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Big Mac To Go!!

Well, this is interesting news and although some might lament the departure, I think this might actually be very good for Villa.

Kevin MacDonald who undoubtedly has been a fine servant to AVFC and has brought many great results for the reserve set up, has decided it is time to move on and has announced he is leaving.

MacDonald told The Official Site:

'I've had an incredible 17 years at Aston Villa, one of the biggest clubs in the country, and wish to thank all the staff and players I have worked with during my time at the club.

'I wish Aston Villa every success in the future.'

CEO Paul Faulkner said: 'As a club, we are immensely grateful for the contribution Kevin has made in more than 17 years at Villa.

Adding, 'The whole of Aston Villa Football Club will wish Kevin well.'


Now, in some ways this might look brutal, but despite his good service, we have a new manager, a chance for a totally fresh start and maybe a total shake up top to bottom is exactly what is needed, after-all, in the last ten or more years, we've hardly been a successful club have we?

I hope Kev goes on to get a full managers job, as he has been linked with before. Some are asking if he could possibly be in line for the Blues job? If he is, I'd wish him luck and say they'd be lucky to have him.

Whatever, I think this is good for him and great for us.

A fresh manager, a new chapter, let Lambert get the entire playing side sorted as he wants.

Exciting times and fairwell Kev, and thanks.

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday June 9 2012

Time: 2:47PM

Your Comments

I'm quite proud of that headline!!!
The Fear
very clever Fear! As you say, maybe for the best and perhaps even the younger players will benefit for not having a former father figure behind them. Who knows. Good luck McMac and many thanks.
Can't believe he is leaving, we had a great academy under him but alas no great players came from it, Barry we got from Brighton and the current crop none of them are good enough for the top league yet, but still a mistake to let him go, do not trust another Scottish manager who has actually won less as a manager than the previous one. I really think some people are getting carried away with this. It scares me to death and I really think we will be fighting relegation again but hope to god we are not
Was shocked and disappointed at first when I saw the headline, but I agree with you Fear, this shake up might revitalise the club and liven things up a bit behind the scenes.
Though thank you very much to Big Mac for all your services these past years.
Surprised to say the least, but a HUGE Thank You Kev for all your sterling work over the last 17 years. You WILL certainly be missed, but good luck in whatever you do in the future. UTV!
Pride of Lions
Very strange move. I assumed with his natural edging back towards the reserve set up last season, he'd just go back to that if no longer involved with the first team, but maybe he's decided to make the step up now??
Sad to see you leave KMac you have done us at Villa a great service and I wish you the best of luck with your next job :)
Green Villan
Can't thank KMac enough for the work he's done over the years. A little surprised to see him leaving to be honest, but if he wants that step up after getting a wee taste then he has no choice but to move on. Saw some tweets about him possibly in the frame for the BCFC position?!?!
Fear, regarding the headline as they say i'm lovin' it. On a serious note I am very surprised and sad to see him go but perhaps he feels it is time for more responsibility elsewhere. Although sad it might be best for Villa and him. As they say only time will tell. Deepest thanks for all your work Kevin and all the best for you and your family in the future.
Rowley Villa
He's not going to work with Barry Fry is he? It couldn't possibly be a Big Mac and Fry could it?
Rowley Villa
I can 100% guarantee KMac will not go to small heath.
Green Villan
He did all he could with the tools that he had by getting the reserves to the top every year recently. Was bad for him to be sat in the dugout with Eck last year though. Bet he's been paid a quarter of Eck's wages and done 10 times better with what he had whilst looking on at Eck's incompetence being unchallenged because the powers that be didn't know any better!!! He would've done a better job but didn't have the drive to push himself on. Must have a manager job lined up at a smaller club surely?!?!?!?!
Best wishes to KMac and thanks for everything he achieved at Villa. Step up Gordon Cowans!
All the best to Kevin, a very loyal man who always worked wonders with the hand he was dealt. What more could be asked?! Surely not the last we will hear from him. Whoever is selected as a replacement will have huge shoes to fill.
Virginia Villan
An absolute star. I hope he goes somewhere and makes a complete success of being a manager....and then maybe back to the Villa after PL has been poached by Real Madrid after our back to back Champions League Final wins ??????? Pass me the glass again ....hic!
Matt B
He has given 17 years of sterling service and for what he has done he should (and I presume will) always be a welcome visitor to Villa Park. Fully understand Fears sentiments and those in agreement with him that a new broom sweeps clean and that this could be good all round. However I feel that I would like to have seen him serve some time under Lambert to see if it was a working relationship. His knowledge would be invaluable to a new manager so this is a surprise. I suppose that Sid can also provide the knowledge needed to help a new man bed in, but it is still a shame to see KMac go. Like all those above, I wish him every success in his next venture. I agree with Green Villan who says he will not go to Small Heath (sounds like you know KMAC green villan and have inside knowledge??) but as a true Villa Man I think he should go there and further help destroy that rabble from within.
He will change his mind tomorrow and sign a 5 year contract extension!! I think this is worrying. We need more people who understand the club within the coaching team. Ian Taylor would be perfect with the under 18's in my view.
Thx Kmac, top work buddy. I too agree a fresh start is needed and this is probably a good thing, get someone fresh in with new ideas
So much positive news of me this is the first negative
A really good bit of news in my opinion. The rot started when he took over as temporary manager, followed by the idiot Frenchman and finally completed by last year's debacle. Fresh start, new broom. Well done!!!
Sounds like he applied for the Managers job, never got it so has resigned. He could have had the top job 2 seasons ago if he was not so indecisive. Mega shame to lose a villa man

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