"There were a few difficulties, but I don't think the Villa fans totally accepted me being in the job." | Alex McLeish
"Everybody Likes To Be Loved"
But you really weren't.
The 14th of May will be a day to remember; the sacking of Alex McLeish brought tears of joy, literally, and one major party. It didn't matter to us about McLeish's Birmingham City past; it was just irrelevant - for most - but his playing style and results did. It meant you lost a lot, drew a few and won a handful. At Aston Villa we didn't want that.
The official statement was later released and Lerner, however much hate we have had for him, summed up the sombre mood surrounding the eleven tedious moths endured under Alex McLeish. The last eleven months were a mistake. They should never have happened. Little wonder why he was now on the look out for manager that could reinvorgate the club. We needed a fresh new face that would be welcomed by the fans, the players and the board.
The sacking was inevitable after a season of misery, yet the situation should have never arose.
Quite frankly, at the time I'm sure if Hercules, the mascot, had come skipping in claiming to be McLeish's successor he would have been given a hero's welcome. Thankfully he didn't and a more welcomed surprise was just around the corner.
A two and a half week search for a new manager came to a sudden halt shortly after a spiral of events, rumours gathering pace and the near resignation of one man in particular.
'The Board of Aston Villa are delighted to confirm that Paul Lambert has been appointed as Villa manager.'
Those were the words Villa fans cherished. If they thought getting rid off McLeish was a blessing, the appointment of former Norwich City boss Paul Lambert was a God sent from heaven.
Proud History, Bright Future.
Ignite the passion, ignite the fire, ignite the lion that lies inside. This is the start of a new beginning, a new era. A breathe of fresh air and renewed faith. The future finally looks bright again, the future is claret and blue. Are we prepared for this?
At times in football, things are never expected. They’re always unexpected, surprises and shocks. Do we ever regret them? Do we ever question why things plan out this way?
Under the guidenance of Paul Lambert, we won't be regretting just yet and we won't be questioning why we had to go through last season for sure. The claret and blue troops will be marching to the Scotsman's orders and will go into the new Premier League season prepared for battle. With the additions of Karim El Ahmadi, Brett Holman, Matt Lowton, Ron Vlaar and possibly a few more; Aston Villa look set to be back to their best. But, will they? After an inconsistent, bumpy road for the club last season, hopefully with a new outlook, philosophy and team, we can get that huge boost we need. This season will hopefully and most certainly be a more stable season for Aston Villa fans to bare.
"Everybody wants to see a winning team, if you can do it with style, absolutely great. But if you can't, and you win, then I'm pretty sure people will still be happy." | Paul Lambert
After a season of McLeish's negative 'let's hold onto a one nil lead and totally fail' tactics it will be nice to see some of the old Villa. A team which will go out an attack any team fearlessly and play with a bit of fire in their belly.