Mat Kendrick; An apology

Many of you will know that I’ve often slated Mat Kendrick as having been a gutless Evening Mail reporter for never having really reported things as he genuinely believed.
His reasoning was pretty obvious, in that he probably didn’t want to face the wrath of the club, which probably would have resulted in his being barred from press conferences and the players being ordered not to talk to him.
A club that doesn’t believe in any criticism from reporters or even the fans. A gestapo type attitude, in my opinion.

My gripe with Mat was that as a proper Villa fan, even though he hinted at things, he should have been a lot more forthright in his real views, given that he had the biggest mouthpiece of any Villa fan.

Anyway, it seems he’s now corrected things somewhat and made his views quite plain, in a very good piece saying that Paul Lambert should be sacked;

The Mail have been quite canny in their efforts to not upset the gestapo, because they simultaneously released an article by Gregg Evans stating why Lambert should stay, just to balance things in the name of fair reporting;

We all know that it’s a minority who want Lambert to stay, but fair play to the Mail anyway in the way they’ve played this. After all, you can’t ban someone for presenting a balanced view, can you?

The only disappointment with Mat’s article is that he should have written it when he was the lead reporter. I’d imagine that if he had got banned for telling the truth, it would have made for a fair old story for the sports press in general and demonstrated the sort of thing that many Villa fans feel is generally wrong with the club under the current regime.

Whatever, fair play Mat for finally telling it how it is.
And I apologise for slating you.


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  1. nath
    nath January 17, 2015 at 5:12 pm .

    well signs are better than last few games.we created a few more chances had some pressure, the new amigo showed some nice touches and showed he’s got the skill to find the forwards, yeah the ppl that love to moan what ever will continue to moan. but i saw more effort and more cutting edge. i feel goals will come if they continue to apply the same effort and skill.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath January 17, 2015 at 5:34 pm .

      But bottom line is we still didn’t score and we lost. So your comment is pointless tbf

      1. nath
        nath January 17, 2015 at 5:49 pm .

        hows my comments pointless the teams pointless. ur comments pointless. if you wanna cry go ahead cry. last weeks the team was deserving of ur bitching. today they played miles better, still wasn’t enough. but if you can’t see the effort the team put in. then i hope they put in the efforts of the last few defeats, were they looked every bit a relegation team without hope

  2. jvillan
    jvillan January 17, 2015 at 5:16 pm .

    well happy clappers all happy we give it a go and we ll give it a go next week etc
    if he keeps playing numptys like cleverly westwood wiemen gabby zog what does anyone expect sure we had a bit pressure for 15/20 mins but pool still could scored 4/5

  3. Dave67
    Dave67 January 17, 2015 at 5:25 pm .

    No end product when we put them under pressure. when are the goals going to come, might be to late when they do come. Gil I was really impressed with him when he came on.

    1. nath
      nath January 17, 2015 at 5:38 pm .

      you see jvillan dave67 see a positive, the new guy came on and showed some nice passes showed he hes got the invention to find forwards in dangerous positions. villa are in a rut and its gonna get worse maybe, but there were better signs today

      i am off our for a binge let you all beat up your teddies

  4. gerry
    gerry January 17, 2015 at 5:39 pm .

    Good for Nath. I saw the same game as you. Gotta feel better than the last few weeks, On a lighter note (we are allowed one) it was mad to hear Charlie Nicholas explaining Lamberts situation. I didn’t understand a single word.

    1. GarethVilla
      GarethVilla January 17, 2015 at 5:50 pm .

      Thats because Nicholas was doing a very good impression of Lambert!

  5. OriginalLondonLion
    OriginalLondonLion January 17, 2015 at 5:44 pm .

    Taxi for Mr Lambert, Plane for Mr Lerner. I am not surprised the 8 minute protest failed, its plain daft, but I will be at VP on Sunday to add my voice to the Lambert out chorus.

    1. mike
      mike January 17, 2015 at 5:46 pm .

      Okay who would replace Lambert ?

      1. GarethVilla
        GarethVilla January 17, 2015 at 5:51 pm .

        Ian Culverhouse

      2. OohAhPaulMcGrath
        OohAhPaulMcGrath January 17, 2015 at 6:00 pm .

        Who cares anyone but lamberk

        1. Brick
          Brick January 17, 2015 at 6:07 pm .

          Lambert IS the man for the job. Give him time Dean.

        2. mike
          mike January 17, 2015 at 6:09 pm .

          That’s a daft comment. We want someone better not just change for changes sake . Someone like Tim Sherwood would be no better than Lambert.

          1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
            OohAhPaulMcGrath January 17, 2015 at 6:47 pm .

            Don’t get why Sherwood would be popular tbh. I want a foreign manager like a koeman etc

      3. OriginalLondonLion
        OriginalLondonLion January 17, 2015 at 6:00 pm .

        Some foreigner nobody has really heard of – just like Pochettino when he arrived at Saints. Ambitious just to get the chance of managing in the Prem.

        The one Championship manager you would want will be there next week, but he won’t leave his current job while it is going well.

        It is a good opportunity because with the current squad it would be impossible to get less of a performance out of them than Lambert – and the crowd’s expectations are rock bottom. So the new guy is only expected to play more adventurous football and keep them up.

        1. Andrew
          Andrew January 17, 2015 at 6:09 pm .

          Ponchettino was known for his time in Spain. One of the biggest leagues in the world. We should be scouting there anyways. Definitely a goldmine for managers.

  6. Brick
    Brick January 17, 2015 at 5:55 pm .

    With Gary Karsa as his assistant.

    1. GarethVilla
      GarethVilla January 17, 2015 at 6:07 pm .

      Yea, Roy Keane to return as Director of Football.

  7. jvillan
    jvillan January 17, 2015 at 6:10 pm .

    how many goals did we score today did i miss them pool should have been out of sight 4 dm playing pool cut through like butter lambert does not have a clue how many shots had gabby one of our st get he s to fat like keane said

    1. nath
      nath January 17, 2015 at 6:11 pm .

      nath how many goals did we score

  8. villa1996
    villa1996 January 17, 2015 at 6:26 pm .

    To think lambert got a Four year contact for this makes my blood boil to think how much the players are on and they can’t score for shit no one would buy them now no one will buy us were fucked we be another rangers soon face it relegation this year and we deserve it

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