BBC Radio Five Live: 606 With Robbie Savage & Alan Green
It has been a interesting start to the season for Aston Villa this season. This month was just as tough as Villa embarked on the Europa League and the Capital One Cup aswell as the Premier League. But it was an episode of 606
that we are going to focus on today.
AG = Alan Green
RS = Robbie Savage
Caller 1 (C1) = Cedric (Man City Fan)
Caller 2 (C2) = John (Aston Villa Fan)
AG: Well Manchester City have smashed Villa 3-1 and we are calling on Villa fans to call in and tell us, Just what is going wrong!
RS: Has Paul McGrath lost the dressing room or is there another reason why this Villa side are languishing in 13th place with just 8 points in 7 matches.
(606 Theme plays)
AG: Lets talk to Cedric, a Man City fan and also John, a Villa fans. Hi guys
C1 & C2: Hi Alan, Hi Robbie
C1: I think we were great today but to say looked out of there depth is a big understatement. Last season I though McGrath did a great job but the players seem to have lost all appetite apart from Rondon.
C2: I agree, we were poor all over the field today, the manager has spent big again this season but I think we sold badly. I would have kept Sturridge and Volland because Werner has come in and can not provide competition for Rondon and then Kevin de Bruyne has come in but start really, really slowly.
RS: I do not think the signings have been bad by McGrath its the fact he can not find a formation that suits them, it reminds me of Luis Van Gaal's first season at Man Utd four years ago, but then in the second half of the season he found the system and it worked.
AG: I think Villa's big problem is not that, because they can attract such great players, maybe they need a manager able to control them properly because McGrath does not shout and scream at them but then again it looks like they play for themselves rather than the team.
C2: I disagree, I would not change the manager and I do not expect it either because our chairman, Mario Plattner is a big fan of him and it is actually nice to see a Chairman actually showing a bit of loyalty to his manager.
C1: But loyalty does not win titles. I would love to stick with one manager at City, who were incidentally amazing in the first half but we dont because if you fail to win trophies in football nowadays it is deemed as a faliure, now Villa are still relatively new in being expected to win trophies but they are now a big club and I expect them in the top four again this season.
AG: John and Robbie where are Villa going to finish this season?
RS: I can only see a mid table finish at the moment Alan because they are clueless in defence and that is a shame because they have Chambers, Stones and Caulker who are all England regulars but they just can not defend in the Premier League.
C2: I think we will improve and McGrath is the guy to get us in that top 4 again this season.
AG: Thanks for your call guys.