Hello there my name is Alan Hansen . Most people in the UK know me as the irritating know it all pundit from Match Of The Day who think he knows everything.
I am here to prove myself right, many people have criticised me over the years saying “ If that’s the case why aren’t you managing” So here I am.
I have just accepted the job at Aston Villa since I recently quit Match Of The Day I was jobless and I wanted to prove a point not just to the doubters but to myself.
I have met with the owner and chairman, I have been given a wage budget of 825k a week of which £780k is already being spent I also have no transfer budget.
I need to sell before I buy, but I will not be selling my star players e.g. Christian Benteke and Ron Vlaar also neither will I sell my start youth players like the young and exciting Jack Grealish.
Mr Lerner gave me a guided tour around the facilities I must say I am actually very impressed the stadium is an amazing one as I already knew and have been to countless times but the rest was well concealed. The dressing rooms are a lot bigger than in my day though.
My first pre-season as a manager is over and it’s been an epic adventure so far ive already travelled to Scotland, Belgium and Holland and its only just August.
I have experimented with formations and have stumbled across one that seems to work quite well. It helped us go unbeaten through all our friendlies and the only team that were able to hold us were German giants Wolfsburg.
Christian Benteke was the top goalscorer this summer with 3 and Marc Albrighton getting the most assists also with 3.
The only permenant departures this summer was Joe Bennett to Nottm Forest for £1.8million and the termination of Grant Holt’s loan from Wigan Athletic.
The money from the sale of Joe helped me bring in Ashkan Dejagah on loan from Fulham FC and Simone Pepe from Juventus both are great attacking players with skill and pace in abundance.
I have also managed to convince fellow pundit Danny Murphy to join my backroom staff as a coach, I did speak with Gary Lineker but due to contractual agreements and previously made commitments he declined my offer of becoming my attacking coach.
We now anticipate the new Premier League season with excitement and confidence, The board set me a target of avoiding relegation but I have set the players the target of achieving a mid-table finish, which I believe is completely doable with the players that this club has at it’s disposal.
August has been a weird month for me, I haven’t quite got used to working every day again, as its been a while. The Start of the season has been an eventful one we have had 3 matches this month against Hull, Crystal Palace and West Ham United.
Our first match against Hull City was a close encounter in which we lost 2-1 Sone Aluko put them ahead but we were by far the better team in my opinion and it showed When Tekkers (Christian Benteke) levelled the score for us but it didn’t last long as 20 minutes Shane Long scored their winner yet again against the run of play. I think the only reason hull beat us was because they bullied us with dangerous tackled and robust challenges I made this known in the media questioning after words. Bruce apparently apologised.
Tony Pulis a man ive never really had much time for is now manager of Crystal Palace and we were anticipating a result that we believed could kick start off our season after narrowly missing out against Hull. They came to Villa Park on the back of a 3-0 hammering against Chelsea, so we knew confidence would be low, I set up the team to attack whenever we could. We started amazingly and was 2-0 up after only 6 minutes through Tekkers and Okore. Then we were 3-0 before the 20th minute when Alby (Marc Albrighton) scored. Before halftime both Tekkers and Okore bagged bagged another each to put themselves on a hat-trick. The Second half Palace parked the bus but finally gave in and succumbed to Benteke getting his hat-trick with a nicely taken penalty after Moxey had barged Alby in the back. My players were tireless all looking to score but Palace managed a late consolation goal in injury time to make the final score 6-1
Our third and final match in August was against West Ham United at the Boleyn ground. I had fond memories as a player playing against West Ham, and was hoping today would be the same, we came away with a well fought 2-2 draw with Tekkers bagging a brace
I would like to congratulate both Christian Benteke and Jores Okore on winning Player and Young Player Of The Month Awards respectively this month.
Marc Albrighton currently top the League’s assist chart and Benteke is currently the leader in the race for the golden boot with 6 goals. Albrighton has also won August’s Goal Of The Month Award after being pushed closely by Benteke.
Well all in all I have enjoyed my first month in charge and sitting 6th in the league although I had not realised how stressful and fatiguing it could be to be a manager but it is something I want to keep doing, ive found im not necessarily that bad it at but I want to prove that I can be a great manager. One day I’d love to return to Anfield and stand in the dugout helping players become legends.