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Aston Villa Sacks Manager Alex McLeish; Will Randy Lerner Try Again For Roberto Martinez?

Alex McLeish has been sacked as manager of Aston Villa Football Club.

“The club has been disappointed with this season’s results, performances and the general message these have sent to our fans,” said a club statement. “The board wishes to assure supporters that we are conscious in every sense that Villa expects and deserves more and we will strive to deliver this. The most immediate action that we can take is to look carefully at our options in terms of bringing in a new manager who sees the club’s potential and embraces our collective expectations.”

The decision by Aston Villa comes just one day after Aston Villa finished just two points above relegation. By Aston Villa’s standards, this was a woeful season where the club failed to display the attacking football and positive results that Villa supporters are accustomed to seeing.

What makes matters worse is that the 2011-12 Premier League season was a wasted one for Villa. Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner made the controversial decision to pick McLeish after Martin O’Neill quit the Villa job last summer. It was a move by Lerner that very few people approved of, given the dour brand of football that McLeish’s teams are known to play. Plus, McLeish’s Birmingham City had just been relegated from the Premier League.

Overall, it was an abysmal decision by Lerner.

Hopefully Randy Lerner will have learned from his mistakes and will find a manager who prefers to play a more positive brand of football. Two names that jump to mind are Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers and Wigan boss Roberto Martinez. Last summer, Lerner tried to convince Martinez to join Villa from Wigan, but Martinez decided to stay at the Latics. If Lerner is willing to try to convince Martinez to join the club and is willing to increase the amount of compensation that Wigan and Martinez would expect, it may be an offer too good to pass up for Roberto Martinez who is one of the rising managers in British football.

What do you think? Who would you like to see as the next Aston Villa manager? Give us your suggestions and reasons why below.

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  1. James

    May 15, 2012 at 8:09 am

    “Villa owner Randy Lerner made the controversial decision to pick McLeish after Martin O’Neill quit the Villa job last summer.”

    Actually, O’Neill left two summers ago, and Houllier came in as his replacement. So McLeish was actually Villa’s third manager in as many seasons.

    I agree with the Gaffer that Paul Lambert should be high up on Lerner’s wishlist. He has done a fantastic job at Norwich (with virtually no money to spend on improving a squad largely assembled in League One) and is known to be very ambitious. I know some people are questioning why he’d leave to join Villa, but realistically, he has probably taken Norwich as far as he can and – no disrespect to the Canaries – but Villa are much bigger club, and a great stepping-stone to the top tier jobs at United, Arsenal etc

  2. JC

    May 14, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Thank goodness McLeish is gone. His style of football is a plague to all fans of the game.

  3. Alex Wolcott

    May 14, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    If you know anything about American football, the performance of Lerner’s Cleveland Browns would tend to indicate that “abysmal” decisions by this guy are fairly well par for the course.

    • dust

      May 14, 2012 at 6:40 pm


    • Guy

      May 14, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      On the mark, Alex.

  4. Neil

    May 14, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Brendan Rodgers for me. I am resigned to the fact that we don’t have the money to compete for trophies, so at least let’s see some attactive football at Villa Park.

  5. RobKey

    May 14, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    I would hope that we get Rodgers or Martinez.

  6. dust

    May 14, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    With the coaching carousel starting to spin and play music. I have a thought, if harry stays and doesn’t win anything next year, I expect him to be gone and then Rodgers (fingers crossed) will come to WHL after proving himself for a second year.

    Chasing top four for UCL league isn’t good enough, I want to win a league title, the rest will take care of itself. I expect more ‘array!

  7. Paul

    May 14, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    If Martinez doesn’t stay at Wigan I think a move to Villa would be great for him to prove his worth. I’d much rather he went there instead of coming to Anfield as current reports are suggesting.

    • dust

      May 14, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      kenny on his way out? I thought he had the full support of the board?

      • Paul

        May 14, 2012 at 2:51 pm

        Personally I think they’ll give him until January to see if he has a good start to the season but the papers here yesterday were running full back page “MARTINEZ IN KOP SHOCKER” headlines. I’ve learnt over the yeas never to believe the hype until it’s official so as it stands Kenny is the man for the job until were officially told otherwise.

        • dust

          May 14, 2012 at 6:44 pm

          Do you think he should stay until jan? he’s had his big players for a year and a half and just finished below Everton. who would you have instead?

          • Paul

            May 15, 2012 at 9:56 am

            Looks like he’s gone. Statement expected soon but club refusing to comment at the moment. Still speculation at the moment but the bookies have all followed suit and all bets on Kenny being Liverpool manager have been suspended.

            Benitez hot favourite.

  8. dust

    May 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Maybe I’m just cuckoo for coacoa pops but I think Holloway would be a good choice. If West Ham go up that is. I think the browns owner will be aiming for Rodgers tho, Swansea have a task on their hands keeping Rodgers, if they do this season then I would expect him to definitely be gone at the end of next season.

    • The Gaffer

      May 14, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      Paul Lambert is the other contender who would be a good fit for the Villa job, in my opinion.

      The Gaffer

      • dust

        May 14, 2012 at 1:22 pm

        Yeah, I just can’t see Norwich letting lambert go after only 1 season in the perm. If Norwich stay up next year comfortably then he may go. what about bob bradley? or bruce arena?

      • Patrick

        May 14, 2012 at 2:28 pm

        I hope Paul Lambert stays at Carrow Road…at least for one more season.

      • Brn442

        May 14, 2012 at 5:42 pm

        Gaffer, unless Lambert is promised a mountian of cash (both in his pocket and in the transfer kitty) he is better off stayting at Norwich.

        I have no idea what Lerner was thinking hiring the ex-Birmingham manager – both the football and the results were predictably awful. It was clear he could not take the club forward.

        If Lerner wants to be bold – he should give either Bruce Arena or Bob Bradley a shot. Villa needs youth, energy, and fitness – something American coaches are good at.

  9. omakbob

    May 14, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Hopefully, whoever brought up McLeish’s name last year is no longer allowed to speak.

    “pick McLeish after Martin O’Neill quit the Villa job last summer”. I see what you did there. lol

  10. Buster42

    May 14, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Lets knock the ‘Coyle, McCarthy, Bruce, Curbishley’ rumors on the head now. Randy is once bitten.
    Bookies have quit taking bets on Martinez, which I do approve of. He does play some good football, but hasn’t quite had the consistency in a Wigan squad to do better with. AVB has been mentioned, but I don’t think we can afford his wages, although he could work well with our youngsters, of which we have plenty. Benitez, yes, but again, too high a wage demand. Pep is 66/1 and I’m dreaming.
    I’d like to see a Rodgers/Lambert/Hughton because of how well they can work with wage bills, and players from the Championship.

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