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Offline SaddVillan

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #10905 on: December 28, 2020, 11:17:09 PM »
The thing I really like about Smith is his down to earth unfussy approach to the job.

Never too up when we win, never too down if things don't go our way. Carefully avoids giving the press anything too controversial, which keeps the spotlight off the players.

His handling of the squad seems assured, confident and even handed. The players not playing aren't screaming and shouting about the injustice of not being picked in the starting XI. They've seen that if you get a chance because of an injury and perform, then you've got the shirt. Clear signs of how good a man manager he must be.

He's managed in just two summer transfer windows to put together a tightly knit squad. Players who haven't come up to the mark have been moved out without rancour.rmony,

Harmony, togetherness, a lack of egos and a collective team spirit run through the DNA of the squad.

Looking forward and upwards.


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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #10906 on: December 29, 2020, 02:47:13 AM »
Totally agreed SaddV.  Great post mate.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #10907 on: December 29, 2020, 07:41:42 AM »
I mentioned on a WhatsApp group during the game last night with 15 mins to go that, if we were to lose, I wouldnít be that upset as we are tying to win the game. Not many managers would do that at Chelsea at 1-1.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #10908 on: December 29, 2020, 07:42:51 AM »
I also think Deano will be manager of the month for December. If he wins it in January, then who knows what we could achieve.

Offline Allan C

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #10909 on: December 29, 2020, 07:54:14 AM »
Let's not get carried away. Let's just enjoy it for what it is.

He's currently showing himself to have done a very good job. No need to pile on the expectations or to point the finger of mistrust at this or that section of the media, at ourselves, or anyone for that matter. Just sit back and enjoy what is currently a very interesting time for us.

We are going to continue to be volatile - we're not going to start beating all and sundry, we're going to lose matches we never expect to, and we're going to win others equally unexpectedly. The most important thing by far, though, is that there's currently a degree of excitement and hope that hasn't been there for a fair while and the direction of travel, despite the peaks and troughs, is in the right direction.

What matters most right now is what we're seeing thus far, and it's much, much better than we have seen for a long time. Let's just enjoy it without piling on added pressure or letting unnecessary eexpectations grow.

Nah, in the middle of winter with a pandemic stalking the land I want to get carried away. I want optimism and thrills not caution and patience. I want to shake off the doubt that has become my normal pre-match feeling before every game and replace it with the belief that we are now the team others have to worry about and I want all of that to happen with Villa fans as manager and captain. In short I want romance and excitement not caution and pragmatism and for my kids to experience the same feeling I had in the 70s and early 80s.

You've hit the nail on the head Chris. This is exactly what i want as well.
Yeah, Iím so happy watching us with a smile on my face again, expecting to win games and not looking down the fixtures to see when the next possible win would be. Knowing that even after a great season, the owners wonít sit back but will continue to build. I havnt felt this way very often over the years, maybe four times and after the year weíve had it couldnít have come at a better time

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #10910 on: December 29, 2020, 12:38:45 PM »
Iím enjoying this team as much as the Brian Little season where we came 4th.  Thereís just a joyfulness about the whole set-up.  Smith has played a big part in that.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #10911 on: December 29, 2020, 03:48:23 PM »
Iím enjoying this team as much as the Brian Little season where we came 4th.  Thereís just a joyfulness about the whole set-up.  Smith has played a big part in that.

We are a point worse off than we were after 14 games in 1995-96 which is amazing when we remember how good that side was. Incredibly we have scored nearly ten goals more which is crazy when you think we had Yorke, Milosevic and Johnson up front. I suppose the Liverpool 7-2 maybe accounts for that but we had rather a few 1-0 wins in those first 14 games of 95-96, we battered Coventry 3-0 and West Ham
4-1 but they were the biggest wins up to that point along with 3-1 over Mank Yoo.

Offline BC Villain

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #10912 on: December 29, 2020, 05:54:18 PM »


still think Shakespeare was the missing ingredient
and I donít say that to take anything away from Smith Iím a firm believer that great leaders delegate well and arenít threatened by those around them

Indeed. In contrast to O'Neill and other dinosaurs who spent a career giving jobs to their mates and never adapted their style.

He trusts O'Kelly, clearly. But was open to the board suggesting Terry and is happy to get input from an experienced coach at this level like Shakespeare.

Ferguson was the same.  He didn't surround himself with the same backroom staff for the whole of his time at Manure

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #10913 on: December 29, 2020, 06:24:05 PM »
Excellent point BC Villain

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #10914 on: January 01, 2021, 10:26:26 PM »
Switched channels after a couple of minutes tonight, to mute the ridiculous crowd noise (Old Trafford is NEVER that noisy).
Thanks to the stadium atmos, I now know that we colour code our corner routines.
Shout of 'blue' means high outswinger to the far post. Shout of 'white' is fizzed in under the crossbar.
Nice to have a management team that actually work on these things. We seem to have developed the art of keeping possession from our own throw-ins as well.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #10915 on: January 01, 2021, 10:52:43 PM »
Switched channels after a couple of minutes tonight, to mute the ridiculous crowd noise (Old Trafford is NEVER that noisy).
Thanks to the stadium atmos, I now know that we colour code our corner routines.
Shout of 'blue' means high outswinger to the far post. Shout of 'white' is fizzed in under the crossbar.
Nice to have a management team that actually work on these things. We seem to have developed the art of keeping possession from our own throw-ins as well.

Still wish we would mix up our dead ball routines a bit though. Watch the really crap free kick from Bertie tonight which ultimately led to the Utd goal. Target is standing about 10 yards away free and a simple pass to him would have given him a shot at goal.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #10916 on: January 02, 2021, 09:52:59 AM »
Just seen Dean Smithís interview with AVTV very impressed
he wasnít given it the old we played really well, great performance stuff he was quite downbeat about the first half wanted more said we Need to be better

Sounded like a top boss whoís team just lost narrowly rather than a plucky outsider

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #10917 on: January 08, 2021, 05:17:29 PM »
Quite rightly nominated for December Manager of the Month.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #10918 on: January 08, 2021, 05:35:43 PM »
Quite rightly nominated for December Manager of the Month.

That's great news should get the accolade. 
Outstanding effort in December

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #10919 on: January 15, 2021, 12:11:36 PM »
Quite rightly nominated for December Manager of the Month.

That's great news should get the accolade. 
Outstanding effort in December
Confirmed winner, well done Mr Smith.
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