I've had three beers watching the football and I am a little annoyed at some of the comments I have seen here on this site, as well as others and on Twitter and I'm going to tell you why.
Martin O'Neill quit the club five days before the season started, which most have to accept, was a bit of a shock. Kevin MacDonald was asked to stand in and he did. He hasn't asked for the job and in his defence, he has acted professionally at all times and has never said that he actually wants the job full time either.
So, can we please, for my sanity, but also because actually this is how we are supposed to act, not start slagging him off or saying he should be sacked, but show the man a little respect, for standing where many wouldn't and most can't and doing the best he can.
I for one would like to say thank you to Kevin MacDonald and I'd also like it on record that I don't think he is doing that bad a job. Sure, the last two results have been horrible, but he is getting asked to do a job, at very short notice, with the tools of another man and I know you shouldn't blame the tools, but the way Kevin MacDonald likes to play his football is very different to the kick and rush of O'Neill.
If you want to vent your anger at someone, vent it at Randy Lerner, if he doesn't appoint a capable manager and/or doesn't provide the necessary funds to bring in the quality player or two that we so desperately need. But again, wait until the new manager is in or September 1st comes around and the players are not in. He deserves a chance like the next man.
Aston Villa lose to The Dogs from Vienna
This is just a news post so more on this tomorrow, but we lost 2-3 on the night and 3-4 on aggregate and while I'm as unhappy as the next man, I'm not really surprised. In fact, I had a fiver on us to win the first half and Rapid to win after ninety minutes and the odds at 80/1 mean that while I'm not happy with the result, I'm happy that my beer is for free for the next few weeks.
It was always going to be tough, always and you can blame all the players you want, I'm just going to reflect on it for a while with my last beer for the night.
I will say this; Randy Lerner will have to be a brave man to offer the job to Kevin MacDonald now and if he did, it would show tremendous faith in him, something that I have to be honest, I am losing, but please, lets show the man a bit of respect and support him in what is, I have absolutely no doubt about, a bloody hard job.
I don't mean to offend and I very rarely try to tell people how to act, but with regard to Kevin MacDonald, I think it has to be said. I don't mean to offend anyone and if I have, for whatever reason, I apologise.