Next manager POLL; who do you think?

Seeing as we’ve only just sacked Bruce, it seems a bit early to be asking this question, as we’re still digesting the news.
But it’s been requested and I suppose it’s going to be the next big subject, so here goes;

Quite simply, who do you think should be our next manager?

I probably shouldn’t say anything, as I really don’t want to lead anyone in any way at all, but my opinion says that any of the supposed candidates are completely rubbish suggestions that will not happen.

I’m going to list all those I’ve seen, but importantly, add A.N.Other
Which is where I’d welcome suggestions.
And I’ve randomised the choices.


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  1. Originallondonlion
    Originallondonlion October 5, 2018 at 12:04 am . Reply

    The bookies in this case know sod all. They have never seen the new owners select a manager, so they have no type to go on. In fact they have a record of just one Bruce, of the sort of manager whose excuses they tire of. Moyes and Allardyce are almost clones.

    Moyes vies with Jones of Man Utd in my eyes at the person who looks most terrified by his job in football. He had never managed in England outside the top flight and – I think – therefore never got a club promoted.

    1. badger123
      badger123 October 5, 2018 at 12:38 am . Reply

      We haven’t linked up with Mendez for no reason and what I alluded to in my 11.50 comment suddenly makes perfect sense.
      Very naive of me to not see it previously, but maybe it explains how Wolves were signing such good players?

      If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, I say.

  2. Pat 57
    Pat 57 October 5, 2018 at 12:31 am . Reply

    If it’s not going to be John Terry, who I quite like as he knows the club and who I think has got a streak of iron in him, then I’d be willing to give someone else a try.

    Somewhere out there is the man who can bring our great club back to the Premier League where it belongs….just wish I knew who the bloody hell he was!

    I sincerely hope the board knows.

    1. badger123
      badger123 October 5, 2018 at 12:41 am . Reply

      I very much doubt they do, Pat.
      But I’ll bet Mendez does.

      I know, I’m going on too much about it now.
      But it’s like I’ve just had a Eureka moment! 🙂

  3. Hitchens60
    Hitchens60 October 5, 2018 at 7:24 am . Reply

    Badger, OLL agreed.

    I don’t know anything about betting but I always, perhaps naively, thought the market reflected the amount of money placed on any one runner. Always willing to learn.

    1. villaawayindiv3
      villaawayindiv3 October 5, 2018 at 8:17 am . Reply

      I have thought all along that the owners were just giving Bruce a fair chance just as there seemed to be a certain time frame where they could then start a clean sweep by doing a Wolves thing.
      I said earlier that when the new guy gets here we should all pull together and back him….an update on this is that it does not apply to any of the stupid bookies picks….the old guard has surely ran it’s course in the Prem…off the top of my head is it just Palace and to some extent Man U that are going that way…..
      A very big new broom needed….an parts in 68…

      1. villaawayindiv3
        villaawayindiv3 October 5, 2018 at 8:19 am . Reply

        As happened in 68….lol

        1. Hitchens60
          Hitchens60 October 5, 2018 at 11:12 am . Reply

          Remember it well – went to the first game under The Doc at Villa Park – happy days!

  4. Dave.C
    Dave.C October 5, 2018 at 11:58 am . Reply

    I have to pull OLL up on his ‘Moyes has never managed outside the top flight’ comment, he did a fine job at Preston, which led to him getting the Everton job, I wouldn’t want him at Villa through.

    1. Originallondonlion
      Originallondonlion October 5, 2018 at 10:09 pm . Reply

      Thanks DC. Mr Sykes made the same point to me today, but I don’t think Preston were promoted under Moyes – or were they?

      1. Hitchens60
        Hitchens60 October 5, 2018 at 10:18 pm . Reply

        No they weren’ OLL

  5. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson October 5, 2018 at 2:12 pm . Reply

    Anyone for Dwight Yorke , first to approach Villa when we saked Bruce.

    1. Hitchens60
      Hitchens60 October 5, 2018 at 4:20 pm . Reply

      He keeps applying for the job – he doesn’t give up, I’ll give him that!

  6. Pat 57
    Pat 57 October 5, 2018 at 3:06 pm . Reply

    Interesting that McDonald said that the new manager might even be at Millwall watching the game.

    If true then it means that the Villa board had a Plan B after all. It would also mean that the new manager would have a chance to spend some time with the team over the international break.

    I wish they’d hurry up – the suspense is killing me.

    1. Hitchens60
      Hitchens60 October 5, 2018 at 4:36 pm . Reply

      Pat, interesting how McDonald’s comments are being reported – it implies, as you say, that the new manager is already selected and has agreed to join – just a matter of next week or the week after (again McDonald’s words) which may also suggest that agreement on compensation has yet to be settled.

      As you say – it also suggests that feelers were out in case swift action was needed – all tends to point to ‘a Mendes geezer’

      1. Pat 57
        Pat 57 October 5, 2018 at 4:43 pm . Reply

        Hitch I wouldn’t disagree with that. Quite ready to give the ‘geezer’ or whoever my full support.

        Also interested to see how we play against Millwall. It’s my guess that, freed of the tactical negativity of Bruce and the need for players to impress whoever is taking over, we might actually do well.

        Prediction Millwall 1 – 3 Villa and back in the play-off places

        1. Ardent Villain
          Ardent Villain October 5, 2018 at 7:19 pm . Reply

          Would love to agree with you on the Milwall result, but I seem to remember that each time KMcD’s been caretaker we’ve been woeful…

          1. DSVilla
            DSVilla October 5, 2018 at 8:00 pm . Reply

            Newcastle away….gulp!

          2. Hitchens60
            Hitchens60 October 5, 2018 at 8:06 pm . Reply

            We won his first game in charge (against WHU I think) as caretaker 3-0 and we all thought this is the true ‘shackle free’ Villa – then came Newcastle! Let’s hope he can do it again for one game.

  7. DSVilla
    DSVilla October 5, 2018 at 7:36 pm . Reply

    U23 side on AVTV right now. 3-0 up and looking good.

  8. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson October 5, 2018 at 7:51 pm . Reply

    4 up , nice football its on u tube

    1. DSVilla
      DSVilla October 5, 2018 at 7:59 pm . Reply

      I don’t normally watch them Bill, and have just seen snatches here and there this season. Bristol City are outclassed but I like the way we are playing. Lots of confident players wanting the ball, a fast pace, good mix of passing but everything done with intent to get forward. A first team playing that would be fantastic. Corey Taylor, Doyle Hayes, Knibbs and O’Hare look decent. Taylor in particular seems to have the physique to play in the Championship (as he showed when given the chance). Hopefully we will see some more of them under the next manager

  9. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson October 5, 2018 at 8:05 pm . Reply

    DS I’ve watched them when ever its on the box, that is as you say different class to the main team. I’m very impressed the way they want the ball, some good lads in that squad but will we ever see them in the first team.

    1. DSVilla
      DSVilla October 5, 2018 at 8:34 pm . Reply

      They look sharp and motivated. I wonder if MacDonald being temp manager gives them hope of figuring for the first team

  10. Hitchens60
    Hitchens60 October 5, 2018 at 8:16 pm . Reply

    See that Dean Smith has taken a decisive lead over the somewhat shady sounding ‘other geezer’ with Rodgers running a somewhat distant third in Badger’s poll.

    Reports are now suggesting that it’s Rodgers the owners want (Purslow having worked with him at Liverpool ) and the ‘other geezer’ is just a smokescreen LOL.

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