Yesterday saw Aston Villa slump to another defeat to the hands of mega rich Manchester City. This leaves Villa one point above the relegation zone and with another four goals conceded it leaves Houllier’s boys with a minus 14 goal difference, joint worst in the league.
What has gone wrong at Villa Park? For the last few seasons Villa have prided themselves on having such a strong defense. Yet again I awoke this morning to see rumours that Villa could be selling Richard Dunne and Curtis Davies. I don’t understand why they are so eager to sell other senior players this January. We need to keep the squad until we are safe and then think about selling the players at the end of the season but then again there are others that believe the ‘out with the old and in with the new’ will get Villa out of this messy situation.
After 30 minutes yesterday Aston Villa were 3 down and it was looking like we were heading for another 6 nil hammering. My first reactions after the game was to sack Houllier before it gets so bad and there’s no turning back. At the minute there are two managers available who I believe would do a better job then Houllier. Martin Jol and Sam Allardyce are the two that come to my mind. After speaking to a number of Villa fans who went to the game yesterday the first thing they all said were that Villa didn’t have a bad starting eleven on paper but they played like they didn’t have a clue. To me that comes from the manager. Recently we’ve had the transfer request from Stephen Ireland and the changing room bustups. This shows the manager has lost the dressing room and the confidence from the players. West Ham are in a worse position than Villa but Junior Stanislas came out publicly and gave his backing and the rest of the teams backing to Avram Grant after the Blackburn game. No one at Villa have come out to give their backing to the manager.
Going away to Manchester City we should have played our most experienced team. We started with Barry Bannan up against the likes of Yaya Toure and Nigel De Jong. Yes Bannan is one for the future but he hasn’t got the ability to play against these two world class midfielders. Whats wrong with Robert Pires? If he can play why his he on the bench with all his experience and we’re playing youngsters? He’s getting 10 minutes a game and he’s not being able to show if he still has it. I know he started against Arsenal but he wasn’t fit back then.
On Sunday we play away at Stamford Bridge and I am really worried of a Chelsea backlash. I would be a little more optimistic if we were at Villa Park but I can’t see anymore than a Chelsea win.
My Prediction Chelsea Win 3-0.