There’s a large body of Villa supporters who are just up M Salut’s street: proper fans of a proper football club. In questioning what the interest in Roberto Martinez tells us about AVFC, our shady Birflatt Boy does not have them in mind, but the humourless, Houllier-than-thou self-delusionists who can express their allegiance only in terms of braying about what a big club they follow (and how much bigger they are than us) …
I wonder how Darren Bent is feeling now.
He left Sunderland for Aston Villa because according to him he was going to get the chance to play for a “top manager” with chances a plenty being created by their talented wide players Ashley Young and Stuart Downing. The Villa Park of mid June is looking a completely different place to the one that so bedazzled Bent in the cold January transfer window.
Downing and Young seem hell bent on leaving in the wake of †he health scare which has seen Gerard Houllier’s spell in Birmingham brought to a premature end.
Not all football followers of the SAFC variety will have M Houllier at the top of their Christmas card list (I quite like him – ed) but we certainly don’t wish him ill.
We just regret his unfortunate handling of the Bent transfer and subsequent moaning, from which he should arguably have abstaine.
But now he has gone. And even Brad Freidel a goalkeeper on the wrong side of 40 has decided it is time to seek pastures new for his vintage talents.
I really rather doubt whether the prospect of Roberto Martinez taking over in the Villans dug out will be raising the pulse of the Bentster.
Where, I wonder, will your supply will be coming from next season, Darren? Downing won’t be of much use to you in Liverpool which Young’s talents seem destined to grace Old Trafford very soon.
Martinez appears a man of pleasant disposition, with a track record of promoting Swansea to the Championship, but little else. I was rather surprised when Wigan took him on after Bruce’s departure.
He has sailed closer than Dave Whelan would have liked to the relegation breeze, and it is probably no great surprise that Whelan has told the media that Martinez goes into talks with Villa with his blessing.
Had Wigan lost at Stoke on the final day and been relegated, would Martinez have been topping their list of preferred managerial candidates?
Barely six months have lapsed since Whelan told Latics fans who wanted rid of Martinez; “Call for his head and you’ll get mine!”
This is hardly the prelude to a successful stint as manager of Aston Villa.
Certainly Villa’s interest in Roberto will have taken many others by surprise, as it did with me. The imaginations of the Villa faithful will hardly be running riot, but I suspect several other senior players will be running riot heading for the sign marked “EXIT.” I wonder if it’s time for a change Benty? Big club Villa? One time maybe, and that was a while ago.