Crisis Or No Crisis? An Uncertain Time For Aston Villa

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. Steve says:

    Nice to read a good article about Villa, Ian – I just wish it were under better circumstances! “Too good to go down” isn’t being borne out by the results.

    I wouldn’t disagree with anything you’ve written (apart from the West Ham fixture – it’s away)and this summer will be one of radical reconstruction of the players – and possibly (I would say hopefully) managerial staff – no matter what division Villa play in next year. I am certainly not a blinkered supporter of Martin O’Neill – it was probably time for him to leave although the timing of that departure did us no favours. However I think it is impossible to conclude that Gerard Houllier has not underachieved, given the squad at his disposal – a squad which finished 6th three seasons in a row.

    Leaving aside his dreadful PR gaffes which deserve an article all of their own, some of Houllier’s failings have been entirely predictable based on what we already knew of his character from his time at Liverpool. In short, he comes across as vindictive and petty and bears grudges to the detriment of the team. So an England full back Warnock (thought good enough for selection for the World Cup squad only last summer) rots in the reserves while Villa have to play young centre halves and inexperienced midfield players in his position. Why is Carew gone but Heskey still here? Why are our most promising youngsters all on loan at Championship clubs? If Houllier wants certain players out, fine. But wait until the summer.

    Villa supporters would certainly be split on this but my impression is that the majority would like to see Houllier and McAllister gone in the summer, regardless of whether we stay up or not. The players have to take some responsibility, and quite a few have to go. The only reason I can see for Houllier staying is that Randy Lerner doesn’t want to admit he’s made a mistake. I understand he recently fired the Cleveland Browns Head Coach – I only hope Randy has developed a taste for it.

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