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Love In At Villa Park - Meh.

Love In At Villa Park - Meh.

Ah right, I was nice and relaxed this morning.

Then I read the latest silly doo dah about Villa and now I`m back to being discombobulated with all things Villa.

You know, sometimes it REALLY is better to say nothing and not talk for other people, this just looks silly to me and I guess I`ll soon find out if it reads as silly to you all as if not, I`ll get slapped down in the article comments and forum!

Paul Lambert (and no, this article isn`t a dig at him directly so don`t worry Lambert supporters!) has told The Birmingham Mail

"Randy has always loved the football club."

Well, he did when he joined, he poured an awful lot of care and attention into all that needed doing infrastructure wise and has improve parts of it, including the training facilities immeasurably.

Adding, 'The situation is the club is up for sale and that is the same but he has been great since we came back for pre-season. The feel good factor is due a lot to him, as well, with what he is doing."

Now, when he first came he spent a fortune on the team, we were biggest spenders in Europe the one season, however since then - and it was them that allowed the wages to get out of hand - season on season we`ve had cut back after cut back. The team has suffered because of it, along with ridiculous managerial appointments. The one didn`t show much love to the Club or the fans really did it?

Now we all know the situation, the club is up for sale. Many of us now know that there is not a long line of billionaires looking to spend their hard earned/ill gotten (depends who it is looking doesn`t it!?) fortunes on the madness that is football. It could take years to sell, conversely it the right man all of a sudden decides he wants a toy, it could take a month!

But what is Randy doing to make the feel good factor return to Villa Park?

He doesn`t attend, so he can`t have that much love. Seriously, some of you from abroad I know would love to be able to come and can`t, he can afford to but doesn`t. That isn`t love. He hasn`t attended a game in over a year. Where`s the love there!?

And other ways to show the love? Man up, realise the club isn`t selling quickly and fund your manager. He is the one backing this manager, many have given up on him, the very least he could do is give him proper funds. A few free signings and a couple of useful but low fee signings is not an owner showing any love or interest. That is an owner absent in all but being able to totally get out.

These hollow words are just silly, it looks like a constant line of spin to me and I know others there at Villa Park through the thin and thinner feel similar because many of them express their opinions, some with a bit of spice and anger if I`m honest. Some of this is almost to the point of condescension.

Now it is great if Lambert feels supported and that Randy has a warm and fuzzy relationship with the manager. Does that help us? Not much.

Show us some proper love and respect Randy, spend properly on this fine, historic institution. You wanted it, you made the promises, stick to them until you can sell. Who knows, we might even get a bit of success and end up worth more. The TV money is massive now, there are many clubs smaller than us spending more and yet we languish and are told the owner loves us.

Over to you, I don`t think I`m being grumpy, just a bit fed up being told things that are clearly contradicted by the actions at Villa Park.


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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday August 26 2014
Time: 9:58AM


To be honest I don't need him to love the club. As long as he respects it and provides transfer funds when needed that will do for me. He has done that this season so I have no beef with him at the moment. It's a business to him and that's the reality of it. But he should realise that if we have a good team we will fill the stadium etc etc and he might actually make some money from it or at least not lose anymore. If he doesn't maintain a good team then it will just be a downward spiral and everybody will lose. Hopefully the new CEO will push things forward.
Bikini Inspector
26/08/2014 11:22:00
Come on Ali, this is set up for you mate!

Agreed Bikini and brian little...god. Sometimes it really is better to stop and think what you are saying, unless you are me, then I'm best to just espouse all my nonsense, it makes me money you know! ;)) No, seriously, this is the private conversation sort of thing and as said, I was careful not to make it a direct dig at Lambert. *waits for a tufty badge*
The Fear
26/08/2014 14:40:00
very true. Was out with a younger mate talking about The Associates and Big Country. He just stared back at me blankly! #depressing!
The Fear
26/08/2014 15:06:00
then again, if I'm honest, a lot of people stare back blankly when I talk to them #pennydropping !
The Fear
26/08/2014 15:07:00
Business from start to finish. Nothing else. For me one lesson that I have learnt in life is to not listen to what people say, I rather watch there actions. I don't like Randy one bit. But there are worse owners, take west ham and blacburn as just 2 examples. I dint think Randy is a bad man. Bit he is totally useless for villa.
Ali Arab
27/08/2014 00:35:00
if Learner was committed to Villa as Lambert saying then why hasn't he again made funds available to get what we require for this season i.e. another striker and attacking midfielder to support Delph. defence looks 100% better.
Colin Jackson
27/08/2014 07:42:00
Sorry did somebody write he has backed the manager this new season? All that TV investment cash,buckets of the stuff,and he has spent less than10 million thus far. If this is an idea of loving this great club then it must be a cheap date. Why dosent he get one of his rich friends to buy into the club and go 50/50 with him. He could still come out of this as the good guy and then you could put a case for loving the club again. Total fool Mr learner.
Michael Atkins1
27/08/2014 09:21:00
JF, I'm intending being in Cleveland tonight, anything you want me to ask Browns fans about the No1 Villa fan? Lol
27/08/2014 13:16:00
Right now not only is Lerner not backing the manager, he's not allowing Villa to invest the money it generates as an established Premier League club into the team. Disgraceful.
27/08/2014 18:09:00
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