Kevin MacDonald has held his pre game press conference ahead of Monday’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur, and as you’d imagine a number of topics were covered.
Audio – MacDonald On Garde
In no particular order, here’s what our caretaker gaffer had to say.
‘I have been told that I need to prepare the team for Monday. Whether Remi will be in position in the stand to watch, I don`t know. Obviously the hierarchy think he is the man for the job.’
With Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas saying he would block any move for his coaching staff, MacDonald was asked his thoughts and he said.
‘If they’re desperate to get them (Garde’s coaching staff) then they’ll pay the money. He was a decent footballer at Arsenal, they don’t have many bad players over the years, and he has got a good pedigree as a coach. If, at the end of the season, Aston Villa are still in the Premier League then it’s a good appointment. Arsene Wenger came in and never had any Premier League experience.’
As for Villa and our own plight at the minute, he went on to explain.
‘There is no divine right to stay in the Premier League. Everyone has to push to get us out of this battle. It wont be done in five or six weeks weeks like Leicester last season. It will be done over the rest of the season. We are bottom everyone knows. The players worry about the situation. If we drop out of the league they become Championship players and they know that. We need to get more points. This is our start. We have 28 games we need 36 to 40 points. We don`t feel it is impossible. It has to start on Monday.’
He ended by explaining.
‘There’s a lot of people caning the football club at the moment and this is a fantastic football club. I think people need to start to realise that once we start pushing up the table we will hopefully put that to bed and make sure that this is a top football club. It’s very hard for me. It’s hard for a lot of other people. When things are going bad and if by chance we were to get relegated everything changes for the football club. Finances change, people lose their jobs. These are the things that happen nowadays. But there’s still a bit of pride in this, for all of us, and we’re hoping to push on and whoever takes over we’ll back him to the hilt, as we did with Tim and all of the other managers before him.’
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