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17 Oct 2022 22:50:21
Rumours going round that Gerard has been sacked tonight. still to be offically confirmed though so who knows.


1.) 18 Oct 2022 08:56:00
Seems like BS mate, but usually no smoke without fire - Massive week for Gerrard.

2.) 18 Oct 2022 10:40:07
Yep, club has come out in 'outrage' at the shoddy reporting.which probably means they'll do a Liz Truss and sack him on the weekend.

3.) 18 Oct 2022 12:57:21
As you know I don’t believe the club should pull the trigger on Gerrard yet, as managers need to be given time. However an article this morning suggests that Poch isn’t likely to accept any post before the World Cup, therefore I wonder whether Gerrard has until the break to turn things around before the axe may fall.

4.) 18 Oct 2022 17:22:52
I'm normally well and truly in your camp Loti, but must admit even I'm struggling to find much ammunition to defend Gérard with. That said, if we can start putting the ball away and playing like we did for the first 60 against Chelsea then there's a small spark of hope for him. Glass half empty fans will always assume the form will continue and we'll be in a relegation battle, glass half full will use Arteta and Arsenal as a good example of allowing time to fundamentally change a team/culture. I'm torn, and so have resorted to beer.

5.) 18 Oct 2022 21:58:21
Comparing Gerrard to Arteta is like comparing Night to Day though DBS - There is no similarity bar the fact they are both young managers.

6.) 19 Oct 2022 00:31:00
Hi BK - I was using the comparison as an example of how a new manager can struggle in his first season or so, be the focal point of a fan backlash but go on to be successful given time.
Not necessarily suggesting Gérard will go on to be that successful, just making the point that it can happen. So in that respect, I don't see why it isn't a valid comparison.but each to their own I guess.

7.) 19 Oct 2022 06:28:06
Arteta had a system that suited the players at his disposal and stuck with it.
He was also bringing through some exciting youngsters, had as many if not more injuries and was effectively playing without a first team level striker.
Arsenal had a few bad results but were not as deep in it as we are as you can't judge 3 games in. By this point they were already starting to make positive moves.
Gerrard on the other hand has only one consistent tactic which is to rely on 2 defenders to do most of the attacking work which is still bewildering to me.
Constant changing of the forward players means no partnership or understanding is being built up between them or the midfield.
He's also snapping up older players like they are valuable antiques or collectibles. Not one player is improving under him, even Martinez is a shadow of himself.

8.) 19 Oct 2022 10:27:13
Arteta won the FA cup in his first season in charge DBS, he had a clear vision for the club, a strategy on and off the pitch which is now baring fruit - Arsenal lost games initially while he cleared out the deadwood and yes there was fan backlash but everybody could see what Arteta was trying to achieve and what his foot all philosophy was, he also had a clear transfer strategy that would benefit the club in the short and long term. We have none of this under Gerrard, if the comparison is simply Arteta didn't win games initially then fine but he delivered an FA Cup and finished 2 points off 4th in his first season, that was an incredible achievement and he's a million miles ahead of where Gerrard is currently after 12 months.

9.) 19 Oct 2022 16:12:04
I agree, BK. Comparisons with Arteta are way off the mark. At no stage did Arsenal look as bad as we are right now. In terms of long term strategy, Dean Smith had built a good foundation with some sound transfer logic. It all went pear shaped when Jack, ROK and JT went. Gerrard/Purslow has done nothing but dismantle it all. Now we are left with a misfiring strike force, a team with a total lack of confidence and Coutinho, a spent force at the end of his career on a huge wage. The rot is starting to go right through the Club. We used to have a good academy. What is happening to that? It was working, so why did we sack the manager! Purlsow and Gerrard need to go IMHO.

10.) 19 Oct 2022 23:16:06
I understand your point DBS but to borrow your phrase "anybody with half a brain" could see Arsenal just needed time, Gerrard has had 12 months and we have regressed in that period despite significant investment and an overhaul of our transfer strategy. I don't think this is short-termism, I think this is a very fair assessment of a manager who hasn't fulfilled his remit and has taken the club backwards in many respects over the past year. To give him more time could end in relegation, he may turn out to be a very fine manager in years to come but this is a failed experiment that really needs to come to an end IMO. Who knows, we could get 6 points this week and the table looks very different, I just haven't seen any evidence to suggest that will happen sadly.

11.) 20 Oct 2022 15:43:36
If you can be bothered to trawl back through fan comments (both Arsenal and others), media reports and general discussion I think the vast majority were calling for Arteta to go or mocking him and Arsenal from afar. Different context like I say, much in the same way Utd we're getting mocked for daring to look like dropping outside the top 4 again. Villa aren't starting from a position of strength, so our context is different and like I say, I've got some serious reservations about the current management too, I just tend not to be 'all in' on either side without considering the broader context first.
This is an unexpectedly long justicification for what i thought was a pretty neutral view haha.
Anyway, on the train to the game tonight and here's hoping we can build on the first 60 mins against Chelsea!
The bar is calling, over and out.

12.) 20 Oct 2022 20:20:12
LOL Enjoy the game DBS, watching it on TV (half time currently) and it's depressing. Hopefully the pints help :-)



27 Jan 2022 19:54:44
Callum Chambers signs. Proof again that the paper talk is 90% nonsense.


1.) 27 Jan 2022 20:09:02
Most of our transfers are pretty quiet, they come out of nowhere, not bad cover to have, maybe even push mings for the shirt, CDM next and we are sorted.

2.) 27 Jan 2022 20:19:48
Good luck Calum.



01 Aug 2020 23:45:54
Another youngster Villa are reported to be chasing, this time its Aaron Hickley from Hearts. Villa really seem to be trying to fast track the development of the U23's inline with Purslow's comments last year.
Fingers crossed we get a few established pro's through the door in time for pre season too!


1.) 02 Aug 2020 01:10:01
*Hickey - apolgies for the typo.



30 Jul 2020 19:31:32
Afternoon all, just a quick heads up that I just heard from a friend close to Exeter City that Villa are close to signing Ben Chrisene. very highly thought of apparently although can't say I've ever seen him in action myself.




02 Jun 2016 13:39:49
Villa confirm RDM as manager with Clarke as no.2!


1.) 02 Jun 2016 13:49:16
at last. things will start to move now.

2.) 02 Jun 2016 13:51:46
Great quote on the BBC:

"Clarke will take hands-on responsibility for Villa's group of underachieving players".

That'll be all of them then .

3.) 02 Jun 2016 13:57:02
Buzzing Di Matteo tactically very good from his record and Clark old school won't stand the things we saw this season could be a great balance, onwards and upwards!

4.) 02 Jun 2016 13:57:40
Where you seen this?

5.) 02 Jun 2016 14:05:27
BBC Website.

6.) 02 Jun 2016 14:49:07
Dream Team
What a coup
Ask the baggies if they would have em over Pullis
I think so.

7.) 02 Jun 2016 15:04:08
I must admit i had and still do have reservations about Di Matteo, but with Clarke there too i'm a lot more confident going into the season.
Between them they have a bit of charisma and a very good tactical awareness which should do us well. plus a bit of 'good cop, bad cop' in the dressing room. even if that does sound a bit kinky. i'd much rather kinky than Randy though.

8.) 02 Jun 2016 15:58:14
this will be signed off tomoz. it's not yet been signed but there is no problems and they will do.

9.) 02 Jun 2016 14:47:25
Holy shmoly, i'm actually very excited by rdm and clarke as his number two, this is as shrewd a move at villa i've seen in many a year, i just hope that flackie, mendax, villadaz and the others get on board and stop being so negative, all those posts doubting our great leader, see, i told you guys not to jump to conclusions!

10.) 02 Jun 2016 18:03:18
Kingvilla, you rascal, you were right all along! i just don't understand how all the others ever doubted you! they got to name that stand after ya now surely?

11.) 02 Jun 2016 18:15:38
Do I sense a twang of sarcasm?!
I've not once been negative at our new owner, or the idea of rdm!

Quite the opposite!

12.) 02 Jun 2016 18:26:08
Hahahahhahahhahahahhahaha classof82 pure class comment I nearly wet maself.

13.) 02 Jun 2016 18:43:17
I wanted moyes from the moment garde was sacked and was disappointed when he pulled out of the running but di matteo with clarke as his assistant has got me excited about next season. UTV.

14.) 02 Jun 2016 18:49:43
Hopefully tomorrows statement announcing rdm as manager will include an update on the takeover!

15.) 02 Jun 2016 18:53:22
Looking at the comments people have made on the BBC Sport site following the announcement, general reaction from all quarters seems very positive. There are the usual pathetic slights from jealous blue-arses, but I read one brilliant suggestion as to what to do with Flabby next season. Put him out on loan to BCFC - that would teach him :)

16.) 02 Jun 2016 20:28:25
Sarcasm, moi? now then flackie, i like you never ever had a doubt, but my best mate dr. xia asked me to join this site and report to him the strength of the fans' belief; it was my unfortunate task to play the negative side and see what happens (the pantomime villian ), i was happy to report back to my old mucka tony, the fans had passion and verve, all in all its turned out well and me, i'm a bleedin hero me mate, but listen guys i can't hang around, i'm off to the hospital for an operation, for some peculiar reason my nose has grown about 4 foot long, i can't think why!




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19 Dec 2023 12:40:38
Just seen the announcement from Chris Heck regarding the North stand works being postponed and I have to say it sounds sensible. Makes much more sense to spend a smaller amount optimising the current infrastructure and enhancing the matchday experience and then revisit major works once the transport links are in place. That said, I have this thought (completely unfounded at this point) that they may be considering a whole new stadium. Just out of curiosity, would people be against such a move or in favour of? Assuming the new build was still local?


1.) 19 Dec 2023 13:45:49
DBS, just read a interesting article regarding the change of plan regarding the proposed capacity increase, it was a very balanced for and against the delay. Ultimately the overwhelming view against the delay/cancellation makes the announcement foolish, especially with the potential loss of the Euros and the disappointment of the 33,000 on the season ticket waiting list.Not sure what Bodymoor Heath had to do with it and I think this decision is linked with the announcement of the new investors proposals to provide funds for infrastructure projects.

2.) 19 Dec 2023 14:39:22
To get to nxt level if we can't max up villa park new stadium not a bad idea as much as i love villa park, but don't think it will happen wouldn't be against it thou

3.) 19 Dec 2023 15:30:43
I'm inclined to agree with you, villajonny. Obviously this is purely speculative, but Heck's logic of not wanting to lose short-term capacity while the team are competing essentially only means we'd enter reconstruction phase if we're not competitive, we dream up a non-disruptive way to redevelop or we build new on another (hopefully local) site.

Scottcafu, I didn't realise we wouldn't get the euro's without expansion, so fair concern if true.but I'd take the 33,000 waiting list with a pinch of salt. It's like whe social media sites claim to have x billion users with huge numbers of unused or bot accounts. but agree we need to find a way to accommodate demand, but can see the argument for being a bit more strategic in our thinking.

Blasting ahead with adding 10,000 seats when we don't have the transport infrastructure in place for our current capacity seems a bit daft. The good thing is it's clearly on the agenda and the club is thinking about long-term growth on and off the pitch. The future is bright!

4.) 19 Dec 2023 19:14:27
I’d say if a new stadium were to be built, around the NEC could work…?


5.) 19 Dec 2023 20:15:04
So DBS what do you think the waiting list is? Whatever it is, it's greater than any planned extension amount is, so " pinch of salt" is totally irrelevant.

6.) 19 Dec 2023 20:21:04
Didn’t Doug want to build a National stadium at the NEC before the upgrade to Wembley? So it might be possible but would be a crying shame to ditch VP one of the few old style traditional grounds left modern stadia are so soulless but I get the issue around finance

7.) 19 Dec 2023 20:56:39
Scotcafu, chillout mate. Not everyone is trying to start an argument. If you think there are genuinely 33k fans ready to pay for a season ticket then fair play.having worked in subscriptions though I'm just pragmatic enough to question whether an expression of interest is the same as a solid investment.
Either way, the point is the club clearly have a balancing act to strike between immediate demand and long term investment strategy.and I think they've demonstrated so far they know what they're doing, whether some have different preferences or not.

8.) 20 Dec 2023 12:56:35
There are 24,000 on the waiting list. It’s on the club website. Excitingly, I’m number 3200 so as long as the capacity increases by more than that, I’ll be happy ? My preference is to ‘do a Tottenham’ I.e. redevelop VP. Mind you, that would almost certainly involve some kind of temporary ground share while the work took place and I’m definitely not going to Small Heath. I can’t see a new-build in the NEC area working as that would be smack in the middle of Blues territory ?

9.) 20 Dec 2023 14:29:45
Personally I'm disappointed at the postponement as I think the North Stand looks very outdated against the rest of the stadium. I'm also definately in the camp of not moving away from VP although I get the possible reasons, ie getting in and out of the area. If we carry on in the upward trejectory we are all enjoying, in 5 years time we'll all wish we'd done something sooner. More bums on seats means more turnover in all aspects. My little niggle that I get is that the fans are not the number one priority anymore despite what Mr Heck is saying. A bigger shop, another venue for concerts and fan zones all reeks of how much more can we fleece from the fans. The scousers have shown that you can still operate with a reduced capacity. UTV

10.) 20 Dec 2023 18:50:27
Dare I bring it up again…? how about the naming rights for VP? It will always be Villa Park but if it’s called the ‘Adidas Arena’ or whatever the revenue from that would make up the shortfall while the North Stand gets the total rebuild it needs ??‍♂️


11.) 20 Dec 2023 20:26:44
Interestingly, the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is still so called because they don’t (yet) have a ground sponsor. Spurs fans, however, still call it White Hart Lane. Perhaps I’m over-attached to VP as many generations of my family back to the late 1800’s have watched Villa play on that pitch. However, there is no doubt that we do need to somehow drag ourselves into a modern stadium scenario ?



06 Mar 2023 19:34:39
Hi all, I just made a comment on another thread and it made me think it'd be interesting to see what the concensus is. As we all know the game is unfortunately blighted with timewasting, diving, surrounding officials etc and I'm wondering if there would be appetite for Villa to take a lead on changing this.

Hypothetically speaking (obviously) would you be in favour of Villa instructing all players to adhere to a strict code of conduct which included never diving, never abusing/arguing with officials and never timewasting I.e throwing the ball away, keeper taking an age to release the ball etc?

Obviously this would put us at a slight tactical disadvantage (at least until others followed) but would you be willing to take that risk in exchange for Villa taking a leading role of cleaning up the sport? Or are you in the camp of leaving it to governing bodies to sort out and we just keep doing the same of everyone else?


1.) 06 Mar 2023 21:54:21
Nothing will change until there is consequences for it. I’m a bit embarrassed by Martinez time wasting and what’s become the usual yellow card during the second half, you have to question his intelligence that he thinks he will escape but we will just end up having him suspended for an important game in the near future and for what? Refs are adding on time for all his time wasting anyways so it’s just idiotic to keep doing it

2.) 06 Mar 2023 22:26:00
We've been the fair team in the past and it has cost us. Games and league positions can be decided on fine margins and the teams at the top are partially there because they use any slight advantage they can get.
Refs never add the full amount of time on for time wasting so I get Emi doing it to an extent but he does overdo it and make it way too obvious. He's smart enough not to do it if it'll be the one that leads to a suspension. I also think because of his past antics refs are all too eager to let the opposite fans ref the game for them. Quite a few times he's been carded despite taking less time than the opponents goalkeeper just because the fans make such a noise.

3.) 06 Mar 2023 22:35:46
Hi Whackattack, so just for the record, would you prefer Villa to make a change and instruct players to 'behave' at the risk of losing a slight competitive advantage or keep trying to get away with it like everyone else? It's a hypothetical question.just interest to see what the concensus would be.

4.) 06 Mar 2023 23:34:37
This is proving trickier than I thought it would be haha.
So Rknewell, should I take it that you would prefer Villa to keep up the antics like everyone else and not take the moral highground?
Not criticising either way, just interested which of the two perspectives people would lean towards if given a binary choice.

5.) 07 Mar 2023 09:05:47
Personally DBS I would rather we suffer a little bit and we cut out all the things you suggest but unfortunately even if we took the lead I can’t see it happening because at the end of the day as rk points out league positions are decided on fine margins and losing a couple of places in the league can cost a club millions so financially clubs won’t do it. One of the ways you could look to make a difference is take a leaf out of Rugby’s book for example any questioning of a referees decision costs 10 yards, when ball goes out of play or when a player is injured stop the clock and play to the full 90 minutes, retrospective punishments for diving automatic 3 match ban. It won’t change things overnight but it would be a start. In addition with regards diving it would also help if refs didn’t take the view that if a player manages to stay on his feet then he hasn’t been fouled! If players thought that irrespective of whether or not they went down a foul would be given they might and I only say might be less inclined to dive.

6.) 07 Mar 2023 11:21:19
I think it is more likely to stop if Refs started red-carding those responsible with the full backing of the FA. Screaming in the Refs face or intimidating them is violent conduct in my book and should carry a straight Red. Anyone joining in with the antics should be yellow carded and thus be at risk of dismissal for the next bookable offense. In terms of diving etc, the punishment should be whatever punishment they were trying to get meted out to their opponent. So, for example, when Fernandes goes down holding his face when only being pushed in the chest (like he did on Sunday), then he is clearly trying to get someone red-carded and thus that should be his punishment for simulation. I don't think self-policing will help as there will always be the likes of Zaha and Fernandes who won't toe the line.

7.) 07 Mar 2023 11:21:31
I think we all want progress but that's a job for the authorities that needs to be enforced without big club bias.
When teams really started to use these tactics more regularly in the 2000s we stuck to our principals.
It did nothing to convince others that they shouldn't do it and if anything I think it cost us top 4 at least once. I think back to that time Cuellar went for a shot when we were 2-1 up with 3 minutes left and we ended up losing 3-2.
With more teams doing it more often and being better at it then it could easily be worse than 1 or 2 places. We're at a point this season where we would almost definitely be fine regardless but that level of organic change takes longer and could easily lead to relegation battles if attempted for a full season.
The saying "Nice guys finish last" didn't come from nowhere. As much as we'd love to live in a fair world, someone will always take advantage.



14 Apr 2022 15:59:44
On the off chance people aren't aware, Villa youngster Finn Azaz has been nominated for League Two Young Player of the year.I only tend to watch a few games a month in that league but he's been excellent in every one i've seen and I have friends who watch a lot more (supporting various teams) who all say he's easily one of the best players in the league.another tip of the cap to the Villa youth set up.fingers crossed he keeps developing!




24 Jan 2021 01:40:01
Quick shout out to Tyreik Wright for his assist on his debut for Walsall, another promising young Lion.




18 Jan 2021 18:50:31
According to a French website with an alledged exclusive, the Sanson deal has progressed in the last few hours with talks said to be at a'very advanced stage' and could be concluded within days.
No idea how much credit to give this report though so who knows.


{Ed002's Note - The lady from Marseille is back in England having flown in to Gloucestershire airport.}

1.) 18 Jan 2021 20:03:00
Ed I'm not being funny or suggesting your wrong in anyway shape or form I'm just curious where you and the other Ed's get your info from I mean how did you get to find out they flew to Gloucester? I do bow my hat too you.

{Ed002's Note - She has a home in Broadway hence flying in there.}

2.) 18 Jan 2021 20:21:13
Cheers for the update Ed, sounds like something could be happening then.
Didn't see the posts below on this so apologies all.

3.) 18 Jan 2021 20:52:05
Is that favourable for us Ed?

{Ed002's Note - She has a home here and has some discussions in Milan so will be disappearing for day at some point this week.}




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09 May 2024 23:07:15
Well said Whackattack. Disappointing night and frustrating knowing what a fit and firing Villa team can do, but having given so much all season and potentially finishing top four they can be forgiven for dropping a level or two.however much it hurts on the night. Clearly wasn't a lack of effort, just a lack of options and energy.




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16 Apr 2024 21:43:51
Which specific press is claiming that?




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20 Jul 2023 21:12:03
Multiple sources are suggesting terms have been agreed in principle between player and both clubs - but no reputable sources are confirming it's 'done' - obviously it's not until things are actually signed.which they won't be unless a medical is passed first you'd assume.




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18 Jul 2023 16:42:19
Would take those rumours with a pinch of salt. They also suggested Tielemans was off to Arsenal and have linked us with half of Europe.
It's all about distinguishing between legitimate sources or clickbait.




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20 Oct 2022 15:43:36
If you can be bothered to trawl back through fan comments (both Arsenal and others), media reports and general discussion I think the vast majority were calling for Arteta to go or mocking him and Arsenal from afar. Different context like I say, much in the same way Utd we're getting mocked for daring to look like dropping outside the top 4 again. Villa aren't starting from a position of strength, so our context is different and like I say, I've got some serious reservations about the current management too, I just tend not to be 'all in' on either side without considering the broader context first.
This is an unexpectedly long justicification for what i thought was a pretty neutral view haha.
Anyway, on the train to the game tonight and here's hoping we can build on the first 60 mins against Chelsea!
The bar is calling, over and out.





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22 Jul 2024 10:36:56
I'd say 'decent' is about right. We're not being robbed but we're not making a great deal of profit either. Still, if we get a strong replacement in and manage to improve the books, then so be it.
Personally I think it's a shame as he showed real potential considering it was his first season, but guess we'll never know.
Feels like there's 3 or 4 more to come in and a couple could be marquee.




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21 Jul 2024 17:11:55
Most clubs are getting several reports a week about players leaving and joining. I very much doubt there's a media conspiracy going on mate. City, Forest, Utd, Everton, Newcastle and others are already claiming that.any more conspiracies and everyone will be back on an equal footing again whilst claiming they want to 'Make the Premiership great again'.




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27 Jun 2024 19:27:54
I can't speak for anyone else, but don't think Bailey is specifically relevant, just a useful working example of showing a bit of patience and backing up the point that having a premier league season under the belt and that bit of experience can do wonders for a player.
It's all subjective and depends on your perspective, but you could just as easily ask the question what guarantee do we have that any of the rather inexperienced replacements listed so far will be any better?
Personally, I see a player with potential, but we'll never know if we sell him after one season. You raise a fair question about squad size though, so maybe they will cash in, who knows?




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27 Jun 2024 15:25:00
Nothing wrong with that suggestion as it's all subjective, but what we don't know is how well those players would settle or if we need to sell a senior player to make those transfers happen in the first place. Like I said, I think Diaby needs a second season and could by flying after a very respectful first season in the prem, but we'll never know if we get rid so soon. Either way, sounds as though Emery and team are making plenty of moves to strengthen, so let's just sit back and see what happens.




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27 Jun 2024 12:40:28
I think it's something like 15 goals/assists in his first season so for me it's too early to just be happy to get our money back. Completely appreciate that stats are only part of the assessment and that there have been games where he's gone missing, but you could say that about most players to a degree and I think we shoukd see how he gets on in his second season before making a true judgement.unless of course something silly like £90m plus comes in.
Next season is going to be really tough and we're going to see quite a squad overhaul as it is, so for me, I'd say keeping him makes more sense.