I'm always behind Villa managers because why wouldn't you be as a Villa fan? But I have been desperate for Smith to succeed more than any other since Brian Little.
The state of the team at the moment. Well, its not good. There are many factors. We had to buy a new swuad and make it gel instantly. Very difficult. But then again we played with more swagger and cohesion in the early part of the season. Results snd VAR were harsh to us. We played with something like a plan. Yes, we gave away far too many goals but I could forgive that as long as we kept playing attacking football and tried to tighten up. I dont see any of that now.
Recruitment has been poor or bizarre. We have to accept that prices are crazy. Still, we have not had much value for money. We could have bought Cahill, an experienced player to solidify the back line but we bought 3 youngsters instead, and Mings who played mostly as a left back in the PL when fit.
OK Smith isn't entirely to blame for recruitment. They all should be removed from that role. They have faiked miserably. One decent goalscorer could be the difference in surviving and we spent nearly 40m on Wesley and Samatta. Wow.
But the fundamental issue for me is that the team look aimless. You can have bad or average players doing better than this if they're coached well. We dont even look coached at the minute.
Therefore, with great sadness, resignation and regret. Its time to change the entire bacjroom stafg. Again. Its just not working.
We cannot squander the opportunity these owners present. It might be too late this season. But it has to happen now.