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Always look on the bright side of (Villa) life, do-do, do-do do-do do-do.

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Take it into the league please lads

After Tuesday night's impressive and perhaps slightly unexpected League Cup romp in Norwich, Villa rather annoyingly dropped another place in the league owing to one of the teams below us beating one of the teams below us. That's twice this weekend that has happened *grrr*. I think most can agree that we are playing better than results or league position would suggest. Indeed our trouncing of one of the form sides in the league in their own back yard would point at that fact. Yes they were ful

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Is Norwich a must-win?

I hate the term 'must-win'. Apart from being over-used, it is more often than not mis-used too. Saturday's early kick off (12:45BST) against Norwich City in isolation is probably not must-win for our prospects of staying in the league, any more than say a match against any likely-struggler like Norwich would be. After all, it is only game number 9 of a 38 game season and we're not currently in the bottom 3. So technically it's not must-win. Now in saying all of that, having not won in 4 mat

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Villa - A car that won't start

The metaphor I would use to describe Villa at the moment is that of a car that is stuttering to start. But once it does it will be fine. I don't mind that our start has been poor. Most would not have expected an easy transition from a McLeish side. Granted we probably didn't expect the worst start in a generation, but that's what we have. We still need to look at it objectively and not start self-harming over statistics though. We are going through a phase where it appears that we can't

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Where we are and why I'm positive

First off, let me say that just because this blog is called 'The Optimist' it doesn't automatically follow that I will fly in the face of criticising things that need to be criticised. Believe me, if I want to moan I will moan. But if I don't then I won't. I called it 'The Optimist' because in my years on VillaTalk I have come around to the realisation that on average I do tend to see the positive side of things more than most. So it seemed an apt name. Anyway, on to Villa. As a first p

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    • Last season must have been a figment of our imagination then. 
    • I remember Pep's dismissal of Wilshere when asked how he rated him.  "In Spain we have many such players." :)
    • If Smith is in charge we’ll probably lose. 
    • I still think Terry likes being one of the boys, getting time with his family, his golf days and his short breaks  As per previous links at managing somewhere else I'm not sure how much he actually wants it 
    • Sadly that's pretty much bang on. We concede to easily under pressure and it's not improved all season. It might improve in the championship - although I have my doubts.
    • I think they’re all shit. Players and staff. Sack em all!
    • They all have the ability, the way they are coached or not as the case may he is the problem.
    • - What the club say in public and think in private may be two different things. If you sincerely believed 14th would be our finishing position I can understand your disappointment - I just hoped for survival this season and it has gone pretty much as I expected - It’s NOT the manager who governs football matters. The CEO sets the strategy (buy young, wages structures, no loanees etc etc), the DofF manages the scouting network and player acquisition. The manager is in the mix, he is responsible for tactics, coaching but  also but works in the structure. - I won’t list the mistakes Smith has made as their are plenty of people ready to point them out. My opinion is that he will have learnt from many of those mistakes and it would be foolish to throw that learning away and start again with a new manager who has to learn for himself from scratch - UNLESS we are going to bring in a manager who is clearly of a top level which I doubt is in the plans - I think if we stay up we will sign a different type of player in the close season - a couple of Cahill-type signings would have made all the difference. Drinkwater was a gamble that didn’t come off but that type of signing is what was missing this year - If we go down and lose two or three I think we could recruit for the Championship but with an eye on the PL I’m of the opinion that our problems were , a “bad” squad built by Bruce, an unexpected promotion and too many ‘projects’ and not enough experience in the transfer window If we keep changing managers every 18 months it will breed the short term attitude that resulted in the Bruce squad - signIng loanees and almost-over-the-hill one season wonders, rinse and repeat Many may not agree but I want somebody to be given the chance of building something over a longer period - Smith knows the club, did great last season, will have learnt a lot this season and despite difficulties seems to still have the players on his side Come on TRO, come over from the dark side!!
    • Fair play....its a reasoned post....but it is from your point of view....its your interpretation of what my views are and if others agree with you,fine.....many agree with me too, so thats irrelevant....everyone has their own opinions.......The whole world could say one thing, but our personal opinion is still relevant, even if it is contrast. If you think i have an agenda of unfairness with both managers, i don't agree. I feel I have a reason for posting like i do....I do not see the level of vitriol against Smith like Bruce had to endure, but there again, thats just my opinion.....I think most fans are like me in the sense that all they want is for us to win our fair share of games, no matter who they are, and what there background is......we don't want to keep losing or going in to games looking like losing. I have different opinions on both managers, for different reasons and in order to state my claim, its almost like i am drawn in to supporting Steve Bruce and its not my attention to do so.....Do I think he can Attrack a better calibre of personnel, yes I do...Having been captain of Man U, i guess that helps.....but he has gone and I don't want him back, that ship has sailed. I prefer how Smith wants to play....can you bank that, because, i have said it so many times with out reference from my critics.....but at the same time my biggest turn off is conceding so many sloppy goals and  being serial losers....we had this with RDM and i was not prepared to join the "give him time " brigade then, so its nothing personal...Good    Managers don't lose consistently, like we do.....sure since lockdown we have defended a bit better, but i still i do not see us fight for the ball like other teams or win our proportion of headers....after the 10 game run, at leeds it was clear we was uncomfortable with their intensity. I accept that, i might be brought up with a more physical overture to my idea of a good game....but equally, check out the physical endeavour of Liverpool and Man City and despite their sublime talent, they have a robust competitive side, sure they are better players, but they have more right to be powder puff, but they have work rate and physical endeavour drummed in to them. In all honesty, I was expecting us to mirror Burnley or Sheff Utd, when we come up and being totally honest, I think another manager of the right sort, could have done that....I have to be careful here, because, I am not privvy to BMH, but it is just an impression, i get.....I am not obsessed with the spectacle, I like to seem Villa progress and play decent football, but losing gets me angry, thats the way, i have been brought up.
    • You're playing a deflection blinder, fair play



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