Date: 7th June 2008 at 11:11am
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This is a massive season, so many Villa managers have fallen apart at this stage of their careers after promising starts. Year three seems to define a manager’s career. Will Martin O’Neill sort it out or will it be the standard Villa story when it starts going horribly wrong after a decent start to a manager’s career?

Some of the managers I will list actually achieved far greater success than MON has to date. We used to win trophies back in the day!

Big Ron – should never have been sacked but year three saw a drop in performances and an over reliance on a small squad – sound familiar? He had achieved a league cup win and a second place premiership finish in his first couple of years. Eventually SACKED.

Brian Little – lost it in year 3 – the signing of Collymore proved to be a disaster and smashed the excellent spirit established. In his first full season Little won the league cup, finished 4th in the premiership and got to the semis of the FA Cup. God how did it all go wrong so quickly? RESIGNED.

John Gregory – Seemed to be heading for success when it all started turning sour in the third and fourth years. Boring football but effective results. Final of the FA cup was a great treat till the match started. RESIGNED/SACKED.

David O’Leary – promising first year, average second year, disastrous third season. Nuff said. SACKED.

As we all know it’s down to the spending this summer. The inevitable loss of Barry makes MON’s job even harder and gives him the seemingly impossible task of needing to sign even more players!

I want to believe this is a new start and I had faith when the season ended. However looking at it more clinically now we actually ended quite badly and I think we have got a huge task ahead. I am starting to doubt we have got the ability to sign the players required. I hate the transfer window as it always makes me negative. We need to sign players asap to help us keep the faith and remove the spectre of the three year curse.

I still want to remain in the fairy glen {the positive posters as labelled by another poster in the Vital Forum JF}. I have been there solidly and without compromise. Why am I feeling so negative? HELP!!!

Jake Findlay