team in the Premier League. This may also explain why we have done reasonably well in Cup competitons compared to all except the real big boys. Since the formation of the Premier League we have been in 4 finals (1 every 5 years), winning two and losing two. Only Redscouse, Chelski, Manure and the Arse have been in more. In cups the first thing to do is not to lose, as you do not get a second chance. Our reputation as hard to beat has actually helped us as a cup team. This may actually change under Lambert as he doesn't do middle ground. He loses almost as many as he wins. This is a good thing in the league with 3 points for a win. A season of 15 wins, 15 defeats (more than last season) and 8 draws would have been good enough for an 8th place finish last season. However it may actually go against us in the cup competitions. Win 1 lose 1 doesn't actually get you very far!! That said, in the cup it is often the luck of the draw. Chelski and Man Citeh have strong enough squads to actually 'go' for every competiton they enter. If you draw one of them away in the early rounds it makes a cup run slightly more difficult.
voiceoftheholte
i expect to have no nails left at the end of the season once again its what villa do best. things can only be better the the last 2 seasons. still, looking forward to the rollercoaster ride for a change. top half fingers crossed
Astonvanilla
Can I vote twice? I think we'll finish 7th-10th!
Sheriff Kimbo
anything above 7th is unrealistic... 30mill doesnt go far...
CDX_EIRE
8th would be very good with a puch for 6th the following season, anything is better than worring about relegation from Sep onwards. COTVABU
irish villa
12th next season sadly.... MON got us too 11th from 17th remember. But now the league is tougher.
leelindsay
Expectations or ambitions? Ambitions are easy, win every game by clear 2 goal margins etc. That's what we should set out to do every single game regardless. Expectations however, I'd simply be happy seeing a change in playing ethos and some growth and improvement which will be reflected in results and push us higher. I'd also expect Lambert to take every game seriously and not write off trips to Moscow, or Man City or any number of the games Eck did. Do that he's onto a winner. And with the squad we have top ten is very doable if he can get them playing and putting the effort in.
mike_field
If you look at last season's top 8, they were: Man City, Man Utd, Arsenal, Spurs, Newcastle, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool. No shame in finishing behind any of them, I certainly expect 9th/10th to be an achievable target. I also think, with some canny transfer work that we can compete with some of those clubs. That'd be a good season IMO.
Sheriff Kimbo
 

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