Hi all Happy New Year and I hope its a good one for everyone and the Villa of course.
I would like to introduce you all to a new author we have on board; Perry Barr. Who despite being a busy man has taken the time to kick us off into the new year with a positive article. Perry has worked in the football industry for a number of years, so his knowledge is second to none. Below are a few lines about him. Hope you all enjoy the read.
Hi all, I have been a Villa supporter for the whole of my life!!!
Villa heroes – Brian Little, Alan Evans and Gary Shaw
Still remember queueing from 2.00pm outside the Holte End for Villa’s ’77 League Cup Semi-Final with QPR (kick-off 7.30pm) and went to the Final at Wembley, 1st replay at Hillsborough and 2nd replay at Old Trafford – was at Highbury on the day we won the title – was at Wembley/Old Trafford for all our finals and semi’s since 1977 – been a season ticket holder and corporate customer at Villa Park.
Worked in the football industry for the last 15 years (including 5 years as a club director at 2 different clubs)…..enough said!!
So here we are; the start of 2013 and all Villa fans must be in a complete state of confusion!
We made Man Utd look very ordinary at Villa Park and murdered Liverpool at Anfield, but also shipped 15 goals in 3 games to Chelsea, Spurs and Wigan before steadying a very rocky ship with a well-earned point in Wales and we have a League Cup Final to look forward to (I wont even contemplate losing to bloody Bradford!!) – I don’t know what to think!!
I should state right now that I am a huge supporter of Paul Lambert – he’s a brave manager, no doubt about that. After what he delivered for Norwich he could have sat comfortably at Carrow Road for years to come with very little real pressure – relegation would not have seen him lose his job after consecutive promotions, so I have huge respect for the man’s decision to leave that behind and take on one of the countries biggest clubs (and we are one of the countries biggest despite Small-Heaths protests!!) in a state of complete and utter disarray, with instructions to remove the high wage earners and bring in ‘kids’ on low wages.
We should all respect PL for that and understand that any questions should be directed at the boardroom – without doubt it is club policy for the foreseeable future – right or wrong – so we just have to get on with it and trust the man!
However; if the unthinkable happens, the policy will be badly flawed and I can see a long and painful journey back to the Premier League – would these kids cope any better with the pressures of a promotion battle than they are doing with a relegation fight? I don’t think so personally so they need some help both on the pitch and in the dressing room – I’ve actually heard Villa fans suggesting that it wouldn’t do us any harm to be relegated because we’d come back stronger… WHAT!?? – I have 3 things to say about that theory – NO – NO and NO!!!!
Surely PL can be entrusted to bring in a couple of experienced heads this month – just to get us over the line in terms of staying in the league? I hope that he’s been given the green-light to do this and that these very promising, green youngsters will have players sitting next to them before games and alongside them on the pitch who can calm things down when it gets tough and talk them through – I for one think that this experience, particularly throughout the spine of the side would have secured the extra 2 points at Swansea when absolute panic set in.
We only have to look across the city to see what state a club can get in to – so I understand and support a policy of financial prudence – its the only way to avoid being a Leeds, Portsmouth, Rangers and so on – but there also has to be a little common sense applied to this policy. If Randy wants to tighten the financial strings, that is his prerogative, but come on Randy – in Paul Lambert we trust – you have to too… just trust him enough for a couple of experienced heads to see these fabulous kids through what will (hopefully) be the clubs darkest period in a long, long time