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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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I’m surprised retail freezers are capable of reaching a temperature of -70C ? I guess you just keep running the compressor until temp gets down but frozen foods do not require that low a temperature. BC regulations require only -18C for safe storage of frozen food.

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21 hours ago
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Did ireland not ok it too and as well they are standing the risk for company making it madness,a vaccine in less than 9 months if it goes wrong our grandchildrens grandchildren will be still paying for it

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16 hours ago
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fully understand your concern, not sure i’ll be rushing to queue up for a vaccine at this point either.

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13 hours ago
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Yeah, I’m 58 so borderline high risk I suppose. Not really a conspiracy theorist either but I do question all things im told, healthy attitude to have I think.
I have concerns its come about so quickly, 9 months is a really short time. I wonder if the “testing” is as strick as it normally is ? As well the claimed 90% effectiveness is hard to believe, most vaccines, flu shot for example, are 50/60% effective at best.

Anyway, health care workers & the seniors will be first in line so I guess we’ll see if there are any issues.
No doubt the same antivaccers & tinfoil hat wearers who have stopped polio and other serious diseases being completely eliminated will be up in arms warning of people going crazy or growing a 2nd head fairly soon 😁

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1 hour ago
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All politicians should be first to get it,if there is no change in them it will do

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1 day ago

There are some advantages to the game being postponed. No.1 we don’t put ourselves at risk, Barkley will be recovered, chance to address defensive issues, extra training time and a rest before busy Christmas period. 😎

Down sides are we lose momentum, we’re not that good after international breaks and we don’t have a great record of taking advantage of games in hand. 🤔

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1 day ago
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All the better for new manager

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1 day ago
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To the best of my knowledge the rules have changed then, these are not the parameters for postponement set out at the beginning of the season.

In the NFL, Baltimore have all 3 of their quarterbacks tested positive, but still have to play their next game.

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1 day ago
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5 players they say, for all we know that’s 5 u23’s, it’s not necessarily 1st team players. Spam went without their manager.
I can see the 5 sub rule rearing it’s head again as well.

On the other hand given the sh*t we are all in, I suppose we should be grateful we have the PL at all.

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1 day ago
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Did you read the Sky article, there’s a quote from Bruce at the weekend saying the bigger clubs and grounds should be allowed to have more fans back !
Then 3 days later 🙄
FM it seems they can’t even keep their own players safe

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1 day ago

hi lads,
have to say that we are starting to throw easy points away.west ham were there for the taking last night.
we are still conceding easy goals.
the midfield is still lacking.
and i have to say that martinez is struggling to command his area.i only seen him come out for one cross last night.
and it was embarrassing to watch jack go down so easily at times.

you dont see messi doing it.
nor maradonna in his prime,they ride those tackles,and considering tthe tackles in maradonnas day when they just crashed into him,he still tried to stay on his feet.

cmon jack you are too good for that.

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1 day ago
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Jacks antics remind me of Nemar

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1 day ago
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If you had Conor and mcginn alongside nothing would embarrass you or Smith as your manager

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1 day ago
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Do you

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1 day ago
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Don’t care what kind of guy Smith is he will very well paid when his time is up,his defenders now are as bad as the ones that backed spud,take fluke wins over liverpool and aresnal to an extent,rest fixtures even cup ones have been full of usual Smith team type errors,bad team choices,sub choices ,it’s not that we have spent 250 m and took barclay on loan

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2 days ago

So var is reason we lost not Smith same as last season played reasonable but no points,matches are won and lost in midfield yet mcginn hasn’t won a tackle in weeks stays on

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2 days ago

Should of won, two really poor goals to concede when we were half asleep. Mings is the best we have but FFS he’s got to be organizing from the off, once bad enough but FM twice asleep at the off in both halves !
We were responsible for our own downfall, we got “spammed”, they did nothing of note for the rest of the game, a real smash & grab.

We missed a couple of sitters, keeper made some good saves, pen missed, and var is never going to give us the benefit of the doubt.

I’m disappointed but its not Smith’s fault we as good as dominated the game, simple lapses in concentration not acceptable at this level and the lack of depth is clear to see.

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2 days ago
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Smith has been a very lucky manager with an exceptional general in jack but his luck has run out
Reading tonight we were unlucky maybe but you make your own luck
Sticking with an out of form mcginn using same old subs is not unlucky just really poor management,I remember big Ron playing fenton in a final,plenty other managers give youth a chance not Smith he prefers Elmo elgazi taylors
Time to go now

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2 days ago
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Yeah those 3 highlight the real lack of depth. West Ham were lucky, Smith needs options from the bench and it ain’t those three, I’d include Traore as well.
Once again we were guilty of not moving the ball quick enough, Watkins & Trezeguet were making the runs.
Deserved better.

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2 days ago
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He looked very skillful didn’t he, I agree he would offer some depth. Traore a dud for me, clear as day.

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2 days ago
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No mate
We did enough to win that game tonight, you just know when things go to var it’s not a goal.
What strikes me is the real lack of depth, why we didn’t spend the full 100 mil rumoured to be available in the summer is beyond me and 17 mil wasted on Traore, no impact whatsoever.

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2 days ago

As the Dortmund manager says, there’s 3 things you need to be a great player in modern football …
Pace, pace & pace.

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2 days ago
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Said two weeks in a row, Taylor, Elmo, El Ghazi ??? Surely we have better in the youth set up.
Cash was poor for me today too, Guilbert deserves a shot if Cash struggling with defending & crossing.
Lack of urgency at times from all today, youth would add to that.

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2 days ago

I spent most of last season moaning about the starting 11, now its the subs 😆😆
Not a lot wrong with the start or the way we are playing, would just like some alternatives to be given a chance to make a difference.

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2 days ago

Cash at 15 m looks another poor buy, also has 4 bookings already bring back Freddy,winning goal tonight he let hammers player cross all to easy same v brighton

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2 days ago
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15 mil is nothing in today’s market, he wasn’t great tonight but does have the most tackles over 90 mins than any other player. I would say I’d prefer Guilbert as the alternative at the moment. Plus 2 FB’s on the bench, hard for me to understand.

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2 days ago

night all.
tonight was our own fault that we didnt win this game.

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2 days ago

just showed the offside,and the west ham player had both arms around watkins before he was in an offside position.and it should have been a penalty
all agreed in the studio.

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2 days ago

Martinez 6,cash 5,target 5, Ming’s 6 konsa 6 luis 7 jack 7 conor5 mcginn 4 trez 5 olly 5 subs no mark ,Smith 4 sorry I have read tonight olly played well,what match it wasn’t tonight

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2 days ago

we gave this game away.
and i still say VAR is crap.the defender was pulling watkins why wasnt that spotted.

but as i said,tonights result was our own fault.

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2 days ago

A game we gave away, should definitely have got at least a point and probably all 3.
Lost every game we have fell behind in.

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2 days ago
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No plan b ,we used to laugh at Bruce but Smith has been really poor in every match we lost

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2 days ago
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Same for every side,not how we lined up our sub choice ,no strikers on the bench time for owners to thank Smith and get a decent manager

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2 days ago

We don’t deserve it,or sorry Smith doesn’t

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