Would You Rather Be Run Like QPR?
2big4seatswannastand asks, would you rather be run like QPR?
I know we are in difficult times. It has never been more embarrassing to be a Villa fan. Supporters of virtually every other team, taking turns to twist the knife with the latest observation on what's wrong at Villa, or even worse, the latest joke doing the rounds about our once proud club.
But I don't believe we have the bleakest prospects.
QPR seem to be intent on following the Portsmouth 3 year plan. Only they appear to have decided that Portsmouth did not follow the plan with sufficient conviction. Yes they have signed the big, experienced centre-half we all wanted, but would you seriously want a player that's going to cost the club £30 million over 4 years, with no resale value after that.
Our problems with overpaid players on overlong contracts pales into insignificance when compared to QPR. They even have Luke Young, no doubt on 30k per week plus, unable to play because he didn't make their 25 player list. Plus Bosingwa, Remy, Campbell, Wright-Phillips, Cesar, et all, who will make our wage bill look like peanuts.
All this on average gates of 19000. I know that the January window was disappointing, but we may have unearthed a couple of gems. The one area that I consider that PL has done well, is in his player purchases. Surely we all agree that if we sold all his signings we would get more in total than he paid, even with our poor form. If we do go down, it will hurt, deeply.
But look on the bright side, at the start of next season, we will be able to hope we can win our league. It has been, and will continue to be a very long time before we have that feeling in the Premiership. For all the criticism of Lerner and Faulkner, I remain confident that the club will still exist in 5 years time. If I was a QPR fan I would be very, very, worried. If they do go down, they will make Portsmouth's problems look like a tea-party.
I like every other Villa fan want to see us win every week, but I want to know that our great club will still be around long after I'm gone. So let's get back behind the team, and pray that we can gather enough points to finish 17th.
Anyone wish they were a QPR fan?
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