I find it hard work using a phone to browse the internet and even harder to write with, probably because of my ageing eyesight.
I really wish I’d brought my laptop on holiday now.
Never mind, the important thing is that we’ve got our new managerial team in, in Dean Smith as the manager and John Terry as his assistant.
We’ve also hired a new director of football in Jesus Garcia Pitarch, who I know nothing about, yet seems to have a good CV.
At the same time, some interesting things have come out, like the reported £1 million pounds a year contract that Terry is supposed to be on. That’s a big drop and I still wonder why he hasn’t come in as a player too. given our dire defensive situation?
Still, it’s a good sign that he really wants to be at the Villa I guess.
The word is that we’ve paid Brentford £350,000 in compensation.
What I’ve found most interesting though are the club’s comments about Smith, particularly the part that says he has ” a clear and successful coaching philosophy”.
If that’s not a dig at the previous regime, I don’t know what is.
And then there’s Hogan’s comments that he wanted out in the transfer window and Bruce just fed him a line, promising game time that didn’t come.
It would seem from that, that our suspicions were correct and a few players just felt that whatever happened, it was always only the favoured few that were going to play. Hopefully that will change and players get chosen on merit.
John Gregory’s come straight out and said how delighted he is that we’ve got it right this time, in choosing one of our own.
I’m fully behind this appointment, especially as we’ve got Terry in too, who should surely be able to help Smith with the expectation that he’s now going to face.
But typical me these days, I do have concerns that we’ve hired the right bloke at just the wrong time.
I worry about how our defence is going to cost us points until we get more troops in.
Will we generally manage to stay patient if results are poor in the short term?
I think I will and hopefully we all will, after Bruce has left us in such a poor place defensively.
And depending on how quickly we can change our footballing approach, it might not matter so much anyway, if we can start battering teams like we think we ought to.
Which is where my other worries lie.
A lot now comes down to the players starting to look the part. That shouldn’t be a problem though, as I’d expect many of them to be invigorated.
Either way, the pressure’s on already.
Hopefully Dean, you’ll be up to the job and I welcome you with open arms.
Here’s looking forward to some proper footy again.