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Offline AV82EC

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #11310 on: March 03, 2021, 09:53:18 PM »
The top 4 is occupied by 1 manager who has medals that didn't come out of a Christmas cracker.

That's what makes the inconsistency so annoying though. Really good chance to break into the European places this year, but every time we look like doing so, we throw in another hopeless performance. Goal scoring is also becoming a real problem.

I think that's more down to squad strength though Risso than Smiths ability or otherwise. He got it badly wrong tonight in my view with a really naive and timid team selection against the team bottom of the table. This wasn't the night for faint hearts but its what we got. Hopefully he learns from it, which to be fair he seems to from previous fuck ups he's made. As you say though so frustrating when we are so close to doing something really good.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #11311 on: March 03, 2021, 10:00:04 PM »
We keep talking about Smith learning, I want him to learn what is wrong in the first half and change it in the second half.
Is that too much to ask?

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #11312 on: March 03, 2021, 10:11:02 PM »
Is it one win and one draw from games when weíve gone behind over the last two seasons? Nobody could question that the improvement has been huge, but the lack of tactical changes during games is quite a big problem. I know he put Davis on tonight but other than that itís normally just like for like substitute meaning it never forces the opposition to change what theyíre doing. If we start games ok, generally things go pretty well. But because of the lack of changes during games, if things start badly they tend to continue badly which is reflected in the fact our record is so poor when we fall behind

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #11313 on: March 03, 2021, 10:48:47 PM »
Heís took us as far as he can.  If weíve got aspirations of being a top 6 club the owners need to get rid in the summer. To be a top 6 club you need a top manager, deano ainít it Iím afraid

Utterly clueless comments. Smith deserves some criticism for tonights "performance" but to suggest we need to get rid, deary me.

Not clueless at all, if you think dean smith previously of Brentford and wallsall is the man to take us forward your the clueless one.


He's done nothing but take us forward. From bottom half Championship to promoted, to staying up with a final, to top half side.

What the fuck does it matter if he was at Walsall or Brentford? He's at Aston fucking Villa and doing an excellent job.

Well said, Ads.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #11314 on: March 03, 2021, 10:59:27 PM »
We keep talking about Smith learning, I want him to learn what is wrong in the first half and change it in the second half.
Is that too much to ask?

I can be as critical about Smith as anyone but I'm struggling to understand some of the criticism here tonight.

I didn't think there was much wrong with the first half performance, poor goal conceded aside. What did you think was wrong with it? We certainly started the second half very well so I can see why he delayed the subs maybe a bit longer than they should have been. But unfortunately the likes of Sanson and Barkley didn't really make much of an impact.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #11315 on: March 03, 2021, 11:24:08 PM »
He is blinkered with his appraisal of certain players and use of tactical substitutions at the right time but to get rid of him? After what we have achieved since the end of last season? Utter nonsense.

Yep. Utter nonsense.

However I'm a bit nonplussed by those saying they wouldn't be that unhappy finishing 12-14th given it would've been some as progress in September. Perhaps not so much on here but on other forums I've seen that line peddled out a bit.

Yes the last few weeks have been sticky but we were playing some excellent football up to January and we've been out of the top half for about two weeks all seen so would be massive disappointment just to jack off the season now we're pretty much on 40 points.

Dosen't exactly give the right sort of mentality to team who wants to finish top 6 in next 2 years. You do that by finishing 8th this season which I still think is realistic position and so then you're on the verge of breaking through if you can get 2-3 of quality we got in last summer. Grealish certainly wouldn't be happy finishing below 10th this season so we need more of that mentality going forward.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #11316 on: March 03, 2021, 11:57:07 PM »
As disappointing as the SU result was I'm a big believer in you learn far more from your defeats than you do from your victories. This game encapsulated where we need improvement. This is not about the next few games itís more to do with recruitment this Summer and where we are lacking.

We need better more consistent players in key areas and far more to change games from the bench. We have the nucleus of 6/7 players in the first XI to play in a top 4 side, the rest just donít quite cut it. Tonight showed all this to both management and owners.


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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #11317 on: March 04, 2021, 12:23:15 AM »
As disappointing as the SU result was I'm a big believer in you learn far more from your defeats than you do from your victories. This game encapsulated where we need improvement. This is not about the next few games itís more to do with recruitment this Summer and where we are lacking.

We need better more consistent players in key areas and far more to change games from the bench. We have the nucleus of 6/7 players in the first XI to play in a top 4 side, the rest just donít quite cut it. Tonight showed all this to both management and owners.



I think the next stage of growth is one of the hardest. We'll have some tough, brutal decisions to make about some extremely popular players who have played a huge role in our recovery over the last half decade. I guess this process has already started with the likes of Hourihane and others have been relegated to bit part players ahead of a likely departure next season. But it'll be the likes of McGinn next if we want to kick on and that's tough.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #11318 on: March 04, 2021, 12:24:34 AM »
As disappointing as the SU result was I'm a big believer in you learn far more from your defeats than you do from your victories. This game encapsulated where we need improvement. This is not about the next few games itís more to do with recruitment this Summer and where we are lacking.

We need better more consistent players in key areas and far more to change games from the bench. We have the nucleus of 6/7 players in the first XI to play in a top 4 side, the rest just donít quite cut it. Tonight showed all this to both management and owners.



Which is why we'll see next-level spending in the summer. In 2019 we were buying players for £10 million, last summer it was generally £20 million. Does anyone seriously think we'll start next season with Wesley still as our record signing, or even in the top three?

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #11319 on: March 04, 2021, 12:31:52 AM »
Ollie is our record signing but there is no chance he will be come the end of August. I fully expect it to be in the £40m plus range.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #11320 on: March 04, 2021, 07:12:18 AM »
The owners have not chucked £400 million + into our club to finish mid table or below

Dean will need a strong finish to the season or next season he will be under a lot of pressure to keep his job if we make a poor start

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #11321 on: March 04, 2021, 07:22:06 AM »
Ollie is our record signing but there is no chance he will be come the end of August. I fully expect it to be in the £40m plus range.


As evidenced by thinking whether Barkley is worth £35 million or not? Yes thatís my view. 

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #11322 on: March 04, 2021, 07:50:20 AM »
Next level spending and improvements from where we were two years ago are all good things to hear
But the elephant in the room is Jack Grealish

He is the reason we are where we are not Smith
We would never have got promotion without Grealish we would have gone down last season without Grealish and we are 9th in the league this season because of Grealish

for me we win last night with Grealish thatís the difference
Yes I know we will lose some games with him in and win some games without him but the stats will back me up on this

I know every team has players that are more important to them than others but Grealish is bigger than all our players and management put together
Do you want to see what we are like without him
Well Sheffield United with 10 men will give you a good idea

No ideas on the pitch no ideas off the pitch
If Grealish plays we win we come off thinking everyone is great
He has an average game against West Ham and Brighton and we lose one and fail to score In the other

Keeping Grealish is the key to everything going forward not Smith

There is no other team in the Premier League more reliant on one man than we are
People who have watched Villa for all their lives say he is the best theyíve ever seen or certainly one of them

It would be a tragedy if he doesnít play his football at the highest level
I want that level to be with Villa
And thatís why we need European football this year

All this happy with mid-table because of how far weíve come will mean nothing If Grealish moves on
We will be back to square one

Jack Grealish is the reason why we are where we are
Everyone else has helped including Smith whoís done a good job so far


But everyone the team and management are exposed when Grealish doesnít play
we see how good we really are and where were you really are






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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #11323 on: March 04, 2021, 08:06:20 AM »
By season's end Dean will have achieved/exceeded this season's targets set by the owners and he certainly will get my support and congratulations. New players will be brought in during the off season and new targets will be set for Dean and his staff, which will require us stepping up another level and which I hope Dean will also achieve, but I'm under no illusions that if he doesn't the owners will act. Managers come and go just like players; it's a statement of the obvious. The owners have already shown that they mean business where Villa is concerned and I trust them to make the right decisions at the right time. As for those posters planting the seed of doubt re Dean after what he's achieved in such a short space of time tut tut tut!

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #11324 on: March 04, 2021, 08:07:08 AM »
Grealish was the reason we beat Leeds. Why we have one the best records in Europe for clean sheets. Why we have a great defensive record in this league.

He's a brilliant player, the best in the league. Any side would want him, we need to keep him and I think we will, but I'm not going to buy the MolMix/SHA analysis of us.
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