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Randy, Help Paul Fix The Mess You Made

Randy, Help Paul Fix The Mess You Made

astvil123 says: Randy, Help Paul Fix The Mess You Made!!

It is quite clearly a crisis at Aston Villa, yet again, for the third year in a row. It is horrible for the club, for the players, but most importantly, for us, the fans.

We recently cut one person out of the club, along with his backroom staff and claimed the 'cancer' had gone. He did need to go, no question of that, but the 'cancer' is still here, and it is located in our financial accounts.

I look around and see some fans want Lambert out, despite recently arriving to fix the same mess some are blaming him for. Others want Randy out and I can see why they have arrived at this decision. Despite heavily investing in the club financially since he arrived in 2006, we have gone full circle and ended up in a worse position, with arguably a worse squad. Finally, others want Paul Faulkner out. I don't know Paul personally, however, I know people who do. They speak very highly of him. I can tell from listening to my friends that he is a nice guy and clearly doing something right. Look at the sponsorship deals he is striking to increase revenue to help balance the books. I don't blame Faulkner for the wage bill mess; Randy has backed his managers and Paul has signed their chosen transfer targets. Is it his fault players and their agents are greedy and ask for so much money? No, of course not. I'm not trying to aim the blame at someone because that won't improve out situation, but surely something can be done to prevent our inevitable relegation?

In the 2010-2011 season, Houllier lost the dressing room. We have seen the comments from players after he left, they all wanted out. When the January window arrived that season, over £30M was spent in fees and a reported £170,000 a week in wages was used to sign Michael Bradley, Kyle Walker, Jean Makoun and Darren Bent. We stayed up and prevented losing our Premier League TV revenue.

Surely, something similar has to be done this season?

When Lambert was given £20M to spend in the summer, we had a squad of 25 players who had just survived relegation by two points, with one being critically ill (Petrov), one out with a long term injury (Dunne) and another without a visa to work in England, who apparently can't even speak English (Makoun).

What a mess! Lambert was given £20M to add numbers to a small squad, lacking Premiership quality, leadership, strength, height and experience, without increasing the wage bill too much. Some say 'Nothing is impossible' but I disagree, the task set for Paul in the summer was! Lambert signed some good players (including Guzan, who some forget had left when Paul joined) and these players have been some of our best performers this season, along with Weimann. This should make fans wake up and see Lambert has potential. Did he sign Ireland, N'Zogbia, Bannan, Albrighton, Hutton, Warnock and Dunne etc? No. So why is he at fault for them being as poor as they were before he came in?

With the Premier League TV revenue increasing from next season onwards due to the new TV rights deal, it is vital we stay up this season. Randy has saved big money on the wage bill in recent years. Many big earners have left Villa, with other big earners Dunne, Warnock and Petrov out of contract in the summer. These three players alone roughly earn a reported £150,000 a week.

Would it not be wise to spend that money on loan deals, or permanently sign Lambert's main targets, 6 months before this room on the wage bill is available? It would keep us up. It's an easy solution! One step backwards, two steps forwards, just like in January 2011.

Come on Randy! Save the club. You are one of those to blame for this mess; you have the power to get us out of it. The books do need to be balanced and they will be in time, but please don't put cost cutting as a priority before Premier League survival. Why balance the books in 3 years at the expense of relegation, when you can do it over 6! years and keep us safely in the top flight?

Come on Randy!! Help YOUR manager!!

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Date:Monday January 14 2013
Time: 10:28AM


Better still, get rid of 'Paul' and get someone who knows what he's doing in.
14/01/2013 10:43:00
Well said. Told it how it is. Still think that Faulkner's behind the scenes stuff should be separate from the football side of things. PL can't do it all on his own though as shown by MON.
14/01/2013 11:00:00
Houllier did not lose the dressing room. He lost Dunne, Warnock, Collins and apparently Agbonlahor. The good players and those that wanted to train and learn did well. Young, Downing and Bent became regulars in the England team despite none of them making the final 30 WC squad the summer before. The young players developed and were called up by the under 21s. Bannan made the Scottish squad. McLeish then had his squad and with the Downing money added NZog, Given and Hutton. Lambert then inherited McLeish’s full squad and was given £20M to improve it. It was up to him who he chose to bring in and shift out. When McLeish had that same squad fans were saying it was good enough for mid-table. Now some fans are changing their tune just to free Lambert from blame. Lambert is the problem. Every single one of our young players that were developing nicely TWO YEARS AGO have suddenly become rubbish. His transfers? Tactics? Team selection? Nearly 8 on months and we are getting worse by the week. He is not as good as the likes of McLeish, McCarthy or Bruce. He is clueless and out of his depth. He is on a par with Phil Brown, Paul Jewell, Roy Keane. Randy should not be giving him another £20M, but his P45.
14/01/2013 11:14:00
astl123, you'e not Neil Moxley are you? I read an article by him in The Daily Mail today which expresses many of the same sentiments. Basically it urges Randy to get the cheque book out or we're doomed. Worth a read.
14/01/2013 11:15:00
In all fairness, lets look at this from Randy's point of view...If you were in his shoes how *****ed off would you be keep giving managers money to spend and then they go and blow it on terrible players. O'Neil was horrific at transfers, he got a couple right but the rest were pants, Houllier was probably the only one who knew what he was on about, Mcleish graced us with Hutton and Jenas for god sake and now Lambert signs ***** players from lower leagues who are NOT ones for the future, they are championship/league 1 players for the future.
14/01/2013 11:16:00
Can we have a statement from the top please. Anything. Throw us a bone eh. Like to hear the well worn "The manager has the full support of the board" for starters!
14/01/2013 11:20:00
The £20M figure from the summer is a red herring. PL himself said there was money left over. He's now citing the club's current situation as a barrier to bringing in players in January. What a shambles. Couldn't agree more with Withenshawe's post above.
14/01/2013 11:26:00
From Randys point of view he's invested heavily in the Browns & they are *****e (missed the play offs again) . If Villa go down he'll miss out on the new TV revenue & the value of the club will go down . Therefore from Randys point of view he needs to spend to protect his investment. Because as sure as eggs is eggs if he doesn't we'll be relagated probably in last place
14/01/2013 11:26:00
Randy either backs him or sacks him, there is no other option but it sounds Randy has chosen to do neither and just make us plod along to our demise of relelgation without backing Lambert
14/01/2013 11:41:00
Withenshawe, Lambert cannot be blamed for the yoots not progressing. They are thrown in at the deep end through neccessity and there's no-one experienced to bring them through. Eck coached any forward thinking out of them and Lambert still hasn't managed to restore it. Lambert is admittedly young and inexperienced himself but he has far more potential than Mcleish, McCarthy and Bruce who ALL (yes ALL FFS) have got teams relegated???? Lambert may join them this year but not yet. Houllier's only good spell came when he was in hospital and he CANNOT take the credit for this. He lost the dressing room and the fans especially when he started getting a boner whilst talking about Liverpool. Bent only made the England squad through injury to others and Young had been crowned young PFA player of the year. Your statements are not factual atall. If Lambert is the problem, who is the answer. All those you mentioned wouldn't progress us and we'd be treading water. Lambert is moving us on to the next level but can't do it as thriftily as Randy wants. Evolution, not Revolution!!!
14/01/2013 11:59:00
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