Date: 25th March 2008 at 3:57pm
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It looks like our classic impatience is starting to work its way through after our defeat against Sunderland. I found myself at my most negative since MON’s arrival but soon realised it is a symptom I have been cursed with since starting going down the Villa in the early 1970’s.

Villa fans (along with other inconsistent giants like Newcastle and Spurs) are incredibly impatient for success. We give our managers very little time. DOL, after a very decent start, was turned on after two and a bit years when the main fault lay at the chairman’s door.

Brian Little suffered similar doubts after an incredible start to his managerial career at Villa. Three and a bit years and he was gone.

Vic Crowe was hounded out of the club after one bad season after a promotion from div 3 and a third place in Div 2. One bad season and we chanted ‘Vic Crowe must go’.

Graham Taylor mark 2 was given 1.5 seasons before he felt our wrath and even in his first spell some of us (I was guilty!!) were calling for his head after a very poor start to his third season. Thankfully my advice was ignored and we went on an incredible run and nearly won the league!

Even the mighty Ron Saunders was under pressure in 1978 when a lot of us didn’t understand that he was going through a necessary team rebuild.

I think history teaches us that changing managers regularly does not work. Our longest period with the same man in charge led us to the league title. Ferguson at Manure is another classic example where patience has paid off.

I think we should sit back and enjoy the ride with MON and Randy. Sometimes, like Saturday, we will feel at the depths of depression and get the urge to change things. However this is not the way forward. Let’s for the first time in decades trust a manger with a decent record and reputation and see where it gets us.

However we may also need to get the Butler prayer matt out to pray for significant signings in the summer as the window is a particularly testing time for our poor patience!

Up the Villa!


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