Date: 29th December 2010 at 3:58pm
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A couple of article submissions which I thought would fit well together.

Interesting on Sky Sports News, Villa reporter Pete Colley saying Gerard Houllier has no real allies in the dressing room amongst the senior players. Must admit, even without an ITK it is clear they are not playing for him at all, some professional pride would be nice from the players but you do have to say that they are playing like the last days of David O`Leary where the players could so very obviously not stand the manager.

All sorts of rumours flying around the internet about press conferences due, Gerard being given an option to resign, etc. Thing is, 2+2 quite often doesn`t come to 4 on these sites and forums and it only takes a whisper for it all to explode into ‘fact`…. Hopefully some sign will come from the club, I`d like an exit in fairness but if not, a statement that the manager is staying will at least let us all know and we can calm down until New Years day at least!

Right, two submissions:

Relegation Nightmare

Recent comments have suggested that despite the horrendous mess the club is now in, there are enough ‘quality’ players to haul the club back from the brink of the abyss.

As a life long villa supporter,season ticket holder,businessman, and author, even if we did have some players of the very highest quality we would continue to fall. I am not a doom monger, I think on my feet and look at the reality of the situation – as like any supporter in situations like this it is painfully frustrating because I am just another supporter who cannot have any bearing on the decisions that need to be made. In a very short period of time we are WITHOUT A TEAM.

Yes, we have the players but it is going to take a true leader with drive and spirit to forge that team back together,so that they play with the drive and ambition as a team that we were seeing last season, on the brink (so close but yet so far) of taking the club to a level not seen in over 100 years. Referring back to the drive and ambition we are also WITHOUT A MANAGER. All Villa supporters I am sure realise that this situation is serious, we have little time to pull out from the dive, I am sure Mr Lerner realises also as it will be the board and himself who will be left with the financial consequences if the worst becomes reality – and it will be the worst possible outcome for the many supporters left broken hearted.

So act now!!

mapseeker

Would you be content with 17th place this season?

Would you be content with 17th place this season?

Well, that could have been a better run of Christmas games couldn’t it?

With only 1 win and 3 points in 6 games, we’re certainly looking relegation fodder, and in fact, as results currently stand, only the fact that there are worse teams in the league will keep us up! So far, Houlier has averaged only 0.9 points a game, compared to 1.5 for KMAC and 1.6 for MON in his 3 full seasons. We all said that this was a ‘transitional’ season, and that we wouldn’t be challenging top-4 again because of the time needed to settle a new manager in, so with that in mind, I ask would you be ‘content’ (not happy obviously!) with finishing in 17th place and avoiding the drop?

I’m going to say no. I wouldn’t be!!

We’re a better team that that, and we should be at least finishing in the top-10 as a bare minimum, otherwise we start to hinder our chances of luring the better players to B6.

I’d like your thoughts guys!

thorpyuk