I hope it works, because keeping up has to be the priority. I think its chancy, even dodgy. If he can reinvigorate the team without causing mayhem in the dressing room it may work out well, but from his time in charge at Spurs constructive man management doesn't seem to be on his radar. Maybe he's learnt.
I also hope, desperately, that we have a change of owner by the summer. Lerner got the appointment of MON right and did a lot of good investment in the infrastructure early on, but apart from that its been misguided to dire. Sometime, sometime, I hope we can go back to an owner who is capable, ambitious and also has an understanding of the modern game. Come the summer can we keep our best players, and add good ones? I don't know, but perceptions of the owner's ambitions are key.
Officially it was Ellis who signed MON, but the Learner deal was all but dusted. MON had a guarantee that Ellis would have no more say in the running of the club, and it was Learner's advisers who recommended MON.
I've often wondered what would have happened if O'Leary had stayed; I think he was better than he as given credited for. Ellis effectively hung him out to dry.
By the way, Bent has just scored for Derby, 5th goal in 6 games. Paul, your biggest mistake.
Stop harping on about Bent as if he's some kind of saviour. If he was that good he wouldn't be on loan in the Championship. We couldn't give him away last summer or this January. Past his prime. An effective goal poacher but how would that have helped us this season?
Start of the season the bomb squad were given a fresh chance. Hutton has taken his and N'Zogbia performed well in patches. Bent however has been ineffective for a long time in a Villa shirt.Can't hold the ball up, never wins a header and doesn't run the channels. Perfect for the championship where he just hangs around the area as evidenced today.
Not a saviour. Just a goalscorer, if you can remember what one of those is. Bent was effective in a Villa shirt for as long as he actually played.