General Krulak following a wave of comments and controversy over Gerard Houlliers comments and actions during and after the Liverpool game has left the following message in his thread on our forum:
1. To all Fans: I have read all of your comments regarding the L’pool game in general and the remarks made by GH in particular. I can assure you that I have passed your thoughts to Randy, the Board and to our Manager. I am unable to get into GH’s mind not am I able to understand what he was feeling before, during and after the game…feelings that led him to make the comments he did. Equally, I am not going to try to minimize what he said…make excuses…or anything else. There is no denying what he said…it is there for all to see. What I don’t know, as I indicated, is what was going thru his mind at the time…and neither does anyone else. What I DO KNOW is that what he put forth in his statement that was put out yesterday is far closer to the reality of how he feels. ‘….and I say emphatically that we will battle through.
Building a lasting success at Aston Villa is my focus and my commitment to this challenge is resolute. It is down to us collectively as a Club to work hard to bring joy and success to the fans because the fans are the most important. They are vocal and fantastic, which I stated when I first come here. They know we are in this together.’ I know that his comments on Monday evening…and his actions…seem at odds to these words BUT, I have talked to him often, seen him at Bodymoor Heath, listened to him talk about the Club and what he is trying to do…and NONE of it is reflected in what happened on Monday. NOTHING can be done to retract what occurred…it is what it is. What I am saying is simply that I think I know how he feels about our Club and it is exactly what you would want him to feel. Again, I am just not in a position to talk about what GH was feeling when he walked into the Liverpool stadium…I only know what I have seen and heard as he has worked hard for our Club. We have a long way to go. Those who are seeking GH’s head…who are asking that he be fired…have the right to feel that way…they pay for their tickets and can say what they want. At the same time, Randy and the Board need to keep focused on the overall goal…and we believe that GH is key to achieving that goal. His statement made it very clear that ‘building lasting success at Aston Villa’ is his goal…and it is our goal too!
2. Some fans have questioned Randy’s heart for AVFC…that his owning the Browns impacts on the Villa. This is totally not true. Where was Randy on Monday? At the Liverpool game!! Where does he live much of the time? The UK. Randy doesn’t own a home in Cleveland but does own one in B’ham! Yes, Randy owns two sports teams and is loyal to each….but NEVER question Randy’s devotion to AVFC.
3. Believe me, there is not a single person at Villa Park who does not understand where we are right now and how the Fans feel. I cannot begin to tell you how much effort is being expended to get us on the right track. To think that we are just sitting back and watching all this happen is to not understand the Club. We are focused, driven, and working our bums off to get the ship back on track.
4. Carlos Cuellar: He suffered a Grade 1 tear left soleus muscle…he is now back to full training. Back to full training and absolutely ready to enter into a Premiership game is a decision made by the physio, Manager and player.