I have to say this is music to my ears, as it’s been long suggested that there’s something not right in the dressing room and it’s about time it was sorted out once and for all.
I believe the biggest cause of any unrest has been Mr Aston Villa himself, Gabby.
Wasn’t he supposed to have fallen out with Gerard Houllier and if I remember correctly either McLeish or Lambert too at one stage?
And now the current manager?
If that’s all true, then it seems pretty obvious where the problem is, doesn’t it? and it isn’t the managers.
Now, I might be able to live with all this if the team and particularly Gabby himself were performing well and we were riding high in the table.
But the fact is we’re bottom of the league and can’t afford to have players disagreeing with what they’re being told.
The trouble is, it only takes one bad apple to totally undermine a manager, where the rest of the players/people under him think they’re ok to have a bitch and a moan.
And there are only three possible resolutions in a situation like this, in my opinion.
1) the manager goes
2) the player/employee goes
3) they sort it out to the manager’s satisfaction.
Quite simply Garde isn’t going to be leaving.
I very much suspect that him going over to speak to Randy Lerner wasn’t just about transfer policy/money and I’ll bet it also involved a summary of what he’s seen of the players.
All quite obvious really, I suppose.
But the point is it’s enough to make me change my mind about when I recently said I didn’t see Gabby leaving in the winter window.
I now expect that the club will do it’s best to offload him; maybe even to the point where we subsidise his wages.
N’Zog will either be loaned out or paid off.
And any other surly types, who aren’t willing to fight for the cause will be gone too.
Good riddance and about time, I say.
I’d rather play the kids, than more experienced players who don’t tow the line.
Remi Garde has just gone up a notch in my estimation of him.