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Lack Of Leadership Is Killing Villa

Lack Of Leadership Is Killing Villa

Villa Yam Yam says: Lack of leadership is killing Villa

I'm not going to go over the embarrassment of the recent run of results as that has been done to death. Like every other Villa fan, I'm frankly ashamed of those performances.

As a season ticket holder I've been to every home game this season, and with the possible exception of Reading, we are the worst side I've seen.

I'd like to focus on what I think is missing at Aston Villa, and that is leadership. Leadership at pretty much every level from the Boardroom down to different areas of the pitch.

Firstly we are not seeing any leadership from Randy Lerner. What is his strategy for Aston Villa? What is the vision?

Then there is Paul Faulkner. He should be issuing statements describing how he is going to put actions in place that will help achieve Lerner's ambition (whatever that is).

As for Paul Lambert, he has obvious work to do. I am absolutely NOT calling for his head. For what it's worth, I think Lambert should be there next season whether we stay up or not. One of the most crucial acts of leadership is to recognise and accept when you have got something wrong, and then start putting it right. Lambert has to get over his Caledonian cussedness and accept that relying heavily on young players, many from the Championship, for a whole Premiership season IS NOT WORKING.

I understand the need to get the wage bill down. I understand the club has to be on a firm financial footing. I understand the need to bring young players through. I honestly do. But this is too much too soon for our club and if it continues, we WILL be relegated.

On the pitch, in Vlaar's absence, we have no defensive leader. (By the way, does anyone know why a 'calf strain' would keep someone out for so many games? Or what the timescale is for Vlaar's return? Communication is another key factor in leadership). There is no-one taking responsibility for organising the midfield. The constant passing along the length of the halfway line just before booting it up to the opposition centre backs is mystifying me. Are the players on a 'pass bonus'?

Without our much loved and much missed Stan Petrov we don't have a captain to conduct the orchestra. To speed play up when required, to limit damage when damage limitation is the only option, and to close games down when the situation demands. This has cost us vital points countless times already this season.

The team as a whole needs a leader. So enough of the rant.

Here is the Villa YamYam manifesto for immediate implementation:

1. Randy Lerner issues a statement detailing his vision for Aston Villa Football Club in the short, medium and long term.
2. Paul Faulkner backs it up by describing a series of actions to support that vision that he will personally take responsibility for delivering.
3. A proven performer in the Premiership is purchased in January to play at centre back and help lead the defence.
4. A proven performer in the Premiership is purchased in January to play at centre midfield to help marshal that area of the pitch.
5. The fans are given a clear indication of when Ron Vlaar will return to captain the side. If it is not to be soon, then the burden should be lifted from poor Ciaran Clark who is wilting under the pressure.

I for one am chronically tired of the anaemic 'We will be fine' mantra - it is time for positive action. If these actions (or some similar to them) are not implemented quickly then I fear we are doomed to Championship football next season.

Villa, always


Date:Thursday January 10 2013
Time: 3:19PM


I would imagine that he has a grade III strain, that would take on average 12 weeks, BUT this injury will be exacerbated by lack of rest or pushing the injury too much trying to return to action.
10/01/2013 15:33:00
Hear hear ................. UTV
10/01/2013 15:38:00
Excellent article...100% with you
10/01/2013 16:16:00
I can't believe how lost we all feel, Villa as always been a part of my life, and I've always thought daily if not hourly about whats going on, who we are playing next, where will be in the league after the next win and so on so on, I now just feel (sigh) well you all know, come on Lerner + Faulkner either stand up and take charge or get us up for sale, this is how the Forest fans must have felt, totally dejected.
10/01/2013 16:19:00
All valid points regarding leadership. News from my sources at the club say that Vlaar is in contention for a place on Saturday, as is Westwood. Bents injury on Tuesday was just some bruising. Other than Dunne and Stan I think we have a full compliment of players for Saturday. Dunne is unlikely to be fit any time soon and we all just wish Stan success in all more serious fight. It is vital that we get in an extra body in central defence and that we get in somebody to dominate midfield. Not sure who for centre midfield but Hangeland might be worth a punt for centre half?
10/01/2013 16:25:00
Why do people think that changing the manager will not make any difference ?? You are going headless about relegation being a certainty 17 games out. One or two players (who will have to be bedded in) are not going to make as much difference as a new gaffer. Dilbert seems so far incapable of signing players that anyone else has heard of before ie that we know can "be at it" as Joe13 would say. None of the summer signings were leaked beforehand because they simply werent news until they happened ! It appears that he made overtures for Lescott, hoping perhaps that the Villa connection would mean something....given that we probably cannot afford either the fee or the wages, that was a bit hapless. Aside the game this weekend, we have two more HUGE games this month which we have to get something out least 4 pts plus the 3 we must get on Saturday. A win over Newcastle potentially drags them into The Zone, which makes life more complicated for the clubs around us. If you have a look at the run-in you will see why we need to exit January with 26-27 pts to have some chance of success.....
10/01/2013 16:26:00
malacaxeta, if we changed the manager now, we'd be much worse off come the summer and would have to spend 50 odd mil this montha and the next window to get what the next manager would want to be successfull. LOL @ pass bonus yamyam. And you missed off 6. Sell Barry Bannan in the next 3 weeks so someone else can take every single freekick and corner and boss our midfield as a midfielder is supposed to do without wasting 50% of our possession whilst gaining only 2% via 10 year old tackles. MON was right, not good enough and getting rid of him could only be positive.
10/01/2013 16:46:00
Like ive said before , there are 17 games (51 points left to play for). We need 21 points to guarantee safety That's a win ratio of 41%....our current ratio is 19%. I just can't see how we are going to double this without quality players. Luckily I dont think we will need 40 points this season to be safe.
10/01/2013 16:51:00
20m-30m oon 4/5 players is needed to get us safe....if we go down it will cost Randy around the maths business man
10/01/2013 16:52:00
20m-30m oon 4/5 players is needed to get us safe....if we go down it will cost Randy around the maths business man
10/01/2013 16:52:00
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