Even as I am writing this, my mind is boggling as to what is happening at Aston Villa Football Club. I am so frustrated, the only way I can get rid of it is to write something down.
So the questions is……where is Aston Villa headed?
Firstly, I don’t have the answer!
We have had the 5 year plan, the updated 4 year plan and now we have the………well it appears that we don’t have any plan but none of us know do we!!
In my mind, a football club has two ways to go. Either 1) it has a vision set out by the owners and the board OR 2) it buys into a vision put forward by a potential manager.
In the first instance the board have to go out and actively recruit a manager who they think can implement their vision. This obviously has its limitations to the the type of manager and also their potential availability. How does this sit with our current hierarchy and the appointments of Houllier, Mcleish and now Lambert? 3 very different managers with 3 very different styles. Did the board have a clear vision?
Lets take Lambert. If the boards ‘vision’ was…Hello Mr Lambert, we will give you 20 mill or so for new players, however we do need you to cut the wage bill and by the way if we get relegated then so be it, then we have to put a big tick against Paul because so far he has fulfilled or is fulfilling this vision. That is what he signed up for!
If however it was you can have 20 million, you need to cut the wage bill but relegation would be a catastrophe, then why is he still here?? The situation we were in at the beginning of the transfer window was to close for comfort and it has got worse!
In the second case, a potential manager comes to the club with a clear vision of where he wants or thinks the club can go and how he thinks he can achieve it. Yes people and fans take the piss out of this….Mourinho’s powerpoint presentation to Abramovich, Villa Boas and his methods, Brendan Rodgers and his 180 page dossier to Liverpool…..but why? All it shows is that a manager has looked into the club, applied a bit of common sense and knowledge and has come up with a plan to take the club forward. The board looks at the plan and buys into it if they like it.
So what was Lambert’s vision. Yea no worries I will trim the wage bill, 20 mill or so should be adequate but by the way we might get relegated? Not really something I would be taking up as owners but if they did then again big tick for Paul.
If however he was happy to trim the wage bill, needed 20 odd mill and guaranteed survival then why is he still here?? Again, far to close for comfort after Christmas.
I guess what I am trying to get at is that this whole situation makes no sense to me. I cannot believe that the boardroom of any football club would advocate ‘relegation’ (that word has started to give me the shits) especially from the premier league. Even though Lerner is not the long term leader of this football club in my opinion, he should surely be aware of the long term damage that relegation will have on the club both from his business interest point of view and the fans point of view!
It all comes back to the question….where are we headed?
In my mind, yes we had an up coming young manager but sadly with old methods. The days of the old ‘I will get the players up for this game’ method of management has gone. The days of a coach standing on the training pitch coaching players is here.
Sorry for the ramble, it’s hard being so far away from it all!
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