Failure has been far too apparent at our club during the last five to six years. In fact, it has become something that we as fans have had to get used to.
At the moment, our club is a laughing stock, rooted to the bottom of the table and with only three Premier League wins all season. Years of failure are finally catching up with us. Realistically, relegation has been coming for years. I just want this sorry season to end so relegation can be confirmed and I can spend the summer accepting the fact that Aston Villa Football Club will be in the Championship.
The blame is split between many people. The bulk of that blame obviously sits with Randy Lerner, as the way he has run our football club, particularly over the last few years, has been pathetic. Bad decisions and performances on the field have helped our demise this season, with a lot of players simply not being up to the task of playing in the top flight, but, in my opinion, a succession of disastrous decisions off it over the last few years will in the end seal our fate.
As I mentioned, there have been other personnel who have contributed to what will be an unhappy ending to our time in the Premier League. I’ll let you decide for yourselves how to apportion the blame, but I find the brass necks on the likes of Paul Lambert and Ray Wilkins, who are constantly piping up and commenting on our situation, beyond belief.
Lambert speaks of being “delighted” that he got the sack. I bet you were, Paul. How’s your bank balance looking off the back of that?
Having “offered” to resign at the end of the 2013-2014 season, the Scotsman was talked round, which was another brilliant decision. Three and a half months later, this man accepted a new contract, no doubt with a wage improvement and a signing on fee. Happy days, Paul!
Lambert was quite happy to stay in his job, failing. He could not find a way to get a team containing the likes of Vlaar, Delph, Cleverley and Benteke playing like a Premier League team. He knew he wasn’t up to it but did not have the dignity to resign. Instead, he waited to be pushed and collected more money.
On Tuesday, Ray Wilkins had the audacity to weigh in on tactical matters, claiming that Micah Richards should be moved back to centre back. You know – the position Richards played in when Wilkins was at the club and we were losing every week.
I expect people to kick us when we are down. What I cannot abide is that people who have visibly failed at our club giving us their opinions on what should be done at Villa Park. These characters have piggy-backed onto our mis-management and collected good money for not doing very good jobs. I wish they’d pipe down. Their lack of integrity frightens me.
Aston Villa has suffered too many fools, fools who are still mocking us now that they are no longer being employed by the club.
There have been too many people who have taken Aston Villa for a ride – and there are those still at the club doing it right now. Nobody at the club at this current moment wants to take responsibility and those who have left are passing the buck.
Meanwhile, the fans continue to pay the price; it’s the ones who have no control who inevitably suffer the worst. I just want to enjoy supporting my team again. I’m tired of us getting a kicking both on and off the pitch.