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P45 For Lambert & Take Faulkner + Lerner With You

P45 For Lambert & Take Faulkner + Lerner With You

ItsYourRoundMyLord says:

Unacceptable. Derisory. No more excuses!

We've heard them all before and they don't hold water. I didn't think I could feel lower after Chelsea away last season but.Wigan home, Bradford away, Bradford home, Millwall away, this season Fulham away, Sheffield United home, Stoke home, Swansea away... City 4 Villa 0. Not a shock result. They are a very good team likely to be crowned champions, deservedly so, but this wasn't a one off poor result against superior opposition. It was one more in a catalogue for the manager and board to be shown up for their inept master plan (whatever that plan is as us mere mortals aren't included in this vision) and for us fans to suffer.

The manager says he wants to stay here next season (see: Lambert Expresses Wish To Stay - Weimann Agrees) and what a big club we are having won the European Cup and yet says we, the fans, have high expectations and the players are still young.

I thought it was the manager and the clubs idea to go with a young team. Lambert said at the end of last season that the experience has helped the young players grow and learn from the struggles of last season. There is no evidence of that so that cannot be an excuse. If the players are young and inexperienced why in January did we only sign 'real man' Grant Holt (who couldn't get in a mid table championship team who are now competing in the play offs since his exclusion) and a champions league winning left back with Chelsea Ryan Bertrand (who made an outstanding debut against Liverpool but has since gone backwards) when we were supposedly after what Paul Lambert calls a 'no 10 and a bit more experience'.

If there were no funds for a creative no 10 then why repeat it throughout January and only when pressed by internet forum speculation does N'Zogbia reappear on the casualty list (even name checked in Lerner's post Southampton draw statement!) and get added to the excuses for poor results and form list even though appearing, by squad number change, to be banished to the dreaded 'bomb squad'.

Paul Faulkner was promoted to CEO of Villa in May 2010(Randy Lerners right hand man). I don't know what achievements have happened behind the scenes apart from a seat on an F.A. board, surely negated by league positions and falling prestige. Based on financial records released, management appointed and results on the pitch during his tenure it's not been good enough. In 2006 our 'custodian' Randy Lerner(who hasn't been been spotted watching a game at Villa Park since 29th December 2012!) said that he would step aside if he couldn't make it work. The time has come and it is definitely now. I don't think I'm alone in thanking him for the memories and investment 06-10 and aspiring to the dream but we/he got burnt and i for one want a clean slate after the last 4 years.

I watched my vhs copy of Villa winning the coca cola cup in 94 the other day to bring those feelings back that i had when i was 10 years old and you know it made me realise why i love the Villa so much. A bit of skill (Saunders), passion (Atkinson crazy tongue out goal celebration-who didn't love that!) and that feeling of being the underdog and coming out the winner, showing that anyone with the passion, some skill and 100% commitment can be the hero. The only thing in the last 4 years that reminds me of that character the club stands for was the 19th minute celebration of not just our former captain Stiliyan Petrov and his battle but what we as a club truly stand for at our best - pride, loyalty and 140 years of being in it together.

I hope, cross my fingers, touch wood and every other cliché that in the next week we can say goodbye to the current regime and look forward to new possibilities whatever they may be because i can't take a FIFTH year of this. I want/need to believe that we may not be challenging at the top but there is a will and commitment at least to care for and to strive to get Aston Villa competitive and competing in the top flight again. UTV


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Date:Thursday May 8 2014
Time: 8:50AM


Agreed all 3 must go. But what do to if Lerner and Faulkner don't leave? That is the real hard dilemma.
Ali Arab
08/05/2014 09:13:00
Bloody nightmare! Watched the game in an Aberdeen pub with a couple of City supporters bigging it up. They were as objectionable as Utd and Chelsea. However, their bench was probably worth more than our squad and it seems that we need to do similar to make any impact or wait for the whole Premier league bubble to explode. It will, won't it? Just despair at the moment. Lambert has certainly changed his tune lately.
Cheshire Villan
08/05/2014 09:25:00
Words fail me , my bycott has been awful, But proved right.i wont return till lamberts gone Even sunderland are now above us its a ........g Disgrace sack the idiot now
Flo Moses
08/05/2014 09:32:00
If only life were so simple. Perhaps some of you know someone with £1 billion burning a hole in his pocket but I certainly do not. It is all very well to scream: 'Change. Change. Change' but we have to be certain that it is change for the better. Clearly some of Randy's decisions have been very odd. Employing a has been like Houllier followed by a complete loser in Voldemort struck me as close to lunacy. You don't have to look very far to see what happens when a foreign businessman takes over a club, full of promises. Our neighbours across the city did that and look at them. Owner in jail; no money to pay decent wages; a transfer ban. Or Leeds where no-one knew who the owners were for many years and who have now been bought by a convicted fraudster. And what is your solution? More of the same. A rich man (or someone who claims to be rich) making promises. It's the same with the manager. Two years of failure - and I agree it has been failure) and the cry goes up: 'Sack him. Sack him. Sack him.' And replace him with whom? Who can you name that would be willing to become Villa manager and can guarantee a substantial improvement? I don't have all the answers (indeed my sons regularly tell me that I don't have any of the answers) but knee jerk comments, such as this article, take us nowhere. For me, Randy has done OK by us. Possibly one of the best owners we have had.
chocolate teapot
08/05/2014 09:36:00
Good article, good read. Yes must start again, from the top down. New owner, someone who knows about football, or who can get a CEO in who does know about football. Then we get a real manager. Then there is the rebuilding of the squad. Another ajor clear out is required. We need to start at the top... and QUICK!
Pride of Lions
08/05/2014 09:55:00
Have to agree with Chocolate Teapot. It is a case of careful what you wish for. I do believe Randy has the best interests of the club at heart if unfortunately no longer the willingness nor the means to bankroll another 'push'. If there is another billionaire out there who wants in lets hope they are a viable guardian for the club and its future - rather than us follow the disastrous paths of Blues and Leeds for example.. It is evident Lambert needs to go but again have to agree, who do we think we can get? Admittedly a new owner offering say 200 million to overhaul the first team would be attractive, but another point - its well having 200 million to spend on players and wages, but not when we can't offer Champions League football and in this day and age there's 15 other clubs in that bracket they could join instead rather than the Villa. I'm also pulling this hypothetical 200 million figure out of the sky to rebuild the first team and make us competitive again, but even if the new manager did have that money to spend and the players in mind, is it even viable with FFP regulations? Thanks for 06-10 Randy and putting the money in, shame the people you gave it to ran to the chocolate river like an excited Augustus Gloop! Oh to have had Steve Stride involved at this crucial period for the club. Words to the effect "Are you taking the *****, Martin?" would have rang out on more than one occasion I think.
Mike Dixon
08/05/2014 10:23:00
Having been a silent observer of the boad fora long time now, I felt I had to post an opinion at this point: chocolate teapot puts it very well. PL has had an immensely difficult task which he has undertaken without complaint and which he has, all things consiered, done reasonably well at. Mourinho et al would also have had to face a relegation battle with these resources. I think PL has more sympathy than many on here realise and mass change is too simolistic an approach. Clearly it's about having the money to invest in building this squad. There are clearly some talented players here although I admit many are not the quality needed - but when you are searching in the bargain basement, tha's what will happen. Benteke, Delph, Guzan, Vlaar, Westwood and possibly Lowton would all have found homes in the PL had we been relegated and it's ridiculous to suggest otherwise. We also don't really know about Okore but I suspec he may be another quality find. The slating of RL, the most geerous owner we have ever had, is also misplaced. We loved it when he sprayed his cash around in the MON years and now we vllify him for no longer wanting to spend more than 100% of our revenues on player wages. Yes I hope we find a new owner with lots of money to invest, but there's probably not a big queue of such people. I would not be heartbroken if such a new owner decided to change tack and try a new manager, but hope if that happened they would give some genuine respect to PL who has done a decent job with few resources and almost intolerable pressure. I am guessing some players read these boards as well so this is to let hem know too that not everyone thinks they're bunch of "lazy" "championship standard at best" good for nothings. Let's hope for a better season next time. UTV
08/05/2014 10:34:00
i dont want a new owner to spalsh the cash. i just want an owner that knows how to spend money. young and hungry is a great vision. but quality over quantity. for me if lambert had pushed our own youth through and bought a few 8 to 12 mil youngsters we would be in a better position.
Ali Arab
08/05/2014 11:18:00
Doubt if many of us dont thank Randy for all he has done. Even now our spend each close season is about average for mid table in the prem. Do feel he has lost interest in the project though. Lambert had a tough task a complete overhaul was needed most agreed how he went about that I believe has cost him dearly no fees comming in and not enough spend to get quality replacements, which led to his young and hungry (which really ment cheap and cheerfull). I supported Lambert right up to the stoke game but regardless of players we have looked a disorganized shambles this and tactics are the managers domain and this is where Lamberts biggest failure has really been.
08/05/2014 11:51:00
I agree on Lambert. We need a better manager. But I disagree on Lerner, I think we should keep him. Managers have let him down badly. Apart from that he has been a good owner. He has always backed his managers(on one occasion a bit too much perhaps) and respected the traditions of the club and kept ticket prices at a reasonable level even during the O'Neill era when we were having success. He just needs to learn his lessons and step his game up.
bikini inspector
08/05/2014 11:55:00
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