The Ongoing Stagnation Of Aston Villa Football Club


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. Iain says:

    I don’t go that often these days. 20 years ago it was home & away but growing up, moving away, having family and, most crucially, falling out of love with overpaid and morally vacuous “professionals” saw my interest decline considerably. Coupled with the stagnation presided over by Ellis it seemed easier to try and forget about my previous passion and to move on. Kind of like leaving your partner because you know they’ll not be able to hurt you any more when you’re 90 miles away! Anyway….. My 6 year old loves his footy and I feel he should be made to suffer as I have so we’ve been going since he was 4. Not good timing! First game for him was 2 weeks after O’Neill walked out seemingly fed up over a change of ambition from above. Until recently I’ve been pretty defensive of any criticism of Mr Lerner; after all, who are we to tell him he should spend HIS money in a gamble for a top 4 place. However, the recent 3-0 defeat to a poor Wigan team prompts me to suggest the following:
    1) If you’re good enough you’re old enough. Sorry, they’re not good enough. Don’t let anyone kid you they are. Defenders can’t defend, midfielders can’t tackle and forwards carry little threat.
    2) This is the worst Villa team since the late 80’s when we were relegated. And we have had a few brushes with relegation since we returned to the top division under Graham Taylor. January will be interesting.
    3) A team is rarely “right” on the pitch if it isn’t “right” at the top and an absentee landlord is not ideal!!

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