Date: 6th January 2020 at 6:45am
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In an interesting post on the Forum, main man The Fear questioned the ambition of the club (and indeed the fans) with our perceived obsession with small-time thinking and an ongoing refusal to acknowledge and take advantage of our highly decorated history and our place among the greats of English and European football.

A social media post illustrated how Aston Villa have accumulated the fifth-highest points total in the history of the English top-flight:

and The Fear lamented why we seem happy to settle for mediocrity, particularly in terms of our managerial appointments. “This is a great illustration why I get so angry when people talk Aston Villa down. Even on here it happens. Comparing us to Burnley, or Bournemouth, even Leicester. 

We continually, and have for decades, brought in middle of the road managers. Even now, why with so much money did we not get a manager with a top pedigree, if the ambition is to get us back to the top? Instead, we have another (Villa fan and top bloke aside) learning on the job. That isn’t ambition. Neither is buying young players who will have a sell-on value really.

We’ve seldom acted like we should be, as a big club. Big club, massive potential, nowhere near acting like it though and that is, as said, for decades and was the reason for the Ellis protests all those years back. Since then, we’ve had massive money, just not the right decisions.”

It’s hard to disagree with the general thrust of that – we ARE a big club, as the titles, cups and consistently large attendances will testify. The fact remains that we have failed to capitalise on our rich history and standing within the game, through a succession of owners and managers who have failed to ensure that we remain among the elite.

5 Replies to “Big time club, small time thinking?”

  • Excellent article as always JPA. That user, The Fear sounds a top bloke, as are all the folks agreeing with him. the others, well, they are just wrong !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😉

  • I know dean smith is villa through and through but we should be after a top manager who knows the league like Benitez who can attract top players instead of buying championship players if don’t do something soon think will go back down dean smith only changed system because of the fans response to the football

  • We might have been a big club historically, but this counts for very little at the minute IMHO. We need to sensibly re-establish ourselves by buying good players and progressing them. We have clearly had a huge re-build over the summer and I was personally pretty happy with the business we did with the exception that I wanted another wide player, ideally Benrhama, and another striker, where I was hoping for Maupay (sorry Brentford!!).

    I am not sure what Manager Mr Fear thinks we should have recruited?? Would we get an Ancelotti type and would that type be right for the rebuild that we need to go through?? If Liverpool and Arsenal can’t find attractive managers and are having to adopt risky plan B’s, I am not sure how Villa would find a marque manager?? I like Smith – his openness, his approach and his track record and his obvious Villa allegiances – although I have been frustrated by his lack of tactical flexibility (we saw it last year in the Villa winless run without Jack and we have seen it in the recent run) before he switched to a 3-4-3 which clearly suits us better and his inability to show pragmatism/game management.

    We have a solid foundation. We now need to build upon it. That will hopefully be in the EPL BUT it wouldn’t be the end of the world, again IMHO, if we had to continue our development back in the Championship. Although it would be very upsetting to see Jack leave as he almost certainly would in the latter case!!

  • Totally agree.well said.dean’s a great bloke but were going nowhere with him.his signings have been atrocious mostly.and to left without a striker against Leicester is almost unforgivable

  • Dean Smith is a very lucky bloke but he is square peg trying to fit in round hole Villa need a new Manager
    Before it is too late..

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