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Sunday, December 04, 2011

Lerner, McLeish and the Players

I haven't posted anything for a while, the Spurs game was a game that I couldn't express anything positive about the game and couldn't see the daylight. The Swansea game was totally over shadowed by the death of Gary Speed; long may he be remembered in the game. To top it all off, yesterday's game has been haunted by McLeish & Co.

If we let the stats talk this is what McLeish brings:

Birmingham City 2010-11: P14 W3 D7 L4 F15 A17 Gd-2    Points 16 Position 14th
Aston Villa 2011-12:         P14 W3 D7 L4 F16 A18 Gd-2    Points 16 Position 9th

Compared to last season's 14 games under Kevin McDonald and Gerard Houllier:

P14 W4 D5 L5 F15 A20 Gd-5     Points 17 Position 13th

So who's fault is it?
I don't like passing the blame on but I asked the general question. This was how it stood;
1) McLeish's fault
2) Randy Lerner, McLeish and the players. - One saying Lerner shouldn't have employed McLeish in the first place, McLeish shouldn't play such negative football and actually motivate the players and some of the players don't show any drive.
=3) Randy Lerner and McLeish
=3) Lerner. - McLeish just took what was offered to him by the chairman.

In my opinion I agree that it is all three's faults.

How are we going to start to win games, climb up the table and challenge for a top place finish?
Scenario One (the scenario we seem to be in):

Randy Lerner declares to all Villa fans that he is fully behind Alex McLeish long term, that to buy players we have to ship one out and we have to keep control of the wage bill.

Who do we get rid off, to make way for attacking, solid, creative, versatile players?
  • Andy Marshall?
  • Habib Beye?
  • Darren Bent? - I hate to say it.
  • Emile Heskey?
  • Stephen Ireland?
  • Alan Hutton?
Who do we bring in? Without mentioned names.
  • A solid right and left back.
  • A quick pacey striker to play alongside Gabby.
  • Possibly a tall CAM.
Scenario Two:

McLeish gets sacked as Aston Villa lose 8-0 to Liverpool at Villa Park.

What manager would be appointed? Just to name a couple.
  • Mark Hughes
  • Steve Bruce

Scenario Three:

Alex McLeish realises that half of the first team couldn't care less and play with no drive or ambition to win so decides to name a team full of reserves and academy players with some exceptions. (Not counting injuries that we have at the moment.)

What would the team look like?

GK) Shay Given

LB) Ciaran Clark
CB) Richard Dunne

CB) James Collins
RB) Carlos Cuellar
CDM) Chris Herd
LW) Barry Bannan
CM) Samir Carruthers
RW) Marc Albrighton (maybe.)
CAM) Gary Gardner
ST) Gabby Agbonlahor


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