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30 Sep 2021 15:58:31
Nice to see Ollie Watkins back in the England squad, but you have to feel for the likes of Antonio at West Ham, over the last couple of years including this season he has scored something like 25 goals in 48 games together with I think double figures in terms of assists, those numbers merit at least a place in the squad in my opinion However it just looks like another example of form counting for nothing in the England that is managed by Gareth Southgate. Perhaps if Antonio engineered himself a move to Man City he would be guaranteed to start for England week in week out?.

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1.) 30 Sep 2021 18:14:31
May be wrong but I’m sure Antonio plays for Jamaica?

2.) 30 Sep 2021 22:30:26
You are right Chris I hadn’t realised he was picked during the last international break I should have checked ?.

3.) 30 Sep 2021 22:58:11
Konsa, greenwood, Tammy should also be in there imo.

4.) 01 Oct 2021 06:51:40
I think he may have teased it for a while, in the hope it may get him an England cap but when that never came he went through with it.

Shame because like you said, he’s just another who has been on fire leading up to International squads, more than once, yet never been picked.

I’m not a fan of players who find the most tenuous link to a nation in order to play international football, but look at Matty Cash, if we won the league this season and he hit double figures for goals and assists, kids of clean sheets, you would still bet he wouldn’t get an England call up off the back of it. He’d get the old “he’s one we’re keeping an eye on” line, but in reality there’d still be 4 players ahead of him in Southgates mind, so if he wants international football he has to go and play for Poland, which you’d imagine is a country he’s never been to!

5.) 01 Oct 2021 18:46:20
We have to wait for Southgate to go. It's the worst possible situation for Villa fans because we all know who will be top of the FA's list when the time comes.

6.) 01 Oct 2021 21:33:45
Villa56 I was actually talking about this to my work colleagues and I think one day deano will be England manager.



26 Sep 2021 15:04:01
Having watched the game yesterday and had some time to reflect, 6 games in I would suggest points wise we are there or there abouts in terms of actual versus expected points but bearing in mind in the minds of the pundits/ journalists we were a one man team, I think our transition in terms of life without Grealish has shown we are much more than that. We have a much stronger squad with plenty of options all over the pitch, we can rotate systems 4-4-2, 4-2-3-1, 5-3-2, 3-5-2 or even 4-4-2 which we couldn't do last year and the continued progress of the kids all bodes really well I think other than Chelsea, Man City, Man Utd and Liverpool we are as good as anything else in the league and based on what I have seen thus far I think ourselves and West Ham are the two sides who will compete for top six places rather than the likes of Spurs and Arsenal.

Oh and by the way it's nice to see that the spirit of Alex Ferguson is alive and well in the halls of Old Trafford. Solskjaer is another in a long line of managers who thinks Utd have a divine right to win every game and any defeat is based on failures of officialdom rather than the skills of the opponent.

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1.) 26 Sep 2021 17:18:17
“There or there abouts” still gives me shivers?.

2.) 26 Sep 2021 20:19:59
Beating them 1 nil was quiet satisfying but the icing on the cake was them getting their usual penalty against us and bottling it, I still can’t believe Martinez antics, bloody legend, imagine being in injury time, win on the line and your heckling 1 of the top 2 footballers of the modern era to take the shot just to get under another guys skin, I’ve watched it over and over it’s priceless.
it was as satisfying as destroying Liverpool last year and all my united supporting friends have admitted the better team won and if they had scored the peno it would of being an injustice.

3.) 26 Sep 2021 23:53:06
Yesterday United attempted a total of 28 shots at Martinez's goal without scoring. That's the most they have attempted in a home Premier League game without scoring since October 2016. What a legend ??.

4.) 27 Sep 2021 08:22:20
I think I read we blocked 20+ shots yesterday, proper committed performance.

5.) 27 Sep 2021 10:01:14
Yes to be fair our defence done a lot of work and put bodies on the line, looking at the stats on sky sports app you might get the impression that they were all over us but most of those shots never made it into the 6 yard box, proper performance.
Roll on spurs I can’t wait, if we perform like the last few games we will smash them?.

6.) 27 Sep 2021 10:41:37
It was an awful weekend for Sky, first their darlings of the Premier League lose at home after them making it all about Ronaldo who I presume has now been released from Kortney Hause's pocket and then the golden goose Antony Joshua fails to turn up for a title defence and is beaten up by a light heavyweight. That really has got to sting.

7.) 27 Sep 2021 15:03:07
Probably suits Sky to be honest Alsager, doubt Joshua was ever going to renew with Sky. Now he leaves with his stock lower than ever.



08 Sep 2021 21:00:59
Interesting conversation on TalkSPORT this afternoon where the consensus view was that irrespective of what happens in the World Cup in Qatar Southgate will be off immediately afterwards. That's the best bit of news I've heard in ages????.

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1.) 08 Sep 2021 21:26:55
Should be off ASAP imo.

2.) 08 Sep 2021 21:39:03
Agreed, but we all know the FA love him so unfortunately it will be at a time of his choosing when he leaves rather than him getting the heave ho unfortunately.



02 Sep 2021 18:38:53
Well well well, Jack Grealish has two great seasons, goals assists and the most fouled player in the premiership gets into England squad but remains a bit part player when it comes to getting a place in the starting eleven. Moves to Man City has an ok opening three games but nothing spectacular however walks into the next England team. Funny that. The sooner we get rid of the clown in charge is the sooner we might actually win something.

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1.) 02 Sep 2021 19:07:59
Amen to that👍.

2.) 02 Sep 2021 19:14:58
Round of applause 👏🏻.

3.) 02 Sep 2021 19:15:46
Absolute farce. Even my other half agrees and she’s not interested in football. She knows he should have started against Italy.

4.) 02 Sep 2021 19:15:57
I expected nothing else Ings. Boy but Southgate sure holds a massive grudge against AV!

5.) 02 Sep 2021 23:11:22
Should just ban Captain Beaky from VP no point him coming if he wants to watch the opposition then go to there ground no point him watching our players he just ain’t going to pick them! The bias against VIlla players is becoming ever more obvious, it’s not just the Grealish issue, but you look at Konsa arguably the best centre half in the premiership last season can’t get in but Coady can? Mings played well in the first two group games at the Euro’s soon as Maguire is fit he gets dropped. Form counts for nothing with Southgate in charge he has his favourites who will get picked no matter what. One thing is clear while he remains in charge we will continue to flatter to deceive but will win nothing however I am sure he will get knighted before too much longer.

6.) 03 Sep 2021 07:34:37
Look across all major finals across Europe for the last two decades, you won’t find worse game management than that final vs Italy. He doesn’t learn from his mistakes, he has no confidence in himself and constantly looks to not lose games rather than win them. Similar to Bruce whenever he’s under pressure he goes to a back 5 because he knows no different.

We got to the final in the summer in spite of him, not because of him, he’s out stayed his welcome in my opinion and before we end up wasting a sensationally talented generation of players, he should walk away and give it to someone who knows what their doing, or atleast someone with a pair of nuts.



28 Aug 2021 20:11:22
I think the last couple of weeks transfer dealings will make the league far more interesting than might otherwise have been expected. So at the end of last season I effectively thought this years premiership would be a two horse race between City and Liverpool, however I think that with the business that has been done to date Utd and Chelsea are now in the mix. Looking at each of the teams, City have strengthened have a good coach but no out and out striker. Liverpool, have an out and out goalscorer a tactically astute manager but haven't strengthened the squad. Utd have strengthened the squad have an out and out goalscorer but have a manager who, of the contenders is tactically the weakest. Then you have Chelsea who have strengthened, have an out and out goalscorer, and a manager who is tactically the best of all the contenders (although Klopp runs him close) In my opinion that makes Chelsea the favourites to lift the title this year.

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17 Oct 2021 16:40:29
Normally Whacky I like your posts but on this one you are way off, realistically what do you expect in our third season back in the premiership? If you think we are a nailed on for anything above the top 10 then I think you need a check up from the neck up.

In terms of any decent manager would beat him Benitez has won the Champions League I think that qualifies him as a decent manager and we gave his Everton side a right good thumping.

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17 Oct 2021 10:59:46
I agree I sometimes think that if Jesus Christ was our manager and we won every game some would still moan because we hadn’t scored enough! I am sure there will come a point in Deano’s Villa career when he will get sacked it does for most but surely that time is not now. When our owners took over it was on the basis of it being a 5 year plan to have us challenging the top six in the premiership we are currently in year 4 and we have progressed year on year, in addition we have totally overhauled the youth set up and we are a much stronger club now than we were 3 years ago. Furthermore when we arrived back in the premiership we were seen as a one man team, who could only play one way 4 2 3 1. We sold Grealish in the summer re invested that money in the team and we are a much better squad now then we were before, however some are taking time to adjust as well as Smith having to adapt tactically as he has many more options available to him, the adjustment for both players and manager is going to take time hence why the results are patchy, we just need to be more patient as fans.

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16 Oct 2021 19:13:39
It’s different managing a national team as opposed to a club side as a national coach you have your pick of the best talent available you don’t have that luxury as a club coach. I would take a successful club coach over a successful national coach every day of the week.

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16 Oct 2021 18:30:08
Low ticks all the boxes does he? As a club manager I think his record is something like one Austrian Championship and 1 German cup hardly sets the world alight added to that he has no experience of English football bit of a downgrade if you ask me.

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16 Oct 2021 18:22:30
Gerrard isn’t going anywhere other than Anfield. Lampard achieved nothing at Chelsea and was shown to be tactically inept both there and whilst losing to us in the Championship final at Wembley. I am not sure what Blanc is doing presently but would he be interested in us? I doubt it. Potter is a decent shout but I fail to understand why after a bad result a number of ‘fans’ seem intent on sacking Deano just a couple of weeks after we win at Old Trafford beggars belief.

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