The Hodgson Report on Aston Villa – 11 years after the original

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Back in 2003, my father and I compiled a report, having been commissioned by Villa Fans Combined, on the running of Aston Villa PLC. It was well received and we believe it led to the eventual sale of Aston Villa in 2006. It was clear then that the club desperately needed new direction and funding and it’s very clear now that we are back to those days so I have compiled another report, albeit in less detail and more to the point. It’s written with the best interests of Aston Villa in mind, as always.

The Board

The main Aston Villa board members are Randolph Lerner, Paul Faulkner and Robin Russell, with General Charles Krulak as the one non-executive board member.

It’s become very clear that this is a board ill-equipped to run a football club successfully. The knowledge simply isn’t there regarding football in general and Aston Villa as a football club in particular. There is a very long list of expensive mistakes made – too long to list – but proof is in the pudding: we are struggling to match Doug Ellis and David O’Leary last season’s (2005/6) points tally (42) for the third season running.

Off the field activities are run well, including an excellent hospitality division and good work in the community with charities like Acorns. However, Aston Villa is a football club, not a hotel.

This means the club relies solely on the football manager for leadership and direction on the football pitch – a dangerous scenario as an air of invincibility starts to surround this one individual. This was very apparent with Martin O Neill and is evident again with the current manager, Paul Lambert.

Until recently, I had a reasonable relationship with Paul Faulkner and always tried to advise from afar where possible. It was becoming more obvious to me and several others every week that despite our fairly comfortable position in the Premier League we were digressing in our playing style, which would lead to big problems not too far down the line.

I took the time out to write to Randy Lerner about my concerns and made some suggestions as to how we could improve things.

Suffice to say, the reaction I got was not expected and led to me being told I was no longer welcome in the Aston Villa directors’ box/restaurant. The reasons given? I was informed in writing that I had infringed on Mr Lerner’s privacy by discussing his attendance record (hardly a secret) on Twitter and was told in person by Paul Faulkner that it was for not being supportive, his exact words being:

“What were you trying to achieve in writing this letter to the owner? The manager has seen it and is not happy. We would not want you to outlast your welcome here, Howard.”

I found his behaviour incredible: he was talking to me like an employee when in fact I was a customer who had spent a great deal of money over the last two years on match sponsorships and directors’ memberships, not to mention being a season ticket holder for thirty-six years and from a family that has had long-standing relationships with many of the previous owners (Ellis, Bendell, Kartz).

It’s very sad that constructive criticism is just not allowed at Aston Villa these days. The press also have to tread very warily for fear of being banned if they print things not to the liking of those in power at Aston Villa Football Club. How can that be right?

We have been failing for four consecutive years and yet all we are told by the board is that a long term plan is in place and they are satisfied with the progress being made. What progress? We had bad seasons under the Ellis regime but never four in a row! Even when we went down in 86/87, by 89/90 we almost won the league, as we did in 92/93. What do we have to show for Lerner’s regime? Three top six finishes and a Cup final, which all seems to have happened a long time ago.

The Manager – Paul Lambert

£40 million has been spent by Paul Lambert on sixteen new players yet we remain on course for another struggle, with the same low points achieved by his predecessor and the style of football hardly having improved. That is not my idea of progress. When money is not unlimited perhaps bringing in three left backs and four big centre forwards is a tad misguided, especially when the spine of central midfield, central defence and wingers remains woefully inadequate. The fact Lambert seems so obsessed with big strikers tells you a lot about his thoughts tactically.

He is primarily a ‘behind the ball’ manager: get men behind the ball, soak up the pressure, let the opponents have the ball and then hit them on the counter attack. This can work away from home, as we have seen, but at home counter attacking opportunities are rare except against top sides that will dominate. Most sides sit back and say, “You have the ball Villa. You are at home. Break us down”. Sadly, we don’t have a clue how to do that and other teams now know this.

Our only plan is to go sideways, backwards, opt for a long ball as we don’t commit men beyond the ball or run enough off the ball for the man on the ball to have options to pass to in front of him. Movement draws opponents out of position and creates space. We just don’t do this for fear of – you’ve guessed it – being hit on the counter attack! We hold position far too much. Even our full backs haven’t been getting forward this season so the man on the ball at Villa Park, literally, has nowhere to go but sideways, backwards or long. This makes it very easy for away teams to defend. Added to this, they know they don’t have to create much for us to concede a goal as we nearly always have a lapse in concentration, particularly when Vlaar does not play.

Lambert is the manager and he is paid a lot of money to do far better than he is doing. I see the same turgid stuff week after week, with no attempt to change or improve. He has openly admitted he doesn’t know why we play so poorly at home but surely he realises it comes down to what I have just outlined? People tell me he has made us more solid. Well, so what? It’s not paying dividends with the results. It did perhaps when we were sitting on nineteen points after fourteen games but negative, long ball football always gets found out in the end, much like it did in the McLeish season, and we now have amassed just nine points from the last thirteen games, failing to score in our last three games against teams around us or out of form. It’s no wonder he spends so much time chasing big strikers as our whole home strategy appears to be hitting long diagonal balls to a big man for others to feed off. It’s a tactic that is out of date and in any case the big number 9 is too often isolated anyway.

I must confess to being supportive of Paul Lambert’s appointment. I honestly thought a bright, young manager like him would be just what this club needed after the disastrous appointment/reign of Alex McLeish. He came with a reputation of having his teams play attractive, attacking football and first and foremost we’d try and win games regardless of the opposition. He made a point of addressing the home form himself when he first arrived, saying it was about time the Villa fans started enjoying their team’s football at Villa Park again. Well, thirty-two games on and with only eight wins registered and some of the worst, most aimless football I have ever seen at Villa Park in thirty-six years of attendance, I am still waiting to enjoy myself, Paul.

I did think we were on to something positive between February and May of 2013. We played positively and even found some form at Villa Park. The QPR game (second half) and Sunderland games were big highlights, as were the first sixty minutes against Chelsea when, until Benteke was sent off, we were the better side. I went into the summer feeling we had a real chance, if we kept playing in that manner, of achieving fifty points this season. Those thoughts were strengthened by the win at The Emirates and the strong performance against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Sadly, since that second game we just haven’t performed with the exceptions of a bright second half against Manchester City and an excellent first half against Liverpool. We have had some narrow wins against Southampton and Sunderland but, overall, it’s been regression all the way. I honestly don’t think we have put one consistent ninety minute performance together – a feature of Lambert’s reign – and I believe we have only won two games by a two goal margin and none by three or more.

Lambert has proved to be a major disappointment. His tactics, as outlined, are one dimensional, predictable and far more negative than I ever imagined they would be. Tiote made a telling comment on Sunday after the game, claiming he never felt Villa came to win the game. That mindset has been too apparent in recent times and it’s a mindset I would never have associated with a Lambert team before he came here. Also, the same mistakes are made week after week, indicating the work on the training ground simply isn’t working.

He has bought some good players who have done well but also bought a lot of average players who just seem to be making up the numbers. Perhaps trusting a few more of the ‘bomb squad’, some of whom we are still paying fortunes to every week, or the NextGen winning squad could have allowed him to buy less quantity and more quality.

I was invited to Bodymoor Heath at the beginning of the Lambert reign and the strategy of buying young, talented players who were going to grow as a team together was explained. Henke had been appointed as head of scouting and he would ensure we were first in line to capture hidden or undiscovered gems in Europe. However, Henke was gone by January 2013.

This sounded like a good plan as long as the young players targeted were good enough to play in one of the toughest leagues in the world. Whilst some, like Benteke and Okore, are, too many are substandard, especially as we had not targeted any proven, experienced players at this level until this January window, which represented a big shift in strategy by Lambert, who had previously been quoted as saying: “This club tried the experienced footballer route and it didn’t get them much success.” It was therefore a surprise to hear him say he now did want experienced players at the beginning of January. Brett Holman must have had a wry smile on his face when he heard Lambert say this as he had suggested the same thing a year earlier much to the annoyance of Lambert, who made sure Holman wouldn’t have a future at Villa following that comment.

Conclusion

It is my opinion that Aston Villa Football Club is in a bigger mess than it was in when the original Hodgson Report was written in 2003 when fans were at the end of their tethers with the previous owner, Doug Ellis. We had just finished on forty-five points under Graham Taylor, which was deemed totally unacceptable. We then had three seasons under David O’Leary with fifty-six points, forty-seven points and forty-two points being amassed with limited transfer funds. It was clear by 2006 that the club was indeed crying out for a takeover and up stepped Reform Acquisitions LLC and Randy Lerner.

Everyone was so excited. Doug Ellis and David O’Leary were finally gone and we had a bright new era ahead with Lerner and Martin O’Neill that would take us back to the top.

Whilst no one can say Martin O’Neill wasn’t given fantastic backing in that time, the lack of a football man on the board to control the type of players brought in, to make sure we could always sell players on for a profit and not keep buying players at the top of their value was badly missing and blew such a hole in Lerner’s plan that we have since been slowly sinking like the Titanic.

Even after Martin O’Neill, Paul Faulkner, McLeish and, to a lesser degree, Houllier burnt serious millions on crazy deals for Ireland, Bent, Makoun, Hutton, Given and N’Zogbia. Hutton alone will have been paid £4 million in wages since he last played for us! You would have thought we would have learnt our lesson from another right back who hardly ever played for us but got paid £7 million in wages – a certain Habib Beye! I say Houllier was wasteful to a lesser degree as Bent was primarily a Lerner signing plus he did almost single-handedly save the club from relegation in 2010/11.

The irony is it’s the Lerner family’s money that has been blown but he continues to back people like Paul Faulkner religiously. Faulkner, as Chief Executive Officer, is responsible for these day-to-day business decisions like what people get paid and for how long their contracts run. As I mentioned earlier, Paul Faulkner relies far too heavily on the football manager as he simply doesn’t have the knowledge that someone like Daniel Levy does to make these decisions himself. Surely that can’t be right? He is Chief Executive of a big football club.

Ultimately, Aston Villa deserves far better. It is very unfortunate that Randy Lerner has lost the money he has but that comes with the territory and if you make bad decisions and don’t appoint the right people these things happen in business.

Aston Villa needs to move on. Randy Lerner either has to sell the club at the earliest opportunity as Doug Ellis did when it became apparent he couldn’t fund it satisfactorily or provide more finance to rebuild the club properly and return it to its rightful place as a big six player.

This meandering in the lower reaches of the Premier League has to stop. Frankly, I am extremely worried that we may not even be a Premiership club next season because our form and play is so bad.

You have to hope that, like in that final Ellis/David O’Leary season, we do survive and a clean sweep is made of the people in power at Villa in the summer and lessons are learnt if a new owner does come in, the biggest one being get Aston Villa people who understand the club, the fans and the game on the board – people who will have a burning desire to return the club to the top. That,combined with the necessary funding and appointing the right manager, will mean happier times are not far away.

If we continue with Lerner, Faulkner and Lambert indefinitely, I fear years of pain and unsatisfactory results unless they have a major rethink and change their attitudes and strategies.

26 COMMENTS

  1. Great report which I think will resonate with the majority of the fan base. I dread to think how much each home win this season has cost me as a season ticket holder

  2. very interesting read !
    But I wonder what the respnse would have been any different if you’d have challenged the Glaisers who live off ManU rather than fund the club as does Lerner ?

    And 16 players for £40m that only about £2.5m /player — chicken feed compared to what a lot of fans want spending per player
    And then there is the Prem which has changed a lot over the past 11 years with the advent of the big TV money

    As for the teams performance is it that bad ? Certainly the current results are not as one would hope for . But is it really suprising that performances did not continue from the end of last season when the number of Lambert players doubled & being of a similar quality & age to last season they needed time to integrate into the team /squad
    As for the points Villa have ,when since the old Div1 have the points separating teams been so close ? So surely it is not suprising that Villa with a young squad that is still learning how best to play together are in the lower half of the table ?
    And so what that Tiote was bragging about winning a match that he should not even have finished on the pitch playing in !
    there’s still time for Villa to gain points & those teams around us to lose points so things may well not be as grim as some paint the picture
    And what of next season ? Talk is that the summer will be when Villa start adding some class to the squad . Will it happen ? we’ll have to wait & see
    But what if there is change can it be any better than @ present or might it be worse ?
    After all who would buy Villa if it is as bad as some claim ?

  3. 50yrs been following my beloved club. I have never seen such rubbish played at VP. PL is clueless, RL non existent , PF chief of what? When are the fans going to wake up we are heading in to oblivion! Past four yrs the odd win at VP it’s not good enough.
    The crap PL has bought has been nothing short of scandalous. Who the hell scouts these players? I have never felt so low about going to watch a game at VP in all my yrs in fact I have come to hate it.The West Ham game I walked out after 60mins, I have lost my love and passion, killed by these frauds that run our club. I will not be re-newing my season ticket as long as these people are in charge of Aston Villa FC.

  4. I agree 100% with those comments. Excellent article, although I do feel that despite Lambert making some tactical errors I do feel he is being hung out to dry by this clueless Board. Just like they hung McLeish out to dry as well !!!

  5. As a 50 year old been following since 7, I may know a thing or two about Villa.

    This report should form the basis of why Mr Lerner should begin the process to sell the club but with one clause, that he take Faulkner and Lambert with him.

    I now hate watching the turgid, puerile, mind numbing football coordinated by a manager who says that possession is no big thing and sees no fascination with what the likes of Arsenal, Barcelona, Bayern Munich etc do when they retain possession of the ball.

    And you all wonder why we buy the players we do? It is all about some idiots small minded philosophy

  6. I also agree with this I think you have pretty much hit the nail on the head most of the fan base would agree with this. I have written a letter with my concerns about the club. I wonder if I will be told don’t come and support! I haven’t been to Villa park for awhile simply because, it’s upsetting me seeing us so poor.

  7. Yes Mr Hodson, you are quite right. And Mat Kendrick called for a fans collective effort in the Mail last night. The board is out of touch, doesn’t have any football nous, and is hostile to sensible fan relations. So how about it? Lets call a meeting to discuss the ways forward.

    I was active in the independent supporters association and then the trust but I gave up. too much apathy. But the time is right. Lets see how many fans really care. Please contact me and I will see what my friends and others are willing to support

    trevor fisher

  8. We want leadership not an absent owner. We also need a Manager who uses the resources at his disposal without banishing players to the corner of Bodymoor Heath.

  9. Brilliant report. Its detailed but has to be to explain the situation we are in at the moment. Several AV fans at the Vine are over 60 and also saw the early 80’s glory days as well as the Tommy Doc era. IMHO the third division and the days of Bruce Rioch nearly rival the Premier years. In some respects if there was such as thing as relegation with a guaranteed promotion the year afterwards I would go for it to make the ‘clear out’ good and proper. Keep up the good work!

  10. So true this report in plain English to the point.Explaining all that is going wrong at this Great football club Aston Villa. The truth must hurt the board and the manager.I have been attending Matches for the past 30 years and I take my boy of 12 years to the games and one game comes to mind is when we lost to Crystal palace the disappointment on my boys face and the shock of losing to a team propping up the table. This report explains all what went wrong in that game and many others at this time at Aston Villa.

  11. One can only agree with these comments this is worst team I have seen in fifty years of watching villa
    We cannot defened our attack is very poor it’s time wake up board this is not a meal ticket for yanks to have holiday when you feel like it get real this is people who have lived and breathed this club not just decide to buy a toy to play
    You need to get out now and take you team with you lets have someone who knows football and put back us back where we belong fighting for wins show passion lift the supporters and make the club great again
    I would say stick to you yanky sports and leave us to somebody who bring this club back to great times

  12. I think the report rings true. Although I doubt it would be so harsh on Pl had Mr Hodgson not been banned. There’s a personal element to it as well. I too would be personal had it been me but another payout to a manager would be more money thrown away. We are struggling this season although we have been seriously unlucky and played very well in some games such as Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool and we have been abhorant at times too (Newcastle and Fulham). I think player confidence has been a massive factor. Benteke has come back from injury and forgotten how to play. He is now doing the Heskey role of flicking on to Gabby when we nearly got relegated last time we played that way. More balls to benteke’s feet and we might get somewhere. The players have to take responsibility too. UTV.

  13. What a great article and summing up what most of us think.

    There does need to be some sort of movement started as this ‘company of fools’ have totally disconnected themselves from the Villa fan-base( their customers !)As you say the current board setup is totally not fit for purpose in running a football club and my real views on the clown Faulkner are unprintable, suffice to say we should report a robbery to the local police station each time he draws a salary, utterly inept.!

    The unpleasant and incomprehensible Lambert has taken this project on again stuffing his pockets with money, all have utterly betrayed the club and its fans.

    Worst Villa side ever ( and I am 65)

    Cant we form a action group, am happy to head up ! and maybe solicit a name to go with us Stan Colly’ or even Graham Taylor,Big Ron ?? and lets go to the barricades.

    I really love this club and cant allow this any longer !

    Mark

  14. The above comments are from true ASTON VILLA fans not a load of yanks who have come to play with football club
    Randy and his team do not understand the way of life these fan feel for there club it seems that he thinks Paul is doing a good job he never here to see that this is not true
    We are never going to great again under you Randy you just seem to keeping you team in employment and nothing else
    Please call it a day and go and take you boys with you back to you land of nothing
    Just like to say about players Paul has brought in they are crap we have no defence no one who can score goals we buyout of work players because it cost nothing for them

  15. good report I fear for our once great club I think villa park will be empty next season nobody is going to pay to watch this dross regardless of relegation a very sad season ticket holder not for long.

  16. Great article Howard. I have to agree with the vast bulk of what you have written. Lerner is a wealthy man and his heart is in the right place which, in theory, should make him a good owner. However, he is too trusting of people with little or no knowledge/experience and too scared of challenge/original thought. His board is made up of people he has had a long association with – all of them coming from his previous business – and no-one that is going to challenge him on decisions, strategy etc.. This is evidenced by your experience when you tried to write a letter containing constructive criticism … they are just not interested in it and find it offensive.

    I think, with most clubs, leadership comes from the Manager. Certainly in this country. But I am sick of dour Scots talking monotonously and spouting BS. Give me a ‘Arry anytime – someone with a bit of character. we haven’t had this since the days of Gregory and Big Ron before this. I seriously wonder how people like Lamberk or McLeish (sorry to utter that latter name) can motiviate players when they send me to sleep every time they open their mouth! I want a spark from both the manager and the style of play that he adopts.

    I was broadly happy with Lamberk’s first season – I like a lot of players that he had bought (Westy, Tekkers, Guzan, Lowts), I liked the fact that he was the first manager to use Delph correctly i.e. as a sitting box to box CM’er and I enjoyed the run at the back end of the season. However, he had some glaring holes in his squad that I was hoping he would address in the summer – a chronic lack of experience in the most difficult position to play in the EPL i.e. centre half, where he only has one CB over 25 with any experience in Vlaar (better than last season when he had none! and I felt really sorry for Ron having to get his game up to speed in the EPL whilst also nursing a completely new and inexperienced back 7 – no wonder he looked shaky at times!); no linking CM’er (or as he calls it a “no. 10” – however did he come up with that name!!?) which most Villa fans have been screaming about for ages with no cover for Gabby and Andi whilst he continues to collect no. 9s! This is still not addressed and shows his naivety I believe. Equally, he is still trying to turn Andi into a wide player – it ain’t happening as he doesn’t have a trick or the pace to play out there. As the Liverpool away game demonstrated, he is far more effective when in a central position and I believe he could become our new, albeit slightly more advanced (i.e. further up the pitch) Milner – both have fantastic engines and energy – and for the first time we had a midfield that was joined up to the strikers.

    What I can’t understand is how our club can’t compete with the other established PL clubs such as Newcastle, Sunderland and especially Everton when it comes to players in etc.. We are a similar sized commercial organisation (i.e. turnover) and, therefore, you would think could afford similar wages etc.. I know we went too far in one direction for RL but we must surely be back to a low base now and should be able to afford wages for the right quality players. I am hoping that this is the case in the summer where I think we need a new LB (Bertrand or other), an experienced CB for cover (Clint Hill of QPR, Heitinga from Fulham or someone of that ilk), a strong DCM to rotate with Westy, an attacking CM’er to mentor Carruthers and an option for replacing Gabby or Andi for injury/rotation (Jason Puncheon or similar) i.e. a flexible striker who can play across the front line.

  17. while i agree with most the sentiments in this piece, it could hardly be called a ‘report’. it reads like any other opinion piece, albeit longer, that you read on fan forums. no especial insight or evidence not already known by the average fan. i had never heard of the original ‘hodgson report’ but if it’s anything like this one, how could you conclude that the takeover 3 years later was in any way due to it.

  18. A small point is I saw Faulkner completely lose the plot during the last Rapid Vienna game. They wanted to sell expensive ‘corporate’ tickets to these people but didn’t realise that they attend matches in full kit, scarves etc etc…..he wanted them refused entry. They got in 🙂 but at the ensd of the game completely lost the plot when they were having a sing-song in the 1874. Nothing OTT jusy celebrating a win.

    Point is he knows nothing about football or football fans. He wanted the money but didn’t know what to expect

  19. sounds true about the press having to tread carefully, mat kendrick used to ask challenging Qs but since the incident at millwall doesn’t seem to do that anymore which is a shame

  20. I guess that the vast majority of ST holders would recognise the description of our playing performances and the path that has led us there. For this reason the ‘powers that be’ should read this very carefully because many of us have been watching for decades;we do understand our football and we have seen enough in a lifetime to be able to read the tea-leaves. We can’t all be wrong and at some point we are going to vote with our feet-as many of us did in the final days of DOL. I have been watching since 1957 and I have twice seen it as bad as this with a run of poor managers, poor coaching and sub-standard players bought on the cheap [and the supporters as upset] and on both occasions we ended up relegated with massive dips in attendance.

    One area I would take issue with is the need to get ‘Villa men’ in to occupy key positions. If we had ‘Villa men’ with the right experience and skill sets all well and good, but ‘Villa men’ for the sake of it-no. We mustn’t end up like Newcastle fans who only trust Geordies to manage or own their club or WHU fabns who only trust cockneys. Should the time come, we must be open-minded and make qualifications more important than whether someone has played for us.

  21. I agree implicitly with the content of this article – I’ve been to Villa park every season since my Dad took me as a 7 year old in 1971. I too now live in Poole and still get up to Villa park and to a number of away games every year with my 12 year old son. I’m always optimistic with the Villa despite many disappointments over the years. McLeish was as badly treated as any manager in recent years but Lambert has been backed by supporters over and beyond. The tactics have been appalling especially at home – its a wonder the crowds have been maintained. Without Benteke last year we would have more than likely been relegated and this year we’ve been worse! Lambert may not have the financial backing of the top 6 clubs (excl Everton who’ve had less over the last decade) but the tactics are outdated, naive and worst of all lacking in any entertainment value. The ‘work in progress’ argument has run it’s course and we have not made progress over the last few years. I desperately wanted stability and the feel good factor but Lambert is not taking us in the right direction. Lerner was great initially the progress with the ground,the Holte pub and Bodymoor Heath was commendable but we haven’t developed the ground on the lines of Newcastle, Sunderland or Arsenal and these are clubs who had lower crowds than us in the past (even when we were in Div 2 and 3). We should have been marketed far better in the community and on a corporate level to have any chance of competing at the top of the Premier but ultimately if the team struggles, we win nothing or worse still we get relegated the future is bleak. I can’t see Lambert taking us above 14th but eitherway we have to wake up and change soon otherwise the Championship will become a reality! Villa til i die Mal

  22. Wow, well said. It’s a said thing to see at the min. Been a supporter all my life and so has most of my family for many years and it’s just shocking there’s no believe and desire to win, to want to be better and to be the best.

  23. The key to Villa’s future and any potential success is having a strong head (owner and manager) and a stable body (team with a reliable spine) with a plan to meet its customers expectations (play football that is entertaining, pleasing on the eye, shows commitment, drive, passion and enthusiasm and with a bit of luck winning football)

    Mr Lerner should have learnt from his grid iron owning days that not everyone can be the ultimate winning team but as long as the team represents its area with pride then the fans will always back whoever pulls on the jersey.

    Mr Lambert was never my choice and the longer he is at the club, the worse the club degenerates into nothingness. He is the wrong choice for the club, no ifs or buts, he is NOT GOOD ENOUGH! And he never will be.

    And sad truth is that there are several GOOD managers out there who would jump at the chance to manage the club given the right environment, to build, play and enthuse

  24. Refreshing analysis, i don’t mean to be pointed but every year its the same thing in the comments my heart and head go out yo people who have been going 50 years “and this the worst of seen” for last forur i keep reading this people like yourselves are the life blood the beating heart that is Aston Villa, we see our solves as a proud big club, we are but lets act like it, we ask for leadership on the pitch and boardroom and yet as fans we show no leadership so many of are shot and demoralised we don’t know where to turn. Lets look at the successes of barca, dortmund, and bayern over time why don’t we look to take the club back, at thr minimum demand a culture where with a flexible possession based approach from the first term to the under 11 futsal team. As villans we have been a chance to do something but we have to do it for ourselves.

  25. So JK if I’m reading that right your suggesting that fans should mass together & buy the club ? Or could there be some other idea ?
    But I seem to recollect that there was a scheme to buy the club before DD sold to Lerner ? But what ever happened to the money that was put into it ?

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