I was all set to ignore the larger problems at Villa for one day and sing the virtues of a Villa win and enjoying a game for once, free from talk and worry of relegation. I was ready to laud the decision to finally move Richards to right-back. Today was supposed to be a small bubble of happiness in an otherwise miserable season. That would have been too easy though wouldn’t it? Regardless, Villa delivered yet another underwhelming dose of dross, and the already woeful 2015/16 campaign goes on.
A league tie against lower league opposition was the perfect opportunity to build some confidence in the players. Aston Villa today proved that they are at least consistent, consistently bad. This 1-1 ‘loss’ now heaps even more pressure on the hopeless squad.
What’s more worrying is that the starting line up was made up entirely of senior players, as opposed to say Liverpool, who can at put their draw against Exeter down to fielding a youth side.
The Villa side today, dressed head to toe in bright yellow, could have gifted the fans some brightness for a change, but instead the uniform seemed more like a yellow submarine, destined to spend its time below the surface leagues of English football, hidden from any sunlight.
This most recent failure is yet another damning indictment of the quality of the squad, and their attitude towards playing football for the club. As with the chance to turn things around over Christmas, Villa have squandered another opportunity to do something positive. ‘Would you bet against us?’. Yes.
Along with the inevitability that Villa are going down this season is the growing need and likelihood that something must be forced to happen at the club, and soon. The owners must go, and most of this squad must go too.
Though limited in terms of legal and financial clout the only hope is for fans to come together and find a way to force the hands that are fumbling our club to take action, and to get the hell out of our club. Tensions have begun to boil over with fans directing their abuse at players after both of our last two games and things certainly seem to be at breaking point.
Aston Villa need a complete rebuild strategy that goes beyond the short-term thinking of the club in recent years. Unfortunately very little can or will happen while the current crop of clowns hold the keys to Villa Park. This catch 22 means that Remi Garde is in a very strange situation indeed.
It’s difficult to know how to feel about the French man. Upon his arrival, I declared that he was exactly the type of manager Villa needed. Just this week MOMS contributor Shelly Osborne highlighted some very valid reasons as to why Remi should remain at the helm, even if (when) Villa become a Championship club.
The former Lyon boss may be the man for a rebuild but for his own sake and survival, he needs to find a way to show his value more with both an improved points haul and an improvement in quality on the pitch.
Blooding youth is another thing that Garde should prioritise. The introduction of Jordan (this club is collecting ‘Jordans’ now, isn’t it?) Lyden shows at least some intent in this regard, and Villa’s academy prospects should at least have a bit of desire, which is more than can be said for much of the senior team.
We are all devastated by the ineptitude of the team, and their seeming lack of motivation and have called for the manager to get the best from them, but with every passing game it seems more and more like Garde may be stuck with a group of players who can’t be worked with and that any rebuilding need to be done with a completely new squad. This is a disgraceful situation but may ease some pressure on Garde who has been handed a clearly impossible task with a team that cannot be inspired by anyone.
Aston Villa missed an opportunity to win today with a sub par performance but Wycombe deserve credit on the day. They remained motivated, organised, and full of intent which is certainly more than can be said for Villa at almost any stage of this season. The fact that the Villans coming away without a win is little surprise to many, is a sign of the times for the club, and how far it has fallen. UTV
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