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Randy - Not Too Much To Ask Is It?

Randy - Not Too Much To Ask Is It?

The club has been a mess from top to bottom for a couple of seasons. Here's my views on the leadership from the board in the last 2 seasons.

So first when O'Neill walks, Randy sets up a meeting with Graham Taylor. Actually wants to get some advice from a proper footballing person. Graham Taylor turns up and Randy apparently has other 'commitments' as per usual.

To me, that's unacceptable.

You don't do that to a Villa legend who knows far more about football than him.

Then we appoint Houllier.

A walking heart attack. We all had doubts over his health when he joined. We were sleep walking towards relegation that season until 30m dug us out the ****. Then Houllier has his inevitable heart attack. He recovers pretty well, is told he can go back to work but all of a sudden Lerner wants him out...the guy he appointed 9 months previously and gave £30m to spend in January as part of a long term plan...wants him out. So he leaves, reluctantly.

Then we snap up McLeish.

Against all supporters, journalists, players advice. He then deals McLeish with a very short hand in my opinion. We sell our 2 best players once again, and McLeish gets £18m to build the squad up again. Hardly giving him a fighting chance really there is it? He was the man they appointed, against everyone's wishes and yet they don't back him sufficiently yet was on record telling him they expected Villa to remain competitive and challenge.

We had an awful season, Lerner was never at Villa Park and McLeish managed to keep us up, just about.

Then the next day the remarkable turn around, McLeish sacked. He was a mistake, not good enough etc etc but they failed to see who actually warned them about him only 10 months previous again. He finally listens to the fans then (well Faulkner does seen as though Randy never turns up) and hires Paul Lambert.

Rejoice, finally listened to us. But then the dissection of the squad continues. A further 10 players, including experienced players leave the club on top of the Milner, Young, Downing, Friedel, Luke Young's of this world. All whom I might add would get into our team right now.

Then he gives Paul Lambert a whopping £20m to spend. £20m to buy 9 good players? Hmm, yeah right. Lambert's buys have been alright. Benteke, Guzan, Vlaar, Westwood & Lowton look good players whilst the jury is still out on KEA and Bowery quite clearly.

So we don't have a good start at all, the cup brings us some hope.

Still no word from Lerner at this point.

Now were sitting here, its Thursday 24th January 2013...a week til the transfer window closes. We have had without doubt our worst 4 week spell in the history of this club. We have gone from humiliation to humiliation to humiliation. You can clearly see where we need to improve.

I'm not saying Lambert has been a brilliant manager in all this but he is the guy we all wanted and we got him. They aren't going to sack another manager now, which I understand. But here we are, a week left til February, our worst spell in history, we are sleepwalking into a definite relegation and here we are, not even getting linked to players and it has been reported that Lambert was summoned to the USA to meet with Lerner, all to be told he has got a grand total of £3m to spend.

Is Lerner for real?

Giving out free flags came at the worst possible time?

I don't want gimmicks, I want this club to be successful!

But still no word from Lerner. He hasn't spoke to his supporters for 3 years now. I don't want to hear from Paul Faulkner, he's the CEO, he doesn't own the club. Lerner just sits at home in USA and expects Faulkner to fight all the flak that he doesn't deserve.

Faulkner shouldn't be getting in the neck, Lerner should.

A question I keep asking but you get no answer to, where is this club going and where do they want the club to go? Because anyone with a footballing brain can see this team is nowhere near going to be able to challenge.

You cannot sell players like Milner, Downing, Young, Barry etc and replace them with the Bannan, Holman, Albrighton and El-Ahmadi's of this world if you want to remain competitive in this league.

The club will lose probably about £70m in revenue if Villa go down this season. And I repeat, the worst 4 week spell in the club's history and the only comment from the club you have is some stupid email thanking you for the support on Tuesday evening.

We are in badly need for a comment from our owner, we are all hurting at the moment but no one is sure if Lerner is.

Doug Ellis who is in his eighties, fought prostate cancer and has been losing it for some time still finds time so sit in the freezing cold and watch every single Villa game.

Your lucky if Randy attends 2 a season.

I don't give a toss about his divorce and looking after his son etc, we play over 40 matches a season and Randy doesn't even attend 10% of those games.

It's a way of showing you care!

They are clueless, absolutely clueless. The club will go down this year if nothing is done. Without a doubt. Then there will be the usual 'Back Lambert's Lions to surge back to the Premier League.'

The club is being badly handled by the hierarchy and at the moment they want Villa to operate as a Wigan Athletic, just happy to survive in this league. That is not and never will be good enough for Villa.

Randy always used to say he 'gets' the club.

Well he don't get it this time around. This relegation has been coming for 3 seasons and this will be the season it happens. Top work Randy.

We just want to see some commitment, some backing, an address to the great supporters of this club. As owner of this club, I'm not sure were asking much of you to be honest.

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Date:Friday January 25 2013
Time: 8:00AM


I agree with most of what you have to say Randy. Stand, however I would put most of the blame on O'Neill, it was a dark day when he got the Manager's job. It sickens me when I hear pundits talking of the great job MON did at the Villa. Here was a man spent another man's money like it was confetti, let us all remember we were 10 points ahead of Arsenal and 12 ahead of Everton at Christmas and he blew it, not only did Arsenal overtake us so did Everton. Then as he continued to waste money he finally realised he had a squad where many (his signings) were overvalued and on contracts that City could barely afford and he ran. Yes learner has made mistakes, yes that was terrible treatment of Graham Taylor yes in all probability we are going to be playing Championship football next season (indeed I see us going down Bottom with this squad unless there is one hell of a turnaround) I just do not put all the blame on the Chairman. COTVABU
irish villa
25/01/2013 08:33:00
LERNER OUT!!! I've been saying it for months!! Who'd of thought when he rode in on his nobal steed to save us that he'd end up a worse owner than Ellis?? He may of given us a pub & some flags but he's also giving us championship football. We need to be heard in the ground as its quite clear knowone from the club checks fans websites to judge the mood of their customers/fans
25/01/2013 08:37:00
Before everyone gets on your back for blaming O'Neill, Irish Villa. I'll just say that I think you're right to a large extent. More on the wages and contracts side of things, buying players at over the odds prices and never playing them, watching their value plummet as they sit on the bench (at best) and then sell on a a huge loss. Plus his idea that he was the representative of Cloughie on this earth, 20 years after Clough's style of management bit the dust. Then he runs off and slams the door in a hissy fit. Randy has not recovered from that mauling, and made bad decisions since.
25/01/2013 08:41:00
Yes Lerner out!! that will solve everything.!! Really!! All need to stop bitching and get behind the team. SUpport the players and the manager and we'll pick up what ever pieces are left at the end of the season.
25/01/2013 08:50:00
Lerner has thrown in the towel. It has been obvious for some time
25/01/2013 08:51:00
At least my bitching is at the man responsible apple not other fans!! I pay my hard earned money so feel I'm aloud to voice my opinions!! It might not solve the problem of relogation but in the long term I think it would solve a lot of the current problems as he is the man running the club & should be held responsible.
25/01/2013 09:10:00
I said it last season, I'll say it again this season.... LERNER OUT! Just sell up ASAP and get the hell out of Villa Park.
Pride of Lions
25/01/2013 09:36:00
Randy.Stand That’s the best most sensible piece I’ve seen written on here ever! Totally agree with everything. Lambert is not perfect as he is still learning like we all are but he is not a bad manager over night. With the team we have and the money he was given to replace so many players Ferguson would be struggling to keep us up. Give him time and he will come good, remember he was has had to buy players for around 2m! And for that price they have been ok, when given funds to buy 6-7m players look what we have ended up with! A 20m player! If he was given the funds O’Neil was given the story would be very different now. Also I believe any player he has purchased even if they have not set the world alight could be sold for what we paid for them at least which is a refreshing change.
25/01/2013 09:57:00
And someone has to have a go at the fans again! un-********-believable.
25/01/2013 10:06:00
Good article but would not agree with "we" all wanted PL. Not all Villa fans wanted PL as gaffer, especially those with knowledge of footie outside of the Prem bubble.
25/01/2013 10:10:00
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