If you could put a percentage of blame for the performances and results of the Villa players on the Villa fans, what would it be? I don’t think I’m being unreasonable in saying that 10% belongs to the Villa fans, the Villa media and bloggers, we all contribute to the actual feel and vibe that surrounds our whole club on match day.
10% is a very important contribution; maybe the most important in making the players feel like they would run through a brick wall for us. I would very much like us to change our attitude and try to get behind all the players, but we have been traumatized and adopted an unhealthy blame game over the last few years.
Villa fans like to single out players for all the problems of the club in the most terrible way, and it’s unfair. I bet there are a few former players out there if asked, would you ever go back to Aston Villa? They’d say no chance, and that’s because how the fans treated them.
Look at when Jack Grealish was the darling of Villa Park; we had a wonderful run of good games under Tim Sherwood avoiding relegation and then ending with a couple of trips to Wembley stadium, every Villa fan loved him! And when things went pear-shaped? That’s right, he was on the receiving end of some serious vile abuse on social media, and he’s supposed to be one of us!!!
We like to single out players here at Aston Villa, and now it’s the manager’s turn from some, and that only adds to the doomsday feel around the club. At the moment, the owner Dr Tony Xia the has the love of most, but like night follows day, he will see what it’s like to get some of that famous Aston Villa vile fan abuse when Villa fans have no one else to unfairly blame.
We’ve won one, and drawn three of our last four games, and we really should have won our last home match against Middlesbrough, not all best results, but they are results! We saw the response of the players after that terrible draw with Brentford, and it looked a good one to me! The much-improved performance against Middlesbrough showed me that the squad are still totally behind Steve Bruce, and that’s very important to me when making a judgment on the manager’s position.
Steve Bruce kind of said, judge me after ten or twelve games, and I went along with that, but now I’ve changed my mind. I wouldn’t make a decision on his position at our club until the end of the season, because until the fans stop getting unfairly hysterical over our recent results, we appear to still be a basket case of a club.
Steve Bruce is trying to put us on the straight and narrow, but we need that 10% of positivity that the fans can generate and give to the players and club, but I think it might be futile, because when the storm clouds gather they don’t usually disperse until someone’s head has rolled, and that’s a shame, because I still truly believe that Steve Bruce will do a very good job here at Aston Villa if given a fair chance. UTV