Date: 25th July 2006 at 12:34pm
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Former Aston Villa manager John Gregory has said that current caretaker boss Roy Aitken, formerly David O’Leary’s assistant, could do the same as Glenn Roeder did at Newcastle.

Roeder took over from Graeme Souness temporarily and did such a good job he was taken on permanently.

Gregory told his mates at Sky!

‘He’s the man in charge at the moment, so he’ll get the opportunity and could well start the season. As we saw with Glenn Roeder, he came in and totally transformed the team with his tinkering and coaching methods, and they find themselves in the UEFA Cup.’

‘Who says Roy Aitken cannot do the same at Villa?’

He also says he thinks the job is ‘a great opportunity for someone to go in there and revitalise the club – it needs a good kick up the backside. I hope someone goes in there and gets them where they should be.’

I’m sure that will happen, but only once Doug has gone!

Our latest poll asks what you think of the Aitken situation.

 

6 Replies to “Could Aitken ‘Do A Roeder?’”

  • Of course I’d rather have O’Neil but I must say, as been as I always thought that Aitkin was O’Leary’s lacky, Ive been very (positively) surprized. I like his positive attitude, he’s talking the players and team up and they appear to be responding. I do

  • I think he’s a good coach but needs to start his manager career at a lower legue team. I wouldn’t want us to take him on un tested.

  • He is already experienced as a manager, he was the manager of Aberdeen for 2 seasons and managed to win the Scottish League Cup during that time. I know that Aberdeen is not the world’s biggest club but hey, that’s where Ferguson learned his trade too, s

  • Until Ellis goes it would make sense for Aitken to remain as caretaker, and lets hope for the best

  • Compared to Roeder, Roy is at a disadvantage in that its pre-season, compared to the premiership programme, which is when Roeder took over. Winning a string of premiership games would obviously catch Ellis’ eye, whereas winning the pre-season friendlies,

  • To be honest, I would rather have seen Sid given the chance. As much as Aitken has been better than O’Dreary and the players have seemed to respond to him, he is not the big name we need to galvanise the club. As I said, Sid given the caretakers role and

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