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Is Deano Holding Aston Villa back

Is Deano holding back Aston Villa’s development into top Premier League team? A quick answer may suggest he is not. Afterall, hasn’t Smith delivered huge success at Villa Park. Promotion against the odds in his 1st season. Retained our Premier League status in his second season (plus a cup final) and so far he has us in 6th place in the table in his 3rd season. If any of us were offered that the day Smith was appointed we would have been delighted. Is it right to even question Smith’s position now?

Our owners

To deliver success Aston Villa must be managed as a busines and ruthlessly so. Decisions must be made with the head and not the heart. There is no single player or member of staff that is indispensable, including Jack! The most important people to keep at Aston Villa are Nassef Sawiris and Wes Eden, our owners. The Simple reason for this is because Aston Villa Football Club is not yet a sustainable business and we need our owners continued funding of the club to make it so. NSWE are putting all the pieces in place to make our club great again. The infrastructure, the playing staff, the ladies team, the youth setup,  the coaching staff and the CEO and his team managing the club. NSWE are the key to our success!

Deano’s Success

Deano did brilliantly following his appointment. We had no centre backs and looked like a team heading for a lower half finish in the Championship. In the space of about 7 months Smith delivered promotion to the PL by beating Derby in the playoff final. Incidentally, Derby are now without a manager and rock bottom of the Championship! 

Our First Year Back

Due to the poor management of our club prior to Smith’s arrival we needed to buy and integrate a new team to try and compete on our return to the Premier League. This was an extremely difficult task and Smith managed to keep us on about a point per game for the first half of the season. After that we dipped a little and last Jan people called for his head. I was completely against this idea.

The thoughts of getting a Big Sam into our club still scare me. I even saw people post ‘anyone would be better than Smith’. We needed continuity at Villa and we needed the right head coach. We were not going to attract the right manager in the position we were and it made total sense to stick with Smith. Also, Smith was still learning the ropes of the PL and the players were also still adapting to playing with each other. We stuck with Smith and survived to play another year in the Premier League.

Time To Deliver Deano

We are now into Deano’s third season and his second in the PL, it is time to deliver. We have invested further in our squad and have what looks like a very good 1st 11 and one capable of a top half finish. And definitely, it looks like the spine of a squad that is capable of a push for Europe in the next couple of years. Smith’s honeymoon period is over. He has had time with the team and has had time in the Premier League. He must now show continuous improvement.

Questionable Decision making

This is where I think Deano is failing and it is such a key requirement for his job. Although we are getting better it could be argued that this is simply because we have better players available for selection. Martinez, Cash, Barkley, Watkins are all big improvements on last season. But the recurring theme of poor substitutions, questionable tactics, no plan B and poor defending appear to be sticking with Smith. A simple example is one that BFR pointed out. Against Brighton, McGinn was marking a much taller player in the box when defending a set piece, the result was we conceded a goal. Surely Deano should have learned from the Southampton game that this is not a good tactic. Yet yesterday against Brighton there was McGinn making a tall Brighton defender. That is not learning and that worries me hugely.

I am not completely anti Smith. He has us in 6th in the PL and I am enjoying watching Villa play football again. However, as I said earlier, AVFC is a business and it needs to be managed ruthlessly. I was fully behind giving Smith time to prove himself and I did not want him sacked. However, he has now had that time and I think he is showing his limitations. 

A unique opportunity

We now find ourselves with a very unique opportunity. At times we look a very good team, we have some great players, we have the golden boy of the media, we are in 6th place in the Premier League. Furthermore, we have owners willing to invest in our club when most other clubs are battening down the hatches. Is now the perfect opportunity to take the next step in our development as a top club and employ an elite manager. 12 months ago we would have had no chance of attracting an elite manager but things have changed and I believe we could now be an attractive proposition. And you all know my next line. It’s time for NSWE to get Mauricio Pochettino in as Villa manager to replace Deano and bring us back to the top of English and European football.

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9 months ago
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My opinion is he would be the catalyst to another toxic dressing room
I hope we give him a wide berth

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9 months ago
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I’ve always liked Lingard, yes for me, my only gripe would be he doesn’t add height, battling ability, heading to midfield.
Surprised you are talking about moving Trez on he’s been a success and a real deal.

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9 months ago

Is there anything worse than Dermot Gallagher trying to justify VAR as always right 🙄
Clearly a freekick at point of contact for me, he dives into the box.

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9 months ago

Think I want Danny Inngs taking our penalties 😎

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9 months ago
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Fantastic striker, Southampton took a chance after his two injury seasons, but got a decent price for him and its paid off.

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9 months ago

To add, Walker-Peters, Vesterguard & Romero proving to be more than the mediocre players they are portrayed as. Ward-Prowse I’ve always rated as well.

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9 months ago

Wondering what’s everyone’s opinion on penalty taker ?
Should we perceiver with Watkins, I do like the idea of the CF being the penalty taker, but in light of the recent miss & Jack’s record not stella either should we look at other options.

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9 months ago

Always like a full back hitting them ,mind you maybe not ours

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9 months ago
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Lol
I thought you’d go for McGinn 😎

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9 months ago
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Bfr doesn’t think Conor is good enough to play for ireland v luxembourg or aberizjan,honestly I wouldn’t put him in my local Sunday league side no balls😁😁

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9 months ago

Mcginn is a half decent player never got this super tag he got only a handful of good games in pl,it can’t be his decision to mark big centre halves

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9 months ago

Should be the best taker, shouldn’t it? I’d make all the regular starters practice them every week in training and decide that way. I think Watkins has missed 4 of his last 6. That’s a really poor stat and should have prevented him from taking it.

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9 months ago
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Agreed

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9 months ago

Wonder will ronaldo still be playing for portugal in world cup qualifiers,would like to see him live, don’t think be much demand for luxembourg or aberizjan games,england got an easy group

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9 months ago

Dean Smith confirms via Villa TV that Ross Barkley is OUT of Saturday’s Wolves fixture. “His recovery is going well. It allows us not to push him,

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9 months ago
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Partey was really naive for a pro all he needed to do was go down and game would have been stopped
at some stage

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9 months ago
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The wheels have come off the gunners big time,auya got big contract and hasn’t scored since ,willian headed to middle east last international break to push his image rights,partey looked real deal first few matches now looks like ozil

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9 months ago
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Sent you email

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9 months ago

Slipping down tablebble at an alarming rate,wolves after there hiding will surely be up for it on Saturday,if Smith goes with same side again we will struggle wolves will overrun mcginn Conor in middle,needs to give some young lads a go because after Xmas good sides are coming thick and fast

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9 months ago
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3 out of 15 doesn’t help either😁😁

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9 months ago
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Do you ever get what you deserve,me I look at all mistakes we made in games we lost ,nobody to blame but ourselves,my problem is make same mistakes over and over again

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9 months ago
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One of a few for me

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9 months ago

Getting back to Jack, I assume the restaurant was open for eating in, staff were wearing masks, so is there anything illegal here ? Were any protocols broken ?
He was having a few drinks with his team mate celebrating Barkley’s birthday i don’t see much wrong here. I assume the regular rich patrons of a restaurant in Mayfair are okay to be there during a pandemic, why shouldn’t Jack.
Granted while half the country is in stricter lockdown maybe not great optics for a club captain but I’m not seeing a lot wrong tbh.

BTW Jack shouldn’t really be captain anyway imo, think we ran out of candidates when half the squad was shipped out or about to be and I think Mings was on loan when Jack got the nod.
Not the ideal captain for me, hasn’t got a captain’s calm in a crisis leadership qualities and moans to the ref way too much, but not sure how you take the captaincy away now either.

Last edited 9 months ago by Vancouvervillan
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9 months ago

hi lads,
have been reading the posts about DS.
hard to call yet,because we are still in the mix to finish in a decent position.
so at this time,calls for him to be changed is a bit early.
he does have his faults,but at this time many premier managers are having the same probs.

my main concern at this time is Jack.
he still hasnt learned from his lessons.
from the balloon blowing a few years ago,and now he has been caught out again for another lockdown booze up.
and also we have the accusations about his diving,in which i agree are becoming embarrassing.

somebody needs to bring him down to earth.

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9 months ago
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Hi mate
Jack’s just a young footballer with lots of money, can’t see any big repercussions on the way from club or league.

Smith has an issue with no depth available, outside top six most managers have that problem. I do wish he’d introduce some youth, no crowd as such is surely a good time to try a few. Timing of subs is maybe understandable with no game changers on the bench. He is selecting the right side, if not the bench, at least we all know the strongest 11.

Overall I think he’s reacting better tactics wise, seen variations of the 433 & 4231 all season, liked the way he was moving Barkley deeper or further forward. We are playing good football, if we keep doing that it will convert to wins & points more often than not. Be nice to perform and take our chances so VAR is not a factor.
Be safe mate 😎

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9 months ago

Smith done nothing wrong for me, he has a squad with no depth i think we are all aware of that. Key for me is we are no longer being outplayed every week.
I think talk of Poch is a little wishful thinking, can we attract a manager of that quality right now ? I read Poch is in the frame for PSG, Real and the like. Ancelloti is a great manager but would the likes of those two accept the current club set up ?
If we were to make a chang, and i can’t think why we would at this stage, I think we would still be in the realms of managers like Potter, Puell etc. tbh

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9 months ago
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What time is it in brom
5 past 1

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9 months ago
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😆😆😆
I do feel for them but it was predictable, poor summer preparation.

I predicted a draw ! Bloody palace showed up again 🙄

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9 months ago
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Still waiting on the Karen daughter combo 😁😁😁

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9 months ago
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Yeah, nice to have a reasonable discussion.

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9 months ago

What is it with football fans especially villas,Bruce backers could see no wrong same now with smith,this season take pool and gunners games out it’s the same as last season can’t defend set pieces or score from them ,missing chances galore,mcginn not playing well but playing every minute, thinking Conor can find a new way of playing not hiding,Smith no plan b or making subs at right times this after spending another fortune,one blogger even said it wasn’t Smith fault who was signed, starting raving then at xg for and against in goals scored and conceded time for poch or even soton manager christ even moyes beat us

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9 months ago
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We are currently playing the best football I’ve seen us play for many a season, I can only think of one game where we were out played so far, Leeds. Ironically a top notch, grade A, experienced manager like Ancelotti not doing so well at Everton either results wise. 😉

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9 months ago

Course it’s better ,but then it’s same story anyone is better than hutton lescott richards Gabby ,lambert mcleish spud,
So if we were only out played by leeds how come we lost ,soton west ham brighton stoke in the cup
My point is why are we still making same mistakes we were a year ago,why are people quick to blame Ming’s but not wonder why mcginn is undroppapple,was cash worth spending 15m when was Freddy that bad and our only options on the bench are Conor Davies elgazi,
We have city chelsea spurs everton and wolves still to come in 1 st half season and way we have played in last 5 under Smith how many points are we going to get
For the amount of money he has spent I don’t see any identity apart from pray jack can do some magic ,that’s a bloody disgrace at that
And now jack and barclay are in hot water for breaking cov19 rules
Not looking good for smith

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9 months ago
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I honestly think Smith was a really lucky manager who had jack as his general,but the luck is running out and as usual he has no plan b,even in championship when jack was injured smith record was patchy, remember we had Ming’s Tammy at that level as well

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9 months ago
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Sheff utd rings big bell for me ,as for luck you earn it,and Smith using mcginn to pick up opposition centre half again is shocking,letting Conor start and then hit set pieces,his use of subs or non use of younger players we all no elgazi has no bottle not up for scrap yet still picks him

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9 months ago
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Letting Watkins hit a pen when his record is shocking,cash making same error for winning goal as week before,it’s not like we play during the week and no time to work on things

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9 months ago
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What about cash 15 m when we had Freddy ,could we not bought another winger flogged elgazi then,Smith hasn’t picked up 1 bargain buy

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9 months ago
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Injuries are part of football,having no replacements isn’t unlucky, signing drinkwater wasn’t unlucky,plenty pros and cons on lucky side,things like mcginn supposedly picking up centre halves is stupid and we keep doing it

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9 months ago
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I’m not sure what to believe on this one, i’ve heard various dates over the last few months. I can’t help thinking him going back to Brazil & consequently getting stuck there wasn’t a great idea in terms of recovery.
I also wonder if the much publicized one leg shorter than the other is also a factor ? and is it even shorter now 😎

Last edited 9 months ago by Vancouvervillan
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9 months ago
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When keane had that same injury,seem to remember him saying rushing back to quick was wrong thing according to his physio,lee sharpe was out same time as keane and never fully recovered came back to quick,it was always over the year I thought for that injury, cov19 hasn’t helped

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9 months ago

hi lads,

going to be very quiet on here without a game this week.

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9 months ago
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Boobs

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9 months ago
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Bumper Big Ass Bonanza Weekend ! 🤣🤣🤣

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9 months ago
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Twin peaks,what about mother daughter combo

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