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  1. villabromsgrove

    Dean Smith

    I've discounted this season and I'm relaxed about next season. I've looked at Smith's strengths (with the right players), the experience and contacts of both Purslow and Pitarch, and the financial backing that will be given by our rock solid owners. This season is now a count down to the day that we can begin the Villa rebuild.
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    Dean Smith

    Smith can't say what he really thinks about our squad, because he has to try to get these players to perform for the rest of the season. It's 76 days until the end of this season. Things will change.
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    Dean Smith

    I'm okay with the realisation that we wont make the play offs, because the rebuild that Dean Smith has in mind will involve a number of younger players who will need to be coached and built into a cohesive unit. The Championship is the best place for that to happen, and hopefully that will lead to an exciting winning season for everyone concerned .... including us!
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    Ratings & Reactions: Villa v West Brom

    It was my first time back at Villa Park for some years. Before that I was a season ticket holder for many seasons. I absolutely loved being back in our majestic stadium, and was excited by the occasion even though we lost. A couple of observations .... I was shocked at the amount of loud abuse being directed at a couple of our players throughout the match. That can't help when the games going on can it? Secondly, I probably only saw half the match because of persistent and prolonged standing in front of me. I can't get up and down due to disability so the only time I got to see what was happening was when the ball was in the middle third of the pitch. I missed both of the goals and all of the goalmouth action! Never mind, I still had a great day out supporting Villa. UTV!
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    Dean Smith

    This may sound weird given the current state of play, but I'm genuinely excited by the prospect of DS having a full summer transfer window, and preparing the right players for next season. I'm expecting bags of energy, pace, attitude, character and hunger, with a decent amount of technique!
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    Dean Smith

    The above paragraph encapsulates our problems and DS's dilemma. I can feel Smith's frustration as he has to play out the rest of the season with players that aren't fit for his purpose.
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    Dean Smith

    100% correct.
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    Pre-match thread

    That made me chuckle Nigel. I'm hanging on to the hope that the old girl will see my silver bearded visage .... lift up her skirts and put on a show for me .... roll me back to the good old days!
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    Dean Smith

    This is only my own opinion but I look at the players that Dean Smith has available for selection today and I can't see a lot of options. Whatever team sheet he decides on it will lack pace, be weak defensively on the flanks, and will not have the collective energy to play a high pressing game for more than a few minutes at a time. We know the way DS likes to play, but he's realised that this squad is not able to. I'm going to wait patiently until the summer and watch the DS rebuild really begin. Guilbert has to be a template for our new signings. We need strong, young, energetic, pacy players with character, attitude and ambition. It's not going to be easy, but with Sawiris and Eden's backing it's going to happen a bit at a time.
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    Pre-match thread

    I don't have high expectations at the moment, so the only thing that would annoy me today would be a lack of fight. If the Baggies out work us and visibly want it more than we do that would be really disappointing. I'm going for a 2-1 win just to try and get some excitement out of the match!
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    Pre-match thread

    Thanks for all the positivity guys! I'm going to this match and it will be my first time for some years. I'm old and decrepit now, and I had to give up my season ticket some time ago due to ill health and general wobbliness. My sons are taking me, and I'm really looking forward to it even though I'm not expecting the most confident display for us. It will be good to be back in the sacred surroundings of Villa Park. Up The Villa!
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    Dean Smith

    Smith is not above reproach. He's trusted in the old heads to get the job done, and persisted with "experience" when it's become obvious that these guys can no longer do the job he requires. He doesn't have many options due to injuries and inexperience, but I think he needs to impose himself on our play more than he's currently doing. As for the other three "insults" that you mention, you might well have traded those insults and sung those songs but I certainly haven't sung along with you. I've said that I believed Bruce to be a tactical dinosaur, but I also added to those posts that I thought Bruce was a good bloke doing his best even though in my opinion he was outdated. There is a difference between genuine opinion and personal abuse, but when your usual style is to post for effect I guess abuse has more shock value.
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    Dean Smith

    It's disappointing to read this sort of insulting post aimed at the Villa manager's family. Opinions are fine, personal abuse is not!
  14. villabromsgrove

    Dean Smith

    As a rough calculation AVFC will remove between twelve and fifteen million pounds of wages from the players payroll (depending on which reported wages we believe). Brentford's whole squad was assembled for about sixteen million and their wage bill is probably less than fifteen million per season. It shows that young hungry teams can be built and run on a budget. We will get rid of a lot of our ageing players, and we must carefully assess the attitude, hunger, energy and pace of the young players we bring in to replace them. The season finishes in three months .... four loan players leave us at that time .... we offload up to ten out of contract players in four and a half months time. We know Guilbert will be coming in. It's up to Pitarch, Smith and co to do their homework and hit the ground running in this summer's transfer window. UTV!
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    Dean Smith

    Younger and hungrier .... with a future to look forward to rather than a past to look back on!