So while Doug Ellis had a tiny dig at the board and Randy Lerner, he has basically blamed the players for our poor performance this season.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I have the utmost respect for Ellis.
But it’s only because of his age.
Even now, in his very advanced years, he just can’t help putting himself forward can he?
‘I was one of a few chairmen who got together to form the Premier League, way way back.”
Yes, we know Doug.
But you were also the first Chairman to pay yourself, remember, you greedy bastard?
And then there’s this line;
“Dozens of people have approached me and asked me to come back.”
Who would want a 92 year old back running the show, when it’s common knowledge that the bloke has sadly lost the plot?
Still, it doesn’t really matter. He’s an old fella and I’m happy that he thinks how he does, if it pleases him.
And this post wasn’t really meant to be about slating the man anyway, even though I’ve done so many times previously.
His day has gone and his opinion isn’t important really.
But what does annoy me is the fact he blames the players in the way he has, in saying they haven’t been good enough.
Perhaps it’s a matter of semantics, but I got the strong hint that he was suggesting that they weren’t performing.
Whereas I’m more minded to think that they just aren’t good enough, full stop.
Which is where you have to look at where the blame is for that.
And it ultimately comes down to whoever was responsible for advocating and then signing them.
And whoever sanctioned those signings.
I suppose in fairness that Ellis would have found it difficult to have actually said that the blame lies with the man who has the ultimate shout, in Randy Lerner.
I mean, criticism seems to mean an immediate ban from Villa Park these days, doesn’t it?
But it’s no surprise, as it’s far easier to blame those at the bottom.
In my experience I’ve found that if you have a poor workforce, the management have invariably got something badly wrong, whether it be incompetence or just having taken their eye off the ball.
I’m not talking about supervisor level necessarily (Garde).
But heads need to roll.
Back to Ellis’ comments then and we have this one;
“It’s my life. Thirty-five years, just ask my wife she’ll tell you. I’m married to Aston Villa.”
Hmm, we’ll ignore that indiscretion as a Blues Director then, eh Doug?
Sorry, I just couldn’t resist that one and at least it was before he married the Villa.
Oh and weren’t you associated with the club before 1981 Doug? Apart from a certain period that you seem to have glossed over (again)?
Good grief, he’ll be telling us how he invented the bicycle kick next. And actually played as a professional.
Excuse me while I puke.
Fair play to the bloke, he still keeps turning up to watch a load of rubbish every other week and in that sense he’s a better man than me.
Although no doubt he doesn’t have to pay and gets a splash up meal thrown in as repayment for the torture.
I think I might have hit on a marketing idea there, that might stem the colossal fall in attendances we’re going to see next season.
Just the three courses for me, Foxy, me old fruit.