After an underwhelming season under the coma-inducing stewardship of Alex McLeish, who should Villa get rid of (excluding the hapless Scotsman) in order to address an alarming slide towards mediocrity and, eventually, the Championship?
The Daily Mirror boldly claims that Alex McLeish may yet be handed the chance to inflict more damage to lower-mid-table dwellers Aston Villa over the summer.
Big ‘Eck, 53, is waiting to learn his summer transfer kitty at the Midlands club as he plans a major shake-up for his struggling team, and aims to rebuild the side to appease unhappy fans after his disastrous move from Birmingham.
McLeish’s initial brief from boss Randy Lerner has been to target bargain Bosmans after recording £54million worth of losses, mainly due to former boss Martin O’Neill treating the budget like candy during his time at the club. But they’ve already pipped nobody to the signing of Australian international Brett Holman on a free transfer from AZ Alkmaar, and hope to have the funds available for cash signings too.
“We have to freshen things up with new faces. We will definitely be turning things around.
Some players inevitably leave and some will come, I am looking to try and add a few experienced players to the squad.
I have been out working the whole season looking at other players with Peter Grant, Paul Montgomery and the scouting staff using contacts abroad.
We have done a lot of diligence on players, it is just about picking the right ones.
So with McLeish and his band of brothers scouring the globe for just about anybody, who should be kicked out of their current crop of ‘stars’.
This one’s a bit obvious, and indeed it’s assumed Heskey will finally be shown the door come July. But McLeish has the potential to spring unwanted surprises. Fans will be praying this particular 32 year old shambles won’t be making a reappearance at Villa Park next season, with the hope the club can find a player who can actually kick straight and stay on his feet once in a while.
Collins endured a fine start to his career under Martin O’Neill, but has faded badly recently after countless errors at the back. Along with chum Richard Dunne, the Welshman has been at the centre of rumours of dressing room unrest, and should be packing his backs for more than his holiday during the summer.
There are so many reasons to let go of this man it’s untrue. But the main reason has to be that he’s just not a Premier League footballer, he’s a liability. Villa should be able to do better than this for peanuts, and must look at decent prospects such as Nathaniel Clyne, rather than washed up once-been’s like Hutton.