Just like the chosen one, who we know sets very high standards, and who leads by example. We Villa fans also have high standards. And the majority of us realise that when the reins are handed over. That we have to make allowances, so therefore don’t expect miracles to happen overnight. But we do expect to see steady progression. That said, we can’t ignore the fact that our current league position is a precarious one. But the positive being, there is still two thirds of the season remaining. I know I am stating the obvious, but we do need to see an upturn in results, and quickly. So that a bad situation doesn’t turn into a relegation battle. That’s just the reality of where we find ourselves at present. Steven Gerrard’s said he’s accustomed to high pressure environments. He’s experienced them all of his working life.
That’s probably just as well, because the Aston Villa hot seat is usually arduos and anything but plain sailing. But this didn’t deter Steven Gerrard from taking the role, such is the belief he’s got in his own ability. The infastructure is in place to give Steven Gerrard the best chance to deliver success. For that reason, the only thing that can stop Steven Gerrard being successful at Aston Villa, is Steven Gerrard. Lets hope we never need to say why didn’t we just give Dean Smith more time to turn it around. Because that would only mean one thing.
Lets just say, now that I’ve had time to get my head around Steven Gerrard being appointed. I’ve come to the conclusion, that even though there is an element of risk to this appointment. It’s bold, it’s brave, but it excites me, and as a fan I want to be excited. So I am pretty chilled about it now. I also believe Villa have a group of players that should not, under any circumstances, be worried about the threat of relegation. And regardless of his lack of managerial experience at this level. I think Steven Gerrard is the type of person where failure is not an option.
Demand 110% Commitment
In the short term I think Steven Gerrard needs to find out which players he can call upon who will sweat, give blood and keep going to grind out the results. Gerrard will be looking for players who will fully commit 110% to the cause and then build on that.
After taking on the role of resurrecting Villa’s fortunes. Last week the chosen one saw his Villa managerial career get off to the perfect start, with victory and a clean sheet. This weekend he takes his players to Selhurst park. A ground that Villa last won at in 2014, courtesy of a brilliant solo effort by Christian Benteke.
Back To Back
This week the chosen one will have a full week with the players. So hopefully all the work done on the training pitch transpires into their performance at the weekend. And enable the team to record back to back wins. That really would be the dream start, and suddenly Villa fans would be looking up the table, rather than down it. Of course there’s lots of work to be done and fans expectations will never dissipate. So while it may be a little early to expect a christmas miracle. An early christmas gift will be more than welcome. However, the reality is, the chosen one will still be assessing the players. Finding out their habits, good and bad, getting to know their strengths and weaknesses, while instilling his own methods.
Pending injuries, fitness levels etc. Does Stevie G stick, twist, or even tweak and reward some of the subs who made the difference with their cameo roles last weekend. Changing a winning team that is not enforced is always a risk, for the manager. But it’s what managers sometimes do and good teams adapt too it.
Over to the chosen one then.