It’s Gooner be almost impossible to turn things around now. Like me, I know right now all Villa fans are disappointed. What with witnessing yet another slip up last night, which probably was the final nail. But also with how our season as panned out. But come on, we all knew getting promoted was the easy bit. It’s staying up, which is the challenge.
It always been that way, and always Gooner be, mainly because of the existing quality in the Premier League. But given that we did spend big, should we have consolidated?. One would think so, but given how many new players we purchased, and their lack of premier league experience, was that Gooner ultimately cost us?.
Drill That Defence It’s The Premier League
I think the answer is no it was not the number of player’s or their lack of Premier League experience which was Gooner ultimately cost us. It’s been a lack of quality coaching, especially defensively. I say this because we lost so many games after taking the lead. Had we been able to shut up shop, and see games out, we would be sitting in the top 10, and not looking at playing championship football next season.
We all know your Gooner get punished at this level for the slightest mistake, Just ask Remi Garde. So there are no excuses, Chris Wilder as his defence drilled. So I am incensed and amazed that one of the best defenders this country has seen in recent years. Who’s an assistant coach with us, never had our defence drilled. John Terry may be learning his trade in regards to becoming a coach, but he already knows all about defending. I guarantee he would not have accepted our defensive displays if he was at Chelsea.
It’s also true our head coach, Dean Smith, had no previous experience at managing at Premier League level. But that’s no excuse, a coach with all his years of experience should at least make sure the basics are Gooner be in place. How can he not notice when players are fatigued and use the full depth of the squad that’s at his disposal. I know he’s a boyhood Villa fan, and he won us promotion from the championship in his first season with us. So he deserved his chance in the Premier League. But the Villa board should have found his replacement way back in January in hindsight.
Sack or Keep Smith
According to the poll, I am currently running, and at the time of writing, this 73% of the votes cast, want Smith replaced. I was all for giving Dean Smith this opportunity. As I was sick to death of our club doing the merry go round. I thought Smith’s reputation for coaching was Gooner be invaluable and enable us to build a brand of football, similar to what I saw his Brentford team produce at times.
Unfortunately, for us Villa fans for whatever reason, it’s just never materialized here at Villa. Maybe it was Smith winning promotion so soon, and then just the pressure of managing Villa in the top flight that got to him. He won’t be the first Manager to be influenced and succumb to the expectations of managing our great club.
Part of me wants to see Smith remain in place, and return us to the Premier league in 12 months. But when I remove my rose-tinted claret and blue glasses and stop looking for a fairy tale ending, I can see it’s possibly a recipe for disaster, Paul Lambert should have gone a long time before he finally went. I would hate to see the club repeat past mistakes.
What happens now is anyone’s guess, will the club keep the services of those who have failed?. Yes probably, perhaps under the guise that the club Gooner need stability. For me, they all should go, I am sick and tired of listening to spouted PR crap like this.
Hollow Words Here From Christian Purslow Before The Season Started
“The players that are coming in, are known or have worked with Dean Smith or the club before. We’re being highly strategic – it’s not collect a footballer. I think that will stand us in good stead.
Dean thinks we should win every game of football. He thinks if they score three, we’ll score four.
Be ready guys, he’s not going to go away at Manchester City and play for a nil-nil. Every game is play to win. We want to surprise people outside of the club. Nobody at the club believes we’re going to go straight back down – I think we’re going to have a fantastic season.”
What our club needs right now with or without survival, is for our owners to admit they made some poor calls and rectify them. They need to demote Christian Purslow to a role he’s more suited to, like the head of commercial activities or something. Then hire a forward-thinking C.E.O with extensive Football knowledge. Vancouvervillan a long-time contributor to the avfcvillablog mentioned the ex Southampton C.E.O a few days back. Nicola Cortese, I believe was his name, anyway, someone of that ilk would be a step in the right direction. The days of Mr Villa, Steve Stride seem so distant now.
Then the new C.E.O needs to dismiss Dean Smith and his assistants, John Terry included. Then show some vision and ambition and go all out to hire the likes of Pochettino or Rafa Benitez, or someone of there ilk. For far too long now, Villa has failed to attract and employ the right Coach/Manager. Yet we have wasted millions upon millions on players. If we’re ever to get back among the football elite, not only in this country but also in Europe, then this needs to change.
If the above happens, then I am confident we have a real chance to not only, bounce straight back, but build something that as longevity. However, If the club’s hierarchy does nothing, and believes Dean Smith gained some valuable premier league experience. From which Aston Villa will be better for, in the long term, then Aston Villa is Gooner be out in the wilderness for quite a few years to come.
It’s the Gooners up next in our quest for survival. I cannot see us taking it to the final day. But no doubt I am Gooner end up watching from behind the sofa if we somehow do.