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Many of you fellow Villans will be concerned about the current plight of our club. I share this concern, however, unlike many others, I think it is essential that we keep Gerard Houllier in place.
Houllier was brought in NOT to get us into the top 4 initially but to remodel the club (particularly the playing staff) after MON's inevitable departure. It was never going to be an easy task, especially considering the untimely injuries to 10+ members of the 22 man-strong squad and we now find ourselves flirting with relegation. Houllier is seen by many Villa fans as the wicked step-mother, who has replaced MON and is destroying all his grand work. This is ludicrous!
For starters, the squad MON had left us was a mess - much like the squad Benitez left Liverpool - and finishing 6th last season was a triumph. Remember, before Houllier ever spoke to Randy about taking the job our best player was sold and replaced by that donkey Ireland! When Houllier finally came in, most of our key players (Friedel, Petrov, Dunne, Heskey, Carew) were over 30 and the others (Agbonlahor, Reo-Coker, etc.) were injured. This forced him to blood in some youngsters, which you'll agree has seen at least 5 new players come into the fray. Who here will complain about that?
The training mentality/regime he's introduced is always going to be beneficial. Villa were known to be a side who tire after 60 minutes and completely die after Christmas. Houllier is not a criminal for wanting to correct this major flaw. Many of you say the training was the reason for the mounting injury list, well this can only be the case for Heskey as all the rest were injured during matches.
The main focus of my article is the posistion Houllier now finds himself in. He has the backing of Randy Lerner, that is a fact. He has plans in place to sell all the deadwood i.e. Sidwell, Carew, Davies etc. and he has very strong connections on the continent to bring in fresh foreign talent on cheaper wages. This is something many of you were crying out for under MON.
While we're all concerned about Villa's current position, it is only fair to give Houllier a chance (a full summer window) to put his mark on the side and get us challenging again. Any of you who expected top 6 this season, even if MON had stayed, should not be football fans in the 21st century. I cannot for the life of me see any positives out of sacking Houllier.