Date: 4th August 2011 at 9:50am
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Vital Villa Summer 2011 Interviews: deano.avfc

Vital Villa Summer 2011 Interviews: deano.avfc

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1) When did you become a Villa fan and why?

Started around 1992 or so when I was about 8 or 9. I knew I didn`t want to follow the ‘crowd` as 99% of people growing up in N. Ireland were Man United or Liverpool fans. My dad was a Chelsea fan and tried to get me to support them….but there was something about Villa. I can`t remember what exactly it was that attracted me….but I was hooked!! From then on it became an obsession!!

2) Alex McLeish? Your opinion please?

I feel a long rambling answer coming on!! In brief….not worth the hassle!!

The fallout was far too extreme and – in my opinion (which may be considered worthless to some as I am not from Birmingham) – embarrassing!! The coverage within the media which showed our fans ‘asserting their opinion` over the appointment of Alex McLeish I found very hard to take!! O`Leary was right about some of us to be honest – we are ‘fickle` – the fans did their best at times to force O`Neill and Houllier out and then hold overwhelming feelings of negativity towards Martinez, McClaren and McLeish when linked!!

I think that the backlash from the appointment was very extreme, worth going through for a Mourinho or a Sir Alex….but not for McLeish! He has done nothing that special in his managerial career to justify it. I may be biased here as I put NO value in a managers SPL record – especially when you consider he once finished 3rd. Put me in charge of either of the Old Firm sides and I would have a 50% chance of winning the league! So I am left weighing up 2 relegations v a league cup win with the Blues! Not worth the hassle really!!

My choice would have been similar to most in David Moyes – however, he seemingly wasn`t interested. My second choice may come as a surprise to some but it would have been Steve McClaren!

I know people will instantly think that I am a muppet for suggesting such a thing but when you think carefully about it I think he would have been ideal!! I believe that the only reason to not appoint him was the England record but think about it…in my lifetime only one manager ever left that role with any credibility and that was Sir Bobby! For that reason, for the manager of AVFC, the record at England can largely be ignored!

So then we have the rest of his career. Assistant to Sir Alex (no better tutor), his successes at Boro (think about where they are now – he had them in a UEFA cup final and Wembley several times!!). Then he takes the England job FAR too early – he gets sacked – credibility in England gone – no jobs coming his way – what does he do? Dusts himself off and goes to FC Twente. He wins a league dominated by a closed-shop ‘big two` – Ajaz and PSV (On that note – many fans choice Martin Jol managed Ajax that season!!) He then goes to Germany – how many Englishmen have even been offered a job there!! OK his time there was hardly a resounding success but the experience he now has would have made him perfect for us!!

I could tell in his Forest press conference that he was gutted that his interview was cancelled. I think we have missed out there – I really do.

3) Best and worst moments of last season?

Worst – The 6-0 thumping by Newcastle! I knew instantly we were going to be up against it!

Best – Signing of Darren Bent then beating City 1-0 in his debut! Great week!

4) Your opinion of Randy Lerner?

Can not complain at all! The only thing he is guilty of is allowing O`Neill total control which resulted in the wages spiralling out of control as we chased the dream of Champions League football which we came oh so close to achieving! Oh, and cancelling McClarens interview this summer 😉

5) Which player/s should Villa sign this summer?

Given and N`Zogbia are TERRIFIC signings! I cannot realistically think of a better goalkeeper or winger to get! Well done McLeish!

I think Parker would be good but far too expensive. There is a consensus that we need a ‘holding` midfielder but I think that Makoun could be that guy.

Hitzlsperger is a no-brainer – he would be a free transfer! Tell me why he is not already a Villa player??

Mancini says that City are after a new winger and midfielder – surely James Milner will then be surplus! Maybe when City get those two tied up we can nip in on August 31st and take him off their hands!

6) (changed question!) Stewart Downing, now he has gone, were Villa right to get shot of him or should they have kept him against his wishes?

Absolutely right! We got so much money for him – to get N`Zogbia for less than half that money…..could turn out to be bargain of the year!

The guy is a disgrace who does not appreciate that we basically rescued him and his career when no-one would go near him! He was happy for us to pay him while he recovered and then turn him into an England international again. To not even acknowledge the fans or anyone at the club in his Liverpool press conference is nothing short of disgraceful!

7) Favourite current player?

Darren Bent! A natural goalscorer – the guy we have been missing for so long! He is a joy to watch – his positioning and movement is extraordinary!

8) Favourite all time player/s?

Dean Saunders! Wouldn`t mind him up top with Bent this season!

9) What do you expect us to do/finish this season?
Premier: 8th
FA Cup: Quarter Finals
Carling: Semi Finals

10) You can ask yourself any question you want to about Villa and what is your answer?

Since you have been a fan – what is your best XI Villa side:

Bosnich – Mellberg, Laursen (c), McGrath, Barry – Milner, Barry, Taylor, Merson – Saunders, Yorke

11) Right, lets lower the tone… which celebrity would you most like to bang and which (male I would think) celeb would you most like to thump!?!



Bang – Mila Kunis

Thump – Simon Cowell – single-handedly ruining music!

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