Villa 0 – 4 Chelsea; others thoughts as well as mine.

Given the state that the club is in, we haven’t had many people submit posts over the last few months, but I got hit with a couple shortly afer the game yesterday and here they are, first from “Richard Webb”;

Why?? Watching villa chelsea match I think the manager should sack the first team and play the under 21 team.
To me they all are playing for the money and not the club. They all should be ASHAMED. What has the caretaker manager got to loose???
Drop the LOT and play the players who would give everything to play for Aston Villa.

And then, on a brighter note, from “Martyn Bishopp”;

I was at Feyonoord in 82 and Super cup vs Barcelona (got that out of the way), today I took my 10 yo son for his 1st game at Villa Pk vs Chelsea. Embarrassed as hell, but my son enjoyed the large spectacle.
When he asked why I was laughing out loud, I had to tell him about a fans song I just heard.
“He’s got a new car, he’s got a new car” You know the rest.
When Chelsea fans sang “we’ll never play you again”, Villa fans reminded them “Champions league, Ta Ra Ra”.
With fans like we have, we will be back.
Thanks to them for making a difficult day entertaining!

Which pretty much sums things up doesn’t it?
Those who actually bother to turn up are fuming and rightly so.
While Richard has possibly been turning up regularly and was just venting, Martyn’s post is perhaps the more worrying.

How are you supposed to persuade your kids to support the Villa, when even Leicester are streets above us?
It’s not like we don’t have enough on our plate in trying to challenge the traditional top 4/5/6, is it?

And even though I didn’t see the game, it turns out I wasn’t that far off the mark in the preview really.
The players tried a bit, but not enough and ultimately just weren’t good enough. Which I believe is ultimately what it boils down to.
But it’s mainly because too many of the team weren’t ready to be thrown in straight away in my opinion.
It’s a point that I think Sherwood might have been totally right about, with my 20-20 hindsight.
But now that they have been thrown in, they’ve been found wanting and their heads have dropped.

That’s not to say we don’t have some shirkers in the team though and we all know who they are.
But the likes of Gana, Ayew and Hutton have tried mostly.
Yes, even Hutton, who apparently got a standing ovation yesterday, even though he’d been sent off.
Ok, he’s been poor overall, but he has at least tried, hasn’t he?
And that’s all we want, as fans.
We can stand being beaten by better sides and have plenty of grace about us to applaud an adversary that’s simply played better than us.
It’s what the game’s about, after all, isn’t it?

So just as I was gutted that I couldn’t get to see the game, so I was dismayed to read some of the punters’ comments.
The killer was David Pleat saying Chelsea looked like they were playing against a load of cones in a practice session.
I think I’m glad I didn’t get to see it.

So it seems if Norwich do better than us next week, we’re down.
Not that any of us believe we could win every one of our games left.
Rather, my tongue in cheek comment a couple of weeks back about us not getting another single point is much more likely.

Part of me says let’s get the season done and dusted.
But there’s a big part of me that’s seriously worried about next season.

The Martyn and his lad scenario is the most upsetting side of all this though.

That said, my old man (God bless him) first took me down the Villa as a nipper, when we were in a worse state than this and
MY EYES HAVE SEEN THE GLORY! of all but the FA cup.
Hopefully Martyn’s nipper’s eyes will too.

There’s no doubting Villa’s fans, if you give them something to get behind and cheer about.
But we have to be careful we don’t lose the kids.

Do I smell a “kids for a quid” type campaign coming on; for EVERY game in the championship?

Hmm, there’s a thought.


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  1. originallondonlion
    originallondonlion April 7, 2016 at 11:43 pm .

    There is sense in not appointing a new manager now, those available are available because they were sacked from their last jobs, and nobody snapped them up.

    This being an even numbered year we have a Summer tournament, so more football tittle tattle, and quite possibly some good managers will be given the bum’s rush by over ambitious owners who want to sign a departing national manager. The incumbent will be given the boot and a hefty wad. The latter may help them decide they can afford the challenge of Villa.

    1. marvin
      marvin April 8, 2016 at 3:11 pm .

      Are you suggesting Roy Hodgson?

      1. originallondonlion
        originallondonlion April 8, 2016 at 7:22 pm .

        Might make a good DoF. a bit past it for a club manager.

  2. steve
    steve April 8, 2016 at 10:37 am .

    If we are supposed to be appointing a DOF to oversee football matters.
    Should he be in place before they appoint a manager.

    1. Ardent Villain
      Ardent Villain April 8, 2016 at 1:02 pm .

      Yes, that would be the rational, sensible order: the manager would report to the DoF, so you’d expect the senior one to have some say in who gets the job.

      Of course we’re talking about a football club, so common-sense probably doesn’t apply…

  3. swampduck
    swampduck April 8, 2016 at 4:04 pm .

    gabbys got a virus thank fuck for that

    1. Hitchens 60
      Hitchens 60 April 8, 2016 at 4:08 pm .

      How convenient!

    2. originallondonlion
      originallondonlion April 8, 2016 at 7:21 pm .

      So that is what is is! I see that it has deleted all his work files, and when he presses RUN nothing happens.

  4. swampduck
    swampduck April 8, 2016 at 4:07 pm .

    it is called the fat gabby virus

    1. pat57
      pat57 April 8, 2016 at 4:15 pm .

      How dreadful!
      I’ve heard the only way to cure the Fat Babby virus is with P45 cream

    2. Bill Pearson
      Bill Pearson April 8, 2016 at 4:15 pm .

      That’s the first bit of luck Villa had for the past 5 years,

      GIDDYVILLAN April 8, 2016 at 5:43 pm .

      Shishaitis I expect it’s a sort of pleasant virus.

        GIDDYVILLAN April 8, 2016 at 5:53 pm .

        Ps those pipes disagreed with me aswell.

  5. nath
    nath April 8, 2016 at 5:28 pm .

    Bournemouth 23,20 too good not to slap on your accumulator. might as well make some money out of our misery. still no news on manager ??? poor gabby, i bet hes gutted missing out on some abuse.

  6. steve
    steve April 8, 2016 at 7:45 pm .

    Gabby is an overpaid coward.
    Virus my arse the most predictable thing this week was that he wouldn’t be fit for tomorrow. Tosser.

  7. marvin
    marvin April 8, 2016 at 8:31 pm .

    So Black officially appointed Jimmy Sinclair as his new coach/assistant manager? Good thing, bad thing – I know not.

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