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  1. Agree. Providing we manage to stay up I'd like to think we could attract a higher calibre of manager next season. Those clubs have as you say, also Wolves got Nuno in the championship, look where they are now. People can say what they like and call it arrogance or whatever but we are a huge club and therefore will be more attractive than a Burnley/Brighton etc even if we are down the bottom of the table. At the end of the season I'd hope that's what we plan to do.
  2. It's coming back whether some clubs like it or not. Motivation is key here. It's an awful thing to say in some ways but the break will have done us good. Others around us seem extremely demotivated in terms of a restart (Watford, Brighton to name 2). It was already extremely tight pre the break, now even more so. Before the break I thought we were nailed on gone. Think we have a real chance now if we want it a bit more than the others. Apologies if this seems a bit of a sensitive post re the pandemic but from a pure football pov if we started again in a month or whenever, I'm fairly optimistic we'd get out of it, the players seem pleased to be back. Maybe it's blind optimism but there we go!
  3. The athletic confirmed that both Prem and Champ would be neutral. https://theathletic.com/1800891/2020/05/08/leagueone-league-two-efl-ppg-coventry/?source=emp_shared_article "As things stand, however, both the Premier League and Championship are determined to finish this season’s fixtures in neutral stadiums behind closed doors, which would mean all these issues would be settled on the pitch in the top two divisions."
  4. The fact that the club haven't released any sort of statement, 24 hours on from the incident, speaks volumes and suggests there's more to this than meets the eye. What the **** have you done Jack
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    Dean Smith

    He's part of the problem. As much to blame as Smith, he's part of the coaching staff that is failing.
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    Dean Smith

    May I ask why? The bloke is just as clueless as the rest of them. Appoint Terry and we effectively wave the white flag, pointless
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    Dean Smith

    Long term, they probably don't. However, in the short term, a different voice, a manager bounce and a tactical plan at least gives us a fighting chance. The stakes are too high for us not to be sounding out managers now. I love Smith, and have backed him all season. However, enough is enough. It's got to a point where change is simply a must now imo. He's not going to turn this around, and we should not just sit here accepting relegation. Reading people saying they don't want Big Sam, time to put this Villa pride nonsense to one side. Needs must, to stay up. Whatever it takes, then re-evaluate in the summer depending what league we're in. Yes his style is shit, but it's a darn sight better than what we've been watching all season and maybe, just maybe, we might actually start to a see a something resembling an organised team as opposed to the chaos we're currently witnessing.
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    Dean Smith

    Our players aren't great, sure. But someone with some tactical knowhow at this level gives us a fighting chance. As we are with Smith, we have absolutely zero chance. We have to take a gamble now, surely. Sure, like others, I'm annoyed it's come to the point of having to most likely bring in an old school fire fighter, but it is what it is. The board cannot just sit back and accept relegation when there's still a chance that a change can turn our fortunes around. Purslow, etc. Act now!
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    Dean Smith

    **** that... talk about frying pan into the fire. If we're going to make a change, bring in an experienced head who knows what they're doing.
  10. Gutless, pathetic cowardly display. Really didn't want to say it but I think we need to roll the dice now.... Its our only hope. He has to be sacked now if we want even a slither of a chance.
  11. Leicester have been shit for weeks now. Got to be targetting at least a point here surely
  12. That's what I'm clinging to as well. It would be totally typical if we pulled it out the bag on the big occasion after being totally dogshit all season long.
  13. Results today really haven't gone our way, but if some **** how we could pull off a miracle tomorrow... imagine the morale boost that would give everyone. Who expected Watford to beat Liverpool? Nobody. As I said before, it'll be touch and go all the way to the last game of the season.
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    Dean Smith

    I've said from day 1 that I expected a tough season. We're roughly around where I expected to be at this point considering the upheaval in the summer. However, what has taken me by surprise is the sheer lack of fight at times, particularly away from home. I really thought we'd seen the last of that when Bruce left and the years before that when we finished rock bottom. That performance on Saturday was nothing short of disgusting. I'm a big Smith fan and wanted him to get the job. However, this season he has shown a complete lack of ability to change a game tactically and, judging on his comments, can't seem to motivate them either. This is a huge worry going into the last third of the season - we have seen the same repeated patterns pretty from from the beginning of the season. Very good football at times, followed by a turd half arsed performance the next. As much as I like Smith, he's not learning from his mistakes and this brand of football will take us down, we are far far far too open and he's changing nothing. My own thoughts are that regretably we should be sounding out a manager now to come in and save us, I just don't see it happening with Smith at all. Fwiw if we're thrashed on Sunday with another gutless display I think they'll pull the trigger anyway.
  15. A horrendous shower of shit. However, I'm taking consolation in that everyone around us is just as shit as we are and it'd be so like us to scab it on the final day despite being awful for the majority of the season. The Spurs performance still gives me hope we can just do it. Not looking forward to Wembley next week however, today was hide behind the sofa stuff **** knows what next week will be typically knowing this team we'll turn up next week and give it a good go because it's a big game and a final. Yet this shower cant be arsed for the bread and butter against the sides around us. Shambolic
  16. Our attacking play was excellent, our defence atrocious. But even with Mings, our defending is still atrocious, just less so! Performance was good but vulnerable at the back and 0 points to show for it. It'll be touch and go all the way to the last game folks, strap yourselves in...
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    Dean Smith

    Looks like we've hit on a formula makijg us more solid at least. Stick to 3 at the back
  18. Anyone saying Poch, Rafa etc get your head out the **** clouds. The whole 'we're Aston Villa' arrogance rose tinted glasses are on again. Know our place, we are a side fighting relegation with a championship side. We ain't getting no top manager. The likes of Big fat Sam and Pulis is what we'd be looking at until the end of the season should Smith go, whether people like it or not. Pure delusion.
  19. That was a truly desperate performance. Much more of that and we'll have to be sounding out managers (if we aren't already). I expected a struggle, but when there's no fight then the manager's days are numbered, regardless of the contract situation. This is a poor side make no mistake, but surely they are better than this. Something drastically wrong with the coaching. What do we do in training? Off the ball we are clueless. What the **** do O'kelly and Terry do? Not a fat lot by the looks of it. Serious questions need to be asked of the whole coaching setup
  20. Very fortunate win but I'll take it. It's all about points
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    Dean Smith

    I'm a big Smith fan, and commented earlier in the season that it was always going to be a battle this season, we'd have tough periods and we'll have to ride it out. However, even as a Smith fan, there are some seriously worrying trends currently. Starting halves slowly, the lack of intensity with and without the ball, the lack of running, the lack of closing down. The opposition have acres of space and so much time to do what they want against us it's ridiculous! Many of us myself included blamed Bruce when he was here for exactly what Smith is doing now - stubbornly playing the same way, having a lack of a game plan and making poor use of subs. At the moment, I really cannot fathom what our game plan is, and without Grealish we have nothing going forwards. What the absolute **** do we do on the training ground with that defence? Our defending at the moment is absolutely shambolic, yes Mings is out but even with him in the side we've been suspect. What input does JT have? As good a job as Smith did last season, as many have said, the timing of this contract extension is debatable at best. I'd like to think over the next few games he'll turn it around and we pick up some results to save us a potentially awkward decision to make, however I won't hold my breath. Really don't know what the answer is. On one hand, we stick with him and hope we ride out this rough patch and give him funds in January which are much needed, or we start sounding out candidates. This poor run can't go on regardless of the contract situation. If it's me I'd stick for now and give him the next 3 games. Fingers crossed we pick up in these games and we'll not be talking of manager change.. can't lie though I'm worried like many of you on here.
  22. Absolutely abysmal. Totally outfought and outplayed from start to finish, 2-1 hugely flattered us and a better side would have punished us more heavily. Dreadful
  23. You're right in respect it's the idiots on social media on both sides shouting the loudest. Your European exploits surely help us, not to mention your poor record against sides nearer the bottom.
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