Thoughts and issues regarding the past and present of a great football club by "The Chronicler".

Friday, 17 June 2011

A New Man on the McLeish...

McLeish may well prove to be suitable i.m.o. He appears to have done well at Rangers and OK with Scotland, so that's a decent c.v. he's built up. That he went to St. Andrews proved that he's not against trying to do the impossible ... and yet he still won a trophy there. It was only their second-ever trophy win.

What I feel, however, is that Aston Villa is still a great club and that it has a real potential to come out from its covers and show the world what it can really do. And to give proper notice of that intention, I feel the club should have been looking to appoint someone with the highest credentials ... not just decent credentials. I wouldn't think that his appointment would boost the season ticket sales ... unless he should sign someone to whet the appetite in the next month.

So, I'm not against McLeish per se, but I'm not happy with the level of ambition being shown. I think we've all had enough of OK managers (DOL and MON, despite the latter's 6th place achievements) and that the club should be aiming for better. I think that Houllier was "better", so I feel sad about his departure.

But ... the appointment has been made. I believe that you have to be positive to try to make things work as best as possible, and since the fans have no real say in the affairs at VP that's the only reasonable and mature approach to take.

One thing for sure is that (after last season) we have to get off on the right foot now and keep working at it to try and make it work.

The man has to be given a chance. Give 'im till Christmas at least!