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Pity Kevin MacDonald September 19, 2010

Posted by Alex Tomchak Scott in English soccer.
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History will probably stamp the weeks Kevin MacDonald spent as Aston Villa’s temporary coach with the label “failure,” but that will be a bit unjust. MacDonald inherited problems that weren’t of his making, which will probably bedevil his successor Gerard Houllier as well, once the Frenchman takes over.

He’s inexperienced at this level and inherited a decaying squad nobody bothered to reinforce over the summer, except to mask embarrassment (If Stephen Ireland decided to play defense occasionally, and put on about 20 pounds of muscle, he might be more than a reminder of James Milner’s absence). Plainly, his superiors never thought anything of him, or regarded him as anything other than a placeholder. When Aston Villa’s players rushed over to embrace him after they scored against Bolton on Saturday, they made plain an affection and a sympathy for him we all ought share.

Tribute to El Diego

The Villa-Bolton Wanderers game at the weekend will be the only one this season played between two teams using Diego Maradona’s patented one-midfielder tactical seppuku formation.

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