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It’s Gooner Be Almost Impossible Now

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.”

New C.E.O

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.

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jcv
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2 months ago

hi lads,
im still of the mind that we need a manager change.
if still in the prem it has to be a Rafa type manager.
if in the championship.we still need a change.
we are now linked with brentford players,
and they are only in the play offs.

we are still not thinking big enough.

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2 months ago

Testing

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You’re in bud !

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2 months ago

Henley

Lolley seems a good winger but that hasn’t been able to help Forest. On the other hand Bowen has slotted right in at Spam (hope i’m not tempting fate here !) hasn’t looked out of place at all.
From what i’ve seen this season it would be nice not to have a complete overhaul and build on what we have.
The other issue is we haven’t really had huge success buying the best of the championship in our recent past.
Not sure when the new season starts but seem to be reading it’s likely a short break.

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2 months ago

September 12th start, May 23rd finish. Start is 3 weeks after both the European Cup finals.

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Thanks mate, I knew the transfer window ended in October but wasn’t sure when the new season actually started.
Cheers

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I don’t know how I ended up with the 14 after my user name

probably that welsh Gin ? maybe the Mothers ruin is the reason you also stumbled across my site ? you still have not told me how you found it

Not sure why you had issues logging in because guests only had to add a username and valid email address to make a comment and the comment field for returning guests, username and email should have stayed filled in,

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2 months ago

Ever heard of John Swift, anyone? I read that he’s being lined up as Jacks replacement. 25 year old Reading midfielder. Ex Chelsea academy. Played for Brentford 2015/16 on loan. That looks like it would be a manager choice as opposed to a Suso one.

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Not heard of him but I think we are getting towards silly season for transfer speculation. I read talk of Lolley again after their crash out of the play offs.
Tbh only championship player i think we need is Benrahma

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2 months ago

Yes, and a short silly season that will be too.
Others I have read about are Luiz and Mings to Arsenal.
Rumours will start in earnest this coming Monday

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2 months ago

Tbh only championship player i think we need is Benrahma

Shush ? that could change Sunday???

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2 months ago

I like Lolley (and not just because he is a Villa fan ?)

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No not until someone on social media linked him to us a few days ago one of many I suspect.

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It’s the 3rd season in a row that our last game of the season will determine if we play Premier League football the following season.

A single goal win for us at West ham and that would mean Watford would have to win by 3 clear goals at Arsenal to go ahead of us because our GF column is superior.

The only way Bournemouth can leap frog us is if we lose and they win 

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2 months ago

Mings and Grealish in team of the week

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/53492583

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Thanks for sharing and sorry for the waiting for approval pop up that appeared, it’s something to do with the settings when links are attached, i will get round to sorting it

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The site’s not auto refreshing for me again, not sure if that’s something my end ?

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No i think its an issue this side to be honest

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I’ve just logged out and back on again, and that seems to have corrected it for now. But I’ve done this previously and it has just reverted back again. Maybe it’s better on Microsoft Edge? I prefer Firefox though tbf.

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It could just be a cache issue

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OK, I’ll clear the Mozilla cache and see how it goes. Ta.

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mate its this sites cache probably down to cookie expiry set time

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Leave it to you then ! ?

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Hobgoblin14

I have been meaning to ask you how did you find my blog?

I deleted your comment below for obvious reasons

Not sure if you misread my comment or you have just been on the beer and i have no idea if you are confusing email with comment ?

when you speak about i cannot see VV email to me – did you give him your email address?

if your confused and meant a comment he’s not sent one on here to you

My comment yesterday was about you only posting a comment on here regarding VV it was not the amount of comments you make or have made on here or elsewhere or at what time. It’s a villablog after all.

I have two usernames and two emails for you now

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Could have been me ???

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Would have been funny if the dog had bit him ? Whatever emotions we all experienced last night, Sunday’s will be on whole other level all together. Not sure i am ready for it.

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yep and me ???

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2 months ago

after last nights result,our chances of stopping up look a lot healthier.
and if thats the case,then DS should still go.
we have to look at the season in its entirety,
and when we do,hes still failed in my book.

surely if we do stop up,that gives the owners the chance to bring in a top manager.
ie a Rafa or somebody of the same ilk.
lets not make the mistakes of the past.

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Ultimately I’d like someone of Rafa’s ilk to manage us, it may also help us attract better players. We have the money, i was a little surprised with rich owners we went for Smith in the 1st place, but mate, this has been far from a regular season with the pandemic’s intervention or even having to reconstruct best part of a whole squad on a budget with little experience. Difficult season to judge him on.

What I do like to see from any manager is some ability to learn from previous mistakes, its usually a sign that improvement is possible, tbh I think he’s done that.
The reorganization with a better shape and being harder to beat has certainly improved, think the restart has proved that.
Then there’s the JT factor, has he been overuled or ignored and Smith taken over defensive coaching as well ? Probably not something we’ll ever know for sure.

Bottom line I’ve seen an improved team and Smith has to have had some influence on that. Yesterday and previous few games he got the starting 11 right & even the subs right for me.
IF we stay up I dont see Smith leaving, a poor start next season might see him go though.
Given the strange season I think he probably deserves another shot at it. I would send Terry on his way and take a serious look at Suso’s recruitment though.

? Be well mate

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If we stay up then I believe they’ll have to give Smith another chance. And if they do, I’ll support him. Maybe just shifting Suso would be as helpful as anything.

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Bb why am I coming up as guest

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Buddy that’s just the label everyone gets who has not registered – If you find registering too daunting i can set it up for you, and you would just need to follow the instructions you get sent in an email to change password to one of your choice.

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I see villa fans getting carried away by Smith first managerial masterclass for us,Freddie and Elmo only got picked to play when hause got injured,if we do stay up would like to see Smith and backroom staff get nice pay off and offer poch what he needs to take over

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If you referring to social media, then it don’t surprise me. I have said what i think needs to happen with or without survival. Survival will certainly increase our chances of attracting a top coach.

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I don’t care whats occurred elsewhere.I will not allow it to over spill onto this site.

In fairness to both of you all i see is a response to a question and your response to that response. 

From my perspective i am more concerned that after the most important game in Villa’s season your only comment following the game does not include anything about the game, or the victory or what it means going into Sunday’s game.

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2 months ago

Night mate, thanks again
Great day

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2 months ago

seems to be working fine.

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Off to finish my beer but yep your pts are increasing ok now, so all’s good
UTV
i could do with watching a re-run of the game now without being stressed doing it just to unwind over a beer before i go bed ?night

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Testing
Thanks BB

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Hopefully its all good now i will check log shortly to see if its awarded you correctly

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Vancouver i have just sent your new credentials via email UTV
I’m still buzzing also

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Vancouver test 144 pts before this comment

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vancouver sending you an email in next 5 mins

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Its gooner be Premier League !
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Night all

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