Lets not beat around the bush, what is happening at the club is a disgrace. Recently humbled by two relegation threatened teams in their last two games, Aston Villa aren’t even in a relegation battle after the Christmas, they are cut adrift at the foot of the table 11 points from safety after an astonishing 19 games without a win.
And…they couldn’t even beat Wycombe Wanderers teams in the cup. In contrast, the last couple of times they’ve travelled for cup games at Adams Park , Villa have won by five goals.
Whatever Aston Villa CEO Tom Fox may talk about enduring short-term pain for longer term gain, don’t listen. No good football plan involves allowing a team to sink so dramatically. No good business plan for a Premier League club involves the club getting relegated from the league to then miss out on the massively increasing television revenue that next season offers up.
The time has come for Aston Villa supporters to purposely engage in the matters of their club, you can’t let a bunch of American business men ruin it any longer. Together, supporters are a huge and powerful consumer group – to use the football business vernacular – but we must be united to be strong.
Meanwhile, here’s five reasons to be cheerful as Aston Villa fans…
6. FAN APATHY SHAKEN
Finally more Villa supporters are waking up to the reality of what is happening at their club. MOMS has always laid out the reality of the situation since we began, from the Mcleish appointment onwards. Most supporters have been savvy to what’s been going on, while others have been in denial and have always thought that Lerner and the club’s board knew best and that questioning them was being ‘negative’.
The only thing ‘negative’ is burying your head in the sand. I’m I going to stand idly by while the club I’ve supported for decades since i was a kid, dies a slow death at the hands of people whose interest in the club has only spanned months or a few years at the most?
No. Is the answer to that. What about you?
Remember it was this time last year that MOMS alongside two other Villa blogs proposed a demonstration of Holte Enders not taking their seat for the first eight minutes and then giving over the top support for the remaining 82.
This successfully got Villa’s plight on the newspaper’s back pages and on TV for a whole week leading up to the game against Liverpool. It helped put a focus and pressure on the Villa board, although the best response they seemed to come up with a week later was the PR stunt of Fabian Delph’s ‘new contract’.
Now is the time for more than just petitions and retweets of memes. As Villa supporters we must advance on from mere slacktivism.
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1. actions performed via the Internet in support of a political or social cause but regarded as requiring little time or involvement, e.g., signing an online petition or joining a campaign group on a social media website.
Watch this space and get your thinking caps on.
Also, we need to stay cool and channel our anger and frustration elsewhere, so the media does not dismiss supporters as animals ala the videos below:
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