Obviously I can’t be speechless, as I’m writing this, but it’s fair to say that the latest article in the The Telegraph has just left me truly stunned.
We all knew things were bad, but some of the things that are in this article are almost beyond belief, especially given my massive distrust of the media in general.
I don’t know where John Percy has got this from, but it’s almost so outlandish, that I suspect there’s a lot of truth in what’s being said.
The biggest thing for me has to be that basically some of the staff seemingly lied to Remi Garde, when it came to the winter transfer window, in telling the manager that certain players didn’t want to come to Villa, when they hadn’t even been contacted.
If this is true, you have to wonder what was going on here.
If it was Riley telling the porkies, surely this would have come out immediately and he’d have been first out of the door?
Unless, of course, he was only doing what he was told by either Almstadt, or more likely Tom Fox; the latter of whom might have been under direct orders from Lerner?
That’s doubtful, seeing as how Fox has been bulleted.
Further to that, if Garde’s relationship with Riley had broken down so badly, why has Riley not been sacked already?
I can only suspect that the investigation can’t really blame Riley too much and possibly thinks Garde is equally to blame.
Whatever, it can’t be healthy if two important people don’t get on and a decision should have been made either way, weeks ago. And given that we know it’s almost certain that Garde is leaving, does that mean that Riley hasn’t done anything wrong?
That’s bad management at the highest level, imo.
Now if the rest of the article is correct in saying that Riley oversees the scouting network, where the European scout has emigrated to Australia and the Iberian scout is at Uni, studying journalism, I’m left asking myself who actually scouted all the players from France?
Again, if it was Riley and he was being scapegoated, wouldn’t he have been gone already?
I’m beginning to think it was Almstadt and Fox working together, that colluded against Garde.
Which doesn’t make sense, if you believe that Garde was brought in to try and integrate the French players better.
I think there’s a lot more than meets the eye in everything that’s gone on at the Villa lately and I’m still very mindful that the CFO has left.
I’ve said before that there’s something not right about that and if you start to add everything up, it’s beginning to look like the lack of leadership wasn’t confined to the first team, as so many of us flippantly suggested without knowing any facts (as footy fans do).
It seems it definitely ran through the whole club from top to bottom.
And that’s what you get when you own a company and leave totally the wrong people to run it.
The only big shock left for me now would be some sort of financial scandal.
Nah, surely not?