Date: 19th July 2007 at 12:22pm
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Actions Speak Louder than Words

We Villa fans have had some interesting summers of recent late, the last one on its own was the most remarkable in modern times, when again we looked at the summer with some dread, owned by a man who had shown time and again that any manager had to delve deep to find quality at little or no cost.

When the manager finally left some way into the summer, the owner pulled off two of the flamboyant moves he was prone to do.

Firstly he employed Martin O’Neill. An extremely well liked manager, highly respected, media friendly and at first glance a wonder of an appointment, most certainly a huge name and one seen on his introduction as the saviour of the club and possibly the man to make the way ready for the coming of a new owner.

And so it came to be, by the season start Villa found themselves owned by an American Billionaire and a new regime had begun. The new regime brought a huge swing in optimism, the owners promised to make change to put Villa back on top of the tree amongst the best in Europe, the talk was of 82, of past glory of no restrictions, of a future full of plenty of the 5 year plan.

One of the oldest managers in football retained his job, his Fans optimism remained high, promises abound from all around the club, talk of big spends, the introduction of the 5 year plan, the CEO with his repeated talk of signing ‘top class players’, Directors with their ‘money is no problem, getting the right player is’ adding fuel to every fans belief this summer would be different, the season ahead would see Villa at long last competing with the best or at the least showing a desire to so do.

The following season has seen many surface improvements, a huge change in attitude and an ever increasing level of promises, backed by money on the table to push through planned improvements the previous owner had instigated but never found the need to finance. As the season progressed time and again the American influence could be seen all over, back room improvements abounded, fans were made to feel involved, a new higher quality management structure was instigated and promise after promise gave huge encouragement to fans world wide.

On the field the picture, despite all the optimism a goodish start, was followed by a huge stutter mid term, but a great 9 game finish meant an 11 th in the league finish. Not as good as most first seasons for previous managers but with a Premiership saving expenditure late on, in the January transfer window far exceeding that of those higher achieving previous managers, lower midtable security was achieved.

The summer is always a time of speculation, a time for rebuilding a fans expectation and belief and a time when managers have a chance to show their mettle via the transfer window. Come the day though players started to depart, no one special but for a team accepted by all including the manager as short on players, short on quality, there were players in there who had held the side together during that sticky mid season struggle and their departure surely left a weaker squad.

Off field essential improvements abound, nothing new mind, nothing that hadn’t been muted for some years, but action has most certainly been instigated and improvements have been made. During the season fans won’t be admiring the new training facilities, a new pub they can’t get into, better chips or colder beer, home fans behind both goals, if their team has just played out another mid table uninspiring performance because its short on players.

‘Actions speak louder than words’ goes the saying.

We’ve had the words, its late on, very late on, its time the off field on field actions started to match the promises that made the fans optimism so high they spent on record season ticket sales. It will happen I’m sure, it should have happened already.


48 Replies to “Action Speak Louder Than Words”

  • It will happen. It’s been saiud a thousand times already but I’ll say it again. The players allowed to leave hardly got a game last season (except for McCann) even when we were thread bare. I still have faith and optimism for the start of the season. The only reason I haven’t bought a season ticket yet is due to the fact I’m penniless. UTV

  • It will happen. It’s been said a thousand times already but I’ll say it again. The players allowed to leave hardly got a game last season (except for McCann) even when we were thread bare. I still have faith and optimism for the start of the season. The only reason I haven’t bought a season ticket yet is due to the fact I’m penniless. UTV

  • Avfc really is a ****. He keeps making the same attempts to place doubt in the new regime amongst the fans. I think he would actually enjoy it if the club failed in its attempts to rebuild itself under the new regime. From this article he appears to think that we should already have qualified for the Champions League, and that now we’ve let Lee Hendrie, J Lloyd Samuel and two poor keepers go we’ll be in a relegation battle. What an idiot. [Edited by FearVilla]

  • what about the millions spent on the new training ground,about 30 mil spent on players so far,more signings on the way WTF do you want?

  • Years ago, it was announced that there would be a an abseiling competition at half time. Some idiot behind me said in a moaning voice’ oh, they’re using ropes!’ I am beginning to think that that whinging old fool was avfc48. This guy clearly is a legend in his own lunchtime. It is so easy to mock other people’s efforts and moan about all that is around you. What, I wonder has he ever achieved? Building a business or a football club is very hard work. Not a lot is achieved by just waving a cheque book – other than losing cash. As someone said, if you want to make a small fortune in sport, take a large fortune and buy a football club. Randy & Co. are, I am sure, are working hard to move this club forward. And what they get from some are stupid comments and faint praise. I admire anyone who has a go at turning a business around. Oh how simple AVFC48 seems to think this is. For heavens sake shut up and take your moaning somewhere else. You are meant to be a supporter not a whinger. Also wonder why the Fear allows two negative articles from the same sad source in two days.

  • With articles like this it’s really hard to not want to turn on a fellow villa supporter. You’re entitled to your opinion mate but it’s pretty flippin negative.

  • Whats wrong with this article, in all fairness it is completely correct… the board have been talikng up new signings and as AVFC48 has said he expects them to come in as do I but at present we only have two in and we have 8 out, admittdly 8 that didnt feature that much but still depletion to the squad…. Everyday it seems now we are getting PR from Martin, we are looking to strenghthen/We will be making signings and like 48 has said ‘actions speak far far louder then words’. Personally i think we should save judgement untill the end of the window but i see nothing wrong with this article in fact it is less negative then 48 normally is !!

  • I’m really saddened to say this about a fellow Villan but WHY ? Why do you have to keep being so downtrodden. Why do you not just wait until the end of the transfer window to see who we buy. I’m getting fed up of saying this but if at the end of the window we still only have 2 summer signings then vent your frustrations at the board and MON. We still have 6 weeks until the end of the window and I am willing to be patient on this as I do believe that we will sign the right players.
    Just a note on a previous thread submitted by AVFC48. Just because a player doesn’t cost £8m plus doesn’t mean that he won’t benefit the squad and the first team.
    I bet AVFC48 moaned when Graham Taylor brought a certain hasbeen from Man Utd. If anyone doesn’t remember that player his name is God and forever will be. Ooh Aah Paul McGrath. UTV

  • avfc48 just loves to play devil’s advocate doesn’t he? But is anyone else, like me, getting bored of him churning out the same old *****e day in day out now?

  • It’s not just avfo48, it’s loads of sites people being like this. Doesn’t mean majority is right. I can sympathise, I am a villa supporter after all and would love to see £20m+ deals made for players but it’s just not a current realistic ambition, and not necessarily the right thing for villa either.

  • I think one of the best things about this site is that instead of taking the middle-of-the-road, on the fence position on everything, Fear lets people with all sorts of views put their thoughts across so, overall, it’s balanced by the extremes and everything in between!

  • AVFC48 is really annoying the crap out of me. He’s entitled to his opinion, but im sick to the back teeth of hearing it.

  • You’re a f***in disgrace, people like you bring a black cloud over our great club with your pathetic drivel and constant unjustified critisism, there is one thing being critical but you are just an idiot, why don’t you tell us all where these world class players are coming from ? being as there are only around fifteen true world class players in the world and they generaly wear Milan, Barcelona, Juventus or Real Madrid shirts. And tell us you cluless d***head just how you would get them to sign, take them for a tour around the now disfunctional HP Sauce factory ? I can see it now, to your left Mr Messi is the Jewelry quater and just up hear on your right is the great Aston Expressway. Why don’t you keep your mouth shut AVFC48 because I for one am becoming very bored with your illogical judgements on the events at Villa Park. We need a squad first, not a couple of one season wonder primadonna’s.

  • And another thing……how the**** do you know what the chips taste like at Villa Park ? you never go there, you are just an armchair fan, not a true supporter who stands there home and away come rain or shine.

  • avfc48 isn’t discounting the work that the new regime have done for the good of the football club. We all had certain expectations when it came to player acquisitions during the summer months fuelled by the media and by quotes made by our board. We go on tour on Sunday, and the large majority of fans expected a stronger squad to have been assembled at this point. Instead, some are looking towards the coming season with a little negativity – and by this stage even without the Harewood transfer, with the squad going on pre-season tour, many would have started getting ‘teachy’ about new signings and the depleted nature of our squad. I think what avfc48 is looking for is answers to question’s, possible misquotations and interpretations. Unfortunately we have no evidence that the club are trying their utmost to sign top-class players which is understandable. There does certainly seem to be a divide in the mindset of Villa fans at the moment, some continue to entertain their fantasies believing that the club will eventually sign ‘world class’ players this summer, others, believing that we will improve in squad numbers and size but maybe not quality by the time the window shuts, and a few others more, believing that the club have marketed themselves in such a way so that they can shift as many season tickets as they can. Regardless of what your mindset is, we are all Villa fans, we all gave the new regime and the new manager until the end of the 07-08 season to pass judgement… what we must not do is become divided amongst ourselves – we are all entitled to constructive opinions but we must back the club at all times!

  • Why does everyone keep going on about Defoe ????? he was never an option. Full stop. The club or MON have never stated this fact. He is a decent player but not worth £12m+ . And Crouch can stay where he is, thank you very much. You can’t make players come here, it’s their futures at stake aswell, players will want to see what happens at Villa over the next season at least, and they all want European football if they have any quality about them. Like MON say’s…..hunger is the key at our level, hunger to push yourselves up another gear, hunger to get a starting place. Tht’ll do me fine. Or maybe we should sent AVFC48 out to persuade Kaka and Pirlo to come join us.

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