After digesting the PR from Villa today I have to say it is a stunning one.
Lets look at the first sentence of it.
Villa chairman Randy Lerner said: “We need to be clear and candid with ourselves and with supporters about what we have lacked in recent years.
Americans are not known for admitting their mistakes. Well in this sentence Randy has done this, he is admitting he has made mistakes. Anyone else notice no statement at all from Mcleish. This was a clear sacking and explains Mcleish’s defiance in the recent interviews. He knew he was gone for a while and as I posted before that was his defence.
Mcleish had to defend himself but for a chairman to say this you can only then blame the manager really ? Not often you hear a chairman ever blame a manager.
This statement is stunning it that it admits a failure of leadership.
“Compelling play and results that instil a sense of confidence that Villa
is on the right track have been plainly absent.
Leadership is from the top and it is great to hear a leader admit their faults. Mcleish could never do that, the likes of Ellis could never do that. to see Lerner admit that is just fantastic, it starts the healing process.
Then this is the most crucial one for the future.
“The most immediate action that we can take is to look carefully at our options in terms of bringing in a new manager who sees the club’s potential and embraces our collective expectations.”
the vital words are in bold. Randy here is talking about the fans and manager showing unity in who to take us forward. Now we may have many thoughts on who should be the new manager but there is one name we heard ringing out loud for yesterday. I firmly believe that Randy is clearly pointing us towards Paul Lambert because as a collective of fans they made it clear yesterday.
Could be a BRIGHT FUTURE after all.