This latest incarnation of the Aston Villa team are marvellously creative in finding ways to lose games, with the defence excelling at gifting opponents with three points.
Probably the most memorable example being when Villa were 2-0 up with 18 minutes to play at Leicester, yet still managed to lose 3-2, with Guzan allowing a 5 ft 5 winger to out jump him to score the winner in the last-minute.
At Vicarage Road last weekend, Villa even topped that. 2-1 on 90 minutes, they still transpired to lose. This time the blame must go to Black, who wasn’t defensive enough after the team went down to 10 men – Bacuna switching to be in a central defensive three? Come on.
Anyway, enough of the latest Villa farce, here’s five reasons to be cheerful as Aston Villa fans.
4. Pearson in Pole
The man who undoubtedly laid the foundations for Leicester City’s impossible title win, after performing a great escape and winning the Championship title is the hot prospect to be the next Aston Villa boss.
MOMS for one can’t see a better candidate to do the dirty job that is turning this Villa team around. The detractors, many who have been influenced by media soundbites or failure to appreciate someone who is their own man, have not come up with any better suggestions.
Moyes’ current confidence must be questioned after what he’s been through in his last two jobs and the rest are either currently in work or offer no guarantees.
The problem is the culture at the club must change on all levels to help Pearson (or any manager) make progress. A new owner needs the right scale of ambition, the middle management need to be ambitious for the club and not conservative and compromised by the fear of making mistakes and protecting their corner. And the supporter base, once the elements are in place to make us believe again, must not just sit back and expect. They must become part of what drives the club forward.