WH Taylor presents… Houllier: A case for his defence..
As I do with all Villa managers, when Gerard Houllier was appointed I did some research on him, brought 3 biographies’ on him and generally got a feeling of what he was about and what sort of manager we were getting.
When he took over I passed comment on here that things would get worse before they got better and at the minute this seems to be very much the case.
When he took over at Liverpool he was faced with the ‘Spice Boys’ era who had taken over the Liverpool dressing room under Roy Evans and were getting a bad press left right and centre for their antics off the field rather than success on it.
GH came in and sorted it out pretty quickly, new rules were implemented, big time players were shipped out and replaced by players prepared to fight for the cause and show pride in the shirt.
His motto was that every player should put the team 1st at the detriment to individual glory, if a player went out for a drink he was letting his team mates down by not being ready for the team when others were adhering to rules with the aim of being better, fitter etc.
If everyone, players, management and fans were not all pulling together then the success would not follow.
His early results were poor, the team were booed off on many occasions early into his reign, defeats at home to Watford and Leicester hardly setting the pulses racing as his new team adapted to his methods, methods that had won him several trophies and titles prior to arriving at Liverpool.
Slowly but surely his methods started to be adhered to by the players, injuries to key players such as Hamman and Redknapp meant that kids like Gerrard, David Thompson and Danny Murphy were given a chance in the middle of the team and had to learn fast.
Eventually, after spending money on several players he went on to win numerous trophies at Liverpool culminating in the majority of his squad going onto win the CL under Benitez.
Now I am not saying that all is rosy and the same will happen here but give the man a chance. He has not had the opportunity to bring in his own players, is working with a bunch of players not used to a passing game (the second goal was conceded last night because we tried to play football from the back, football we craved for last season!!), the injuries have exposed the squad for what it always was, poor, so we are up against it.
Stick with it people. We know full well that had we got a result last night nobody would have mentioned him waving to the Kop or any comments after the game, its purely down to what happened on the park which was admittedly poor.
Its horrible at the minute, snipes from the noses, even snipes from the Baggies at the minute which is very rare but still not nice.
What I would say however is look at the history of AVFC over the last 20 odd years…a few goods seasons then a dip and nearly go down, manager gets sacked, new manager comes in and we start the cycle again, and again and again. We have bounced back everytime, even during the disastrous spell under DOL we were in a similar position in his 1st season staring relegation in the face. Humiliated at Old Trafford at the beginning of December wondering what the hell was going on.
From somewhere we got a result and never looked back finally finishing 6th. You would not have said this in December just like we wouldn’t now.
It was similar under MON when we couldn’t buy a win between November and February even suffering the clown in the grey PJ’s for a game or 2. We have come through it all and lived to tell the tale.
What we need now is the fans to get behind the team, give them a lift, show them we are still behind them despite the poor results and hopefully we can stick a few results together and climb the table.
Sniping at the manager, singing songs that blatantly take the piss out the side (ala the end of the reign of DOL) will do us no good at all. If anything it will get the players down even more making it harder to get results.
It was only 3 weeks ago that we battered United at Villa Park only for us to get nervous and wilt under the pressure of beating them. We have shown we can perform when the crowd get behind us.
Lets do it again and give the Manager and players our full support.
Sorry its long winded but I see no sense in moping about things when we can help the situation by sticking in there and getting behind the side
Who is with me?
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