09 August, 2010

It's Official, Aston Villa is Going to Suck This Year

Okay, so I'm extremely late to the story. Martin O'Neill just resigned effective immediately from AV earlier today. Guess having his players sold out from under him whenever the owners thought they could make a pretty penny got to him.

In all deference to his abilities, he was a decent manager that over-performed. Instead of going back to the drawing board, he's just going...

So, the question is, who's out there that would coach AV? Sure they are going with a caretaker manager for the moment, Kevin MacDonald (their reserve team coach), but I don't figure they are going to stick with him for the long term.

I'm just going to throw it out there and say Bob Bradley. Yeah, he was supposedly in the mix for Fulham job, but now that the end of his tenure at the helm of the USMNT is coming to a close and his last real match may be the Brazil friendly tomorrow, now may be a good time.

Here's why:

1) He's available, cheap (or they ride out the caretaker thing till he's available for free).
2) He's got some decent credentials
3) He won't alienate too many fans because his name was already being tossed out for the Fulham job in the same breath as Martin Jol.

Personally, I think his name will come up as "being considered", but he won't be the final choice, which is a shame. If he does well, AV management looks brilliant for selling off good players, pocketing huge transfer fees and picking up a coach on the cheap (especially if the US does well against Brazil). If he does poorly, he's American and wasn't ready for it. It's a win-win for Aston Villa.

Expect to see some other media outlets mentioning his name as soon as tomorrow.

I was wrong, it took only 4 hrs for Soccerbyives to speculate that Bradley may move to Fulham (but he may have gotten his tip from the odds that immediately went up on numerous bookie sites on England where Bradley is listed 9/4 on Sky Bet).

And now Skysports has officially
tossed him into the ring...

Photo: The Guardian

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