Sense of perspective

Following my request for a more postive post, Andy Badger has submitted the following, cheers mate;

I’ve been following the articles on here for a long time now. I’ve read most of them and trawled through many comments and I’ve finally reached the end of my tether. The build up of negativity is staggering and has prompted me to write this article. I’ll probably get trashed in the comments but I couldn’t give the tiniest shit.

We’re 4 games into a brand new season and last Saturday aside it’s not been a bad start. If you’d offered me 3 points and a zero goal difference from the first three games before the season, I’d have taken it. We played very well against Arsenal, were edged out in a poor game (from both teams) against Liverpool and could quite easily have taken something away from Stamford Bridge.

We’ve made some good signings IMO and I really like the direction we’ve taken with bringing in young players and trying to build a team. We narrowly survived last season but I believe we’re a lot stronger now and will improve on last years standing in the table. It looks to me as though we have a long term project going forward and I’m not sure how we could approach it otherwise. Critics on here and elsewhere are giving Lambert a lot of abuse for his management of Aston Villa but I wonder how we could do it differently. Could we splash £40m+ on a player like Arsenal or several £30m+ players like Citeh? Probably not, as I doubt firstly that, without European football, we could attract that type of player and secondly, would we all be comfortable paying £1200+ for our season tickets. One viable alternative is to shop around in the £12-£15m bracket and up the wages to compensate for the lack of European football but we’ve tried that already and O’Neill received dog’s abuse for that approach.

For the time being at least, I’m happy that we’re supporting a well managed and sustainable club and I believe that, if we continue in the same direction, we will continue to improve season on season until we can achieve European football and be back amongst the elite of the English Premier League and Europe where we belong.

Up the Villa – Support Your Club!


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  1. BWS
    BWS September 18, 2013 at 1:40 pm .

    Mr Badger we don’t have 3 points from 3 games, we have 3 points from 4 games and as for the build-up of negativity it’s not just this site take a look AV Life, Villa Blog you’ll get a large selection very similar views posted.

    Good signings? Vlaar any better than Collins? Bennett better than Warnock or even dare I say Hutton and Bowery well let’s not go there.
    we’re a lot stronger now? Are we 10 of the players that finished last season are still in the team so how are we stronger. PL signed the likes of Tonev and Helenius but he’s not playing them and most aren’t looking for a £40m marquee signing but just a bit of experience and a bit of nouse, say a Gareth Barry type.

    Paying £1200+ for our season tickets, well they can’t sell them at £370 so what’s the chances selling them at £1200? And Man City blows a hole in that theory by offering the cheapest season tickets in the Premier League less than £300 and how much have they spent?? Only the London clubs get away with those inflated prices.

    And finally will you be supporting a well-managed and sustainable club should the unthinkable happen and all this austerity leads to relegation? Surely it would be a little wiser to speculate to accumulate than take that gamble.

    1. Andy Badger
      Andy Badger September 18, 2013 at 4:35 pm .

      I appreciate that it’s not just this site with a build up of negativity and I find it equally staggering that the other sites have it as well.

      It’s just my opinion that we’ve made some good signings but the general gist of the article was to point out that we’re still only 4 games in (and three of them were against Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool) and so far they’ve been broken in slowly to the team. I do, however agree, that getting rid of Collins was a mistake the same way I thought it was a mistake letting Gary Cahill go so easily.

      I also believe that we are stronger this year for three reasons; 1. The young players we brought in last season have had a full season of experience at this level and so far I haven’t seen any despondency and each game has been hard fought (if sometimes lacking in quality) 2. We have more strength in depth in the squad – compare this years bench to last years. 3. This is a bit tongue in cheek but last year we lost all of the corresponding fixtures we’ve played this year and conceded 14 goals – so we’re at least 3 points stronger.

      As for the season ticket prices – Man City isn’t a realistic comparison really is it? The last financial report I saw for them showed an annual £98m loss which is approx 13% of Randy Lerner’s net worth.

      And finally, do you really think there aren’t at least 3 worse teams currently in the premier league? You may be right and in Dec/Jan we may be having a very different conversation but again, and I can’t stress this enough – it’s early days yet, calm down dear!

  2. BWS
    BWS September 18, 2013 at 4:47 pm .

    “we lost all of the corresponding fixtures we’ve played this year and conceded 14 goals – so we’re at least 3 points stronger.”

    I like what you did there.

    Season tickets – neither is £1200 realistic comparison, only Arsenal, Chelsea and the Spuds are around that figure at the top end, so maybe we are both using extremes to prove a point?

    3 worse teams? Mate fucking hope so!

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath September 18, 2013 at 5:20 pm .

      Just out of interest at the moment name me 3 worse teams than us?

      1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
        OohAhPaulMcGrath September 18, 2013 at 5:20 pm .

        Possibly Sunderland then I’m struggling

        1. BWS
          BWS September 18, 2013 at 5:25 pm .

          Palace, Norwich and Hull Please.

          1. Guest
            Guest September 18, 2013 at 5:41 pm .

            “Even Norwich spent more than us FFS”

          2. BWS
            BWS September 18, 2013 at 6:12 pm .

            Everton have impressed me, brought in some real quality to add to an already good squad and the icing on the cake – raped Man U for £27.5M for Fellaini, brilliant business.

          3. OohAhPaulMcGrath
            OohAhPaulMcGrath September 19, 2013 at 1:04 am .

            Not sure about Norwich tbf

      2. DSVilla
        DSVilla September 19, 2013 at 7:45 am .

        Oohah your “at the moment who is worse than us” inadvertently hits the nail on the head. At the moment probably nobody, but how will we and other teams fare across the season? Poor as we have been, a number of teams will probably prove weaker over the season. I guess after the way we performed towards the end of last season and the start against Arsenal expectations were higher. We need to improve and fast that’s for sure, but we will see if Lambert adapts the team soon enough. At the moment same team/same formation/same rumbled tactics are scarily reminiscent of MON.

        1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
          OohAhPaulMcGrath September 19, 2013 at 2:01 pm .

          True mate I think a couple of teams are on a par with us and if we lose to Norwich that will be a huge blow. Already looking like a six pointer

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