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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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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?


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.



29 Jul 2017 18:33:29
Just thought I'd have my say on the Baker sale. I thought at championship level he was decent - however, with Terry, Chester, Samba and Richards (if he stays) I think we have better than him so it does make sense. He's never been a "must play" player so cashing in to free up cash, space and wages makes sense. Add to that the 3 great players we have in the under 23's who I think are as good as him in Suliman, Bedau and Toner.

My only worry is we either have inexperience or old experience and Baker was the in between. We're a little less mobile without him but he's no massive loss for me. We have a lot of power and experience In Our defence now and with Chester be their legs I think we'll be good.

1.) 30 Jul 2017 09:23:47
I watched baker play against Norwich last season and the guy has heart. He threw his body in front of everything. He even put his face in places I wouldn't stick yours Flackie ;-)

Shame he's gone.



03 Jun 2017 12:12:09
I was looking through the list of players who's contracts expire this month and wondered which ones if any could do a good job at villa next season. Obviously I have taken out the zlatans etc.

Charlie Adam
George Boyd
Joe ledley
Wayne Hennessy
Willy cabellero
Sebastian Larson
Will Buckley
Damien Delaney
Alex Bruce
Marvin emmnes
Yaya sanogo
Steven piennar
John O'Shea
Michael kightly

I personally think that Charlie Adam and Damien Delaney could both do a good job in that league. I also hear the Adnan Janazaj is available at next to nothing and wondered if anyone thought he could do a job?

1.) 03 Jun 2017 14:17:40
from that list i would be looking at larson upwards. anything else i'm not liking.

2.) 03 Jun 2017 14:48:20
Larson and above is my best bet as well.
But hardly inspiring I have to say!

3.) 03 Jun 2017 19:01:07
We need players on the upward curve of their careers not the downward
I'd like that centre forward from Exeter for example.

4.) 03 Jun 2017 19:19:21
I agree mendax. That said, I would love Charlie Adam.
Goals, grit, and a no siht attitude.



30 May 2017 18:24:09
I come on here every now and again just to see what my fellow Villains are bickering about. My last post was to talk about a type of poison that had infected Villa. I spoke about players not caring. I had a real moan. I moaned because I love my club and like EVERY other fan I have a right to my opinion. However, I really can't believe just how much negativity there is and how little optimism there is out there. I know we've been shocking for a number of years now and it's been hard to sit through but I do feel we're a little hypocritical. On one hand we talk about pampered players who feel they're owed a living and just expect what they've always had but aren't we the same? Haven't we just been spoilt with top level football that we feel we're just owed it. We seem to think that because we're Aston Villa we should have first choice of any player we want. We have no Devine right to get out of this division based on how much money we've spent or how big our ground is. I get how frustrating it is, I really do but some fans just don't live in the now. They're still living in the early 80's. Look at forest, how big were they? Leeds?
Last season when we were relegated we had massive reason to moan but we're in a transitional period now. We all wanted rid of Lerner, paddy Riley and Tom fox. We got our wish. We struggled at the start of the season and never recovered. Negativity breeds negativity. With negativity comes pressure. Some of our players have already failed before they even kick a ball. Some players haven't even signed for us yet and we're already moaning about them. I feel like some fans really need to be brought down to earth . like they preach the players do. Bruce hasn't had a preseason yet and some want rid. He has a great record yet some want rid before he had a chance. It was the same with houlier, MacLeish, sherwood, you name it, we destroyed them before they even had a chance. The past is the past. We are where we are. So my plea fellow Villa fans is let's get some positivity back. In my opinion we're the greatest fans in the world. so how about we start showing it and start backing our team instead of kicking them all the time.
Who knew huddersfields manager? No one but they backed him and his plan and look what happened. Chris houghton, got backed and look what happened. As for players? If they play for Barnsley before us who cares? Support him! Dele Alli played for MK Dons. I rest my case. Villa till WE die.

1.) 30 May 2017 19:57:20
Finally a post that has real meaning and sense. thee best post I've seen in quite a while well done Mike.

2.) 30 May 2017 20:55:35
Been trying to say this, and failing miserably!
Great post. 👏 👏 👏.

3.) 30 May 2017 22:53:45
I remember flying in from ireland to watch villa under MacLeish. Couple of lads in villa shirts on the number 11 bus said they refused to go while he was manager as couldn't let go of hate for him.

You really can't blame the villa fans for being negative. Go back 6 years villa and spurs were neck and neck for fourth spot. Fast forward and we are sat in the championshit while they are challenging for the premier league.

We all know where it went wrong. Get behind Bruce and let's see.

4.) 30 May 2017 20:42:54
Agree with everything there Mike except the McLiesh thing, he should never of got the job and his appointment burnt a lot of bridges and is where the negativity snowballed from. Our time will come again, great post though 👍🏻


5.) 30 May 2017 22:16:37
To be honest mike I was going to give up this site people on here were starting to annoy me on here wanting Bruce out after a couple of months, Bruce wasn't baught in last season to get us promoted he was baught in to stop us from going down which I think we might have done under rdm, I totally agree with everything you say Bruce needs a preseason along with his own signings because I feel Lansbury and Co haven't settled in yet when they came in, in January we were on our worst run of the season I'm a believer in new season new start for maybe 95% of the squad I feel gabby richards gardener amavi elphick and all our keepers should move on, should try get in a younger version of Jedinak I don't think he has the 2 games a week left in is legs but does a good job for the game and half until legs go, I'd like somebody with a cool head in beside Chester.

I think baker is solid just on the ball wouldn't be his strongest point wide left winger we badly need as grealish is not a wide player and green is still not proven but has a lot of potential up top I think we possibly the strongest in the league so all in all we have built a good championship team in 1 season so yeah I think Bruce and the doctor have done a good job in 1 season some people have to realise most of our signings are only going to be scraps that prem clubs don't want all season people on here wanted hutton out of the team for me he was in my top 3 players kodjia Chester hutton Jedinak
Sorry if I went on a bit we need to support our team and stop the whinging.

6.) 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.

7.) 31 May 2017 15:24:58
Wow some great posts, that's what i have wanted to read for most of last season, and said so on many occasions. It gave me a great lift reading them, Thanks for that. vILLA TiLL I DIE!

8.) 31 May 2017 19:16:04
Love that some one has disagreed with this whole thread! Lol kind of proves the point!

Head, meet wall!

9.) 31 May 2017 20:43:31
I'd get a padded cell flacks or I thinks you might get a slight head wound mate but never fear I'm a trained 1st aider 🤕🤕🤕.



21 Feb 2017 10:46:58
I have read some of the posts from last night. What i find bizarre is that I'm agreeing with a lot of what people are saying even though some are very different conflicting opinions. I think it shows a few things really, one being that there is more than one thing wrong at Villa Park.

Just before the start of the transfer window Bruce said our squad had too many forwards and we needed to get rid of some and put that money into other areas. So within a few days Gestede leaves even though other forwards go to the AFCON.

Then over the course we also let Ayew, McCormack go and then bring in Hogan. In my opinion we now have no Plan B and no striker to come off the bench and change things. We bought 3 decent midfielders but have left ourselves still having to bring on players like Bacuna to change the game and he couldn't change a bed.

A few years ago Newcastle were relegated and kept all of their players. Players like collochini wanted to leave but Newcastle said no and kept them. They managed their players in such a way that they stayed and fought rather than acted like babies.

I think that there are players who belong to us that are playing really well for other clubs while we still depend on players like Bacuna. There is a good chunk of players that I'd rather never see in a villa shirt again after last season. A lot of players let us down big time but there were still players in our squad that could have stayed.

Veretout is playing well again back in France in the Europa league. Gil has done well in Spain. Adama doing ok at Boro. we've already let McCormack leave and he's scored within 15 mins of being at Forrest.

I sound so negative, but I guess it's hard to find the positives. Last night I thought we played quite well in parts and minus two silly errors we defended quite well and Jedinak was the difference for us.

For me, one huge problem we have is we have spent around £35m on 3 strikers to put the ball in the back of the net. Each one of those players inside the 18 yard box with the ball at their feet have a great chance of scoring. but now ask yourself how much money we've spent on players to get that ball to the feet of those strikers.

Less than £10m on a number of players to get the ball to the strikers. You can have a great keeper, you can have a solid back four. You can have a player like jedinak that breaks up the play.

but then who takes that ball and beats a couple of players before making the killer pass? Who do we have to spray the ball 45 yards to the winger or full back or forward? Who do we have to thread that ball between two defenders to the forward?

Where is the winger bombing down the wing before being thread through? At the moment we're expecting Kodja to do it from the wing and he can but in today's football Villa have been analyzed and they know that if you keep kodja quiet we have nothing else. no runners, no skill, no pass (not that kodja passes much lol) .

In a nutshell, we've spent £35m on 3 strikers and then play a style of football that doesn't play to the strengths of the strikers we've bought? We had a player in Gestede that could score in this league if he had a supply, same for McCormack.

I think we have assumed that if you buy a 20 goal a season striker and we go up and it doesn't work like that. Dwight Gayle cost £9m, Glenn Murray cost £3m, Jordan Rhodes cost £9m, we already had gestede. Why not spend some of that £35m on some players capable of passing a football forward. Or if not, maybe keep the few players we had that could.

Whenever I get on here I write novels so I'm sorry. I just hate what's happening to us and I'm sure everyone of us can see things wrong and they all be different things. I don't think Bruce is the problem but he does look pretty clueless on ideas.

I don't think he knows his best formation or best 11, but because the pressure is on so much he has to keep trying different things to break the cycle we're on, but nothing works.

For me I'd just go 442, back to basics. Only problem is we don't have 2 fit strikers now.




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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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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.



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16 Feb 2017 01:37:11
Your last paragraph was sort of my point, about youth andabout players in general. We sign hungry players like you say and for whatever reason they just turn out poor for us and it's the same with our kids. They come through the ranks and we're told how great they're going to be - only to find they never make it.

None of them. Yet they move on and some prosper and some don't. But they NEVER do here. Callum Robinson was one of ours. So was Daniel Johnson (think that's his name) both at Preston nowand theyreshowing our players up. You're right that every clubs players own the flash cars and that's just today's footballers but for some reason atvilla it's toxic. It's horrible. We have no guts. No fight. Just a weak couldn't care less attitude from a lot of players. A stat that just shows us where we are right now as a club.

Of the 92 football league clubs in England in 2017, we're 91 of 92 on form. Only Leicester are worse. And what are the similarities between us and Leicester? We both have a group of players who think they're way better than they actually are. only at least Leicester have win something to have that belief. Your last paragraph is true and was my point. There's something in the body andbuild of our club that's wrong. Because all of the last few managers, coaches, scouts and players can't be bad. Not all of them. Its not possible. But there's something.



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16 Feb 2017 01:14:46
Thanks Dave. Appreciate it. I agree that McCormack could have grown a pair. My point started off by saying that he was a good player yet me manage to get the worst outif himlike a lot of the good players before him but I agree he could of handled it better.

I also agree they've Dr does care but I think he has to care as it's his investment. However he does take a very active role which was more than mr Lerner did. I just want the rot to stop. I accept we were relegated because we're poor. I accept we won't go up.

I accept we will have a fightto get up next year buti just want us to be competetive and start fighting. We have everything in our club except the right attitude and guts. Unfortunately things you can't just go out and buy. Thanks again buddy.



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15 Feb 2017 19:49:09
Thanks guys. At the end of the day we all want the same thing and that is for us to be competitive so we can turn up or turn the tv on and at least know that we will get 100% from the players.

ChrisAVFC: I respect the fact that we're all entitled to our opinions however "odd" they may seem. I too thinknits odd that McCormack has scored goals everywhere until he got to villa. I don't condone his actions. He should man up but how many of us work with someone that is absolutely rubbish at their job, lazy and there work is just nowhere near the standard that you provide for your company.

Then imagine that same employee getting a bonus over you, or being picked for promotion over you or picked for good things while you're left out in the cold. Surely you'd be annoyed. Surely you'd have a problem with that? And that was my point really, that I can understand why he wasn't happy. If i got paid £40k a week I'd do as I was told but I say that because I don't get paid the riches he does.

If that was my lifestyle and money wasn't an object and I knew another company would take me in an instant or that I'd just get paid anyway then I guess I could just throw my dummy out. I don't agree with it but I understand it.

As for the players that leave, again I think you miss my point. Yes of course Southampton lose their good young players but they lose them to Arsenal or Liverpool or bigger clubs. Those youngsters are turned into great young players by the southamptons and then sold on for massive money to be made into great players.

I am missing where that has happened tomour youngsters? My point was that we're told how these youngsters are going to be the next best thing but they never are! The next gen kids were apparently sold by lambert? All of them? You sure? Aren't some of them still at the club? And the ones sold, have they gone in to bigger and better things or do they no play for the prestons of this world and clubs like that? My point is that we never take our kids to the next level! They never grow into the walcotts or bale or lallana or oxlaid chamberlain.

They become football league pedestrians apart from the odd few like albrighton who left us to win the premier league and although lowton wasn't from our youth set up we didn't grow him - we got rid and now we'd give anything to have him as our right back. or I would anyway. I respect your comments and the great thing about football is the difference of opinion but I disagree my comments were odd. But thank you for reading. It meant the 20 mins I spent writing it wasn't wasted. Thanks guys.