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.