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…
4. Board Reshuffle
The new Villa chairman Steve Hollis doesn’t claim to have the sharpish of football brains, but you have to say he is wise when it comes to seeking council. I don’t know who Hollis has been taking his advise from, but Lerner should have perhaps got him in when he first took over the club.
David Bernstein, Mervyn King as board members and Brian Little in an advisory role is pretty good going and perhaps better than any Villa supporter could have expected from previous going-ons under Lerner.
The establishment of a ‘football board’ is a positive step in terms of addressing the poor state of the Villa team. Although, the question has to be raised of it’s potential interference with first team management affairs. It may for example, put off potential suitors to the Villa job, if Garde is indeed shipped out.