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Represents the days of proper managers, not like the modern day 'buyer'.Met him by chance outside Goodison Park - had time to chat and wish us well having been demolished by a very good Vills side.A real man and apparently, a great man-manager.Go well Mr Saunders.
A genius football manager who arrived at the club when I was 13 and left when I was 20. Those seven years were the best of my Villa supporting life. Thank you Ron for making dreams come true.
326Couldn't agree more, these boys were absolute legends of the game.If they were to come back today and witness some of the prima donna players currently in the game - goodness knows what they would make of it all.
Ron Saunders was one of the most underestimated footballmanagers ever to have graced the football league. withstanding that it was his team that one the European Cup in 82 he took a team from the middle of division 2 to 2 league cupwins in 75 and 77 and then gave us cracking players such as Andy Gray.R.I.P.
Won the league with only 14 players! 7 or 8 where ever-present! And in a 42 game league season.
So another sad day in the West Midlands after Bob Willis another one gone.Cut from the same cloth as Sir Alf Ramsey in not suffering fools he may have made a great England manager - but like Brian Clough the opportunity never came.After winning the first division in 1981 and breaking Liverpool's dominance, I think he was stitched up by the returning Deadly Doug Ellis.RIP Ron Saunders
I think that before United appointed Ron Atkinson, their first choice was McMenemy, and when he turned them down, their second choice was Ron Saunders.
Very nostalgic that photo of Ron with the Div 1 championshipAnyone else agree so much better than the PL trophy with that bling gold crown etc
Probably the greatest manager villa have ever had the side that won the title most exciting to watch. Bit dismayed that there are some down arrows on some comments show some respect to a great football servant rip big man.
We won the league , we Won the cup , we won the league , we won the cup and then Ron Bendall ****** it up .
Gone to join Shankly, Paisley, Stein, Clough, Busby, Nicholson, Robson and others.Yes that is how high I rated this man RIP
Ron died at 3pm on a Saturday. Pure class.
Absolutely gutted, loved Ron a much underated manager imo, led Villa to the 1st Division title using just 14 players before the team he built won the European Cup under Tony Barton after he left mid season.He was a great character with a very dry and droll sense of humour and a fitness fanatic, RIP Ron you were the best by far and gave me some of my greatest memories. Win for Ron today lads.
R.I.P. Ron, great manager of a great Villa team
Probably the most under-rated manager in this country in the past 70 or so years. He was able to take ordinary, in some cases very ordinary, players, and mould a collective of them into a winning combination. Whilst his work at Villa is remembered, surely a much better example was what he managed to do at Norwich. Taking a very small town club into the top division for the first time.Legend RIP
A top quality manager and a genuinely nice bloke. Thoughts go to family and friends, R.I.P Ron.
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