The city game, Garde out-Bruce in and other depressing thoughts.

New Toy Story toy. Mr Potato Head.

Sorry if you are really coming Steve, it’s only a joke, honest

As is often the case these days, I had to work and missed the Man City game.
I did though belatedly realise MOTD was on and managed to turn over for it just as they were analysing what I think was the third goal. The one that showed the City players waltzing around just outside our box while our defence did absolutely nothing in trying to stop them.
No doubt you’ll understand why I frankly couldn’t even be bothered to hit the catchup or rewind buttons to view what I’d already heard was yet another utterly abysmal collapse.
From bits I’d heard/read, it seems the first half was a pretty turgid affair and to be honest, I just wasn’t in the mood to see us get another whipping.
But it led my thoughts back to the manager, Mr Garde.

I made my thoughts fairly clear in stating that I thought Sherwood should have been given a bit more time, which was very much a minority view and I think I was pretty early in saying I wasn’t sure about Remi Garde being the right man for us a good few weeks back.
At least you can’t say I just go with the flow all the time.

The truth is, I don’t rate Garde tactically, as he’s far too pragmatic and unadventurous in my opinion.
The Man city game was a typical example, as I see the idea was to hold them deep into the game.
And then do what exactly?
Go out and hit them with a counter? With our attack? and their attack/our defence?
You have to be kidding me and the idea was just preposterous.

So it should be easy for me to jump on the bandwagon which now seems to have arisen and call for Garde’s head to roll immediately.
But I’m not going too, at least not yet.

Especially when you consider the latest press BS is that Steve Bruce is the man to replace him.
That suggestion just doesn’t work on lots of levels for me.
Thinking about it, Bruce does have a decent record when it comes to getting clubs promoted, but he’s not a manager I’d have considered previously, as I don’t believe he’s good enough for us.
In fairness, I guess that’s just the part of me where it’s not quite sinking in, in that we’re now a championship club-in-waiting.
But there are other reasons too, such as why on earth would Bruce want to come to us?
Okay, I doubt anyone could deny that we’re a bigger club than Hull and yes, we could probably offer him more wages (and even then I’d question if we’re willing to pay them), but surely that’s our only appeal.
Any new manager won’t be offered serious money to spend and will have to watch our rubbish squad decimated even more than it already is.
It’s blindingly obvious to me that we’re a basket case and no decent manager would touch us with a bargepole unless there’s upheaval in line with what us fans want, in a top to bottom clear out. Which simply isn’t going to happen unless Lerner opens his wallet and pays them all off.
Simply put, it means Bruce isn’t going to leave a comfortable position at Hull, where things are going quite nicely and promotion definitely isn’t out of the question.

It’s a non-starter for me and even if there is a hint of truth in the story, I’d take my time in choosing a replacement. We’d look even more desperate than we already are, if we were to replace the manager now.
Let’s face it, the bookies have already started paying out on us being relegated, haven’t they?

So nothing will happen before the end of the season, in my eyes.
In fact, I saw a comment on here that suggested that Garde may already have resigned and he’s just covering.
That actually sounds very plausible and Lerner has history for it, doesn’t he?

Thinking ahead, it’s Spurs up next, so without doubt another loss, to put it mildly.
And while I’m at it, let’s have a close look at the remaining fixtures;

Aston Villa V Tottenham
Swansea V Aston Villa
Aston Villa V Chelsea
Aston Villa V Bournemouth
Man Utd V Aston Villa
Aston Villa V Southampton
Watford V Aston Villa
Aston Villa V Newcastle
Arsenal V Aston Villa

At best, I see nine points there, with wins against Swansea, Bournemouth and Newcastle, with the rest losses.
More realistically, I see five points, with draws against Swansea and Bournemouth and maybe still a win against Newcastle.
It wouldn’t surprise me at all if we don’t win or even draw a single one of those games though, so fragile is the bunch of wimps we have.
And it’s why I agree with Garde, that we shouldn’t subject the kids to this (which is another seemingly contrary view).

But even though I’m terrible at predictions, you’d have to be pretty optimistic to suggest we’ve any hope of staying up.
Hence there’s absolutely no point in bringing in a manager now, who’ll just relegate us and start off on the wrong footing.

Final point.
I spoke to my Derby supporting mate yesterday.
There was a small amount of stick/abuse as you’d expect, but then he got serious and after admitting that he was gutted to see us go down (in line with fans of other clubs, as I’ve previously said), he volunteered that Derby were actually way worse when they got relegated, than the Villa currently are, as we have better players.
Derby just weren’t good enough, but at least they tried, in his opinion.

I’m not sure which is worse, myself.


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  1. nath
    nath March 9, 2016 at 6:27 pm .

    daniel johnson seems like a good all around midfielder. sold 50k probably better than most our midfield currently, 14 goals in 40 plus appearances and hes created quite a few, wonder if preston would sell him back for half the price we sold him.

  2. Rocky1
    Rocky1 March 9, 2016 at 9:47 pm .

    I think that when Garde joined he was disappointed not have been able to get the backroom staff he wanted around him. His body language is that of a man who is totally alone and lost. In there somewhere must be a man who has a lot of confidence in his own ability and I am sure given the right backing he will be able to turn it around. I have always wanted our managers to succeed but there has to be something significantly wrong from the top down for so many to fail. I am not say we are the only club who appear to be in turmoil but most clubs have the structures in place at all levels with people who know their jobs and can work as a team and not as a group individuals pulling in different directions.
    I think Lerner has realized this and is trying a different approach albeit it is to late to save us from the drop and he is now putting the correct structure in place at the top and allowing them work their way down. The change will come, but it may be not be until we are mathematically down, then shit & fan spring to mind.

  3. originallondonlion
    originallondonlion March 9, 2016 at 11:48 pm .

    I am really in a dilemma over Remi Garde. On one count I find he bought none of the current squad and would probably sack all those he has put a shirt on so far. So on that basis he deserves a clean sweep and the chance to buy his own team. On the other count I find he continues to pick the square pegs for round holes that we know about, and I am not sure whether that is to piss off Fox Riley and Almstadt, or because he has lost the plot.

    Then I think, does Remi look like the type of manager to get Championship teams promoted? He doesn’t, does he?

    1. marvin
      marvin March 10, 2016 at 12:38 am .

      To be fair Garde hasn’t had a goalscorer (in any form) since he arrived at the club. Much like Sherwood who struggled before him, without that threat up front every team knows now to immediately press us until we break. Really Garde could be picking world class players at the back, but without those outlets it is just a matter of when, not if, the goals are conceded.

      Personally Garde tried in vain to get players in and club didn’t back him. Had the board funded even one signing who knows what could have been.

      1. nath
        nath March 10, 2016 at 7:03 am .

        marvin is totally correct here

        take away the massive fact we are crap, look at it from a opposition view. they will assess any dangers we process. which will take seconds. realize we avent got anything upfront or midfield. this means teams have pressed us and squeezed us into giving the ball away cheaply in our own half, teams like walsall fc would rub their hands together at a prospect of facing this current squad.

        without carry a danger to opposition your limited to what tactic you can play. remi has been trying everything and anything.the biggest worry for us fans. WHO thought this current crop would be good enough. WHO gave the green light to sign um, because they avent just failed slightly. they crashed and burned all season.

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