Date: 1st March 2012 at 5:21pm
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The force is strong within this one, but then again his single mindedness in taking the job has never been in question has it.

Speaking to Sky Sports Alex has again come out all guns blazing and promising that he trusts himself to get us playing good football and moving up the table.

This set against the backdrop of the injury to Darren Bent and our recently announced losses isn’t really surprising, but he’s sure there are calmer waters over the horizon, as he reiterates the recent reaction by fans was disappointing, understandable but importantly for him he remains unfazed by the tasks ahead.

‘It’s never stopped me, I’ve never waivered in my commitment to Aston Villa in terms of helping the club, working with the club, and the course we are taking. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t bother me, that it was easy to handle and there was no pressure whatever. That would be total fabrication. But I believe I’m strong enough and I’ve got the experience to handle it.’

He adds that at the moment the outlook does look gloomy with the financial figures, our performances, our results, our injury problems and the anger of the fans but he asks us to get onside with the team for 90 minutes regardless of our feelings.

‘At the moment it’s a bit gloomy with the financial figures coming in and the fans showing a bit of dissent, with a few never really fancying me coming in in the first place. But if the fans can leave their grievances for other situations rather than during the 90 minutes and support every player, it would be great.’

Which is fair enough on the face of it, but fans can only deal with so much before blowing and the manager and team have given us very little this season to ‘support’. It is a two way street and the fans react when we see the team trying. Fans also appreciate that Eck has been let down by the attitude of seniors players who have cost us point after point, so it is difficult to get behind them knowing they are minutes from yet another amatuerish moment…but that’s where a manager earns his crust surely, by dropping the names for the benefit of the team.

Eck has failed to do that, so is it any wonder the anger gets directed to him and fans are more likely to hold their heads in morbid resignation when some players get within 10 yards of the ball?

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