Date: 12th August 2010 at 4:32pm
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Villa’s caretaker boss Kevin MacDonald has told Mat Kendrick at The Birmingham Mail that the players will get a fresh slate from him. This could be great for our players, a fresh chance to prove themselves, some now know they don’t need to leave to fight for a team place and they will all be pushing each other to get a team place.

‘Obviously one or two will be a little bit happier than others because they haven`t been getting a game. The thing they have to realise is they have to be playing to the best of their ability to get into the team. Just because they haven`t been getting a game doesn`t mean I`m going to pick them. I`ll pick what I think is the right team – in my opinion – to win the game on Saturday against West Ham. Everyone starts with a fresh slate, of course. You have to remember too that, having worked with a lot of the young players over the years, I`ll look on them as potential players.’

Meanwhile he has said to Paul Brown on the swanky new Official Site that the young players won’t let him down:

‘I wouldn’t have any qualms about throwing in six or seven of the lads who have done well for me over the past two or three years. Whether they would be regulars, who knows? If we had a spate of injuries then I would have no problems with them playing in one or two games before we got one or two back, or even see them coming off the bench to impress. Marc has done fantastically well this pre-season as has Ciaran Clark. But people like Barry Bannan, Andy Weimann and Nathan Delfouneso, mainly for England, have all done very well too. It’s whether they get in the team for the first game. That will be my decision come Saturday morning.’

So exactly who is Kevin MacDonald then?!

Obviously we all know him from his winning exploits as coach for our reserves team and now he has been made caretaker manager – with me once more being rudely overlooked, I mean I’m cheap and sit right by the bench anyway, what is the harm in trying… ok, ok, plenty of harm, I know! – but apart from that, who is he?

Info from the ever great…!… wiki: Click Here

The tough 49-year-old Scott was part of Liverpool’s 1986 double winning team. He has also been assistant manager (for former Villa star Steve Staunton) for the Republic of Ireland as well having a short time as caretaker manager at Leicester City in 1994.

Reserves info: Click Here