James sent this in just after Mcleish left and I forgot to post it in, pretty relevant now. Looking for left field options, if you have any please send a piece.
I have just heard this interview with Ugo Ehiogu and he raised some very interesting points.
Firstly he mentions Karl Robinson, a man who many Aston Villa fans will know very little about, however as I have mentioned in previous articles I have submitted I am from Milton Keynes and rarely get to see the Villa play live.
However both my parents, brother and I go and watch MK Dons play due to convenience, cheap prices and now incredible football on display – admittedly at a lower quality but style wise miles ahead of what has been seen at Villa Park.
The Dons are my second team (and I understand people may question my elegance to Villa or criticise the franchise) and I managed to witness 2 years of incredible flowing, passing football hence Robinson’s reputation as the Guardiola of League 1. Admittedly he lacks experience, has no connection to Villa and has had a lot of help from the recently retired John Gorman but he sure is a talent.
In 2 years he has paid for 1 player (50k for a striker with 11 goals and 12 assists), managed to attract John Gorman, Didi Hamman, Robbie Fowler and Ian Wright into coaching roles, pulled of a deal to bring Alan Smith on loan whilst paying only 3% of his wages and has achieved 2 successive play off campaigns. His brand of football is also incredible. I accept this is at League One, but Lambert and Martinez both started there and are the two favourites for the role. He is definitely a dark horse, who would receive my backing.
My other point from Ugo’s interview is his opinions on Bent, despite Bent posting on twitter that he is staying, but I question who could or even want to sign him. He would not get into United, City, Newcastle or Chelsea sides, Tottenham are a certainly a no, Arsenal have splashed out on Podolski and have RVP. Villa admittedly will be a mid-table team now and will be for a few years, but teams around us will not be able to afford him. Plus English players rarely go abroad. So I think he is definitely staying.