KMac, Remi Garde and Villa’s best team

I was looking to write something about the appointment of Remi Garde tonight, but the issue came up in my article last night and I thought I’d practically ruined the idea.

Fortunately, I’ve been saved by an article that’s cropped up in the Birmingham Mail.

There were suggestions on here and on Sky that Kevin MacDonald’s team selection was pretty much a two-fingered gesture aimed at the board, which indicated that he thought they didn’t know what they didn’t know what they were doing and that he was in total agreement with what Tim Sherwood thought about the situation.

I really don’t agree with that assessment.

Regardless of what we might think of KMac as a manager, I don’t think we have any reason to say anything other than he has been a very good servant of the club, who only has the club’s interests at heart.
While you might be tempted to say that KMac deliberately chose a poor side just to try and prove some point, I really don’t think that was the case.
My opinion says he played the side that he thought was the best to get the result, even if you think he might be deluded.

Which is worrying either way, as either KMac is indeed deluded, in which case he needs to be sacked.
Or he had genuine reason to not select what many of us think is Villa’s best starting eleven.

Which is where the Mail’s article comes into it. It names what Villa fans have voted as the best starting eleven.
Which is Guzan, Richards (RB), Clark, Okore, Amavi, Traore, Sanchez, Gana, Gil, Grealish and Ayew up top.

And to be fair, I’d suggest it’s not far off what most of us think.
Indeed, it’s pretty much what I think, although it’d be a 4-2-3-1, as opposed to a 4-5-1, as Gregg Evans suggests.
I also think it’s a bit lightweight overall, but the differences are small and the main point is it’s not far off if we want to go for it.
What on earth the scum badge is doing on the graphic, is beyond me, but it’s the Mail after all, isn’t it?

So what has Remi Garde got to do with all this?
Well, simply, I reckon this is the team that he’d ideally want to play.
It eliminates all the dross; the workhorses that try, but have let us down for years.
Particularly the likes of Hutton, Gabby, Westwood and Richardson etc. We all know who they are, even if some of us might think the odd ones have their uses.

So why do I suspect that our starting eleven under Garde, will not be what we all think it should be?

I hinted at it in the previous replies.
I think there is a major divide amongst the Villa players and I’m not talking about the odd one or two.
I’m talking about a divide that goes deeper than that; a divide that goes higher than just the players; a divide that might even have been built up by Sherwood.

I know, I’m talking rubbish.
So explain why there’s been a load of claptrap about how players aren’t fit enough and they’ve “lost their sparkle” in training, according to KMac.

This is utter tripe and I just refuse to swallow it.
There’s something seriously wrong behind the scenes, again in my opinion.
“Lost their sparkle” is surely code for “they ain’t trying”, isn’t it?
Well, that’s how I see it.

Either that or the players we all want to see start are plain and simple not good enough.
I’m not sure which situation is worse.

I think Remi Garde is going to need loads of luck in sorting things out.


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  1. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson November 7, 2015 at 5:33 pm . Reply

    BWS ,hope its not the game of all games who stays up or down, where 6 point’s down on them at the minute. Christmas might give us some idea as to what? just crazy BWS.

    1. BWS
      BWS November 7, 2015 at 5:41 pm . Reply

      Don’t they owe us one for sending them down?

  2. billys boots
    billys boots November 7, 2015 at 5:49 pm . Reply

    what price cahill in jan?

    1. Bill Pearson
      Bill Pearson November 7, 2015 at 6:19 pm . Reply

      Billy boots, nice thought but a dream me thinks, BWS forgot about that hope they’ve got Alzheimer’s on to day.

    2. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath November 7, 2015 at 10:56 pm . Reply

      He won’t come to us

    3. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath November 7, 2015 at 10:57 pm . Reply

      Shawcross played well today can’t believe one of the top 5-6 clubs have come in for him

  3. VillaAwayInDiv3
    VillaAwayInDiv3 November 7, 2015 at 6:56 pm . Reply

    Christ WE MUST be really CRAP if we are below all the shit above us……..watched most of the games today and how the hell have we lost to most of them……….

  4. badger123
    badger123 November 7, 2015 at 7:34 pm . Reply

    We are. Or at least were.
    Of course I hope that changes.

    But I suspect in the next few weeks/months we’ll find out out much of a mug Sherwood really is. Or maybe not.
    It’s all very worrying.

    GIDDYVILLAN November 8, 2015 at 8:45 am . Reply

    No man city preview LADS????

    1. Bum Bum
      Bum Bum November 8, 2015 at 9:19 am . Reply

      Have you got the nerves to read one???

      Unless we get at least SIX points before the end of this month, I guarantee you, Lerner has taken us down. Remi might be the right man to change our fortunes, but it’s too late…

      In saying that, three points today is a start!!! 🙂

        GIDDYVILLAN November 8, 2015 at 9:27 am . Reply

        Yep I’ve got the nerve I’m upbeat about today hopefully the end of shabby,I do believe the New manager factor will kick in today simply onwards & the only direction is upwards.UTV

  6. Bum Bum
    Bum Bum November 8, 2015 at 9:20 am . Reply

    Can’t wait to see his first team selection. A fiver says most of our summer signings feature, and no Gabby.

    1. Dave67
      Dave67 November 8, 2015 at 10:00 am . Reply

      Looking forward to see what Garde,s team selection will be and the formation he is going to set out.

  7. badger123
    badger123 November 8, 2015 at 10:07 am . Reply

    I’ll put something up in a while Giddy.

  8. pat57
    pat57 November 8, 2015 at 11:09 am . Reply

    Also can’t wait to see what team Garde puts out today. Not expecting a win but some fight would be nice

  9. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson November 8, 2015 at 12:08 pm . Reply

    Here’s a pridiction Guzan; Hutton, Richardson, Lescott, Richards; Westwood, Sanchez; Sinclair, Grealish, Bacuna; Gestede. What you think?

    1. pat57
      pat57 November 8, 2015 at 12:41 pm . Reply

      Wrong Bill

      01 Guzan
      21 Hutton
      06 Clark
      04 Richards
      23 Amavi
      24 Sánchez
      08 Gueye
      25 Gil
      17 Veretout
      09 Sinclair
      19 J Ayew

      Apart from Guzan and Hutton looks okay to me. Amavi and Gil both in and Ayew leading the line. It will be different anyway.

      1. Bill Pearson
        Bill Pearson November 8, 2015 at 12:51 pm . Reply

        Sorry Pat, I’m after the most dislikes, top of the league now, beating Oohah and Andrew.???? looks good to me what’s playing, like to see Gardner.

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