Worrying comments from Black and the Man Utd game


I’m pretty sure Eric Black’s quotes have been taken somewhat out of context, but even so they’re worrying;

“It’s not an easy situation in terms of motivating players because this could very easily implode,” said the caretaker boss.
It could very easily turn into anarchy. Easily, it could easily happen. I’m going to try and ensure that is not the case”.
I can only put certain parameters down to ensure that doesn’t happen. We’ll see what happens thereafter.
If they’re all relegated and decide they don’t want to play, I’ve only got certain things I can do.”

Now, I find this confusing.
Surely we’re already relegated and only a fool would suggest otherwise?

So assuming Black is only doing the usual PR type stuff, where he’s saying we’re going to do everything to stay up, regardless of how bad things look (and he has been), why has he even considered answering this sort of question?

I can only assume he’s trying to give us some sort of clue as to what’s going on. But it’s nothing the fans don’t already know.

Gabby going on a re-conditioning stint, where he won’t be available until a month before the end of the season, is only a disguised way of saying “he’ll never play for us again”, for example, in my opinion.
So why the club just don’t come straight out and say that, is beyond me. It would appease many fans, especially if he was only the first in a pretty long list.
Whatever, I think most of us know it’s pretty much true and we’ve seen the last of him.
Could this be Lerner giving his golden boy a last chance?
I suspect so.

And to compound it all, Black was talking yesterday about how well the players had trained.
Was that being realistic, sarcastic, or another hint at how things are better without Gabby?
I’m going to guess at the latter.

And then, we have a game tomorrow, against Man Utd.
Before this season, I didn’t think I could ever see a situation where I wouldn’t want to see this fixture.
And I’m not alone, as it’s traditionally a sell-out, even if the attendance is bolstered by pretend Mancs.
But it’ll be interesting to see if this one sells out.

There’s been plenty of talk suggesting that Rooney will probably start for this one.
And I can only concur with any thought that if he needs a nice easy game to come back into, it has to be against us.

You probably know where this is going.

Villa 0-3 Man Utd is my prediction, but it could easily be a serious thrashing.
Not because Utd are a good side, but because we might be relegated before we kick off.
And the wimps we have playing for us will have given up totally.

I’m at work again while the game is on, but will be able to see it if I really want.
I’m not convinced I’ll bother.


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  1. Muzzvill
    Muzzvill April 18, 2016 at 10:57 pm .

    Ye BWS the dickhead. was on the laughing gas and pissing it up not a bad two week fitness regime if he ever puts a villa on again the b…..d should be fucked out and quick he is bad news for the young players at the club

    1. bws
      bws April 18, 2016 at 11:17 pm .

      Probably will be due to gross misconduct and deservedly so.

  2. Bum Bum
    Bum Bum April 18, 2016 at 10:57 pm .

    Anyone seen the front page of tomorrows Sun? Gabby and crack whores!!!!! Brilliant!!!!! Nice one Mr Villa!!! Lol!!!!

    1. Bum Bum
      Bum Bum April 18, 2016 at 11:08 pm .


  3. Ardent Villain
    Ardent Villain April 18, 2016 at 11:15 pm .

    Just about sums up the state of the whole club…

  4. Holtender
    Holtender April 18, 2016 at 11:15 pm .

    So can we now assume that this is what caused the resignations. They would have known about the newspaper story before release, the board said he had to go, Lerner said no? Surely the timing isn’t coincidental?

    1. Ardent Villain
      Ardent Villain April 18, 2016 at 11:18 pm .

      Yes, I can just imagine Lerner veto’d any pay-off to get rid of him, and didn’t want the hassle of a an employment tribunal if they just fired Shabby.

  5. pat57
    pat57 April 18, 2016 at 11:23 pm .

    I was worried there for a bit. I thought this was going to be some real, meaningful news about the Villa…

    ….then I remembered it was The Sun.

    Flabby you’re a bloody disgrace anyway.

  6. Tekkers48
    Tekkers48 April 18, 2016 at 11:26 pm .

    Leave him alone. Its been a long hard season for him !

    1. Holtender
      Holtender April 18, 2016 at 11:34 pm .

      Looks like it was about to get a bit harder for him, according to the picture on the right! Still as the model pro we all know he is, we can be sure he likes the ball(s) long, over the top, so he can take it deep, behind his man, get him turned and fire hard, through the keepers legs! Or is that too much to swallow?

  7. originallondonlion
    originallondonlion April 19, 2016 at 1:30 am .

    King’s resignation is the clearer pointer. There was always the thought that Bernstein might want to continue as an equity partner in a new ownership. King was never going to put significant cash into Villa. .

    I suspect that behind the scenes they had the figures for continuation of Lerner’s ownership and a budget he would have to fund for reconstruction. Likely also included Riley’s termination. Lerner has ratted on it and suggested some other half-baked idea. So my guess is both told Lerner his kite was never going to fly – and either he went or they did. I would not surprise me to see King invited back by new ownership.

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