Alex McLeish’s Honeymoon Period Ends Before It Begins

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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9 Responses

  1. john carlton says:

    AN EXCELENT ARTICLE I AM AND ALWAYS WILL BE A VILLA SUPPORTER AND LET US ALL BE HONEST OUR AND THE OTHER FOURTEEN CLUBS WILL BE TO FINISH IN SEVENTH PLACE THE REALITY IS AIMING HIGHER WOULD ENCOURAGE FINANCIAL RUIN I WOULD RATHER FINISH TENTH THAN HAVE OUR CLUB BANKRUPT THE SOONER THE TOP FOUR ARE SHIPPED OFF TO A EUROPEAN SUPER LEAGUE THE BETTER THE FACT IS THAT IT IS AN UNEVEN PLAYING FIELD UNTIL FINANCE RESTRAINTS ARE INTRODUCED WE HAVE TO BE REALISTIC. OH AND THE MINDLESS MORONS OUTSIDE VILLA PARK DO NOTHING BUT HARM FOR OUR CLUB WE REAL SUPPORTERS WILL SUPPORT OUR CLUB IRESPECTIVE OF WHO OWNS OR MANAGES OUR CLUB IT IS BIGGER THAN ANY INDIVIDUAL ME INCLUDED KIND REGARDS JOHN CARLTON

  2. Francis Richardson says:

    The most thoughtful article I’ve read on the subject. There can be no honeymoon period, but no doubt the extra cash in Alex’s pocket after his contractual reduction following relegation, will help him to offset the bricbats.

  3. Christo says:

    I have no problem with him being from Birmingham but problem I do have is that he got Rangers to finish 3rd in a 2 team league and has got his team relegated twice in 3 prem years.
    As Villa that are a team that have ben chasing the champions league in last few seasons but last one I feel that we could of got a manager of a way better standered

  4. Allan says:

    The funny thing about the whole McLeish saga, is that it’s the reaction of the Villa fans that make them look less like the victims here than they wish.

    Whether it’s the ignorance of McLeish’s past record (he won 2 Scottish championships – when his Old Firm rival’s were managed by some bloke called Martin O’Neill), or the delusions that Villa are a big club (when exactly was their last trophy?).

    I can see why Villa have gone for McLeish, despite his connections to Birmingham City. He has a good track record & has won trophies – even if he has more of a reputation as being more of a luck manager.

  5. Good point from Allan vis a vis O’Neill although I have heard some Villa fans admit that that man’s record doesn’t bear scrutiny as robustly as one would think.

    At least Villa don’t have to pay relocation expenses and McLeish is probably a better manager than Gerard Houllier.

  6. Noshow says:

    It never ceases to amaze me just how some clubs get to the decision they do on just who to appoint as their new manager and McLeish (with his previous record) is a perfect example.

    Is the pool of talented managers really that small?

    Or is the more pertinent question do some clubs need to look at the way they entice, appoint, retain and manage their Managers?

  7. Disgruntled says:

    Dont you find it worrying that Gerard Houllier was given the chance anyway and then the fiasco of choosing a new manager after his departure? Not even a consistant choice of styles by the managers in the frame! Lets admit it as the article states AM will not get any period of grace from the fans

  8. Disgruntled says:

    I can see Bent trudging a lonley furrow up front playing in front of a 4-5-1, gabby on the bench, dire sterile football being served up week in week out. Not just his conections with Birmingham but the football he promotes, you can really understand the protests and john carlton they were not all mindless morons who protested! Everyone has a right to voice their opinion and just because its not the same as yours it doesn’t make them a moron.

  9. Mark says:

    Excellent article, although I would like to argue the point that villa are the victims.. Many fans at your rivals are not too unhappy at his departure.. I am undecided.. My dis-satisfaction is none specific with regards to mccleish or villa.. He had provided a list of players wanted.. The board were in the throes of providing those names (3 of which have arrived) then learned randy and Paul f*uckup decided to tap into mccleishs managerial skills.. The manager was under contract.. And now they try and act all innocent.. I suppose that’s football tho where a contract and a mans word means absolutely nothing..!! A la king from Coventry huh??!!!

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