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Where Are We Headed?

Where Are We Headed?

Even as I am writing this, my mind is boggling as to what is happening at Aston Villa Football Club. I am so frustrated, the only way I can get rid of it is to write something down.

So the questions is......where is Aston Villa headed?

Firstly, I don't have the answer!

We have had the 5 year plan, the updated 4 year plan and now we have the.........well it appears that we don't have any plan but none of us know do we!!

In my mind, a football club has two ways to go. Either 1) it has a vision set out by the owners and the board OR 2) it buys into a vision put forward by a potential manager.

In the first instance the board have to go out and actively recruit a manager who they think can implement their vision. This obviously has its limitations to the the type of manager and also their potential availability. How does this sit with our current hierarchy and the appointments of Houllier, Mcleish and now Lambert? 3 very different managers with 3 very different styles. Did the board have a clear vision?

Lets take Lambert. If the boards 'vision' was...Hello Mr Lambert, we will give you 20 mill or so for new players, however we do need you to cut the wage bill and by the way if we get relegated then so be it, then we have to put a big tick against Paul because so far he has fulfilled or is fulfilling this vision. That is what he signed up for!

If however it was you can have 20 million, you need to cut the wage bill but relegation would be a catastrophe, then why is he still here?? The situation we were in at the beginning of the transfer window was to close for comfort and it has got worse!

In the second case, a potential manager comes to the club with a clear vision of where he wants or thinks the club can go and how he thinks he can achieve it. Yes people and fans take the piss out of this....Mourinho's powerpoint presentation to Abramovich, Villa Boas and his methods, Brendan Rodgers and his 180 page dossier to Liverpool.....but why? All it shows is that a manager has looked into the club, applied a bit of common sense and knowledge and has come up with a plan to take the club forward. The board looks at the plan and buys into it if they like it.

So what was Lambert's vision. Yea no worries I will trim the wage bill, 20 mill or so should be adequate but by the way we might get relegated? Not really something I would be taking up as owners but if they did then again big tick for Paul.

If however he was happy to trim the wage bill, needed 20 odd mill and guaranteed survival then why is he still here?? Again, far to close for comfort after Christmas.

I guess what I am trying to get at is that this whole situation makes no sense to me. I cannot believe that the boardroom of any football club would advocate 'relegation' (that word has started to give me the shits) especially from the premier league. Even though Lerner is not the long term leader of this football club in my opinion, he should surely be aware of the long term damage that relegation will have on the club both from his business interest point of view and the fans point of view!

It all comes back to the question....where are we headed?

In my mind, yes we had an up coming young manager but sadly with old methods. The days of the old 'I will get the players up for this game' method of management has gone. The days of a coach standing on the training pitch coaching players is here.

Sorry for the ramble, it's hard being so far away from it all!

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Date:Wednesday February 6 2013
Time: 9:00AM


To the championship
06/02/2013 09:32:00
More pointless negative comments!!! Im sure thats just what the team needs about now!!
06/02/2013 09:44:00
Quite simple really, we earn around the £90m mark in revenues so the wage bill has to be 65% of this figure. It will go up a tad next season due to the increased Sky revenues available but the bottom line is we have to keep the wage bill at 65% of the revenues that come in. We still have Bent, Dunne and Ireland to get of the books which stands at around £9.6m per year for the three. We cannot continue to lose 30, 40 or 50 million pounds per season. Lerner has thrown everything at it yet attendances never rose much, sponsorships never came pouring in and the trophies MON obviously promised him never came. If you honestly think he is going to keep stumping up tens of millions of pounds to counter the clubs deficit and keep going gung ho chasing impossible dreams of CL football etc.... then you must be deluded, he would be broke in ten years time. QPR, Newcastle, Southampton, West Ham even Liverpool are living on borrowed money and accumulating debt to stay in the Premier League because of the so called financial benefits. The only people getting the benefit are players and agents and it will get worse when the sky money goes up. It is a plan for financial suicide. We have to put our house in order now and be shrewd in the market with players that are young and show promise,have a future sell on profit if they leave so we can reinvest into the clubs squad. The most important thing in all this is AVFC and it's continued existence. Yes they are taking a gamble and I think they are doing it with their eyes wide open. They know the club has to stand on its own solid foundations now and live within it's means for it's long term future. Over the next few years we will see the English game and especially the Premier League implode and only the clubs with the right financial footing will survive. That's if we manage to stay in it, if we do and lose the remaining deadwood and invest in up and coming players then next season will be something to look forward to. UTV
06/02/2013 10:25:00
The team, I'm pretty sure, doesn't read this. Anyway, do you want honest opinion or what justsupport? If the team was good enough, they wouldn't need most comments - but they're not.
Pride of Lions
06/02/2013 10:25:00
.............. plus Villa-in-Oz, we have a coach, his name is Ian Culverhouse.
06/02/2013 10:28:00
Thats right aston we have a coach who made 432 appearances over a 12 year a defender. He has our defence purring doesn't he!
06/02/2013 10:42:00
Most of this season our defence has been made up of two or three rookie centrebacks as Dunne has been out all season which was never expected and then Vlaar who is adapting to the Premier League got injured for two months. The full backs we have are good prospects but were always going to struggle without experienced heads along side them. No one would have saw the injuries to Dunne and Vlaar at the same time coming. The main problem is midfield defence, there isn't any. Hopefully Sylla will give us something now, or are you going to write him off too without letting him settle ??
06/02/2013 10:47:00
astonmilan i like you, nice to hear someone with there own thoughts backed up with info rather than just mindless bandwagon jumpers! hats off to you sir
06/02/2013 10:56:00
@pride of lions they are young talented players and if people would stop only concentrating on the negative side of what happens and actually pick up on some of the good things that are happening at the club then maybe we might a few more results on the pitch...instead so called fans just want to slag them off over and over and over again!!!! If you put people down enough your start to think its so, and if that happens then your be in trouble!! In case you guys are struggling cause im fed up of hearing about our defence is rubbish here are some positives: 1.were scoring goals..Benteke,weimann,gabby all in great form and with n'zog starting to play like we no he can we will always cause problems. 2. Recent performances.....first half WBA....2nd half Newcastle both teams on the up who we totally outplayed and lets not forget Everton game who are going for top four. 3. A Top class manager who had to address our midfield issues with no money and has done so. So before everyone has ago at me for seeing positives and away forward comments from John Greg, brian L and Andy G have all said the defence isnt great but whos would be without people to protect it!!
06/02/2013 10:59:00
I dont think i have written any player off on here. We knew that Dunne was going to be injured for a while but the management decided to go from the end of August until the end of December with 2 recognised centre backs. Vlaar got injured which i accept was unfortunate, we have since then paid the price and we have gone through another window with it not being addressed.....but.....that doesn't excuse some of the defending we have seen. It has been shocking! Mr Teale has it spot on for me....nobody wants to do the dirty work. Just watch Everton's equaliser....and no you dont have to be adapting to the premier to defend properly !!
06/02/2013 11:03:00
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