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Re: The Villa Manager and his Coaching Staff

Post by Sandie on Sun Sep 20, 2015 5:25 pm

Good post, GM, agree with most of what you've said there.

Not calling for his head yet but the question marks are very much there.
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Post by GadgetMan on Sun Sep 20, 2015 6:04 pm

Sandie wrote:Good post, GM, agree with most of what you've said there.

Not calling for his head yet but the question marks are very much there.

Cheers. He certainly needs more time, but in the next few months he needs to show he's learning from errors and starting to establish a pattern of play and also getting to grips with who his best players are and the best system for them. All seems some way off right now.
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Post by villabromsgrove on Mon Sep 21, 2015 11:05 am

GadgetMan wrote:
Sandie wrote:Good post, GM, agree with most of what you've said there.

Not calling for his head yet but the question marks are very much there.

Cheers. He certainly needs more time, but in the next few months he needs to show he's learning from errors and starting to establish a pattern of play and also getting to grips with who his best players are and the best system for them. All seems some way off right now.
I fully agree about the "he needs more time" thing, if he puts that time to good use. My concern is that he seems to think that what he's doing is right, and it's only a case of waiting for things to click. If I've read his comments correctly then he may well think that "we go again" will eventually bring about the right results. That would be a waste of the "more time" that he needs in my opinion.
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Re: The Villa Manager and his Coaching Staff

Post by Sandie on Mon Sep 21, 2015 12:37 pm

It is a worry. His comments on Kozak spoke volumes with regard to that. Basically, he's behind the other strikers and will remain so for the foreseeable. I'm not saying that Kozak is the answer and he is getting better with each game he doesn't play but we haven't got an embarrassment of riches ahead of him. We've got a winger who's played out of position and been anonymous in the past two, we've got Gabby who's just Gabby, we've got Gestade who is good in the air but is struggling to cope against premier league centre halves and we've got Ayew who it is fair to say hasn't made the step up. It's a recipe that's made for three goals from our strikers this season and Stevie Wonder could tell you that it's not convincing and we ought to try something else.

Similarly, he bemoans the strikers not getting enough service without realising that having two defensive midfielders who pass sideways all the time and struggle to do anything more dynamic than that can stifle a side. The way I see it all it will take is a couple of changes, a couple to come back from injury and we'd look better. Tim seems to think what he's doing now will work if he keeps on doing it long enough for it to click.
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Re: The Villa Manager and his Coaching Staff

Post by Sandie on Tue Sep 22, 2015 2:08 pm

A good piece here touching on the points we have been making

On the face of it, there’s something entirely predictable about Aston Villa’s start to the season. After all, the team ended the previous campaign in dire form and made wholesale changes over the summer, most notably the loss of their two best players from the past three years. Sitting 17th in the Premier League with just four points doesn’t represent a catastrophic start but, looking closer at the way they have thrown away strong positions this season, the scrutiny is beginning to build on Tim Sherwood.

Since the former Spurs boss led the club to a place in the FA Cup final with a superb victory and performance against Liverpool at Wembley earlier in the year, Villa have lost eight of 13 matches, shipping 28 goals in the process. Things looked to be improving under their young, passionate manager but Villa, and more pertinently their boss, have shown signs of real naivety. It is a real worry for the club as they go into their third successive local derby – and the biggest of them all in the eyes of the fans – after back-to-back defeats to Leicester City and West Brom.

The frustration for the supporters is that Villa’s position this season could be looking pretty healthy right now were it not for those moments of madness from the sidelines. Sherwood’s men have dropped six points already, starting with a 2-1 defeat at Palace. The manager has pointed out that individual errors have cost his side, all but blaming the players entirely in the process, but he hasn’t helped matters. The loss to Alan Pardew’s team was ultimately down to a costly mistake from Jordan Amavi – and arguably Brad Guzan – but Sherwood’s decision to withdraw Carlos Sánchez, one of Villa’s strongest players at the time, was baffling to say the least.

Villa were very comfortable to that point in the 69th minute – with both sides mustering 10 shots at goal – but taking off the midfield enforcer allowed Palace to dominate in the middle of the park, having six shots to Villa’s one thereafter. Jack Grealish was moved into a midfield three but he simply isn’t capable of fulfilling that role right now. In the final 20 minutes of the game – and after a bright start – the teenager completed just four passes and didn’t manage a single tackle, dribble or shot.

Fielding Grealish in a deeper role cost Villa. It wasn’t his fault – he is an exciting attacking talent – but Sherwood should surely have learned as much.

Young managers make mistakes but the fact that he did the same thing just weeks later, with the exact same result, was pretty inexcusable. Sherwood, of course, had an excuse. Heading for an impressive win against high-flying Leicester, with Jack Grealish and Carles Gil having scored superb goals, Sherwood replaced the latter, citing injury concerns for the Spaniard as the reason.

It was a valid reason to bring off Gil, but bringing on centre-forward Jordan Ayew in his place was utterly bizarre. The option to replace Gil with the more energetic box-to-box midfielder Jordan Veretout was one of those overlooked. Instead he dropped Grealish deeper once more and fielded Ayew out wide, out of position.

What happened next was no real shock. Leicester, and Riyad Mahrez in particular, swarmed all over Villa’s fragile and tiring midfield to devastating effect. Grealish, who had again performed his attacking duties commendably to that point – securing a rating of 8.0 before Ayew’s introduction in the 66th minute – was again exposed. In the time remaining the youngster completed just seven passes and again failed to muster a dribble, shot or tackle.

Aston Villa have not been as bad as their points tally suggests but the tactical naivety of their manager is costing them. Sherwood tends to set up his sides in the right way, and there is no question that the team is playing better football than they were under Paul Lambert last season. At present Villa rank ninth for possession, 11th for pass accuracy and 13th for shots in the Premier League, as well as among the top five sides for dribbles, tackles and interceptions. Only seven teams have garnered a superior team rating (6.90) this season.

They have played pretty well for the most part and have not been dominated by their opposition for more than half a game at a time, for which the manager deserves credit. But, while Sherwood is right to highlight costly individual errors as an area for improvement, he must take responsibility for the poor game management that was also criticised while he was at Spurs.

The potential is there for Villa to avoid yet another relegation battle. They just need to be wiser to the fact that there is no shame in closing out a win, or even securing a point. If Sherwood is ever to be considered more than just a motivational speaker and distance himself from the charming idiot tag he was given by many Spurs fans, he still has plenty to learn.
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Re: The Villa Manager and his Coaching Staff

Post by villabromsgrove on Tue Sep 22, 2015 2:20 pm

4-4-2's analysis makes a lot of sense. It's okay making mistakes as long as you learn from them and try not to repeat them.
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Re: The Villa Manager and his Coaching Staff

Post by villabromsgrove on Fri Sep 25, 2015 11:44 am

I hope TF/TS/RW have sat down this week and had a frank discussion about doing the job more professionally. The naivety shown by our manager and coaching staff has been unsettling for fans in the past few matches, and some of the media stuff has been embarrassing.

I don't expect us to win, but I do expect us to look like we know what we're doing.
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Re: The Villa Manager and his Coaching Staff

Post by GadgetMan on Fri Sep 25, 2015 2:09 pm

That's a cracking article Sandie. I'm going to get that up on Twitter. We should get a copy over to Tim asap too. Couldn't agree more.
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