I could, and actually did, continue my alphabetical list of words to sum up how Villa fans currently feel and how to describe Paul Lambert but left you with eleven of them – one for each Premier League goal scored. I am sure you get the idea.
To say that I am fuming with the management team at my football club is an understatement. The club is being torn apart by two men – manager Paul Lambert and owner Randy Lerner. Enough is enough. It is time for fans to act. Doug Ellis would never have stood for this. William McGregor would be turning in his grave if he knew what Lambert and Lerner were doing to the club. They are football’s version of home wreckers. They are dragging the club back to the dark ages.
No other club would tolerate this situation. Forget the costs. Lerner must remove Lambert before it is too late. What can Tom Fox do? Not much. He may well have a good, solid plan. Randy Lerner is still the puppeteer though.
Every performance has been atrocious for many months. Even the minority of fans who maintain that there is no-one better than Lambert cannot be happy with what they witness each week. The tactics deployed by Lambert have differed in obvious attempts to change his team’s fortunes but everything is still ever so boring! If the gung-ho approach was not bad enough, passing it backwards and sidewards is proving just as dull. The tactics and form have even caused contentious scenes in the stands. Against Leicester, fans were so angry that some were scrapping between themselves, which is surely a clear sign of a club divided.
I once heard a Wolves fan state, “I would prefer to be in the Championship winning often with solid attendances than be in the Premier League and watch us lose with poor attendances.” For the first time in my life, I agree with this Wolves fan, only because I am fed up of watching such drivel.
Disgruntled would not be the right word to describe how I feel about Randy Lerner. I am livid. He took over from a legend at Aston Villa. He has truly let that legend down. After unsustainable expenditure early on, he suddenly cut the cloth. Any ‘good’ businessman would know that this would not work. He has gone from being a much-loved owner to a hated man. Why has Lerner not sacked Lambert yet? He is being duped and is too focussed on keeping his money in his back pocket to realise!
I am currently embarrassed to say that I support Aston Villa. Tom Fox can wave goodbye to serious commercial revenue. Aston Villa has become a laughing stock, the butt of every football joke.
The actual football is the worst I have ever seen. When I played Sunday league football, I could string more influential passes together than Sanchez, Westwood and Cleverley have done in recent times. When I have watched League One football at the Bescot Stadium I have witnessed more of an atmosphere – and the Saddlers’ fans do not even fill the stadium.
The interviews Lambert gives are ridiculous. “The lads were brilliant today.” Paul, the ‘lads’ were not brilliant: they drew 0-0 with Sunderland – at home. The fans are fuming. How can any manager be so wide of the mark? He apparently only realised on Saturday that the team needs a creative spark. Gold star for that one…
Villa fans have to pay a lot of money to watch the lions play, even when they are more like cumbersome cubs than barbaric beasts. Fans have been misled with suggestions that the club is moving forward. Many statements by Faulkner, before the ‘American Dream’ drawn up by Tom Fox, made many feel like fools for believing that something good was going to happen. It wasn’t. It didn’t. It really isn’t.
Paul Lambert is the most inept manager I have ever encountered in my life. He is bringing the club to its knees and into disrepute. How any manager could stay around after the past few months baffles me. He is depressing fans.
When will the turmoil end? A good starting point will be when Paul Lambert belatedly packs his bags. Taxi!
I am fed up with the club, not just with Paul Lambert. Randy Lerner needs to remove Paul Lambert from the managerial hot-seat then walk away himself. We want our club back. We want our respect back.