Ugh. Sack them all. It started with the board and management, now it’s time for the players. That’s the only real conclusion to be taken from another Villa no show.
You’re Not Fit To Wear The Shirt
The sense of entitlement from the Villa squad at the moment is disgusting and to so many of them the very concept of professionalism seems completely alien. Once again social media and shocking performances on the pitch have combined to expose the rotten attitude of many players.
Micah Richards, our captain in title only, snapped at a fan and claimed that he is entitled to a holiday after a long hard season. What he fails to realise is that the season is not actually over. In addition to that anyone who watches Villa regularly are rightfully under the impression that Richards has been on holidays for most of the season already. The fans are the ones who deserve a holiday from the dross being served up every week.
Bacuna reaped the hostile reception that he deserved for his recent poorly timed and delusional quotes. He wants to play in the Champions League? This lad isn’t even good enough to play in the Championship. His attitude highlights the complete disconnect between the players and the fans. Give Bacuna a copy of FIFA on his way out the door because that’s his only chance of ever playing Champions League football.
The only people who are entitled to anything here are the fans who pay good money every week, and are essentially robbed by the squad without any end product. Fans are not entitled to a win for their entrance fee, but they are entitled to basic effort and professionalism. Imagine going to a restaurant, or to the cinema and then being sat in an empty room, not served up any food or entertainment, silenced when you complain, and then asked to leave.
It’s Not Me, It’s You
It’s time Villa break up the toxic entitlement in the squad. I don’t want to see Bacuna at the club. I don’t want to see Lescott here. I don’t want see see Richards whinging about how hard it is for him. Even Gabby is doing his best burning his bridges here and undoing any good will his previous exploits earned. The cull of this squad at the end of the season must be comprehensive and ruthless.
Regardless of calls for Randy Lerner/Aston Villa divorce, once again the fans showed that they still love this club, in sickness or in health, until death do us part. It was great to see the amount of fans voicing their opinion on the club inside the stadium, and it was great to see the media picking up on our support and our plight, all of which should heap more pressure on our phantom owner.
The Bright Side?
As the game began today I decided to keep an eye out for anything to be positive about, for the most part I failed miserably. Even when players Sanchez, Cissokho, or Hutton occasionally appeared to make some small effort or put in a decent tackle, any enthusiasm was quickly followed by passionless, talentless, or brainless mistakes. Perhaps it’s unfair of me to expect Hutton and Co. to even have a brain, let alone use it. This squad isn’t just lacking the right attitude, it’s lacking any basic top level skill or decision making.
The only positive in recent weeks has been some appearances from the youngsters. Green got a run out in recent weeks, Lyden made a cameo today, and Grealish’s introduction led to the closest thing to any excitement or creativity on the pitch. Several surges down the left and clever passes were thwarted by Aly Cissokho’s drunken attempts at crossing.
Grealish is young, he has and will make mistakes, but if managed properly can still be a huge player for this club. But alas, he will need a better standard of player around him. He made a conscious effort to applaud the fans at the end of the game, and while this squad should clearly be banned from social media, a mountain was made of a molehill by the media once again this week after the youngster’s most recent ‘like’ and Tweet on Twitter.
To date there has been swift action from Steve Hollis in clearing out failing management. Like him or not, it’s hard to argue against a manager who lost the dressing room and managed two wins being shown the door. While the Frenchman deserves sympathy for being sold out by chairman and petulant players alike, the stats don’t lie, and no real improvements in fortunes were made at the club under Garde’s guidance.
Despite this it seems that firing him with so many weeks before the end of the season would be a pointless endeavour unless someone else is lined up to come in and evaluate the squad ahead of the summer, are we about to see an appointment?
My (optimistic) hope is that the boardroom changes are the seeds of a summer takeover once we go down. Regardless, Lerner should be facing the music for his numerous sins. Deadly Doug owned his club, and the choices he made in running it. As one banner so rightfully demanded today, ‘Lerner You Coward, Show Your Face’.
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