Date: 21st March 2006 at 1:01pm
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According to Beefy, Doug might just have got it right

If these stories about DOL potentially being sacked at Easter are true then I’m with Unky Herb on this one and I think he has played it well to ignore all of the hysterics that have gathered pace over the past weeks and months.

We all went into this season prepared to give DOL another chance, a chance to prove last season was blip and that we could recapture what we achieved in that initial season.

The Donny debacle was followed by sufficiently good results that it warranted him staying (just about).

However, the last three months have really been atrocious and it is now painfully obvious he has lost the dressing room and has no clue himself how to turn things around, so trots out all these excuses so as to make his failure look a bit rosier when it comes to future job interviews. I imagine the last six weeks HDE has, like us, wanted rid of him – but he knows better than any of us the financial implications of this action and that has to balanced against the financial implications that come with a takeover. We may claim to know facts and figures but ultimately we don’t and he does (other than the accounts).

He can presume that the new owners will want a total changing of the guard and that includes DOL, so the financial burden of the pay off he can happily leave to any future owners and muddle through until the end of the season with current regime. Now comes the big, decisive part: No premiership = No takeover or considerably less money. The drop in value and lack of interest if we were to drop I imagine is far in excess of any amounts needed to pay up DOL & co’s contracts.

The only answer is if we have any doubts as to relegation then leave it until we are facing the big six pointer games (Blose and WBA) as the vast majority of times a caretaker manager gets promoted from within the club he is known and respected by the current players and, in turn, for at least a few games, they give more than they have in the previous month and that is what is needed to ultimately stay in the division (witness Roeder the reserve coach and Shearer the club legend).

So, if Sid the club legend and Kevin Mac the reserve coach do takeover until the end of the season it is a big pat on the back – stood on the edge of a cliff – from me for Dear old Dougy. If he could just see his way to follow DOL out of the door then top marks all round!

By Beefy

 

11 Replies to “Doug In Correct Decision Shocker”

  • dol is a cheque book manager , look at leeds , when the funds dryed up so did the wins , poor tatics poor man managment nough said v

  • The whole thing does seem to hinge on the takeover. If theres no takeover then its obvious that we need a manager that can manage effectively on a limited budget, however if theres a significant injection of cash then a manager must be appointed that can

  • Totally agree, greeat write up Beefy, oh and i love the animated adverts, class!

    seriously though, i really hope that the theory that we WILL be taken over and that we are all sat here with our collective balls in cold water is right coz if we get to t

  • WHOS TO SAY THAT IF AND WHEN THE TAKEOVER HAPPENS THAT WERE GOING TO GET A LARGE CASH INJECTION.
    IF VILLA WAS SUCH AN ATTRACTIVE PROPOSITION FOR INVESTORS, THE CLUB WOULD HAVE BEEN IN NEW HANDS BY NOW.
    THIS SEEMS TO BE DRAGGINGING ON FOR FAR TOO LONG.

  • Well something had to give, if only to placate supporters, and Ellis sure wasnt going to up and off. By meeting with DOL and confirming that his managerial position was on the line (if that is indeed what has happened), then Ellis is getting himself a lit

  • As far as I am concerned – we missed our chance to make a difference this season. We should have saked DO’L after the Doncaster game. If there was no takeover talk (or Doug was a few years younger) he would have went then without a doubt – most of our man

  • It isnt Dougs style to be shy on the trigger. A loss on Saturday and I think DOL could be gone. His friendship with GT didnt matter when it came down to it, so I’m sure he wouldnt think twice in axing O’Muppet!

  • But then who to come in………….realisticly!! I know we said O’Neill in the poll – obviously Cowans and MacDonald will probably take charge until end of the season but then who?? How about we start throwing (realistic!!) names into the hat now on who

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