Date:Wednesday January 9 2013
ItsYourRoundMyLord asks, who is the real Villan?
First off, proud of all the traveling Villans in Bradford who represent all thats great about the Villa. Support through thick and thin!
The match v Bradford was really poor and another unwelcome landmark in our history but only showed what has been happening consistently in recent years. The state of our club has been in steady decline for at least 3 years since MONs final season and from what I can see there are 3 or 4 main problems:-
Under achieving players: Stephen Ireland, Charles N'Zogbia, Stephen Warnock, Gabby Agbonlahor, Richard Dunne etc have failed to pull their weight for a large part of this time and dont appear to be improving whether they get runs in the team or not. They represent ABYSMAL value both in contribution and financial outlay.
Managers: Whatever the feelings towards them O'Neill, Houllier, McLeish and now Lambert have failed for various reasons be it O'Neills poor signings/lack of rotation, Houlliers over reliance on youth/marginalising experienced players, McLeish s negative tactics/previous managerial record or now Lambert's over reliance on youth/tactical formations.
Chief executive: Paul Faulkner is the man put in charge of running our club in the general absence of the chairman and is in charge to a large degree of both the running of on pitch development of AVFC. He has proudly backed appointments of Houllier, McLeish and Lambert to succeed and his only comments appear to be when things appear to be going well e.g.prior to Spurs 0-2 under McLeish and before the Chelsea game at Christmas Three weeks ago!
Randy Lerner: As owner of the club since 2006 we have gone from relative highs of three sixth finishes and a cup final/expensive signings and high wage bill to three relegation battles and record defeats/reduced spending and an inexperienced squad. It seems the 5 year plan has gone from spend,spend,spend to the wallet being zipped up and signings being well known premier league experience to young up and coming lower league talent.
The key problem is BALANCE. I don't want us to break the bank on mercenaries like Habib Beye and Stephen Ireland who show nothing for the cause but last night showed what happens when you depend on inexperience in key positions at centre-back and centre midfield.
If Stan was leading us out with Milner next to him and there was experience in defence would last night and the previous results have happened? We all want to see attractive football, which i think Houllier got closest to without the results, but like Lambert now over reliance on youth can undermine the aim and the lack of leadership in the team is obvious to any opponent. The lack of communication is the thing that alot of us Villa fans would like to see change. Where does Randy want the club to go and can he tell us his plan not for PR(Redknapp sky sports style!) but so us fans can see his vision for our club?!
Many questions need answering. Poor decisions mean there has to be substantial funds available NOW or the gamble, that is being made, could see us lose big time in may! AMBITION for the club I love doesn't have to be chucking money at the problem but there has to be A PLAN.
I know I've gone on so hope youItsYourRoundMyLord can forgive this 1st attempt at trying to figure it all out. I just want what everyone else wants - the Villas proud history to be retained and our future a positive forward one. 3 points on saturday is a must!
For the love of Paul McGrath - Come on the Villa!!!
Date:Wednesday January 9 2013
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