Dark Day for Villa

August 27, 2010 by
Filed under: Aston Villa, Villa Manager 

It seems relaunching this site has cursed Villa to some extent. A 6-0 crushing defeat to Newcastle being followed up by an unceremonious dumping out of the Europa Cup at the hands of an old enemy. Villa lost 3-2 at home to Rapid Vienna who have knocked us out at the same stage in consecutive seasons. The tie ended 4-3 on aggregate against a side who we should be beating comfortably. Please see the full round up on the Match Report page of the site. Although it is early days it appears that one of last season strongest defence’s would now struggle in a junior Sunday football league. Conceding 9 in two games against inferior opposition does not exactly instill confidence for the rest of the season.

Will Kevin MacDonald call time on his short reign thus far at Villa Park and more to the point should he? It is clear that the player’s would like to know who will be leading them into the new campaign and the uncertainty appears to be affecting them. Mistakes were made tactically in the game resting players who, after a full pre-season and just 3 games under their belts, should not need resting. I feel the outcome would have been different had Warnock started in place of Beye who was at fault for 2 of the 3 goals. Curtis Davies was poor once more and should do his talking on the pitch rather than moaning to the media about not being played because frankly Curtis, if you’re going to play like that every week you’re better off in the reserves.

Stephen Ireland looked in good shape but may be wondering what he’s gotten himself into since joining the club and the likes of Heskey and Albrighton also put in good shifts. It was in the defensive third where we looked dismal and when the ball is delivered into the box at the moment we appear to be giving away free gifts to opposing sides who are more than happy to accept. Are some players surplus to requirements at the club and who do you think should be bought in?

In other news youngster Harry Forrester will be hoping to gain some invaluable first team experience at a decent level after agreeing to join SPL side Kilmarnock on loan. The 19 year old forward who was signed from Watford has impressed in the reserves and we wish him all the best for the season and look forward to him coming back bigger and better.

Who do you think should be the next manager? Where is it going wrong on the pitch at the moment? I want to know your opinions or if you just want to have a good moan about the club that’s fine by me. The site is now fully up and running and updated so keep checking for updates and surely things can only get better? Or maybe worse?


3 Comments on Dark Day for Villa

  1. kingvillain on Fri, 27th Aug 2010 3:26
  2. Long term we shouldn’t panic. This is a transitional period for our club and change often brings pain. We have players who need to go, Sidwell, Beye, Davies particularly have been particularly worthless and have not justified the money earned and spent on fees. We have a small squad because these fringe players have not taken chances to break into the first team and cannot be trusted to wear our historic shirt. Our activity in the transfer market has been poor over the last 4 years in general with a couple of good signings which has left us in a position where we need to take a step back before we advance once more. Lets not have doom and gloom, back the board and support the club. They will get it right.
    We need the “right” appointment which although is an emergency judging by the last 2 performances cannot be rushed.
    My choice for manager I doubt anyone would agree wth. I would like to see Hitzfeld come to Villa Park but be partnered by Bradley. Hitzfeld is now in his 60s having managed on the international scene for the last few years which lets be honest means that he is semi retired. He spoke to Fulham about the position at Craven Cottage which means he is open to a move to England.
    The director of football position working with a manager has never worked in England before but Bradley may be the type of manager who could work with a managerial overseer as this is the rule in American sports rather than the exception. Bradley no doubt is a grafter, a fighter who may fit the English game well. He could be a Wengeresque appointment, his limitations in the European game eradicated by the appointent of Hitzfeld.
    Its going wrong on the pitch for many reasons. We don’t have effective cover at full back on either side. Our CBs are not 100% it and we have 1 too many. Pyschologically the players will feel that villa are on a downward course and have lost impetus and ambition. They are no doubt rudderless right now and the lack of confidence is showing. In my mind Davies is finished, if the guy could play as well as he could leak and moan to the media he would be a genius. As it is he is a major achilles heal in our defence and we never look solid with him in the side whoever his partner is on that day. Beye is a joke, ball watching, positionally inept and no work rate.
    Basically we are paying the price for having a squad that was assembled in a panic with far more very poor signings than good. Shorey and Harewood have gone now but more need to go to free up some wages. Not only have these substandard players been bought in but we have given away players like Steven Davis, Whittingham, Cahill and dare is say it Ridgewell and Gardner. Our activites in the market have put us in a hole that will take us a season or two to dig ourselves out of and we have to accept that we may lose the likes of Ashley Young because of it.
    Sorry about the long rant of a post but its nearly 4.30 in the morning and I am so pi55ed off that I can’t sleep and with nobody around to moan at this blog can hopefully absorb some of my anger at what has happened over the last few weeks.
    Up the Villa

  3. Villa_Jams on Fri, 27th Aug 2010 6:57
  4. For me the single player who disappointed me the most last night was Ashley Young. His delivery and decision making was abysmal. Last season we were always dangerous from set pieces yet we had several free kicks in good positions and corners that Young wasted one after the other.
    It says alot about how bad the team performance was when Heskey was arguably the man of the match!
    After watching the horror show at Newcastle I thought that Friedel was past it and it was high time Guzan had a chance – then he puts in a poor performance against Vienna.
    On the last couple of performances we have a lot of problems with the players – whose confidence looks shot.
    I like KMac and wanted him to get his chance but I think the results and performacnes have shown that there’s a world of difference in being a good reserve manager and the premier league. He’s learning as he goes and making mistakes that are costing us matches. FFS why wait until the last 8 mins to bring on the Fonz?
    Martin Jol won’t leave Champions League football at Ajax for Villa – right now I’d go for either Bradley (if he can get his tactics right to get the USA to beat Spain, and give Brazil a game then he’s surely got the tactical nous for the Prem – tho it is a big risk); or Klinsmann.
    Randy did not look happy with what he was watching sat in the stands – hopefully this will push him into making a decision.

  5. martinlaurence on Sun, 29th Aug 2010 20:11
  6. Interesting views guys and I agree for the most part some players like Davies and Beye are surely surplus to requirements and may give us some money for new players so need to be sold. What do you think about Ronald Koeman’s interest? Kingvillain that’s why we here and I appreciate your rant very much as it’s largely true and there’s alot of interesting opinions in their so keep them coming!

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