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  1. Jurgen Klopp arrived at Liverpool on 8th October 2015. Dean Smith arrived at Villa on 10th October 2018. Let's compare their performance after 19 league games (the total number Smith has managed us in so far): Dean Smith after 19 league games: W7 D8 L4 Pts 29 Jurgen Klopp after 19 league games: W8 D5 L6 Pts 29 Klopp's Liverpool finished in 8th, behind West Ham and Southampton. That's what happens when a manager is trying to change a team's system and rebuild a squad. And his predecessor was a much more successful manager than Steve Bruce! You can't start judging any manage
    18 points
  2. A week in the life of a villatalker. Monday - ‘Taylor and Hutton are atrocious, worst fullbacks in the division’ Tuesday - ‘Kodjia is awful, hasn’t been the same since his injury’ Wednesday - ‘Our midfield is abysmal. Whelan and Jedinak should never play for us again, they’re finished’ Thursday - ‘Hourihane is dreadful’ Friday - ‘Our wingers are awful, Adomah and El Ghazi are so inconsistent’ Saturday - ‘Why are we losing, we have the best squad in the division, Smith out’
    17 points
  3. I think some need to accept that things have completely changed. RDM and Bruce were both hired to get us straight back up and were given plenty of cash to throw at the problem. Both failed and have left another mess, similar to when we were relegated. It sounds like our new owners are not going to make the same mistake. There is now a long term idea with no throwing bad money away desperate for short term glory. Smith may not be the right man but he has been hired to do a different job than RDM and Bruce. He is here to build and coach HIS team.
    8 points
  4. What a garbage post - you just have a massive grudge against the guy for some unknown reason. All managers have to start somewhere, you don't just get given big jobs.
    8 points
  5. Top post. Unfortunately, there are a few clowns on here who think we have the best squad in the league and should be challenging for the title In reality of course, we have a hugely imbalanced squad with a handful of players who shouldn’t still be playing football at this level. Smith needs time to change this and im willing to give him it. He comes across extremely well in his interviews and I for one think he will be a success here. UTV.
    8 points
  6. I actually like him. I do think much of his inconsistency is due to shit fullbacks and still needing time to settle in a team which is very inconsistent. He's still also quite young so I would be more patient with him. . I also think he thrives when we move the ball quicker and he has movement around him. Having a good AM like Jack floating around gives him space to run into more instead of being channelled out wide constantly which is what I think is happening with him recently. I think his delivery is pretty good too. Loads of areas to improve but far from the shit heap of players we do have
    8 points
  7. We'd have never guessed.
    7 points
  8. No he really isn't, he's trolling and has been since joining. Just ignore.
    6 points
  9. I think he will be ok with the pressure he’s a strong character and I firmly believe given time and maybe another coach alongside him he will get you to the PL.Minimum must be given next season.
    6 points
  10. If you get shot of DS before he’s had time to work with better players then your owners need to be held to account.I posted on here when he joined about the set up he left at Brentford where none of the players he inherited or were signed during his time were from Prem league or even the championship they were from lower leagues or abroad the majority being under 22.He has inherited the opposite at Villa and it’s obvious you have too many players at the end of their careers or on loan(something we stopped doing 2 years ago)Would expect Dean to be asking what the director of football is doing
    6 points
  11. I'll say it again, our most underrated player. Unfortunately his legs let him down these days so he runs out of steam. But he does his job when he's fresh. He's too old to be our first choice these days. We need someone new and young there. But he gets way more stick than he deserves.
    6 points
  12. Absolutely. Throwing everything at it, with a nothing to lose attitude, is down to the quality of players getting it done without shackles. The first 80 minutes - and most minutes of all games - we don't look good because the tactics are abysmal.
    5 points
  13. I can’t believe there are some people on here with such an anti Smith agenda.. What he’s done to deserve this level of animosity I’ll never know. The squad is ageing, unbalanced and totally unsuited to what he, and notably the board, are trying to achieve. One January window, after a summer during which we were almost bankrupted by the previous regime, isn’t enough time to do anything other than try to plug gaps. Everyone knows that January is a difficult window to do business in and I don’t think the board were prepared to splash money on short term fixes. They are extremely ambitious, b
    5 points
  14. Can't help himself can he?
    4 points
  15. He will not get 20 Goals a season playing with an attitude that he has....you have to show intensity and urgency, play with desire and FORCE issues, Put your opponent under pressure and force them in to errors, like Billy Sharp does. He is full of melancholy and plays like it. He has the talent........He simply hasn't got the approach mate.
    4 points
  16. I’m in camp 3, mate. The one where I’ll support the manager because he’s having to deal with the mess Bruce left us in and the one that acknowledges we have a load of s*** players who are here for a pay cheque. It’s also the camp that understands our best player is injured. Of course Smith can do wrong, and I’ll criticise him when his squad of players isn’t performing. F*** me, Guardiola couldn’t get a tune out of our wingers and full backs, I genuinely don’t know what you expect Smith to do.
    4 points
  17. You are correct Villa aren't a bad side and most of this league would love to have the squad we have. The thing is Villa fans are currently divided into 2 camps, camp 1 are big Smith fans and are totally closed to the idea that Smith can do any wrong, whilst the other camp (which i'm in) are still on Smiths side but are open to the idea that he can get things wrong. The problem is camp 1 were the ones that have been championing Smith for ages before he came here and were also the ones that were declaring our squad is the best in this league and that Smith would be able to do loads bett
    4 points
  18. Joins the small list of players we want to keep.
    4 points
  19. £7m wasted and we need a new keeper in the summer , I’d be tempted to put Steer in goal over Dracula Kalinic let’s hope our DofF does a bit more work next time rather than just picking up the previous scouting teams shopping list that he found in a drawer
    4 points
  20. Went to the gym earlier, while working out I noticed a hole in my trainer... just big enough to get my finger in. So anyway... she's made a formal complaint and now I'm banned for life.
    4 points
  21. I am not happy with how things are going, the issue is most if not all managers in this league know their best elevens and even who to bring in when there are injuries. Dean is constantly forced to field different players every week, a lot of that is down to injury, he's been playing Chester not 100% fit as he's had no other options, he now has Mings available and maybe further down the line he'll have Hause. He's had to re-integrate Elphick, who to be fair has done well plus a new keeper who the jury is out on but seems on paper a good signing, this after Nyland who was finally starting to
    3 points
  22. I agree. I watched the first half yesterday. I think the squad needs more of an overhaul in the summer, which I'm sure will happen. Anti Smith crap I read is just ridiculous. He has my full support. As far as I'm concerned he's barely got started, needs way more time to implement what he wants and the players that he needs for that.
    3 points
  23. Are you fecking serious? Who are these decorated international footballers?
    3 points
  24. He’s a head coach not a manager And I can imagine if O Hare had played every game since Jack was injured and was awful, you’d be the first blaming Smith for that as well. O Hare needs game exeperience and going to a lower league will certainly help him. Listen to the elphick interview from a few days ago, he states how moving to a lower league club helped prepare him for the future. He learnt different aspects that he wouldn’t have got at his club.
    3 points
  25. obviously Callum is a local lad who's probably never lived away from his old dears....in bourgeois solihull. So this move is to toughen him up. He's gonna live in a shit town, eat shit food, shag shit birds and get the shit kicked out of him on a regular basis....nice one dean. A total joke of a decision by this so called manager, He should have be given extra trainging session with the conditioning coach ollie stevenson, just like Grealish had. and he should of started every game since Grealish got injured.
    3 points
  26. Next season will be much better when those who needed to be moved on go. If the recent acquisitions are anything to go by then it's looking up I think next season is.
    3 points
  27. We have better resources than Brentford, don't we? I didn't think that needed to be stated. I despair.
    3 points
  28. It's not just unicorns, Brexiteers believe in ferries too.
    3 points
  29. Weekends Football 9/10 Febuary
    3 points
  30. I think he seems fine? Competent and doesn’t really muck anything up. He’s reliable and I do have confidence in him so I don’t think he’s a concern really. He’s not really to blame for any of the goals he’s conceded in this dire patch. The defence is the real issue.
    3 points
  31. Our full backs currently are the worst pairing I can ever remember .
    3 points
  32. Now over 1000 Villa games and never ever left early. I like to get my monies worth. Tonight paid, big time. Cracking atmosphere generated by those who stayed.
    3 points
  33. I thought the crowd were well up for it tonight but a lack lustre effortless start to the game set the tone and the whole thing went downhill. As fans of any club what you hate to see is a lack of effort and there were a few tonight who seemed to be going through the motions and no supporter is going to stand for that. Numbers wise both home and away the support has been unreal. Give us something to get behind and the atmosphere will be great, as those who stayed tonight showed. Serve up clueless, effortless crap and of course fans will get frustrated and the atmosphere turn a little toxi
    3 points
  34. I hate to slate the kid especially as I wanted us to go get him. BUT, he is such a shrinking violet in midfield. He is far too lightweight and not quick enough. As some have mentioned he is also far to left footed which makes him very predictable. I actually think he is an AM period. All the talk about him being comfortable playing out from the back is nonsense. He shits his pants when closed down just like Taylor does. Both of them just look to get rid of the ball anywhere when pressured. That's why I seriously think neither should be in the team. Taylors heads gone(ages ago) and Conor just h
    3 points
  35. He's just so easy to dislike. Watched him closely a few times and as usual the effort he puts in to ensure he's not going to receive the ball is astonishing. Peripheral player who only shows any desire when we win a free kick on the edge of the box. He doesn't have the heart or grit. Cannot be a starter for much longer.
    3 points
  36. Gamechanger. The only midfielder who wants the ball and moves into spaces to get the ball. Legs are well and truly gone but has far more pedigree than the other shithouses.
    3 points
  37. We get it, you haven’t liked him since day one. We should be champions league already, it only takes two weeks to rebuild a team with a new strategy and style, after all you must have done it on football manager!! What on earth will you do with your life when he turns us around and you have nothing to complain about? Jeez
    2 points
  38. Just for completion, before Smith came in, we had the joint fourth best goals scored and the joint second worst defence in the league (along with Reading). Only Preston had conceded more. Yep, Smith’s teams concede goals, I don’t think anyone is really denying that. But this defence has been a problem all season.
    2 points
  39. Well yes I agree, but at 0-2 it was a terrible atmosphere, but that came from the lack of effort from the players which then irked the fans.
    2 points
  40. A little bit of “Green headed home the equaliser after the Villa fans had gone home” comment in the press and a bit of holier than thou “that’s why you don’t leave early” spiel. Can’t really blame people for leaving early last night. Three down and ten minutes left to play? I’d like to know which clubs would have retained all their support, especially considering the recent run we’ve been on.
    2 points
  41. Just plain incompetence? Or has someone somewhere made a few quick quid by being able to say they had a big government contract? Either way, it's not a farce, its a national embarrassment and government heads should roll. A ferry contract to a ferry company that doesn't really exist, with no ferries and no port and the small print on the legals is about pizza delivery. It would be a rubbish lazy episode of a political comedy.
    2 points
  42. National embarrassment comes to its inevitable conclusion. https://news.sky.com/story/brexit-firm-with-no-ships-has-ferries-contract-cancelled-11632176 Reckon it was clear to everyone that wasn't the Government back at the end of December.
    2 points
  43. Two weeks ago today Baby Authority was born and thanks to all the good wishes from all of you. It's going pretty well so far - ups and downsd but mainly ups - here are some pics. 1) Coming home from the hospital 2) At home 3) In the hospital 4) First trip to Central Park 5) The whole Authority fam!
    2 points


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