Before anyone accuses me of not being proud to be a Villa fan, let me categorically state that I am. I am very proud to support Aston Villa. Don’t let my headline mislead you: this piece is not about the fans’ pride, it’s about the club’s lack thereof.
It would appear that Randy Lerner is just happy to ensure the club’s Premier League survival, which is not good enough for a club with a history as rich as Aston Villa’s. When Randy Lerner took over, he waxed lyrical about a bright future, not a bleak one. I don’t understand what it is going to take to make the board re-engage with the club and its fans. Ultimately, we need Lerner to sell the club but that sale doesn’t seem to be on the horizon. We cannot go on like this or we will be relegated, if not this season then maybe next. No club can flirt with the trap door this often and not fall through it at some point.
A 0-0 draw with an in-form West Ham side is not a sign that things are turning around. In all honesty, we were lucky to escape from the Boleyn Ground with a point. There were some instances in that game when we made the Hammers look like Real Madrid. Don’t you remember what it is like to play as West Ham did? Wouldn’t it be nice to be pushing for a finish in the top half of the table and to be sniffing around the European places?
There are issues at every level of Aston Villa Football Club – and something is going to give. I am not at all confident that our next game, at home against Southampton, will result in anything but a defeat. Our players look unlikely to score and, short of another Guzan masterclass, they’ll be beaten quite easily.
Is it really any shock that Delph and Vlaar don’t seem to want to sign new deals? They’re not Villa fans in the sense that we are. They are merely employees of Aston Villa Football Club and their employer is failing to take advantage of their potential by not providing the tools for them to do their jobs.
I’m amazed that Paul Lambert is still Aston Villa’s manager after this run. Any other chairman would have booted him out long ago, making the four year deal he quite recently signed laughable. You can say what you like about Doug Ellis but I cannot recall him ever suffering relegation battles or incompetent managers for very long; those who messed up were shown the door.
Lambert and Lerner are not the men for the famous Aston Villa. We need change – and fast – or I’m afraid that we will continue to sink, ending up with us having to travel to Bournemouth on a cold Tuesday night in a not too distant December.