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.
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