Bye ‘Eck – McLeish Out At Aston Villa


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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7 Responses

  1. Inherited villa says:

    Well written and a fair reflection of what happened. The truth is that supports will get behind a team that is attempting to win, but how can you cheer a team that is set up to roll over and accept defeat. OK the transfer pool was not huge but the talent already in the squad at the start of the season was a match for all teams other than the top 6 or 7. Agbonglahor looked totally demotivated throughout the season and why not when probably the most likely source of crosses (albrighton) was rarely picked. Bent in the first half scored goals but hardly smiled when he did. The key for Lerner is to employee a manager with attacking intent ( Martinez) to prove the team will be fun to play in. He needs to keep the core of the squad and the young talent. I would keep:


    The rest can go and be replaced with youth and 3 quality signings in central defence and midfield

  2. Frank Heaven says:

    Be careful what you wish for.

    For two decades and more, Villa were the leading Midlands club by a distance, run prudently and astutely by one Sir Herbert Douglas Ellis.

    Only Villa fans wanted him out. So in came an overseas owner, and now Villa are heavily in debt, experiencing dire football, and flirting with relegation.

    Oh, and they’ve lost top dog in the Midlands status to West Brom.

  3. dazzler says:

    Frank…. one swallow doesn’t make a summer. West Brom need a few more years in the top flight to match our achievements

  4. anan says:

    very well written article. particularly the comments concerning “those who derided them (villa supporters) were wrong”. this comment obviously should be applied to all the so called pundits on shows like MOTD and Sky Sports News, who for one reason or another seemed to think the Villa supporters were deluded.

    for me though, when ‘nuetral’ pundits like Kevin Keegan, Andy Townsend and Gareth Southgate are too shocked for words (as they were during the live televised match against Spurs at Villa Park), then that speaks volumes of the standing of Aston Villa as a big club in English football.

    Glad McLeish has gone. pray the board do not make another balls up in appointing his successor. forget Lambert, Rodgers and co. – all true supporters want a Villa connected guy in charge to reinstall some feelgood factor and make Villa Park a happy home again.

  5. Roger1Ducky says:

    anan – “pundits” eh , or “football people “, as so many of them , particularly Graham Taylor is fond of saying. i.e. “us” experts , the ones with the special insight that can only be gained from having been “in” the game. When managers fail, these football people always close ranks. “Oh poor old Joe. I know Joe , he’s a great manager not really had the luck , not really had the support, wasnt given sufficient billions to compete, wasnt given time. blah blah blah.

    Always someone else’s fault – the owners . dont have the “football knowledge they should just get out of the way, and let us football people get on with it.

    Fans ? What the hell do they know. They’re just there to be fleeced.

  6. Chris P says:

    Be interesting to see where McLeish pitches up next, he’ll be forever tarred with the bleak reputation he’s cultivated at Birmingham and Villa. I lived in Scotland when he was in charge of Hibs and Rangers and though I didn’t follow either team closely I don’t remember them playing anywhere near as dour football as his teams in England have.

    Would be an interesting test of the theory expressed in this article (which I tend to agree with) that Villa fans were more opposed to McLeish’s football than him being Birmingham manager if Villa try and poach Chris Hughton.

  1. May 19, 2012

    […] « Bye ‘Eck – McLeish Out At Aston Villa », par Ian King, Two Hundred Perce… Retour sur le parcours difficile d’Alex McLeish à Aston Villa, dont il a été licencié, axé autour d’incohérences et d’orientation ultra-défensive qu’il avait déjà mise en place chez le rival de Birmingham City. […]

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