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Tribute to Kevin MacDonald and is he the new Blues boss

I am sad to learn of Kevin MacDonald leaving.

It was inevitable that Paul Lambert would want his own staff. MacDonald stepped up to the first team and of course his position was replaced at reserve level. This obviously means that once Lambert decided he was not wanted he had no where to go and has left of his own free will.

MacDonald did a fantastic job in the 16 years with the youth team and helped create one of the best systems in the country. He will be sadly missed at that level and maybe in hindsight he should not have stepped up. The work he has done is clear for all to see and we should warmly congratulate him for that and welcome his long contribution to Aston Villa.

However he has left of his own will and is there the possibility that he has left to go to the Blues as their next boss ? He has made it known for a while he wished to make the step up and is this the job to do it. Currently no price for him at the bookies, is it worth a punt ?

41 comments on “Tribute to Kevin MacDonald and is he the new Blues boss

  1. Sad to see a good man go. Good luck and all the best for the future, KM.

  2. Thank you KMac for all the work you have done at AVFC.

    Sad to see him go it does show we are entering a new era at the Villa!

  3. As the late, great George Harrison so aptly put it, ‘All Things Must Pass’.

    KevMac clearly believes that the time is right for the parting of the ways, and only he knows fully how and what he’s thinking.

    Villans everywhere will wish him well, and hope that his personal goals and ambitions all come to fruition.

    • Go on then gs; what’s your favourite Harrison effort? Got to be “Here Comes The Sun” for me. It sums the man up to my mind; I never tire of hearing such an optimistic, feelgood song. Could serve as an anthem for us in the future, maybe, after all the gloom and despondency of the last couple of years!

      • He wrote some absolute gems in his time davidg, no doubt about that. My personal favourites though, for a variety of reasons, are ‘All Things Must Pass’, ‘Art Of Dying’, along with, like your good self, ‘Here Comes The Sun’, and other Beatles numbers.

        Can only endorse your sentiments about the ‘Here Comes The Sun’ track.

        You’re a good man davidg. Not only extremely knowledgeable about AVFC, you are clearly a music connoisseur too.

        Yes, you’re more than alright in my book.

        • Yeah gs, love “Art of Dying”. “Give Me Love” and “Blow Away” are other huge favourites of mine. It was great to see Harrison step out from under the giant shadow of Lennon and McCartney in latter years, and blossom as a writer. Loved his efforts with The Traveling Wilburys too.
          Thanks for your kind comments, mate, you’re not bad yourself! I’ll get me coat before somebody tells us to get a room…….!

          “the smiles returning to the faces”; bring on 2012-13!

    • I guess when we contemplated the “clearout” we probably didn’t think KMAC would necessarily be part of it.
      What a cracking job he did, mostly in the background.
      Thank you KMAC – only problem is if he goes to the Bluescum will he be remembered so fondly?
      We’re all bigger than that………………………..

  4. I hope a club offers Kev Mac a managers job. He has proven what a true football man he is. Villa have been very fortunate to have his services. With total respect for all his great work. Good luck from all Villa fans. UTV

  5. Very sad to see him go but things must move on. To echo what villahampton said above, I also hope he gets a managers job somewhere. Good luck Kev.

  6. Good luck and thanks KMac. Avoid The Blues – thats a dying club and a doomed position with no chance to make your mark on it or change the personnel. Go for a smaller stable club for a first managerial appointment.

    • I wonder just what has prompted KMac’s move at precisely this moment. Is it a case of him in a sense seeing the writing on the wall ie Culverhouse and Karsa definitely on the way in, and so marginalising him, or is the timing just opportune for him to seek fresh pastures? Think he could step up and do a manager’s job somewhere, but agree with Proley that if he’s indeed looking to do that, he’s be wise to avoid St Andrews like the plague, for obvious reasons.
      The whole “new broom” scenario at VP makes you wonder as well what’s going on in Sid’s mind at the moment, and how he might see things in terms of his own future at VP.
      Now there’s a horrible thought to ponder; KMac and Sid going over to The Dark Side as the new management team!

  7. KMAC is too much of a lion to go to the shite. Could go to support Clarke at Albion though.

  8. good luck kev and thanks…… how about a testimonial for him?….. he deserves it!

  9. It has already been noted elsewhere that Sid is staying on. There should be some sort of continuity, especially with the younger players.

  10. I no im gonna get shot down for saying this but thank fuck mcditherer has gone. He epitomises everything that’s wrong with club. Yes he’s done ok with the reserves but who gives a fuck about the reserves none of them have really stepped up and grabbed their opportunity by the throat despite having a load of dross regular team members to dislodge. The really good youngsters are at other clubs like chamberlain etc. Even the scum have got a reserve that’s better than anything we will produce in Redmond if our scouting system was so great then how the fuck did we miss him. Everyone on here saying he deserves a managers job are talking crap he had the perfect opportunity with us but he dithererd. Then put out a team that got anhiallated by an average Newcastle side. Please don’t tell me the youngsters havnt made it coz of the manager if you are good enough you are good enough. Wayne rooney at 17 still shone in a very mediocre everton team because he was good enough. I wish mcditherer well of course but glad this failure and loser has gone.

    • Don’t hold back oohah.
      The good thing is, it looks like a complete overhaul by the club .
      Now just move on agbonlahahaha then we will be moving forward.

      • I was holding back a bit gr lol. Yes its what we need a clear out from top to bottom no room for sentiment. Pray that Dunne and warnock are next with hopefully Hutton and Collins to follow but that is wishful thinking.

    • ouch, very harsh

      He has put together a series of teams that play good football and win games – not sure we can ask more than that. It is up to others to integrate those players in to the 1st team and they have failed to do so. These players have gone on to do well for others (Steven Davis, Gary Cahill, Craig Gardner, Peter Whittingham even Luke Moore who plays for a team finishing comfortably above us this season), or been among our better players last season (not saying much) Gabby (at start of the season), Lichaj, Herd, Clark, Weimann or have shown glimpses of promise (Carruthers, Johnson, Gary Gardner, Baker, Delfouneso, Bannan, Albrighton. This is not the track record of a failure

      Redmond is not better than most of these

      Richard Dunne epitomises all that is wrong with the club (earns a fortune, disruptive and doesn’t care other wise he wouldn”t be so much better for Ireland than Villa). Kev Mc is dedicated and has done his job very well over a long period of time

      • Sid cowansLovechild how dare you criticise Dunne he has been a great player for us, never makes a mistake ever and is a pillar (pillock) in the heart of defence. We are so lucky to have him…only joking of course lol😃 On a serious note agree 100% about dunne being a liabilty the problem is we will prob have him for one more season as he has a year left so lambert won’t really achieve what he wants to till second season unless they pay him of. Yes we have had some ok youngsters but the only real gem we have really produced is cahill. Our great leader mon sold him of course as he prefered zat shite Ffs but that’s another story. Basically if we see ourselves as a top six un which I think we do then how many of those youngsters mentioned are top 6 players other Cahill past or present. Greatest is youngster we ever produced in modern times of course is your pen name sid himself but that was in mid 70s and Wev never really done it since.

    • He did a very good job with the reserves, no need for the vitriol imo. In an ideal world he would have stepped up when he was caretaker. He was not able to do that, but I would have thought his services would still be in demand elsewhere. If not as a top flight manager, maybe as a manager in a lower league looking to emulate Norwich or possible at a top flight team looking to develop their academy. I am sorry he has to go, but a new brush is required and better he jump before he is pushed imo.

    • oohahpaulmcgrath,
      You know I was not going to say anything just read the blog and Im backing you up on that, he has been the problem all the time mc ditherer glad hes gone and now sid can take the rewards for what he has done over the years. for the youth teams. well said oohah……

    • Can’t wait for your next posting about someone you really dont like.

  11. Another good Villan servant leaves the club, and to be replaced by whom exactly? Norwich are not terminating Culverhouse’s contract. With it being a 12 month rolling contract, even if this ‘Cully’ (who by all accounts is the mastermind behind Lambert’s success) hands his notice in, Norwich will have him work his 12 months because of the compensation dispute… If we do not approach Norwich to negotiate I can see us losing important time for our new staff to bed-in, again having a knock-on effect with our early season performances… Come on Faulkner, only we will lose out with this pathetic waiting game as Norwich’s new team is already in and preparing for the forthcoming battles. Lambert without his lieuetenants is not fair on Lambert or us.

    • Are u saying that lambert is shit without his lieutenants. After all it’s him who we are paying big money to to do a job not his back room staff. If culverhouse dosnt come that shud be no excuse for pl not to succeed.

    • By “all accounts”?

      Nonsense.

      • Axl, sorry, by all accounts of Norwich fans on forums, who are admittedly very sore at the moment and may also have bias as Culverhouse played most of his career as a Norwich player after leaving Spurs. Norwich believe whilst PL is a great man-manager & motivator (essential); it is Cully’s tactical nouse that has proved so effective. PL gave an interview a couple of months back and admitted it is Culverhouse who even decides the timings of substitions. Considering, the last 3 years Norwich have been so successful with changing the game with their replacements in the game… I do genuinely want PL to keep just this guy at least.

        However, I am not saying he is ‘shit’ without his lieuetenants, I am just saying whoever does come in, needs to gel with the players. The sooner this happens the more prepared we are for the beginning if the season.

        I am certain PL’s motivational ability will allow him to work with any good coaches. The Norwich fans even state they have never known what this Gary Karsa has done at their club over the last 3 years so I certainly dont think he will be shit without this guy, I just think we need everything settled asap.

        Again, Faulkner and Lerner need to realise that Norwich dont have to play our game. They need to prevent us feeling that their beginning to dither and maintain the current positive vibe that I am so grateful to feel after what feels a very long time. I am counting on them to be decisive.

    • Patience is a virtue. Right from the off, it was clear that compensation would be due for lamberts people rather than lambert. It may be Hughton has a say in matters, it may be that culverhouse is considering his future. Time will tell, appears to me that lambert and culverhouse are a bit of a team and this is a thread about macdonald walking out…..

  12. This is a big mistake by Villa.

    Kevin MacDonald was the equivalent of Sir Alex Ferguson at youth level. He will go on to better a rival club.

    My hope is that this is as first team manager. He was desperately unlucky to suffer the Newcastle result, which wiped out the goodwill of the excellent West Ham win.

    Thank you Kevin. We wish you all the best.

  13. Axl, sorry, by all accounts of Norwich fans on forums, who are admittedly very sore at the moment and may also have bias as Culverhouse played most of his career as a Norwich player after leaving Spurs. Norwich believe whilst PL is a great man-manager & motivator (essential); it is Cully’s tactical nouse that has proved so effective. PL gave an interview a couple of months back and admitted it is Culverhouse who even decides the timings of substitions. Considering, the last 3 years Norwich have been so successful with changing the game with their replacements in the game… I do genuinely want PL to keep just this guy at least.

    However, I am not saying he is ‘shit’ without his lieuetenants, I am just saying whoever does come in, needs to gel with the players. The sooner this happens the more prepared we are for the beginning if the season.

    I am certain PL’s motivational ability will allow him to work with any good coaches. The Norwich fans even state they have never known what this Gary Karsa has done at their club over the last 3 years so I certainly dont think he will be shit without this guy, I just think we need everything settled asap.

    Again, Faulkner and Lerner need to realise that Norwich dont have to play our game. They need to prevent us feeling that their beginning to dither and maintain the current positive vibe that I am so grateful to feel after what feels a very long time. I am counting on them to be decisive.

    • Fair point Benjamin but what u are saying worries me. I was under impression that it was lambert with tactical nouse without that he is another mon. Also Lerner and co shud have had this sorted from the off IMHO

      • I have just read on http://www.pinkum.co.uk that this Gary Karsa is the brother-in-law of PL… I can see them both talking Villa tactics over their xmas turkey in 6 months! Imagine being a EPL manager and not even being able to escape football with your family?! Only Villa will benefit I suppose, even if their wives do not!

  14. i really hope he dont go blues cause i want 2 wish him well but as im vtid any1 at smallheath i want 2 lose and have a bad time sorry cant help hating them. if i was him i wouldnt go there cause of the long time at villa and i think some of thescum fans would give him a hard time so if he didnt get the wins they would all turn on him fast. and if we think back 2 when he took over from mon he started losing (i think he would of messed up). so gd luck 4 now but stay away from little smallheath or all will change.lol anyway lets c who we gona sign gd times 4 us.

  15. Not in the majority it seems but I’m happy to see KMc go. For me he always lacked that something that makes a bloke a manager let alone a top manager. He always struck me as a number 2 or 3 and will remain so.
    He did a good job with the kids was well liked, came across as a very nice bloke, but we need dynamism, new brooms, new approaches, even if it doesn’t work
    I can’t be doing with this Villa inbred crap. what ex Villa man has ever achieved much in the modern era. Little started well then gave up mentally, Gregory, was he ever classed as a Villan back then, like he is now, promised and did brilliantly then faded when the going got tough.
    Past Villans are best remembered for their past, lets put what faith we have in new ideas, and nearly proven managers who have kept on winning game after game for several seasons. Much more fun

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