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Never Fear, Look On The Brightside

Whilst I generally enjoy this site and it's content, I am finding the negativity a certain editor somewhat tiresome.

Constant references to 'not repeating earlier mistakes', and criticism of the club/managers policy of buying youthful players shows an unhelpful level of impatience.

The earlier mistakes that we now need to enjoy are no to sign overpriced, overpaid, so-called experienced players, like the ones we are still trying to offload. (Given, Bent, Hutton, and Ireland etc). The policy of signing young talent should be applauded.

It is the only way a club like ours can ever compete at the higher end of the table. We improved significantly in the second half of last season. Last seasons players will continue to improve, and we have been the busiest team in the transfer market this close season. No more of the policy of waiting till deadline day when prices are at their peak, (MON). So I can see nothing but optimism for next season.

Yet I 'Fear' that if we make a poor start (our opening fixtures are far from the kindest), then further scorn will fall on Paul Lambert, from the mighty pen of Mr. Fear.

The most important signing we can make between now and September 1st, is to get Benteke to sign a new deal. Their will be no big name, high profile signings to come. I for one am happy with this. Anyone who isn't is in for a summer of disappointment.

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Date:Thursday June 20 2013
Time: 10:21AM


First off, I'm sorry that my opinion doesn't fit in with yours 2big or that I dare have a slightly contrary opinion to what others are saying. I share the love of the Villa, it is pretty obvious from what I do Villa related. I'm not sure about 'the constant references' to not repeating earlier mistakes. I think I've said it twice in the forum (as the transfer window isn't closed yet) Once in here: Click Here

I got the same blasting last summer when I (and a few others, but only a few) said it would be men v boys. What happened? Sorry, where was I wrong? The season was awful, we only just survived and we broke all sorts of records for goals conceded by Villa etc.

THen you have the likes of Martin Laursen, Dwight Yorke, Gareth Southgate, Paul Merson ALL saying the same. A BIT of experience to go with the great crop of kids HELPS the kids develop and blossom. Blimey, even Holman said it in Jan that the squad needed a bit of experience to help them.

Mate, this is an open site. Anyone who knows me knows I'm generally an optimist, but I'm not a follower. I will debate until the cows come home, that is what the site is for. I don't share the full vision that some of you do, do I need to apologise for that?

I will repeat they aren't constant references and it isn't me being negative, I was realistic last season and again, I can't see where I was wrong. I fear (and as I've said before, I hope I am wrong) that the same might happen again if the blend isn't right. Why is that negative? I want to be proved wrong, I wanted the same last season. I ALSO would point out that I openly admit I don't know these players (most didn't but many seem totally over the moon about them, so that is great, I like optimism on the site after the vile stuff posted under McLeish)

Is football just black and white for you or is it about opinions? For me I would love nothing better than 15-20 points from the first 10 games and to see that things are clicking. Doesn't stop me having the concern that without the right blend (AND AGAIN I WILL REPEAT, the transfer window isn't closed, we don't know what else is coming) we might struggle. We might not. That is why we all love football isn't it?

IF only Dougie knew all he had to do was sell all the older players, play the kids and all is well.

And I totally agree, we need to secure Benteke, that said, he is secured, we had a 4 year deal with him, if he wants to move, he only moves at the Clubs say so. The club won't say so unless the money is too good to turn down. The vision of young and hungry and wanting to play in the shirt is a lovely romantic one. Benteke and his agent are sort of blowing it apart a little though, he sees us as a stepping stone and evidently doesn't think he can win things here. If it isn't good enough for him, why is it good enough for the fans?

Just asking and hoping for a blend. Why is that wrong? Sir Alex was a master at it and look what he won. I've not been critical of any individual player btw, you would be hard pushed to find anything since the season ended on the front page of me criticising any player or the manager. And all of last season, despite some awful results, I didn't name one player (as the boo boys do) I just went down and supported.
The Fear
20/06/2013 10:34:00
Interesting submission though !
The Fear
20/06/2013 10:34:00

The Fear
20/06/2013 10:40:00
Darth Fear is entitled to his opinion. At least he's consistent. A lot of the doom merchants who predicted our 'obvious' relegation last year have now all fallen quiet. Not so the Fear. It also shows the inherent democracy and strong editorial of the site that the dark lord allows publication of opinion pieces critiquing his position.
20/06/2013 10:45:00
I wasn't a boo boy (cough) I'm a huge fan of Joe Bennett's work.
20/06/2013 10:48:00
I just loved the fact he referred to you as an 'editor'. Way to be put in your place b1tch! lol
20/06/2013 10:51:00
You can't win can you Fear? If you tell the fans that everything is wonderful and our dreams are going to come true, you get accused of being Lerner's stooge. If you tell people Villa's strategy is unlikely to bring CL football any time soon, they call you negative. So you might as well just tell it as you see it, right or wrong.
20/06/2013 10:57:00
I have to stick up for Mr F here in a roundabout way. 99.99% of supporters want results quickly, especially after the false highs of the MON era then the real lows of the Houllier/Mcleish era. But we aren't managers and we don't know the game from within. I know an ex Arsenal player very well and he talks about the game differently to how I always saw/see it. The thing is unless you have really worked in the professional game, its hard to understand just how difficult it is to actually get it right on the field. The Galacticos of Madrid won nothing with hundreds of millions of pounds of talent in a two horse league, Man City came up short after spending a billion pounds, I know they won the title but if you are really honest, UTD lost it, Wigan won the FA Cup on a shoestring and so on ..... on Sir Alex, he actually won nothing really for 6 yrs until he brought the youth through and played a settled team that worked for each other. Look around your workplace and tell me how many colleagues you actually like ? then imagine them on £50k a week and being told by an agent that they can get a better deal down the road at what's the names. football is full of mercenaries with no thought but their lifestyle, this has been generated by Sky Tv and the likes, its a hard part of the game to get right. The secret is to construct a team that have the same desire and character .... in dressing rooms Bent isn't liked much, Ireland is a big head, Dunne is there for the pay check and thinks he has earned the right to do what he wants and not what the coaching staff want. Then what about the 'experienced' Premier League players available to bring in ?? if they are any good they play for the top 5 teams, if they aren't they get shipped out after sitting on the bench picking up pay checks and lose the form they were bought for in the first place. Adam Johnson, Shaun Wright Phillips, David Bentley, Wayne Bridge, Jordan Henderson and so on and so on. Liverpool spent £75m on three players and what happened ?? Nothing, City buy up players like Nasri, what happened to him ? The way to do it is how Dortmund do it, scout a player who fits the complete profile of temperament, attitude, skill, age and development potential and mold them into the team along side home grown talent. If they become a Ledowski and inevitably move to an elite club, then you make a huge profit to reinvest keeping the integrity of the club intact and moving forward without causing financial suicide. You have to build from the ground up and with players that want to play for you. Okore is a great example, he wasn't exactly cheap but turned down Chelsea for us because he understood the club and its new philosophy. Bacuna the same. This will take another two seasons to bare fruit, but it will. Don't underestimate Lambert and his knowledge and experience in the game. He now has the money and facilities to do what he wants to do, he loves the club and what it stands for. We do what we do, he does what he does. I know most of us think we could manage a club on a day to day basis, but we wouldn't last 12 hours. Sit back, enjoy the ride ..... this club will go places now and continue to do so for the long term. UTV .... ( give Fear a break)
20/06/2013 11:13:00
Well said astonmilan... and fear whilst i may n ot agree with all that you write I defend your right to say (write) it.
20/06/2013 11:24:00
I admit to being of the same thoughts as "Mr Fear". The signings of so many "youthful" PL inexperienced players at a knockdown price is commendable and I'm sure most will blossom. However, an experienced "head" in the team is important I feel. I can see similar experience to last season. Last seasons' crop will not be "world beaters" just because they have one PL season under their belts. So now I kneel, head on the chopping block.
Pride of Lions
20/06/2013 11:39:00
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