Date:Friday January 25 2013
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
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