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The Expectations Of The Aston Villa Fanbase Is Huge

The Expectations of the Aston Villa fanbase is massive. And over the years the Villa hot seat has proved to be a poisoned chalice. So many who have been lucky enough to have held the position. Have failed miserably, aged and gone grey over night. Which surely makes it one of the hardest jobs in world football. Plenty have tried but only a few have succeeded. Only the brave need apply.

Unfortunately for Dean Smith those expectations are probably greater now, than ever. Because there is a whole generation of Villa fans who have never seen us win anything, apart from a playoff final. So once your honeymoon period is over. You need to deliver or fans will quickly vent their frustrations.

Short Memories

It’s embarrasing that after only three games of a new season. Some of our fans are already calling for the sacking of Dean Smith. For some, Smith being responsible for us winning promotion. Or getting us to a cup final & consolidating us in the top tier. And steadily improving us counts for nothing. It’s about the here and now for them.

It’s also true that some of our older fans have learned nothing from the past. They would still rather see our owners bring in the next messiah every 2 or 3 years. Even though under Sir Doug, it’s was a gamble that seldom paid off.

Limited Success

Previously it as only ever resulted in us having very short periods of limited success. Followed by long periods of being out in the wilderness. So I don’t quite see why some of our fans still insist that we go down that route. I would rather see the fanbase show some patience. And give the current incumbent more time to build something that has longevity.

One Day But That Day’s Not Now

Of course there comes a time when you have to call it a day. But for me that time for Dean Smith is not now. Sackings usually result in the club taking backward steps. So it should only be done as a last resort. And not just because some fans call for it every time we have a bad result.

There’s a reason why Dean Smith is still Villa’s head coach. It’s because he’s bloody earned that right. Fans are entitled to disagree, we all have opinions. And if were honest we have all been guilty of a post match knee jerk reaction. However I’ve still not yet heard a reason that didnt sound like it wasn’t just personal towards Smith.

Considering how far we have come under Smith’s guidance. The current excuses include, he’s taken us as far as he can. Just look at our win percentage from the end of last season to now. His team selections, or his use & timing of subs. Or the ignorant narrative that our previous success was all down to jack. How insulting is that to rest of team.

Reaping The Benefits

It’s no accident we’re already starting to reap the benefit of the investment in our academy. Were starting to see our academy players being called into our 1st team squad. And then making their debuts.

It’s the business model our owners want to follow and a key reason why they hired Dean Smith. So I don’t see a scenario where a Rafa Benitez type Manager ever gets hired. We have come a very long way in a short amount of time. You only have to look back to where we were under the Doc too now. We are making steady progress and have done so for the last 3 years. 

Remember We Fell Into The Abyss

I know expectation are huge, but we did fall into the abyss. So rather than fans saying Smith’s took us as far as he can when results go against us. Maybe It’s time for those fans to look at the bigger picture. Because all I see is improvements happening right across Aston Villa football club.

From winning us promotion in his first season with us. To then keeping us up, to then improving us again last season. So why are some fans still wanting Smith out ? Common sense tells me, that the continued progress being made under Smith would not have happened if Dean Smith was truly out of his depth. And besides this, if he’s done so bloody badly then why do  the same sections of our fanbase believe that qualifying for European competition this season is within reach ? 

Work In Progress Continues

Yeah it’s true he’s now put together a decent group of players who can compete in the top tier. But do we have enough to get top 6 ? Is European qualification in reach or just wishful thinking ? Small margins is what separates the top six from the rest, dropping points at Watford & against Brentford are the sort of small margins that we need to avoid if we want to break into the top six come the end of season. 

In fairness our early results are probably warped due to the list of players currently unavailable for selection. So it’s too early to say with any certainty, if we have filled the void  that was obviously left by Jack’s departure. But expectations will remain the same because we are Aston Villa.

Finally, we now have owners who share our aspirations and have the same expectations as the fanbase. So keep the faith and trust in the process. Because with or without Dean Smith Villa are going places.

UTV

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Bigfatron
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6 days ago
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Expect them to get three,7th min,44 min,and finally 78 min

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7 days ago

Mike dean ref at weekend, ronaldo will surely get a few pens,dean is a cnut

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6 days ago
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As discussed below we’re well overdue a win, Saturday it is then πŸ‘ Watkins the machine with the winner 😎

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8 days ago

No points awarded this week boss?
You okay? Unusual for you not to post something matchday.
Keep your chin up

Last edited 8 days ago by Vancouvervillan
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8 days ago
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Has it really been 12 years since we beat them ?

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8 days ago

hi lads
methinks we have a star in the making ie Bailey
from what i have seen of him jack will soon be forgotten
such a direct player that just dances around defenders
as for the game it was a top notch performance we kept them qiet for the first half and then just let rip
a well earned 3 points πŸ‘πŸ‘

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9 days ago

Just catching up, early golf today.
What a great win, I do think this 352 has something going for it. It allows us to press so well, all the 3 CB’s are very capable and the wing backs allows us to get in a couple of wingers in the mix too. Just look at our bench today ! Brilliant.
Buendia, Traore or Bailey could have potentially come on as attacking wing backs today. Maybe that’s the way we get the wingers in the mix? Too much for Everton today.
Congrats to Cash on his 1st goal, Bailey was pure class, game changer (hope he’s okay). Was worried when SJM had to come off, hope he’s okay too, clearly a concussion but thought Nakamba played well and Ramsey makes a huge difference, that starting MF 3 looks very solid.
Make no mistake, injuries or not, Everton are a very good, well organized side. We kept them very quiet.
I like this formation we look solid and it allows use of that great bench we now have.

Well done to the fans today, clearly VP was rocking, so loud on my feed, Bailey and the new players were gobsmacked by the noise, you did us all proud !
UTV !

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8 days ago

Well, I shan’t take all the credit. But I do have a croaky voice today from all my efforts yesterday 🀣
Fantastic second half performance.

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9 days ago

Cash with a screamer a bailey direct from a corner more like it

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9 days ago
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Super sub ,and nearly a third from Ramsay ,come get confidence up for next week

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9 days ago

Spud mark 2

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12 days ago

I want to see a team like this v everton
Martinez cash Konsa ming’s target Marv mcginn Ramsay bailey Watkins and Ings in a 4231 formation with subs from traore Luis sansom young archer axel

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12 days ago
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You’ll soon think it too πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I do think smith is under pressure to deliver,the goalposts keeping moving

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11 days ago
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FWIW I don’t buy the bollocks either πŸ˜‚

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14 days ago
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Really like to see him score more from corners, maybe set piece coach can help him. Don’t like those fancy turns from CB’s going to end in tears one day 😎

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14 days ago

Just remembered Mario Homosa was the Athletico CB we were linked to.

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14 days ago

For a manager who’s achieving and there really aren’t that many, Smith gets no appreciation from some fans. Criticism for formations and tactics, well he’s tried a few already this season with reasonable results without his best players. I thought he was brave to approach the Chelsea game with a 352, something we haven’t seen from him before and it worked, we out played them for the majority of the game, again because we didn’t win he gets zero kudos.

So far we’ve seen 433, 4231, 442 & 352. We’ve played 4 games and never had the full squad or all the new signings available to him for any. He’s
changed tactics mid game, half time of course he’s still looking for his best 11 and of course he’s still looking at the best formation to get the best out of his squad (those available).
I find it hard to believe he’s being called tactically inept or not making the most of his players, clearly he’s progressed our youth & fringe players AND clearly the squad like playing for him.

Criticism for subs, well hasn’t done much wrong so far this season, they’ve been timely and he’s tried to make tactical changes with his subs, even had the balls to make a half time change or not waited too long into 2nd half so far, improvement for me.

As for his signings well they aren’t just his are they, he’s part of a transfer committee headed by Lange. We should all know you don’t always get to sign the players you want for a variety of reasons, it’s not like going to Safeway.

Talk of Smith not being good enough at this stage is totally outrageous imo.

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14 days ago
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Tell me in simple terms what is smith style,

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14 days ago
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Sorry that was to Vancouver

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14 days ago
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I think its possession based attacking football, granted we’re still working out the strongest team but I think the formation and approach will depend somewhat on the opposition. For the top teams I like the pressing game to try to even up possession. The teams that will sit back are the ones we need to find a way to open up. I think we have better options now than giving it to Joe.

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14 days ago

Dean Smith
Is he good enough going forward honestly I don’t think so,why it’s not because he hasn’t a fancy accent ,never coached abroad ,but then why did he never get a chance at big time before , wouldn’t even think he was our first choice after cabbage head
Our start has been nothing short of nightmare stuff of which smith has had no control what so ever
Who is doing the recruiting as I mentioned before buying loads of youth,nearly entire Tesco squad,even summer buys have been strange like keeper problem on Saturday,8 mins at this level between the two of them not near good enough hard to beat some experience in there even for just training,wages shouldn’t be that big a problem
Defence more than happy maybe another right sided defender for cover but that’s been greedy
I ll leave the rest of squad it’s been covered to death
Set ups/ formations couldn’t say I have like any of first 4 matches ,I know injuries cov19 have made live difficult
Back to a back 5 which for me doesn’t work with players we have got,would have preferred Marv in front of back 4 he played well last game v Chelsea ,then the last sub we r 2 down and puts on Marv along with back 5 crazy

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14 days ago
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He makes mistakes yes, many good CH’s do, look at Stones.
He’s the best we’ve had in a while, vocal defensive leader, captain, I just wish he’d keep it simple sometimes instead of being too fancy with his turns. I’m hoping the set piece coach can get him on the scoresheet more often as well.

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14 days ago

To add there was a rumour we were looking at the Athletico left sided CB in the window, forget his name but 35 mil was talked about. Risky for a CB with no PL experience.

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14 days ago
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No doubt his mistakes are adding up and would like to see him replaced,Watkins missed at least 2 sitters and other half chances,mcginn gives the ball away so many times yet no stick

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14 days ago
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If he is sacked he will be well rewarded with a big pay off,can u explain putting Marv on when we were 2 down with already 5 defenders on,why v Watford it was half time before he changed anything,young playing in midfield v Brentford

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14 days ago
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He won’t be sacked anytime soon, only after Christmas IF we are in the relegation zone and surely anyone who’s been watching football for any length of time can see we’re not R fodder.
He’ll get the season at least and likely way more time, he’s achieving and progressing us.
Marv came on because the game was gone and Luiz was tired, it’s a squad.
You really can’t compare anything to the Watford game where we weren’t match fit and our better players were injured.
Which manager makes unforced 1st half subs ?
Give your head a shake, it was a marvelous performance we out played the CL winners for the majority of the game, Chelsea were lucky.

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14 days ago

It’s not me needs to give my head a wobble,4 points from 12,nice run fixtures coming,as for bossing the game do you ever watch Chelsea,first goal so typical them we are so high up the field it was crazy,cash only appeared when the ball was in net,plus they started without appicalette Kante mount, geoegini only came on at half time second half how many saves Mendy had to make
Smith is a great guy and I will be eternally grateful to him for what he has done but sorry he doesn’t cut with big boys,saying we going to Chelsea to go toe to toe with them madness

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14 days ago
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There aren’t many managers that can “cut it with the big boys” just think he deserves a bit of kudos for having a go, we had 18 shots on goal I think, more than Chelsea.

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14 days ago
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Yep, see my rant above 😁

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16 days ago

Overall I think we were the better team, scoreline didn’t reflect the story. Errors hopefully will disappear but I thought the formation, clearly a new approach, and our pressing 1st half was excellent. After the 2nd half error we then tried to change things bringing on a winger also worked but thought we missed Ramsey after he went off.
Smith gets crap for his formations, tactics and subs but tbh I didn’t see much wrong with his approach today. The 352 worked especially 1st half. I can see us using this formation against top six away again. We had to then commit a bit more and it cost us. Jourghino made a difference for them and we lost the midfield press when Ramsey was subbed.

So…
We tried something new, press was excellent and we created chances on another day we might have buried. I see a lot to be excited about as we progress it’ll come good.
In a way this performance has assured me we will be more than a force against most of the league.
UTV!

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15 days ago

Don’t agree about using 532 our recruiting doesn’t suit it,
Come to think our recruiting since Xmas 2020 hasn’t been right ,
Sansom what or where does he play,Ings can we play him with Watkins,bailey if we are going down the 5 at back where does he fit likewise for beundi, what most posters where crying out for was a dominant midfielder plus help for Watkins none recent signings fit the bill

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16 days ago

hi lads
well to sum up
we gave away a poor goal to start with
but ended up the better side until mings shocking back pass and that killed the game off.
now he does this about six times a season and at this level that isnt good enough.
time for him to be dropped.

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16 days ago
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Ming’s hater,what about all Watkins misses or mcginn passes to opposition or axel not getting near Luka for his 2 goals,

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16 days ago
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mate
ive allways backed mings but there does become a piont when you have to question his mistakes
and i agree about what you say about the other players mistakes

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16 days ago
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Steer could have read back pass a lot better too,I think we both have left out the problem he who doesn’t speak with a fancy accent,by the love what tuchall has done with Chelsea no round posts in square holes

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16 days ago
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I’d question Tuanzebe, Luiz and Steer for the first goal shouldn’t get caught out by a through ball with 3 CB’s. Mings blunder but I don’t think you can blame the manager for individual errors.

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14 days ago

Course you can,sun not hot yellow enough it’s smith fault

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16 days ago

Ref performance up there with one of worst I have seen
Steer nothing to do yet let’s in 3
Ming’s get slatted for mistake yet Watkins missed glorious chances no abuse,
Mcginn sorry I don’t see what everyone else does as for SMITH he has this month and maybe October to get us sorted axel is not answer as a fith defender or holding midfielder,Ings and Watkins don’t look like a front 2

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16 days ago

Somebody needs to take mcginn to specsavers,swear he is colour blind

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16 days ago

Playing well,even if it’s v 12 men ,ref is brutal

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