Crisis at Villa Park!!
Trashing of tradition. Fans in severe distress.
Who is to blame?
This emotionally disorientating behaviour began with the appointment of Steve Bruce as manager, though collusion right up to the boardroom is suspected.
No matter what team was picked, new player or old, or what formation was used, the team started winning, not as an occasional fluke, but week after week. There was a blip when they reverted to their neo-classical tradition of losing, usually by conceding a late goal. But that was a false dawn. For weeks now they have been winning, whatever the opposition. An away draw is the best we can expect of this squad.
The betrayal is compounded by the manner of the wins. They are not flukes. They play real, modern football, a style only occasionally witnessed at Villa Park when a Champion’s League contender was forced by the fixture list to honour us with a visit.
Our lads not only began to pass forward, instead of across the park, but they passed to another Villa player, instead of our traditional practice of politely giving the ball back to the opposition.
Our back four began to talk to each other, then hold the line, pushing forward together. It looked positively Prussian in its discipline and concentration. What happened to the entertaining spectacle of watching a tetchy group blaming each other as our dejected goalkeeper, close to tears, picked the ball out of the net? Are those to be just treasured memories we entertain our children with?
But the club’s greatest betrayal has been in the choice and training of our strikers.
One can forgive players who have a knack for consistently scoring goals. That is a reassuring failure of back office behaviour. Buying the wrong player is a Villa tradition. But to omit to train them, day after disciplined day, in the Villa way, is unforgivable. What is training for? What do they do all week at Bodymoor Heath? It’s as though management has casually forgotten, or worse, has no respect for the modern traditions of the club.
Our strikers when faced with an open goal should know how to keep their nerve and blast the ball over the goal into the middle of the Holte End. Before Bruce, for season after season, they consistently achieved this. Now, virtually the only player to carry the flag for tradition is Agbonlahor. Revealingly, he is rarely even on the bench. Such a waste. For years he perfected this difficult technique.
Why, at least, isn’t he used to train the new strikers?
Why buy Kodja in the first place? Having bought him, why not sell him? It’s clear he will never fit into the Villa, a club proud of its traditions. He, and others I could mention, are clearly treating loyal fans with contempt. Taking your chances week after week is just taking the piss.
Let me warn Steve Burce. The muttering round the stadium could soon turn into outright revolt. Change your mind now. Don’t dare get near the play offs – ever – or you face the consequences. I know, after your time at that Blue place, you think Brummies are too half soaked to be bothered to revolt. They just look depressed and mutter. But the Villa faithful are proud of their traditions and won’t allow some foreigner to trash them for long.
Consistently winning is causing distress and disturbing the lugubrious mood of loyal fans. Their mantra “it won’t last” is nearly exhausted. In Brum every cloud has a black lining. We want to keep it that way.
Lose or leave!!!