I could talk about the game, but I choose not to. Swansea only had one shot on target and that was enough to beat Villa. Say no more. I just hope those who chose to travel to Wales had a good time despite what happened on the pitch. There’s plenty of deadwood games to go, so if you’re off to them, drinking perhaps is the only option to get through them.
Off the field, things are more interesting. The new look board is a step in the right direction, but more of that later. Rémi Garde is a dead man walking though and while he was expected to stand down at the end of the season, it seems that the club are already making moves to get his successor in.
Now Villa can only get 37 points maximum from the season and that’s would require them to win out in the final seven games, which isn’t going to happen. Sad to think that Bournemouth, who Villa beat on the opening day, are already as safe as houses.
Amongst the doom and gloom, here’s five reasons to be cheerful as Aston Villa fans…
5. Mr Burgundy is Gone
When Tom Fox described the club’s colours as “burgundy” in his first face-to-face meeting with Villa supporters, it perhaps was never going to end well for him. With the club failing to build a team around Christian Benteke in the previous seasons prior to Fox’s appointment, the writing was on the wall when Benteke decided to leave a team that was going nowhere fast.
Fox tried to restructure and modernise Villa, but missed out on a few simple tricks that would have greatly helped him – namely getting some football nouse into his new board and backroom infrastructure.
Hendrick Almstadt, who, lets be honest, none of us knew what he did exactly also got the boot. Fox had defended him as a vital cog in what was essentially the American trying to reinvent the wheel.