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20 Jan 2016 20:43:27
We're apparently in for Vidic. Not sure if I'm allowed to mention what website I saw it on but it says that he has offers from the U. S. But the idea of a 6 month premier deal would suit him.


1.) 20 Jan 2016 23:42:06
He was looking slow and well past his best in a United side 18 months ago. What will he look like in our back 4?
Pointless move and a waste of money, wages-wise, for me.


2.) 21 Jan 2016 08:53:47
I agree an if he was looking slow in serie A don't fancy him in the prem.


3.) 21 Jan 2016 14:17:57
The only time he was quick was when he took Gabby down at Wembley.
No go as far as I am concerned.


4.) 21 Jan 2016 15:52:13
Not sure what the benefit in signing Vidic would be, might as well play Senderos? Sure Vidic has bags of experience but not of a relegation scrap. And also the entire time he spent in the premiership he had the luxury of constantly fouling and getting away with it because he played for Man U, even if he wasn't slow, injury prone, past it and on top money, he'd get sent off most weeks.


 

 

25 Sep 2015 21:25:42
I wrote a similar post a few weeks ago showing my disgust at some Villa "fans" and their expectations and demands.
It is so refreshing to read posts from some sensible, realistic, football supporters.
I my heart Aston Villa is the greatest team in the world and has been and will be the team for me - but- I know where we are in the pecking order of premier league football teams. I believe that by the end of this season we will be an ok mid table team that will only get better.
However, some fans believe we have a God given right to win 30 games a season by just turning up because we're Aston villa, and if that's not happening then sack everyone and moan and moan and moan.

Let's just put something into perspective. We are in the TOP flight of the BEST league in the world. We have just bought some real quality youngsters that given time will flourish and in my opinion will then have one of the best young managers around. One that when other teams come knocking for him the"moaners" who want his head now will be calling him a judas because he goest a club where fans want him and appreciate him.

I've not known fans like it. We have the biggest team in the midlands and we will have the best team too. But do we have the greatest fans in the Midlands anymore. We boo our players at 0-0 but small Heath cheer and applaud their team off after they lose. The baggies sing and show real passion and togetherness. Even Walsall fans, all 3500 of them sing their hearts out for their team. Yet us Villa fans can't sing for 90 mins without moaning, without throwing their toys out because it's not 1981/82 anymore. Some villa fans need to get their heads from up their backsides or just stay at home.

We win together and we lose together. It's called loyalty, and we moan about Delph because there's no loyalty yet boo our own players?? How does that work? Look at rangers fans, started again in the lowest level of football but all come back up together.

I love my club, win, lose or draw and when I'm at villa park and I sing villa till I die it's because I mean it.


1.) 26 Sep 2015 08:46:16
Here here


2.) 26 Sep 2015 11:32:31
I'm with you comrade
Generally speaking, I have no issue with people whingeing on here (I've done enough of it myself)
That said, we seem to have turned it into a sport of it's own
However, booing at half-time, whatever the state of the game, is just poor
If this goes on we'll have to start calling ourselves customers rather than fans
We are slowing becoming Man U fans/customers without the trophies (Newcastle fans in other words)


3.) 26 Sep 2015 11:48:23
Mike, I confess I booed at Half time and having read your message confess to feeling regret, however the tactics and skill showed in the first 45 were very poor, TS said it was planned but I think even he was shocked at the performance.
The professionals get paid so much these days, us low earners have no other way to show frustrations and disappointment. If we vote with our feet we miss out on the game and team we love.
Out of interest I have held a season ticket for 30 years and travel 50 miles to home games alone, does that give me a right to show my frustration? I think so but You have got me thinking so good on you mate!


4.) 26 Sep 2015 12:58:40
Excellent posts from the hearts of you guys,nature of game these days puts mega amount of pressures on managers,players,board due to cost of going to see the beloved villa,we also have to understand not everybody will be happy even if results were different,let's see this correctly dominated Sunderland easily should of won but unlucky -2 points,crystal palace rash errors by Guzan,Amavi -2 points,absolutely imploded at Leicester -3 points so my calculations we would be on 11points flying high. This team needs time RB is major problem and keeper plus we have missed gueye big time last 2/3 games,second half against that team tue in cup was was exciting to see grealish,ayew especially ayew best 45 mins since joined and a glimmer of the player we hoped,I still think TS is struggling knowing best 11 so many players in/out in/out TS has also made so mistakes but come on he's young still got a lot to learn TBH. I got a feeling of 3 points today at Anfield UTV


5.) 26 Sep 2015 13:15:51
Sorry everyone the -2 points at palace was wrong we was on course for a hard earned draw so threw away 3 points my bad lol :)


6.) 26 Sep 2015 14:27:26
i admit i'm not happy with the way its looking and i said i think the fact not including league we won one game in 10 i think it is was starting to look bad on sherwood and if we had lost the derby i think it would have looked even worse,

quite a lot the games its not just the losing that been the problem its been the all round play has been shocking at times too.

but one thing i will never agree with is booing your team off at half time, as you say how the hell is that going to help the team in the slightest? if anything that might make it worse


 

 

08 Aug 2015 21:36:38
I have a friend who works for an estate agents of sorts. They regularly get asked to find specific properties for celebrities and sports stars. This is the same person who told me that ron blast, Zat knight was joining and Nigel reo-Coker. His company have been asked in Friday to look for property for Aaron Lennon.


1.) 09 Aug 2015 10:47:37
Hope this is true but just doesn't seem believable.


2.) 09 Aug 2015 11:28:19
Lennon will snub us and hope Everton come for him.


 

 

01 Aug 2015 19:26:51
Will be happy if this happens. A couple of people have tweeted that we're in for Michael Dawson from Hull. I've always liked him. £2m which makes me think it can't be true as he's worth more than that. I thought he was decent at Spurs and John Terry would be crap alongside El mohamedy and Alex Bruce.


1.) 01 Aug 2015 22:44:00
I like dawson,realy good at spurs,i'd go for ryan shawcross,although i don't think stoke would sell him on thd cheap


 

 

30 Jul 2015 19:43:04
no idea how true it is but apparently we've offered to pay all of adebayor's wages in exchange for then having Kyle walker on loan for a season. This is the only thing holding the deal up. We either pay all his wages and take walker for a season or pay 50/60% of his wages. Spurs want rid of all ades wages but want walker as back up/competition for trippier but walker wants guarenteed 1st team and villa have offered it.


1.) 30 Jul 2015 21:45:06
Think walker would be quality, would be nice to have him back just don't see it happening though


2.) 31 Jul 2015 00:38:20
We should be looking to do it the other way round. We should buy Walker and as a gesture of good will take Adebayor on loan for the season and pay all his wages.


3.) 31 Jul 2015 08:40:42
We have just signed a rb


 

 

 

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02 Dec 2018 11:49:03
Hi all,
Just afternoon Brucies sacking I came on here and had a bit of a rant about loyalty and how we never show any towards managers. I said that whenever the chips are down we turn and want people out whether it's players, owners or managers. Some people shot me down and moaned because they hated Bruce and some gave educated opinions that I could accept even if they differed from mine - HOWEVER, I am here to eat a little humble pie. At the time I felt Bruce would sort us out and we'd eventually be ok but seeing what style of football we're playing at the moment shows me just how bad it must have been under Bruce. I didn't think that changing managers time after time would sort the problem however I do believe we have the right man for the job and it's really showing. As much as I liked Bruce I'm glad we changed. I hope that once our honeymoon period is over and we lose a couple, we all 100% stick behind smith because I think he could be the perfect fit for us. Sometimes in football you get that one manager that just fits a club perfectly and you become a force. You look at Alex Ferguson and what he achieved with Utd. What they did before and after him. Essie Howe at Bournemouth. They were great but he left for Burnley I think and he was rubbish - then went back to Bournemouth and it just clicked again.
Forrest were a danger team after they spent in the summer, so were Derby and so were Middlesbrough and a derby game is never easy but 10pts from 12 fantastic against teams above us. We still have a couple of tough games coming up in Leeds and stoke and WBA but I'd take 5 points and try and stay undefeated for a bit.
So in a nutshell I stand corrected and the change in this occasion was the best thing. I also think Bolasie looks so dangerous - if he can just sort his feet out at the end of his moves he will destroy teams on his own. UTV.


1.) 02 Dec 2018 14:08:42
Big of you to admit you had it wrong about Bruce,
I admire your honesty and hope you and all fans get behind Smith because what I see is massive progress,
The footie is great to watch and the effort shown by the players tells you all you want to know,
They all want to play for Smith,


2.) 02 Dec 2018 14:11:51
Hat off to you Mike, I have eaten humble pie a few times mate, leaves a bad taste at times, but this time hopefully you might be able to wash it down with a drop of bubbly come the seasons end.


3.) 02 Dec 2018 14:36:43
I think it goes deeper than just the manager. The whole club has had root and branch surgery, and we now have a much better base to build. Great to enjoy watching games once more. Deanno is forward thinking and just what we need. He wants to keep improving himself, which is fantastic, and exactly the outlook you need to keep climbing. I genuinely think he can take us right to the top in time.


 

 

10 Oct 2018 22:05:50
Wow - Dean smith with Terry as assistant. Please Villa fans - give these time. We can do this. UTV.


1.) 11 Oct 2018 07:36:29
This will work if given time,
Will not happen overnight,
This puts our club on to a new road and I'm very positive it will be a success
Up the villians.


 

 

05 Oct 2018 18:38:45
I wrote on here last week before Bruce got sacked. And I wrote about the need for stability and how as fans we continuously call for stability, and loyalty but then in another breath call for heads at the first sign of poor form.
Tell me a manager out there that could take our team and not hit a rough patch. It's laughable just how fickle us Villa fans are.

Shoot me down all you like. Tell me just how bad the decisions are. I'm past caring because I know one thing and that is it doesn't matter who our next manager is. It could be mourinho or McCarthy, it wouldn't make any difference to us because at the first sign of poor form we would turn on him and call for his head. No loyalty whatsoever. We criticise Barry and Delph for no loyalty but we show none. We moan at players and boo and call for heads.

Was Steve Bruce perfect? No. Of course not but he offered us stability. Someone replied to me saying that after 100 games we'd showed our loyalty. How? Last season after 11 games we had 19 points and in that season we hit a few rough spots and people were against him but with all that and losing his parents he got 84 points in a season. 84 points! This season we have 15 points after 11 games and if we'd have scored that penalty we've be on 17 and joint 5th.

And we say his football is in the dark ages? When we beat wolves 4-1 was that awful football? No! He got 84 points and missed out on promotion by a goal. We forget that the championship is a tough league regardless of what squad you have. We forget that we have no god given right to just turn up and win because we're Aston Villa so that's what we expect. So many people in football, the people who actually get paid to work in football can't believe we've done this to him.
Now I read all the names we're linked with and some deluded fans think we should go for zidane or try and get conte? Anyone with half a brain would avoid us like the plague with how we treat them.

Throwing objects is down right disgusting. Again we're the laughing stock of football and the talking point - but it's our making. I've read on this very site people saying how "if we get Mellberg we'll stick with him through thick and thin" but when have we ever stuck with anyone through those thin bits? We don't, we just shout and moan and throw things to get our way - until the next manager has a bad run and then we'll want him out. In 10 or so years we've had 4 owners and several managers, all of which one by one us fans have called to go (except the new owners) and the only constant throughout all of this is us fans. Us moaning, unrealistic, over expectant fans. Maybe we need to look at ourselves.

Like I say, I'm here to be shot down and I'm sure I will be but I know one thing, whoever the new manager is, I'll remind you of this message in year or so when he hits a bad patch and you're calling for his head too. I'm a passionate villa fan as you all are and of course you're all entitled to your opinions - but if you look back through history - a lot of the comments are the same old comments, it's just about different managers and owners - maybe one day we'll learn and truely back one . through thick AND thin. UTV.


1.) 05 Oct 2018 19:01:43
Great post mate well said, but I think Bruce had run his course and clutching at straws at times with his team selection trying to great cretin players into start line up and playing them out of position, I backed Bruce up until Tuesday night for 2nd game we started the night with w strikers on the pitch and finished with none a winger playing as a striker at the end
But I do agree with your post.


2.) 05 Oct 2018 19:10:10
Mike your spot on with many of your points as you know I backed him all the way through but unfortunately football is a results business and Stevie lost his way towards the end of his reign. Nobody should shoot you down with this post mate after all its your opinion and its not just us who have fickle fans although I do believe we have the most. Some fans think we have a god given right to be in the PL well guess what we don't any fan who thinks otherwise is deluded. One thing is for sure though in my eyes SB done a fantastic job and should be apluaded not rideculed his failings should be applauded for at least he tried but unfortunately failed in the end.


3.) 05 Oct 2018 21:07:39
Mike! Wow! Been saying these same things as long as I’ve been a member here, great to see a few beating this drum with me!

Sadly however, I do think it was time for Bruce to go. but the la I of respect shown towards him is disgusting, makes me ashamed to be a villan.

Already have people slagging moyes off! Imaging these guys if he’s appointed! They want him to come in, and fail, so they can say they told us so!


4.) 05 Oct 2018 21:24:40
Glad to see moyes odds drifting 🤨.


5.) 05 Oct 2018 23:33:07
Looks like Flackie is going to start a band. I think Flacks wants the drums Villa4eva is Ass (Sorry I meant Bass) Mainbob as lead singer as he has a voice and half WTW as Manager and I have naming rights and I'm going to call you Flackie and the Desparados. I ve put your name down for BGT guys. And I have it on good authority that David Walliams is going to press his golden buzzer💓💓.


6.) 06 Oct 2018 00:03:16
Think we need to move on lads, Bruce is gone, we need to get behind the new manager - It won't be a Moyes or a Pardew, it'll be a young manager with new ideas and an identity, something we have lacked since the Wolves game.

The U23s won 8-0 tonight, surely 1 or 2 of them will be brought into the fold by a new manager, this would not have happened under the previous regime.

It can only get better so let's forget about Bruce, he leaves with a thank you from me and a massive cheque in his pocket. Time to move on!


7.) 05 Oct 2018 23:37:39
Mike you mention you will remind us if it goes wrong in a year or so, I call this hedging your bets. You mention being shot down. Well I remember you shooting down many of us that saw the writing on the wall about Bruces demise along time ago. Football is a results industry, any manager taking the club's millions know this and when they fail they still get handsomely rewarded.

We pay our money to be entertained and this patently wasn't happening. I hear Wolves mentioned, one game. I hear we are disloyal and the manager should be allowed more time. Wolves, Fulham Watford have all flourished with change. Let's look at things in a year, I for one am sure Villa will be a better place without Bruce.


8.) 06 Oct 2018 02:43:36
ScottCafu, you so wonderfully just displayed exactly what point I was trying to make. I’m not hedging anything. I’m Simply relying on what has happened historically to repeat itself. You proved my very point by saying I “shot many of you down when you saw Brucie demise a long time ago” which just proves that a long time ago, way before our poor form a number of fans including yourself were calling for his head. He’d only been our manager for just shy of 2 years yet a long time ago, regardless of an 84 point season you were still calling for his head. You then add the jewel to my crown by explaining that, like wolves and Fulham we should try change because they flourished with change - Scott, how much change would you like at a footballl club because in 12 years we’re about to appoint our tenth manager and we have just had our 4th set of owners. What won’t you be happy with next? The Name?


9.) 06 Oct 2018 07:09:04
84 points doesn't matter if we fail to gain promotion - This is the key flaw in every Bruce apologists argument, we remain a championship club and under Bruce we looked a play off contender AT BEST!

We lacked any sort of identity, any sort of playing style, we played players out of position CONSTANTLY, we didn't have a settled defence nevermind a settled 11, there was no promotion of youth, we have 1 senior CB at the club, and most importantly the results have been absolutely appalling when you consider A. Our squad and B. The fixtures (We have played nobody of note bar Sheffield United and we all know how that went) .

Bruce may be a perfectly nice man, and he should leave with the gratitude of Villa fans but he has been absolutely appalling this season, we had zero chance of promotion under him, and just buying your time hoping you can say "I told you so" in 12 months is not the best way to welcome a new manager Villafanmike.


10.) 06 Oct 2018 09:02:28
Scot and BK, you're proving his point by not reading his post properly and jumping straight to the same waffle from before.
Mike said that if someone like Moyes were appointed then the moaners would be the ones shouting 'told you so' in a year if we lose a couple.
Lack of reading skills appears to have resulted in people thinking Mike wants to say I told you so which isn't the case.


11.) 06 Oct 2018 09:37:59
BK - as I wrote earlier, again Bruce was doomed to fail befor sthre season started with some of you. I know he played players out of position and it annoyed out of me but you’re still sat there just expecting automatic promotion because we’re Aston Villa. You say we would make play offs AT BEST but do we have the best squad in the league? No? We have about the 4th best squad in the league so was Bruce not achieving exactly where scouts we were? Do we have a better squad then Albion? Stoke? We know the answer. Did we have a great transfer window with lots of money to spend? No. Bruce struggled to buy anyone because of our financial issues. He lost a lot of players like terry and snodgrass. To expect him to lose all those players, to not have the chance to replace any until 4 or 5 days before the transfer window closes and then expect automatic success is so unrealistic. If whelan scores the penalty we are joint 5. Yes joint 5th EVEN with poor football. Even with players out of position. What a bad manager he was. I’m not a Bruce apologist, I’m a football realist and what that realism shows me is that this isn’t just a Bruce issue because it goes far beyond Bruce - it’s any manager or chairman we have. They’re always doomed at the start because they’re only a defeat away from a boo. 2 or 3 years before we got relegated we were lucky in as much as there were 3 worse teams. Even though we played players in position. We’ve replaced the awful chairman. We’ve got rid of all of those bad egg players . but oh, yes, that bad atmosphere is still stinking around Villa Park. We’ve changed absolutely everything yet that doom and gloom is still there. That doom as gloom is the fans and their expectation because we’ve been spoilt and been the top dogs of the midlands and now, because like every great football club that has suffered the same fate we have to work for it and that doesn’t just mean on the pitch, it means from the stands. Through thick and thin. Forest won the European cup twice And have equally gone through financial mess and look at them. Bruce made big mistakes but we’d have still been up there at the end of the season. Now, we start again. And we could get Pep himself, we’d still moan about something.


12.) 06 Oct 2018 09:47:55
Ok brucie calm down. No need to use a fake name.


13.) 06 Oct 2018 10:12:44
I'd disagree rknewell, perhaps I didn't make myself clear, I've mentioned it on previous posts since Bruce left - We need to move on, and together, as a fan base we have been split for a while now so we need to get back to basics and get behind the new manager. Apologies Villafanmike if I misinterpreted your post but this obsession with Bruce on the site, and in general, is getting tired.

Also, surely we know that Moyes won't be appointed lads, come on, we will appoint a young manager / coach with fresh ideas - To be honest it's a totally redundant argument until we see the new manager with the Jersey but I have faith in the new ownership that a brave and successful appointment will be made.


14.) 06 Oct 2018 12:01:04
Villafanmike, I think we are actually making the same point in a lot of ways - I don't agree with you about Bruce, I think his time had come, yes we could be 5th but we aren't and the fact is we have played nobody, we played one of the top teams and got slaughtered.

But you are right, some people will never be happy - Is that indicative of Villa fans, perhaps, we are a funny bunch but on this occasion I think we can all agree that Bruce wasn't up to the job this season for one reason or another.

Anyway, as I've said before, he is gone, we should get behind the new manager and the team and hopefully move on together.


 

 

29 Sep 2018 01:05:26
I hate coming on here moaning and I know that this message will get me shot down in here BUT when will we learn as fans. Who exactly do we think we are? Oh yes, we're the mighty Aston Villa. We won the European cup once. So did notts forest so let's get over it. We have no right to success via history or name!
I'm sick of the same old group of fans out as soon as we hit a bit of a bad patch. No loyalty whatsoever. That group of fans will always say they're loyal but they're not.
It's a horrible vicious circle and we never learn from it.
I remember the doom and gloom merchants when we had Doug Ellis as chairman. "Get Doug out" were the cries. "We'll never succeed with Doug in charge! " They said. And they got their wish. Be careful what you wish for .
In comes good old Randy Lerner and everyone loved him. He was the messiah . But it goes sour and out come that crowd again. The boo boys. In comes Dr Tony Xia - the messiah. Loved by Everyone "we love how in touch with us you are". Things go a bit sour and out they come again. Now we have rich billionaires. How lucky we are - but no we stil boo. This time at Steve Bruce. We wonder why we're in such a bad place - yet we, yes a large group of us fans are right in the centre of that bad place. Constantly moaning as soon as we hit a rough spot. Who remembers the banner to Mr O'Leary "we're not fickle, we just don't like you"? Well we are fickle. Awfully fickle.
We need stability. We've not had stability for so long and last season we had it and look where we got but we turn against the club, booing, calling for brucies head and is going downhill. Where does it stop. When will we just support our team (manager included) through thick and thin. Our small heath neighbours put us to shame sometimes with their faithful support of their club while we whinge our way to misery!
Do I agree with some of Steve bruce's Decisions? No. I think he's making some mistakes but I'm still behind him. Do we forget that sacking him means more money out of the door. More compensation for him and his backroom staff. Add to that, there's no one out here free so we'd have to buy someone out of their contract. What then? Points deduction? Then what? Call for the new Owners heads for getting us in a mess? It has to stop surely? To other supporters we come across as some spoilt, big time Charlie fans who just can't accept that EVERY club can rise and fall and nothing is given. And for a club to work on success is starts at the very bottom up. If the fans show no loyalty, how can we expect that from an owner, a manager or any of the players.
Before you decide to shoot me down and say that we can't settle for where we are or our position just think of 3 things.
(1) if Doug has still been in charge today with all he money available in the prem we'd be spending £60m/ £70m every season with no debt. That's how he ran a club (2) considering the boo boys wanted him out so we could win things and move forward, what have we won since? (3) considering we have boo'd many a manager or owner out of our club over the last 10 years, where has it got us? SO, if ever a phrase meant anything - be careful what you wish for - because so far, we've got exactly what we've moaned for every time - and where has it got us! UTV.


1.) 29 Sep 2018 05:20:39
Come on mate jeusus surely you don't want him to stay he's awful 1 of our worst managers he's done nothing with the best squad in the league again, so much for experience when Leeds manager never managed in England lampard 1st job shef Wednesday manager 1year same with wba manager and Swansea, All managers younger apart from bielsa but have fresh ideas play decent footy an go forward and attack, we have a right too boo an moan when we get this 💩 every week, I see better footy on Sunday league teams.


2.) 29 Sep 2018 05:26:02
I pressed 'agree' but Bruce really has to go mate?

UTV.


3.) 29 Sep 2018 08:11:44
Bruce has to go sooner than later,
We keep hearing all the same excuses from him but nothing changes, we are a dire football team but are players are better than that.
They clearly look lost on pitch and most are playing out of position,
The goalie is a disaster waiting to happen every time a ball comes into box.
I admire fans who keep on defending him but surely you can see now he has lost it,
Makes me wonder if he wants the sack!


4.) 29 Sep 2018 10:12:09
Hi villafanmike
Aston Villa is in the entertainment industry and under Steve Bruce I have only seen 2 games which have entertained me, everybody can probably guess which 2.
In the Championship it is vitally important to get good home gates and good sponsorship to survive, it’s not like the Premier with the TV rights money. With the turgid football we play would you want your company linked to this club?
Steve Bruce has bought stability to the club, really! Never in the years I have supported Villa has the fan base been more split, we even saw fighting amongst our own supporters at Sheffield United.
A lot of clubs in this division get bargain buys and sell on for a profit to survive, just look at Bristol City even Barnsley. Steve Bruce pays top dollar and then never plays them or plays them out of position, just look at Bjarnason, scored against Wigan then dropped, played last night and scored. Bruce has been resting him because he played in the World Cup!
101 matches after last night and we hear the same excuses and if I hear “I have had 4 promotions” or “we will be thereabouts” anymore I think I will need therapy.
I want entertainment and Steve Bruce can’t deliver that, If I saw a crap film at the cinema would I go twice a week for 9 months? No, I wouldn’t, but do I still go to see the Villa, yes, just show’s how loyal we are to our club, but are all supporters going to stay loyal and pay over their hard earned if we keep having to suffer this rubbish?


5.) 29 Sep 2018 10:32:07
Fluffy,

You are spot on mate,
The percentage rate of fans who wants him gone is getting bigger game by game,
We all want the best for our club and I agree we need stability but he has had 101 games now and the club still has no identity in playing the game,
You also have to question the coaching staff,
Never have I seen a manager who puts players in alien positions on pitch,
They clearly don't like being messed about from week to week.
What's the betting we get more changes next game,
Musical chairs again,


6.) 29 Sep 2018 10:58:55
I take a lot of your points on board and fully understand the frustrations. I was sat watching the Bristol game furious that Jedinak was playing CB and that we continue with kodja instead of playing grealish behind Abraham and playing our 2 new wingers. I really get the frustrations but I still think changing the manager solves nothing because for free there’s nothing out there. I read on this very site people asking for Arsene Wenger - really? Some fans live in the clouds. If Bruce went on a 10 game winning run all the haters would be saying how great he was and then if he then lost 4 on the trott they’d destroy him again. If you look at manschester United that have one of the best teams in their league. They have been used to winning every trophy for years and then it stops and the football mourinho plays is dire - but every game they almost sell out. Every game they applaud him off. It’s loyalty.
Do we remember why we hate Delph? Barry? Downing? Yes hats right, we hate them because they showed no loyalty. They jumped ship at the first opportunity. Yet as soon as we get the chance we do exactly the same. If we want loyalty we have to show it. We have to show the players that we’re behind Bruce. We have to show them that we’ll support them no matter what. Instead we do what we always do and just moan. Just boo. Just get rid so we can get the new guy in . and then just wait until he fails.


7.) 29 Sep 2018 11:03:30
Hi Mainbob you make me sound so soft and sweet.
Think I will have to make sure my wife doesn' see this she might think I have an admirer.

Pluffy.


8.) 29 Sep 2018 14:26:25
Hi Mike have you not been reading the Man Utd supporters comments regarding Jose's tired and defensive play with players left out at the managers whim.
United are losing 3:1 at West Ham and on the BBC website the United fans want him out and a more progressive manager in.
This is loyalty but to the club not to the manager, managers come and go but the club is forever hopefully.


 

 

15 Aug 2017 01:47:27
I have come here again for another post which I hope will take minutes but I expect will drag on and on so apologies in advance.
First of all let me say that I hope we smash Reading 0-3 and go on to dominate the division and walk back into the premier league.
But back in the real world, I just wonder what some are thinking. I fully support everyone who has an opinion so I mean no offence but I really can't see why people are calling for Bruce's head already. How many times do we want to change the manager before we actually just stop? Do we think that we get out of this mess by totally de-stabilising the club again? Who next? David Blaine? We need to stop and look at ourselves. Look a little deeper. We have no god given right to walk back into the premiership. I love my club with everything I have but the word "mighty" has been taken down from above our name. We are a championship side now, like the "mighty Forrest" or the "mighty Leeds". What let's us down is our very own expectations. From top to bottom.
Our chairman - love him or hate him, he's a business man. A man who has found some adoration for his social media messages and plays on it. A man who simply thought he could buy his way back to the premier league. A man who is loved by thousands because he's the opposite to Randy Lerner. A man who has led us to the brink of breaking financial fair play rules. A man who sanctioned the purchase of close on £40m worth of strikers but only £10m worth of players to supply our strikers. What does Mr Xia actually know about football? Or the championship? Or what we really need to succeed? He knows how to tweet and make money but hundreds of billionaires have been made millionaires by owning footballl teams.
Our players: well we didn't learn. We signed average players on inflated wages. Our squad is pretty decent compared with others but for some reason they hit bodymor Heath and just stop developing.
Our fans: We still think we have the right to just turn up and win because we're Villa. We've been so used to being top dog of the midlands that we just think we deserve it. A bit like some of our players. Just turn up and win. It doesn't happen.
We all need to start again. Forget where we came from. forget what we once won. Forget how great we once were.
We're a championship club with a decent championship squad. We have a decent manager. Let's stop being the laughing stock of English football. Let's stop calling for managers heads after 2 games. Let's stop groaning after the first mislaid pass. Let's stop all the expectation and just SUPPORT our team. We have a crazy chairman, an ugly manager, some overpaid pre-madonnas, a good set of young kids, a brilliant stadium and the best away supporters on the planet. So let's just get behind them. Let's try and learn to love it again. Try and remember why we started supporting our team in the first place. We weren't happy with Doug so we got randy and loved him, but then hated him and wanted Tony. We did the same with our managers. We're a fickle lot as Mr O'Leary once said. It's football. Let's enjoy it. We'd hate life without it :)


1.) 15 Aug 2017 06:04:07
You said 'the F word' and you're right, that's what we are, though we're never going to admit it. I was 10 when we became Kings of Europe, when winning that trophy was an actual competition, you can 'buy it' now, money has ruined football, all that matters now is qualifying for The Champions League because of the cash it generates, not winning your domestic league, I'd be happy now with just seeing decent football, winning more often than not, beating the nose home and away, a good cup run but most of all our players having the passion that we all have for our club, is that ever going to happen when they get £50K+ a week for just turning up?

UTV.


2.) 15 Aug 2017 06:10:09
Many, many valid points there mike, and though he wasn't my first choice i want bruce to succeed, us to succeed, but i feel he's an echo of the manager he was at hull and the dimwits at small heath (saying that, don't look at the table! ), where once his teams of the past had pace, and moved the ball quickly, he seems to have fallen into a rut and seems a bit hesitant to change things;yes us supporters probably make him think twice about going for it, but that's what comes with a big club-big expectations, he's always managed the underdog, so is it too much for him now he's at the other end of the wedge? time will tell, it seems snodgrass may be coming, and that might be the piece of the puzzle he feels he's missing?, but now he's having a go at the players in interviews, where in the past he would have kept it 'in house', i think he might unravel if we don't go on a run soon, so fingers crossed for tonight, but stam is no mug and if bacuna plays, well, sods law raises its head again, love us to win, think we'll get a lucky draw, but worst case scenario, if we lose, and the players roll over again, then it won't be long before some in the dressing room spit the dummy out, and its basket case time again, and the doctor more than likely will give the dreaded vote of confidence, but fingers and toes crossed for tonight, whatever the result who cares actually, as long as the players give their all for steve (and us) then at least we'll know their onboard.
COYV-and now their going to believe us.


3.) 15 Aug 2017 06:56:12
Hi all I regularly drop onto this site to read the posts and gauge the feeling of what's going on at our beloved club.
It seems to me that tactics and style of play is the main cause of our problems, I have been to all the pre season games and the two championship opening games.
And it's a case of same old same old. slow build up possession going nowhere football, pass it sideways pass it back and by the time we have gotten ourselves into a threatening position the opposition have 11 players behind the ball and we do not have what it takes to break them down.
Then when the enevitable happens and we concede a goal we are beaten because it's very rare that we are able to turn it around. for far to long our name has been Aston Villa NIL.
At this point we need to ditch this style of play and tactics I don't want at this moment in time entertaining football I want winning football so I would get our team nasty and playing at a high tempo and in the faces of the opposition, play direct and on the counter attack drawing the opposition on and then getting the ball forward and quickly.
Get in a big Andy Carroll / Peter Crouch type centre forward a good winger like we had in Mark Albrighton and bombard the opposition and continually make it very difficult for opposition defences as at the moment it's to easy for them.
This style of football is not pretty but it's effective and exactly what is required for the championship.
If you had asked me this six months ago I would have said no we must not play this way but after watching the second half of Leicester v Athletico Madrid in the 2nd leg of the champions league quarter final.
Leicester were going nowhere the first leg they played a passing going nowhere football and lost the 2nd leg first half more of the same.
In the second half Craig Shakespeare changed tactics and went direct with a high tempo playing direct and in your face football with Vardy playing off Ulloa with every player giving instruction to get the ball into the box at every opportunity.
If anyone watched that second half Leicester created more chances than previously in the 2 legs and had AM on the back foot and under pressure, if they had some more time or adopted that tactic from the start of the 2nd leg then they may have gotten to the semi final.
It was after watching that second half that convinced me that's the best way to get out of this difficult and unforgiving league.
Just my opinion so go easy lol.


4.) 15 Aug 2017 07:54:19
What is needed is passion shown from the players for 90 mins.
If all players shown the same desire as o'hare I would be more happier,
My heart tells me we will win 2-0
My head tells me differently a 2-0 defeat!
Please villa follow my heart prediction,
Sick of losing especially away from home,


5.) 15 Aug 2017 08:48:57
Mike spot on fella but I feel as though I've read a book no good post fella.


6.) 15 Aug 2017 17:37:47
Its going to be another tough game for us tonight. both clubs similar predicament. Desperately hoping we get the win. However win or lose my support will be exactly the same. I won't go slagging off the manager or players or the club. I will leave all that to the likes of villas best supporter and his minions. VILLA FOREVER.


 

 

 

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22 Feb 2017 18:08:28
You make some good points but as good as Martin O'Neill was at getting a tune out of a team on a Saturday afternoon I think some of the issues we are having now still stem from his time in charge. We bought average players under him and paid big wages to them. Sidwell, reo-Coker, Beye, Heskey and petrol were all on £50k a week plus and as much as we love Stan for his heart and fight he was still pretty average for a premier league team. He made some decent buys that we sold on at profit but when you look at a man that sells Gary Cahill for £5m so he can buy Curtis Davies for £6m + Luke Moore it's hard to say his transfers were successful. It's only my opinion but O'Neill spent all the money that Lerner had and he spent it on average players that won the same amount of silverware as mcleish and Lambert. Yes we played some decent football but he got us into Europe and then put the kids out so we were out. O''Neil cared about one thing and that was himself and that's why he could just up and leave because he didn't get his own way. I thank him for bringing the likes of Carew and Milner to our club and also bringing the best out of Gareth Barry but he was the start of our demise and I certainly don't think he was the messiah some said he was. and breathe lol.


 

 

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06 Jan 2016 20:37:39
I'd go and get valdes in a free and also Ashley Cole at left back. Neither require a transfer fee and will both take high wages but both players have played at the highest level and know how to win. I also agree that inler on loan would be good as he has also played at a good level. Sam byram is also out of contract at the end of the season and is twice the player of Hutton. I wouldn't mind seeing Ronaldinho at Villa. At least he'd give us something to be entertained with. Even at 35 I bet he could make something out of nothing and create chances. Plus any free kicks around the box.


 

 

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26 Oct 2015 20:02:32
I never use the word "lol" but on this occasion utv I have to so lol. Your ostrich joke wasn't lost on me, it actually made me laugh out loud.


 

 

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14 Aug 2015 22:43:15
Let's put this into perspective. In only our second game with a team of new players trying to gel we lost 0-1 to a Utd side that will click at some point and hammer teams. We didn't give them much during the game either. It's not like they had it all their on way.
I thought Avami was class. Westwood looked good and Richards looked after Rooney all night and gave him nothing. Gana did well and I think Veretout will prove a great buy. You can't judge him on only his 2nd game in England which happens to be against Utd in a midfield 3 against a midfield 5.
Bacuna is not a RB and that is the next position is look at. I think a front 3 could work but not with gabby down the middle. Keep the Faith, with Traorè and Grealish to come in we'll be ok.


 

 

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04 Aug 2015 11:10:30
I hear it's Liverpool, Stoke and Villa. If he's looking at training facilities then area are right up there. This lad is going to want to play. The lure of liverpool will always be a big pull but with the players that already have does he want to be an anfield bench warmer or a regular. Either way, it's great we've thrown out name into the hat and are looking at these sorts of players.


 

 

 

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06 Oct 2018 09:37:59
BK - as I wrote earlier, again Bruce was doomed to fail befor sthre season started with some of you. I know he played players out of position and it annoyed out of me but you’re still sat there just expecting automatic promotion because we’re Aston Villa. You say we would make play offs AT BEST but do we have the best squad in the league? No? We have about the 4th best squad in the league so was Bruce not achieving exactly where scouts we were? Do we have a better squad then Albion? Stoke? We know the answer. Did we have a great transfer window with lots of money to spend? No. Bruce struggled to buy anyone because of our financial issues. He lost a lot of players like terry and snodgrass. To expect him to lose all those players, to not have the chance to replace any until 4 or 5 days before the transfer window closes and then expect automatic success is so unrealistic. If whelan scores the penalty we are joint 5. Yes joint 5th EVEN with poor football. Even with players out of position. What a bad manager he was. I’m not a Bruce apologist, I’m a football realist and what that realism shows me is that this isn’t just a Bruce issue because it goes far beyond Bruce - it’s any manager or chairman we have. They’re always doomed at the start because they’re only a defeat away from a boo. 2 or 3 years before we got relegated we were lucky in as much as there were 3 worse teams. Even though we played players in position. We’ve replaced the awful chairman. We’ve got rid of all of those bad egg players . but oh, yes, that bad atmosphere is still stinking around Villa Park. We’ve changed absolutely everything yet that doom and gloom is still there. That doom as gloom is the fans and their expectation because we’ve been spoilt and been the top dogs of the midlands and now, because like every great football club that has suffered the same fate we have to work for it and that doesn’t just mean on the pitch, it means from the stands. Through thick and thin. Forest won the European cup twice And have equally gone through financial mess and look at them. Bruce made big mistakes but we’d have still been up there at the end of the season. Now, we start again. And we could get Pep himself, we’d still moan about something.


 

 

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06 Oct 2018 02:43:36
ScottCafu, you so wonderfully just displayed exactly what point I was trying to make. I’m not hedging anything. I’m Simply relying on what has happened historically to repeat itself. You proved my very point by saying I “shot many of you down when you saw Brucie demise a long time ago” which just proves that a long time ago, way before our poor form a number of fans including yourself were calling for his head. He’d only been our manager for just shy of 2 years yet a long time ago, regardless of an 84 point season you were still calling for his head. You then add the jewel to my crown by explaining that, like wolves and Fulham we should try change because they flourished with change - Scott, how much change would you like at a footballl club because in 12 years we’re about to appoint our tenth manager and we have just had our 4th set of owners. What won’t you be happy with next? The Name?


 

 

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29 Sep 2018 10:58:55
I take a lot of your points on board and fully understand the frustrations. I was sat watching the Bristol game furious that Jedinak was playing CB and that we continue with kodja instead of playing grealish behind Abraham and playing our 2 new wingers. I really get the frustrations but I still think changing the manager solves nothing because for free there’s nothing out there. I read on this very site people asking for Arsene Wenger - really? Some fans live in the clouds. If Bruce went on a 10 game winning run all the haters would be saying how great he was and then if he then lost 4 on the trott they’d destroy him again. If you look at manschester United that have one of the best teams in their league. They have been used to winning every trophy for years and then it stops and the football mourinho plays is dire - but every game they almost sell out. Every game they applaud him off. It’s loyalty.
Do we remember why we hate Delph? Barry? Downing? Yes hats right, we hate them because they showed no loyalty. They jumped ship at the first opportunity. Yet as soon as we get the chance we do exactly the same. If we want loyalty we have to show it. We have to show the players that we’re behind Bruce. We have to show them that we’ll support them no matter what. Instead we do what we always do and just moan. Just boo. Just get rid so we can get the new guy in . and then just wait until he fails.


 

 

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31 May 2017 13:50:31
Cheers guys. Just to clarify, I too don't believe that McLeish should have been made manager of our club and for a number of reasons. I was purely making that point that there is a section of supporters that don't give anyone a chance regardless of if they're a manager or a player. I have just read a post above this one about David Wagners comments about passion and desire and how important it is. But that passion and desire and possitivity has to come from us too. We have a chairman who is doing exactly what we asked. We want information which he provides. We wanted money invested which he has provided so far. We have a manager that genuinely wants to get us promoted. We have a team that at times last season really showed we can compete in this league and give an good run we can challenge. We have a great foundation to build from again but we are a huge part of that structure. So we could take a leaf out if some "lesser" clubs books and actually show some passion and positivity ourselves instead of constantly moaning about what we haven't got. When I speak to fans of other teams they ALWAYS say that we have one of the best away followings. So passionate and funny. It's those fans we should follow. The true measure of a good fan base and loyalty is to not just sing when your winning.
I know that as a club we're better than where we currently are. As supporters we are way better than what we've resorted to of late. we wear our shirts with pride, when people ask who we follow we tell them. We love that club! We all do. only you'd never guess it sometimes. UTV.


 

 

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23 Feb 2017 23:54:28
I agree too. Thought Lambert was decent and also believe of we'd have kept the faith with him we'd still be in the premier league. I know lots will disagree but I think he new how to grind out the results when it mattered and as much as I know that's not enough for Villa he was doing the best he could with what he had and that is only proved by how bad its gone since he left.

We HAVE to stick with Bruce. At times he leaves me scratching my head with some decisions however we need stability and the players need to know that THEY are accountable and that it won't always be the manager that has to leave. Look at Leicester! In my opinion they have no soul! Ranieri delivered them the holy grail and got the best out of an average bunch.

For me, instead of paying off another manager, one with experience of getting out of this league I'd rather pay up the contracts on the players that are sucking the life out of our club and giving nothing in return. Pack them off. We can spend another £50m but it will be a waste of money if you don't get rid of the hangers on that bleed our club.

We need someone to get the lads together, and get them to bond. When hogan got inured the other night it was two Newcastle players that stayed with him. It's disgusting. But if we keep Bruce and get the players to bond over the summer I can see us having a great season next year. I've gone on again. Sorry. You've all made good points though.