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heavy d says:

I thought this in August so this is not being smart after the fact.

Lambert spent Premiership transfer money (not wages, but fees) to ultimately assemble a squad of lower Championship quality. Many believe this approach was dictated to him by Lerner but it was obvious the money could have been spent more wisely. How much was spent on Lowton and Bennett? According to reports this varies between £6.5-8million. The view being to sell players for a profit and remain in the black. Benteke aside, would we get the money we paid back for any of these signings let alone make a profit? A

Any chance the so called 'prospects' in our team have had their confidence smashed out of them by these thrashings?

Where do they turn to for support? Experienced calm heads? We don't have any and this needs to be addressed.

To the manager Paul Lambert? The man with the 'we'll be fine' mantra he repeats add nauseum without saying why he thinks that or how to address the problem. Apparently scratching your head and saying 'Errrrr, We'll be fine. The future looks good' is worth about 40k a week and inspires players.

Lambert may have won a Champions League at Dortmund but that team HAD experience in it. Matthias Sammer, Andreas Moller, Karl Heinz Riedle, Jurgen Kohler. All EXPERIENCED German Internationals. Lambert himself was 26/27, his career having already been running for 10 years. They also had Ottmar Hitzfeld as Manager. A tactical astute, adaptable and capable manager

Lets re-cap the last few fixtures shall we, including Liverpool. Liverpool (A) 1-3 Chelsea (A) 8-0 Spurs (H) 4-0 Wigan (H) 0-3 Swansea (A) 2-2 Ipswich (H) 2-1 Bradford (A) 3-1 - Humiliated on a national scale by LEAGUE TWO Bradford.

Possession given away cheaply, 3 goals which were all preventable, and resorted to hoof ball tactics for the last half an hour as the entire team ran out of ideas Can anyone say we have deserved anything better from these games given the level of performance we have put in, or the quality of play? I would say we have got more than we deserved as both Liverpool and Swansea would have taken us to the cleaners on any other day and, but for two 'worldy' saves from Given we would have been beaten by Ipswich Lamberts style appears to be:

1)pick random XI

2)close eyes,cross fingers

3)bury head in sand to stop you from seeing the obvious deficiencies within the side

4)attend post match press conference - 'we'll be fine, the futures good. Honest bunch of players, real endeavour. Have faith, we don't need experience'

There has been no improvement - we have actually got worse as the season has gone on - and the same mistakes are repeated over and over again. Will he carry the can or will he admit he has signed a lot of duds that have been added to the dross left following the fire sale of the last few years. This so called cost saving approach will end up costing us £10s of millions of pounds. Record Kit and Sponsorship deals negotiated by Faulkner (His only achievement to date while the playing side withers and dies) will surely have clauses reducing the money if we are not in the Premiership.

Record TV money next year? We will miss out on that so all the other teams will forge ahead while we go through further transition

'Transition (noun)- the word people use when they don't know what they are doing to try to hide that fact, and to explain poor performance'

An absentee landlord approach of giving the clubs money to people who haven't a clue, watching it get wasted from afar, then spending more money to get rid of these same people you appointed has put us in record debt and WILL get us relegated. In terms you might understand, as you sure don't understand football. Would you try and win the Superbowl with a team straight out of the collegiate system? No. The Venky's get dogs abuse for running their club from India and appointing 'yes' men. Should Lerner escape just because he is in America ?

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Writer:heavy d
Date:Thursday January 10 2013
Time: 10:35AM


Can't understand why Jean II is on loan, surely it's worth giving him another crack of the whip in these undeniably desperate times. Champions League experience, hard working and an inspiring array of knitwear. Anyone know if we're still paying a percentage of his wage while on loan?
Bristol Villan
10/01/2013 10:54:00
Just seen that Villa have inquired about Phillipe Coutinho a 20 year old 5 foot 7" Brazilian attacking midfielder from Inter . Looks a cracking player but again young & slight hmmm !
10/01/2013 11:01:00
Saw that on TalkSport as well -
10/01/2013 11:13:00
Have to disagree, Vlaar, Ahmadi and Benteke aren't from lower leagues, but needed time to adapt. Lowton has been doing OK and improving, Westwood also has got better with playing time. Bennet has suffered because he has been thrown in at the deep end in a defence with little experience, but he will develop again given time and development. Lambert wasn't to know Dunne was going to be injured all this time and Vlaar would take a knock to keep him out for a while, all the crap about him and Bent falling out too is utter tosh, the guy said himself the other night that he has been injured all season with one niggle then the next. Jean Il Makoun can't get a work permit because of red tape. What is important now is that another CB or even two and the midfield situation is sorted during this month or we are in big trouble and will be down, we need a spine to the team and leadership. Delph is very poor, Bannan and Ahmadi just aren't tough enough to marshal a midfield in the league. Three players of decent quality and experience will make all the difference. Lambert has never said he doesn't want experience, he just doesn't wan't the usual mercenaries coming in just for a wage packet. He must act now, and we have to have faith he knows this and back the team ........ at least until 23:59 on Jan 31st, if nothing has been done by then we are screwed. UTV
10/01/2013 11:14:00
.......... all the talk about Courtinho is rubbish. the guy has no EU passport and has only played one A grade international game as a sub. He will not get a work permit under this criteria in the UK full stop as I understand the rules. Would be nice but it's just not going to happen.
10/01/2013 11:17:00
Feb 1st. If PL isn't given funds then Randy gets the abuse. Don't see the point in sacking PL as he's been dealt a bad hand. Squad was low on quality, numbers, age and experience. Whatever funds where available have had to be used sparingly and chances had to be taken.
10/01/2013 11:17:00
Jean II's knitwear lol. That runs Nii Lamptey's colourful Dashiki collection very close. Work permit issues to do with language skills. Villa could have dealt at the start of the season and got it sorted, but they just farmed him out. We are still paying a % of his wages. No way he can come back unless he has learnt fluent English in the last 6 months and they get an immigration hearing in record time. Another senior player with quality who was isolated. Also treated with disdain by Lambert before the season started - "Makoun? I couldn't tell you who he was or where he is if you gave me a photo and a sat nav". Oh how we rolled with laughter. If he changed his name to Bannan and pretended he was scottish he would probably have been the first name on the team sheet!
heavy d
10/01/2013 11:30:00
heavy d .......... learn fluent English in a couple of months ?? are you on drugs mate ?? one of the hardest languages to learn in a couple of months. He came to us in the January and Villa immediately set to work on his language tuition, he was then told he wasn't wanted by McLeish and shipped out to Greece where he had to start learning another language. The guy didn't know whether he was coming or going. Learning languages at the drop of a hat as well as moving and settling in a new country and culture isn't as easy as you apparently think. Lambert aint perfect mate, none of us are but you are just trying to pin everything the club has endured over the last three seasons on him ...... lets stick to fact and not fiction shall we. UTV
10/01/2013 11:46:00
Hi astonmilan - Admittedly Benteke, Vlaar and El Ahmadi didn't come from lower leagues. Benteke from the Jupiler League in Belgium will come good but would abviously need time to adapt - hence the hot and cold nature of his play. I do think that Vlaar has quality but it should be noted that the defence was actually performing better initially when he was out of it. Also, pinning your team leadership hopes on a player with his injury record ranks up there with other recent decisions Villa have made, such as the decision to hire a manager with a history of heart problems, giving him a long term contract, then having to pay his contract up in full when he had an inevitable relapse within a year. Unlike the two above, El Ahmadi could have years to adapt. Would that address the fact he is incapable of showing any positional sense or pass to a claret shirt most of the time? That also means Lambert was building the spine of the team up with players who would all need time to adapt while spending a large chuck of his budget on lower league players to play on the periphery of the team. Would it not have made more sense to spend that money on more quality through the centre of the side, and got cheaper foreigh options to play on the flanks. Learning on the job in the centre of the pitch is ALWAYS going to cause problems.
heavy d
10/01/2013 11:53:00
why not recall Mckoun. Got to be better than our current crop of sideway midfielders and flimsy defenders. Im a half decent centre half.
10/01/2013 11:55:00
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