This article has captured my attention. Trevor Fisher has sent this in and brings up a really good point and a plan for change. Just read it
Terry Jones wrote a really good article about having a Technical Director. But the comments were negative. Terry, you are right. But unless we can get a group of people who understand that Villa has to change off the pitch as well as on, we have no future. Can we get that kind of group together?
The basic problem is simple. What happens off the pitch is as important as what happened on it, that’s what makes us fail; badly managed and run, with appalling Public Relations. Let’s look at the problem that really makes the media think we are dummies, the arrogance of Villa from top to bottom.
For example, fans bought rooms in Hotels in London before a ball had been kicked. Including John Gregory. Now there’s a man who knows his football. Lambert after the first leg made the comment “Everyone would make us favourites to turn it around”. And to make us look really dumb, the marketing department put out a flyer to season tickets with an offer of a Wembley ticket thrown in.
There are delusions of grandeur at Villa Park. They make us look stupid. We are not going anywhere. Lerner keeping Lambert even if relegated makes people angry and rightly so. But the choice is now stark
Either we go back to the civil war we had under Ellis – and got nowhere. Or run a campaign to force Lerner, the silent man, to come up with changes like a technical director. Which could only be a start. But if fans have something intelligent to say, media will be interested. Lerner can ignore a civil war – Ellis did. So to make him do more than stagger from one crisis to the next, needs some clever thinking.
The only campaign, which ever worried Ellis, was the Pound Sign campaign. 10,000 people holding up pound signs before the game made him fork out for Juan Pablo Angel. The new campaign would be a long run one to the end of the season, action before each game. But not normal demonstrations, they are a waste of time.
Since we look like having Lambert for at least the next twelve months, and players with talent won’t be coming unless the club starts to show we are not just drifting into the lower divisions. A serious Reform Group to plan such a campaign is needed.
Terry, you have a good idea. Adam liked it and posted it, but is there any real interest out there for a long run campaign and getting together to plan it? If there is, I for one am up for it.
Villa is a badly run football club. It will fail unless it gets the boardroom right. There is nothing lost by discussing whether it should be tried. I will be in the Barton’s arms – on the Walsall Road A34 in Lozells – next Tuesday (29th) before the Newcastle game for a bite to eat and anyone who wants to join me to discuss whether a reform group is possible is welcome. As long as they don’t want to sack the manager and the board, both demands are a complete waste of time.
I will get there at 6pm and have my book VILLA FOR ENGLAND on display. I will leave 7pm. So lets see if there is any real desire for changing the state of the club.