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  1. Yup. Very important summer ahead and the players we go for need to be of the right personality and attitude to work well in the team. Smith's approach is seemingly pretty specific and while that is definitely a strength, with the squad we've got not being right for it, it's a bit hard going at the moment. In any case, I'm prepared to give him time.
    6 points
  2. I think its petulant and sums up the modern football fan to want a manager out so early
    6 points
  3. The thrill of a new manager chase rarely matches the outcome IMO. You start with the likes of Fonseca then onto Wagner and end with someone probably inferior to Bruce! Much rather stick with the gamble we chose!
    5 points
  4. Who then? Who are you seriously expecting to take over a mid table championship team with immediate pressure to win every game with attacking football? What are you going to say when the next manager inevitability hits a bad run? Why not give this manager your support?
    5 points
  5. How about we give him a chance to find out.
    4 points
  6. I’m confident that we are now a much better run club than we have been for years and will be prepared for all eventualities. However I doubt McGinn will be going anywhere. Don’t get me wrong he has been great for us, his energy and drive has been immense, but I think at the moment he is a little short of PL quality, his passing and decision making aren’t always great. I also think he is enjoying being here and understands that we will be rebuilding. Jack could be a different story, but he has just signed a 5 year contract and although he will of course have to consider his career, he sho
    4 points
  7. Okay a few points here: Most clubs in English football are unsuccessful and badly run, so let's not pay too much attention to what they're doing. Some clubs change manager frequently but have a longer term approach in areas like youth, transfer policy, finances, etc. (Southampton is a good example). Purslow is trying to change a lot of things here at the same time, and it would be good to have some stability. Of the most successful clubs in English football (the ones we used to measure ourselves against!) only one has succeeded by chopping and changing (Chelsea). The rest hav
    4 points
  8. I honestly think DS will have Grealish and McGin next season to choose from, Jack having been injured so long won't go for the release clause price, McGin is firmly in contract and we are not a selling club. I hope we can get Mings permanently but I think we'll get outbid by a prem club. Otherwise I can easily see DS bringing in 4 or 5 players of the right attributes and we will fly next season.
    3 points
  9. I’d happily place a bet with anybody if he is given the pre-season we will be challenging for top 2 by next Christmas. Saying that last time I won a bet on here with @dont_do_it_doug. he never paid up.
    3 points
  10. Were dominating every game in terms of possession, amount of passes, pass completion e.t.c. Just no cutting edge or drive in the middle of the park combined with far too many players who can't be arsed and have nothing to play for. It will be onwards and upwards next season.
    3 points
  11. Certainly. Not saying he's anything but a good player but he's not looked that decent lately. Think some time off will be good for him.
    3 points
  12. I want Mings to stay. That will create a positive problem of who will play with him, but I can live with that.
    3 points
  13. Good again today. Put in some dangerous crosses. Seems to be growing more and more comfortable on the ball as he gets game time. 1st choice LB rest of the season.
    3 points
  14. I'd reword that as teams that are performing better than us. I am still of the opinion that Smith is not getting anywhere near the maximum out of this squad. As I have said previously I am not convinced that many in the first team squad are behind him. I think he is flogging a dead horse and I was worried by Smiths comments after Brentford when he said that Brentford played the way he wanted but he can't get us to play the way he wants. I think he also made a comment along the lines of being frustrated at players not carrying out the things he asked them to do and not listening.
    3 points
  15. well you rant on about Smith only ever finishing 9th with Brentford then say any Championship manager would take the job For the record of Championship managers currently only MON, Bruce, Neil, Mowbray, Pulis, Lambert, Adkins and Monk have finished above Smith 9th place. All with bigger budgets than Brentford. Not to mention he finished above both Lee Johnson and Wilder last season
    3 points
  16. You are correct whenever we were in the transfer window and Dean was asked about players in or out he would say talk to the DoFs.Doesnt make him a bad coach and these players who come in have to be coached to improve as players and he was very succesfull at doing this.It’s up to your scouts and DoF to get better players in and then you would be able to judge him the squad he has just isn’t good enough to get you to the PL He needs time something you big clubs never want to do
    3 points
  17. When my kids were 'that age' we drove down to Euro Disney and stayed in the cheapest Disney hotel. Used tesco points to get a car train crossing thing. Used company card for petrol. Staying on site, looked on scornfully at the first breakfast at all the plebs scooping breakfast pastries in to bags to eat for the rest of the day. Day 2, we arrived at breakfast prepared with a discreet snack rucksack! Staying on site gave us an hour or two before the gates opened, so stuff that was obviously popular got done a couple of times before the crowds arrived. I'm sure that info is a
    3 points
  18. Went to see this 70 year old last night
    3 points
  19. So the past and present performances say he's not up to it. So what about when he had us playing possession football and things looked hot, hotter than its looked since the turn of 2000 and we had won some games. We should all be supporting Smith because at the moment till the owners state otherwise he is the man. How does going against Smith help us, how does it help Aston Villa football club apart from pile on pressure which in turn is creating a hostile atmosphere. We have to get behind the squad and the Coach and be as supportive as possible. I honestly think it's those toxic fan
    3 points
  20. I agree totally we need to get a coach who can have a longer run than those of tne past 2-3 years. Just not Smith please. He’s not up to it. Past and present performance demonstrates that.
    3 points
  21. Wow! Seriously?! I'm not Albert's biggest fan, well I am not a fan at all and I hope this is the last season we see him in a Villa shirt, but comments like that are just pure filth.
    2 points
  22. Be our best pairing for me, they both can bring it out and pick a pass and they are both mobile and know how to defend. Signing them both would be incredible.
    2 points
  23. Rodriguez cheats again with another hand ball goal this time a decent ref actually spot s it and books him. bloody cheat
    2 points
  24. Agree with this. We got a bargain and i love his energy but not the complete player some seem to think he is. I keep reading that he will be off along with Jack, cant see it myself, we are about his level at the momemt, hopefully he will develop as i hope the team as a whole do next season and be ready for prem when we get back up (how ever long that’ll be). But right now no way is a premier league team coming in for him, not good enough with final ball and a bit raw still.
    2 points
  25. I'll be honest I quite like El ghazi. I know he is inconsistent but he has massive potential. I think he will be a excellent player in years to come.
    2 points
  26. We are going to get between 30-40m between them two I think if they went. With that Smith could build a great team. I'd rather have a great squad as opposed to have one top player we heavily rely on wgo only plays half the season despite how good he is.
    2 points
  27. Messi scored his 50th hat trick today including a brilliant volley
    2 points
  28. He was good. I liked it when he gave some crap to our other players on the first half since they were being plain lazy. He brings up the ball for us often too, which shows he has ample skill for a CB.
    2 points
  29. I reckon choking your chicken might be quicker?
    2 points
  30. Seems like he's benefiting hugely today by working with a squad put together by someone that's not him.
    2 points
  31. If we lose the next few with a whimper like we have been doing and go down lamely at St Andrews in the process I don't think he will make the end of the season.
    2 points
  32. And here lies your hypocrisy my friend because 'most' championship managers are not good enough according to your rhetoric!
    2 points
  33. Great post. Spoiler alert - we are just not that a big a draw for many managers. Just being ‘Aston Villa’ is not enough to attract the sort of names that get bandied around on VT. Rodger? Benitez? Dream on. We are currently a bang average mid table Championship side whose squad needs to be majorly rebuilt on limited funds. Personally I don’t think we can hope for much better than Smith and I do think he needs to be given time as I believe he can rebuild the squad and get us playing the right sort of football. Bruce got 100 games over two years and spent tens of millions to take
    2 points
  34. Injured with a pelvic injury. What is up with these villa younger players always bloody injured. Davis, RHM, green, grealish. All seem to pick up long term injuries or always injured. Very frustrating
    2 points
  35. That's it isnt it those Smith out people havnt a clue who they want in and if they did, would most likely settle for someone of similar quality to Dean, it's complete stupidness from them. Support your damn Coach all the way, you should be getting behind him, not turning on him over results you don't agree with. Fact is the owners at the moment seem happy with what's happening. It's actually unreal and no wonder west brom fans were calling some of our fans sour grapes. Some fans act like our club is entitled and deserve the world,, like no one should be beating us and that we have th
    2 points
  36. What has Smith being a fan got to do with anything? Simple fact is if we were winning games nobody would be on his back, We are absolutely shit so people are... Not rocket science is it. All this talk of needing to give a manager years is pure nostalgia at best. Clubs, Including the most successful ones change every 2 or 3 years & plenty more often than that. There are 8 managers in the EFL that have been employed by the same club since before 2016. 51 clubs out of the 72 have a manager employed after Jan 1st 2018
    2 points
  37. I think she's an idiot, and not just an idiot, a particularly nasty idiot with some particularly unpleasant beliefs.The UK would be a better place without her. Of course, what makes the UK a better place is that here, we're allowed to have pretty much any opinion we like. I say pretty much, because unlike the US, we don't quite have complete freedom of speech and there are things you can say that are classed as hate speech and will quite rightly get you locked up. I really like that in the UK, I can pretty much think what I like, believe what I like and behave how I like within the framew
    2 points
  38. Smith was brought in to do a specific coaching job. The plan has been laid out very clearly by Sawiris, Edens and Purslow .... scout and buy younger talented players with the right character and ability for Dean Smith to coach and integrate into an attractive attacking team. The rationale is that AVFC adds value to each of these players so that they can be sold at a profit in order to allow the continual refreshing of a young and hungry team. It might sound simplistic but adding value to young players is what Dean Smith is all about. If and when we get promoted back to the Premier League
    2 points
  39. I went to the doctor as my crossword addiction was making me depressed. He told me not to get too down.
    2 points
  40. "Not interested, I'm making a shit load out of computers"
    2 points
  41. Like I said, it's possibly unfair - it's just an impression I get. His instagram generally has (had) photos of him scowling at the camera whilst driving along in his flash car late at night or doing anything but football - all style over substance. I've just had another look and it's been heavily 'cleaned' which possibly means someone has had a word in his ear - that in itself could be a sign of growing maturity. There's only about 50 posts in there now. But, I stress, this isn't really a fair criticism, it is purely the impression I got. Compare it to Green who just has, and always
    1 point
  42. Add San Francisco to the list. In fact, I think that may have been the very last concert they did, at Candlestick Park.
    1 point
  43. Yes, it's quite a refreshing novelty when you get rid of the beard and go back to shaving. Then when you have to keep doing it day after day it turns back into a complete ballsache, and you go back to the beard.
    1 point
  44. There's a lot to be said for this! A lot of villa fans haven't known it any other way. Social media has just exacerbated this immediate results philosophy imo, the need to be first to any idea makes me want to weep!
    1 point
  45. If they're all independents, then why did the ex Labour MPs club together on a podium and announce their resignations at the same time, on the same platform for the same reasons? Why create a company and ask for donations? Or a website or Twitter. They're playing for time and trying to dodge difficult questions. They will at some point become a party. I don't see anyone asking for a manifesto, but clubbing together and saying 'the rest are all crap and we're really different' is really quite unconvincing if you can't explain why you are different. I'd get it if there w
    1 point
  46. On 6th August the top 10 favourites for relegation were Cardiff 4/6 Huddersfield 11/10 Brighton 7/4 Watford 9/5 Fulham 15/8 Burnley 7/2 Bournemouth 9/2 Newcastle 5/1 Palace 11/2 Southampton and Wolves 7/1
    1 point
  47. This may help explain why the Question Time audiences are like they are. And not named in this article, but I assume she's the one they mean.
    1 point
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