Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Seriously... what the hell are they thinking?

Can anyone explain to me how Aston Villa's manager still has a job? Anyone? Bueller?

I mean, FFS.




- Greg Seltzer

20 comments:

dikranovich said...

well, he was only hired in june of last year, so maybe this is not enough time. he took over a team that was already on a downward trajectory, and the heart of this team has been gutted over the last couple of years.

he did take a team from 1st division of england to the championship, then on to the premiere league in successive seasons. that is very impressive, no matter how you slice it.

this team would also be much better with michael bradley on the pitch, not to mention if it maybe had clint dempsey roaming villa park. id blame the owner. cleveland knows!!!

Greg Seltzer said...

Dude... they just lost a cup semifinal to a fourth division team. FOURTH!

That downward trajectory has become a freefall.

Greg Seltzer said...

A two-leg semifinal, no less. Egads.

Matt said...

I have to say, Greg, I'm surprised. He's had half a season, give the man a little more time. Benteke is a stud, and they've shown glimpses of being decent earlier this season. Plus it's not like he inherited a great team, either. I mean, Charles N'Zogbia, Stephen Ireland, and Richard Dunne are not exactly stalwarts.

I don't want to see them go down, either, but I think Lambert still has shown enough to be given more time.

Greg Seltzer said...

They have been seriously bad, and lots of teams have injuries. I keep wondering when this 3-5-2 is going to the bin. The guy has had one good idea all season: making Guzan the starter.

But after tonight... sweet heavens.

Greg Seltzer said...

Here's a few fun facts:

- Despite having one of the standout keepers of the season, Villa has the worst defense in the Prem, and subsequently the worst goal differential by six.

- Villa have won twice in 11 home games this season.

- Bradford is the first fourth division team to make the League Cup final. Where do they stand in League Two? Currently ninth, with the 11th best attack in the league.

- On the campaign, Villa has allowed at least three goals in a game 11 times, and at least four eight times. Meanwhile, they've been shutout 11 times.

Matt said...

It sure as shit ain't doing anything for Lichaj's career (or confidence), which is definitely bumming me out.

They did beat Liverpool, however, and have had a couple of really promising games. I dunno, I think it's too early to throw in the towel, lest we end up with another Houllier, or, worse, McLeish.

Greg Seltzer said...

And if they'd hired Bradley instead, they'd probably be in a cup final and midtable right now.

Matt said...

I won't argue with that. I wish they had. And kept junior in the midfield. He was the perfect successor to Petrov. McLeosh was a moron.

dikranovich said...

bradford city are ninth, but they do have a game in hand and are only a couple of points out of the playoff. they have had bad results in the league lately, but that is obviously because they are focusing on a cup run.

i dont know, villa have a -12 goal diff. from two games against chelsea and tottenham. american fans are always complaining about a lack of offense, and here is a team trying to play with some style, they just dont have the pieces.

you cant expect a team to compete when it is missing the heart of its defense, all season, and d. bent has played almost half the minutes deuce has played.

Zach said...

Which Bradley? Both, and they would be mid-table for sure. Sad part is, you can fill out a decent roster card with the player they have. And if its not a personnel issue... The coach has got to go.

No joke, heard NYRB already discussing signing him when Villa cuts him off. What an organization! Bring on the Cosmos please

dikranovich said...

zach, im not sure why everyone is so gung ho about the cosmos. they pretty much single handedly brought down pro soccer in our country. lets see how this organizations handles second tier soccer for a couple of seasons. they did hire eric cantona, so maybe they have a better handle on things this time around.

Jamie said...

I'm a Villa supporter and I have nothing constructive to add. It's gotten to the point where I'm actually curious to see how low they can go. My waning hopes are completely dashed and my support has turned into this weird kind of schadenfreude. They might as well just rip it up and start again. From scratch. This is what I get for choosing to support teams without a damn chance of winning anything. Eff everything.

dikranovich said...

jamie, could you tell me where you are from, so maybe we could work on your problem?

over there said...

I've never struggled so much to watch Villa. I hate to say it, but I think they are Championship-bound. Breaks my heart.

And my Revs are still in MLS 1.0. FML

dikranovich said...

its the contradiction of promotion/religation system. you cant get promoted from the top tier, and the system rewards the best of the worst. not to mention, the playoff in the english championship is about exciting as it gets, because it is a playoffs, so six best in a league can actually get you promoted.

my money is on villa staying up.

dikranovich said...

id like to add that in the dutch league, promotion to europe is attained by just less than half the clubs. 8 out of 18 clubs get european spots. if you consider three newly promoted teams into the dutch first division have less of a chance of europe, then its 8 spots being split amongst 15 teams.

not a shabby deal for the dutch league.

Greg Seltzer said...

Dude... FIVE Eredivisie teams make Europe.

Greg Seltzer said...

Five from the league, that is.

dikranovich said...

im sorry, you are right, but 8th place qualify for the europa playoff. point being, you can come in 8th in the dutch league and still qualify for europe, and thats still out of 18 teams in that league.