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19 Jan 2021 11:52:14
Looking at the training pics on the website no sign of Mcginn or el Gazi.

1.) 19 Jan 2021 14:02:25
Check Twitter, he's on the training pics as is el gahzi.

Both Ramsey's and Chuckematchya trained with 1st team.



30 Jul 2020 11:10:22
This is a new part to a previous link which is slippng down the pages. So carrying on villaDave aVilladaz and co, I know they are some decent players around the lower leagues, but I go back to the days when we bought our players from Liverpool, stsunten, houghton, saunders, man Utd God not from notts county or wycombe if you get my drift. We need to be looking upwards not down. But I'm also of the opinion that with deano in charge we won't attract those players. Love him and thank him for getting us where we are but I'd like to see us go out and get Poch and let him bring in the players that he could attract. Just let's be more positive a a club.

1.) 30 Jul 2020 11:45:55
I really like Poch I think he is a fantastic manager but are we really saying Deano in the time you have been with us less than 2 years let’s not forget, thanks for getting us promoted in your first season when let’s be honest most of us thought that was unlikely to happen, thanks for getting us to a cup final where we lost to one of the best sides in Europe but we were competitive, and thanks for keeping us in the premier league when it looks like he had his hands tied when it came to transfers and your thanks is your P45? the guy should be given the freedom of the city not sacked. If we did that to him then no manager with any class should touch us with a 10 foot pole and rightly so . Thankfully the noises coming out of Villa Park suggests we are not going to do anything so crass.

2.) 30 Jul 2020 12:16:16
John, there are lots of managers who have done much more for their club and been sacked, mourinho ancelotti, pearson at leicester, clough, etc etc but it hasn't stopped them being a successful club. It's about ambition and ambitious clubs make ambitious decisions.

3.) 30 Jul 2020 14:33:33
The Mourinho’s and Ancellotis of this world were already at well established Premiership clubs who were expecting to be challenging for trophies every season with established infrastructures we are not at that level at the moment. I cannot think of a club who changes managers every season being successful we only have to look at Watford to see what happens if you are not careful. Ambition is one thing foolhardiness another.

As I said in my previous post I really rate Poch but seriously given his ambition to manage one of the Spanish giants and the time it has taken him to establish his reputation why on earth would you risk that to manage Villa. It takes an age to build a reputation and 5 minutes to lose it. When the time comes to replace the manager which isn’t now I think rather than shopping at Harrods we might need to lower our sights a little maybe Waitrose.

4.) 30 Jul 2020 18:38:35
John remember poch made his name at Southampton and potentially we are much bigger than them. Potentially bigger than spurs if we choose to get someone of his calibre.

5.) 30 Jul 2020 20:38:42
I remember it well SV but he took that job when he was making his name in management not an established name as he is now, so in effect he had very little to lose if he takes on the Villa and it goes wrong he has everything to lose.



01 Jun 2020 13:59:06
Not been on here for a while, so hope you are all well. let's get the upcoming start up going, how do we stay up, what's the best team to achieve it. I've got my thoughts but would like to hear some others.

1.) 01 Jun 2020 20:18:50
Nyland has to go in goal and i would play the same formation as wolves we need two upfront davis an sammata mgcinn grelish nycamba in centre mid. We need to think more postive. The teams we got are good not gona lie but at least fight till the end anybodys beatable. Cbks mings engels konsa.

2.) 03 Jun 2020 16:33:56
WTW I didn't see the Nylan one coming. I think deano will stick with pepe though. I think we need to stop the goals so on that basis I would go pepe, guilbert, engels, mings hause, elmo, mcginn, nakamba target, jack and samatta. Target and elmo would defend better than trex or el gazi but would also get forward. Let jack roam around samatta, mcginn can pull the strings.



07 Mar 2017 10:18:25
Tonights line up
Hutton Baker Chester Taylor
Jedanik, Hourihane, Lansbury
Adomah, Kodja, Amavi

Any better thoughts.

1.) 07 Mar 2017 12:37:55
Think that's the team that will start, Jedinak in the middle of the 3 and baker next to Taylor for his left foot.




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16 Sep 2021 20:20:11
Well this weeks team selection could be interesting. Obviously martinez will be back, but will buendia get straight back in. Sanson is fit, traore fit, Bailey fit, along with mcginn, Luiz, Ramsey, el gazi, young. Which way will deano go.

1.) 17 Sep 2021 09:32:52
Cant see buendia starting, he will be lucky to make the bench if it’s true that they arestill in Croatia, I liked the 5-3-2 from last week it will be interesting to see what system smith starts with, I think we will be back to 4 at the back if I’m honest.



19 Aug 2021 21:19:01
Hi all. On Saturday I would go as follows

Axel, konsa, mings
Cash mcginn, Luiz, buendia, young
Ings, Watkins.

Luiz as the dm, young for his experience, cash cause he can't play that badly twice.
Solid defensively but with loads going forward.

Well that's my thoughts.

1.) 19 Aug 2021 21:51:10
Hi SV, hope you are well mate.
I notice you have left Bailey out, on purpose or mistake.

2.) 19 Aug 2021 22:55:04
Alls well here mate, hope you are too. I was giving him a bit more time to bed in. Also he would come in for me when playing 433.

3.) 19 Aug 2021 22:58:02
All good here SV, I see where you are coming from mate.



10 Apr 2021 20:53:18
This is not a get deano out thread, the question is, is deano the man to take us to the next level. He's taken us up a level but I feel has lost his way a bit. Gone is the attacking emphasis we all wanted when we got him from Brentford. If the answer is no then who would be better. Gerrard I feel would only use us as a stepping stone to liverpool so I wouldn't want that. My top four to take us to the next stage would be in no particular order, rafa, low, simione, ten hag. Any thoughts.

1.) 10 Apr 2021 21:08:31
The Smith debate is a tough one, he has improved our league position year on year so deserves the chance to continue as Aston Villa manager however. The same issues persist with Smith in terms of team selection, tactics and game management! For me we should only consider replacing Smith if we are replacing him with a proven entity and one that will guarantee progression, Gerrard is not in this bracket. I'm certainly not in the Smith Out corner but I do believe we can be critical of the man while not wanting him sacked.

2.) 10 Apr 2021 21:18:53
Glad to hear we are not on agent Deano out thread because the guy needs support not us crying for him to be sacked we are building as a team first stage get us promoted second stage retain premiership status next stage consolidate premier league status all of which he has achieved I think he should be lauded for that and given the opportunity to take us to the next level and we need to see how we go next season before we even think about his future in my opinion.
With regard to the list of candidates I don’t know much about Ten Hag so can’t comment on him, but I can’t think
why Simeone would be interested given his current managerial position, Low’s Germany aren’t pulling up any trees currently and I am not sure he has a particularly good cv at club level so I wouldn’t want him. Rafa was good years ago not sure now, I am a bit suspicious of someone who moves to the Chinese super league in a bid to enhance his career! Also I am not sure how many of those on the list would buy into the youth development side of what is supposedly the clubs strategic direction If I was looking at replacements I would include on a shortlist of candidates Gerard if he uses us as a stepping stone to Anfield I am not really bothered as long as we are regularly challenging for a top six position season after season when he leaves. I would also include Dyche and funnily enough Scott Parker on the list I think his team play attractive football he doesn’t seem afraid to change tactics when required and he is good with the media.

3.) 10 Apr 2021 21:32:08
Hi SV, hope you and yours are all well mate.
As you are probably aware, myself and a few others on here have been on about the way we are now playing, compared to the first half of the season, there is simply no comparison.
I am concerned for Deano, because he is one of us, and he is a decent man, who genuinely cares about the club.
My reasons for the bits of Deano I am not sure about, is his reluctance to drop players who are clearly struggling with form, and also the system we are stuck in, of which he seems to have no alternative.
So SV, although I personally don`t want to lose Deano, I do see and understand what people are saying.
I just think he needs to look at his methods, and take on board the problems that are clear for all to see.

4.) 10 Apr 2021 21:58:25
I can understand people debating team selection and tactics at times and I've certainly had a rant or two while watching, but we have to keep in mind what Smith is working with and the context around it. In relative terms we're competing with a squad who are very new to the premiere league and only recently assembled, so as others have mentioned, Smith has earned the right to be given time. The recruitment has been sound in the main, league performance has improved hugely since last season and although we all have different views on player performance, who should start, tactics etc, we should keep in mind that we're in a strong position now and have improved every season he's been here precisely because Smith is in charge of the above.
Everyone would love us to be the perfect team right now, but it will take time and there will be dips in form along the way. let's just try not to panic every time we go through a bad patch and focus on the bigger picture.

5.) 10 Apr 2021 22:22:45
To answer all the questions that have come out from this ill start with villajohn. De hag is the ajax manager who thrives on bringing youth through so would fit the bill. Simione may fancy the prem, I see what you're saying about rafa and low, I was just putting them out there to get a debate going. Dave all is good here mate and hope the same is for you. As I said I just feel deano needs to go back to believing what made us want him in the first place. DBS we are a new team built by deano but he needs to accept they're playing too negatively and make some changes. Now is the perfect time to bleed some youngsters but he won't. We won't make europe and we won't go down so have some fun and have a look at the young guns. I for one would accept some losses whilst trying.

6.) 10 Apr 2021 22:37:59
If we finished inside the Top 10 this season lads Smith deserves the right to continue as Manager, no arguement - Villa will spend big again in the summer and I think it's obvious to most where we need to strengthen, including Smith. If this time next season and there is no genuine progression I think the owners will look elsewhere, they have invested heavily and will expect results - So far Smith has delivered results and my hope is the issues I have with him will diminish with an improved squad.

7.) 10 Apr 2021 22:43:06
The problem with all of this is that it started weeks ago, when a few of us pointed out our performances were getting worse.
When it was mentioned and pointed out, people jumped on us and labeled us as doom a gloomers.
Plain and simple, if someone is not performing, be it a nurse, doctor, driver, dustman, pilot, policeman, footballer even your wife, it doesn`t mean I want a divorce, so you tell them.
What is wrong with that.

8.) 11 Apr 2021 00:18:44
Idealy I'd love to see a manager in place like Valverde (he was fuming when Barry left Barca), Spalletti, Allegri or even Sarri.

Valverde would be my first choice.

Don't get me wrong Smith has done so much for the club but unfortunately he hasn't got that appeal to bring big names or even the pedigree to take us further, I don't think any current UK manager would. Ok maybe one but he's quite happy at Leicester.

Questions for you all:
Do you think Smith is being prevented in bringing the u18/ u23s, especially Barry into the first team?

And is there a wait to next season, so teams don't get to know the strengths/ weaknesses until seeing them in a first 11?

9.) 11 Apr 2021 07:01:42
I haven't seen anyone on here take issue with pointing out that our form has dropped, it's when people take that and use it as ammunition to call for Smith to be sacked or suggest he's not up to it. Form is just that, form, and most people on here are able to look at the broader picture of overall progression and it's nice to see most on this thread agree that Smith has done a good job. We're not perfect and our squad isn't full of quality, especially in attack, so I think it's unreasonable to expect consistently good performances with where we are. I also don't think it's fair to suggest Smith doesn't have the pulling power to bring in quality players abd big names when we're only in our second season in the Prem. Hopefully now Smith has made us a more attractive proposition this season and with financial backing, we'll move up a level again this summer.

10.) 11 Apr 2021 11:23:10
My fear is this form will continue and Villa slip to 13th or 14th in the table at which point I think there will be genuine questions asked regarding our progress under Smith this season, especially having spend 100M (ish) over the past 2 windows and having one of the best players in the league. Again, I'm not advocating Smith be sacked but I do think we are slowly closing in on a scenario where the board (and fans) may start to question Smith's tactics and game management and it wouldn't surprise me if there are tentative reviews of alternative options happening. Personally I want Smith to be given the chance to take us to the next level, he has earned it, but if he is to be successful he needs more tactical flexibility to ensure we are not solely reliant on Jack.

11.) 11 Apr 2021 14:12:33
Sorry DBS, form was mentioned, many many times, it was mentioned 10 weeks ago, by myself, Scotty, and Whacky plus others.
But we were immediately jumped on as doom and gloomers, and calling for Deano`s head.
Which was total rubbish, I keep saying this mate.

12.) 11 Apr 2021 17:38:12
It's about not getting too high when we're in good form and not getting too low when it's not great. With the squad we've got most people would've thought you were wearing claret and blue goggles at the start of the season if you'd have predicted a top 10 finish.

Lower mid-table a realistic progressive target and another relegation battle standing still. We're about where we should be, with a relatviely limited and small squad and our best attacking player injured for a few months.

Bad form is frustrating, especially after playing so well early doors, but we're not the first limited squad to run out of steam in a highly competitive Premier league.

It doesn't mean anything is wrong with the way our club is run, the coaches are still the same coaches that have made us progress so far so quickly, we just need to accept the reality of the situation and that at our clubs stage of development, there are only so many options.

If we've not progressed this time next year then fair enough, questions will and should be asked.

13.) 11 Apr 2021 18:09:33
Dave, I have issued the wife with a P45 I am advertising next week interviews to follow.



29 Mar 2021 21:02:31
Aguero anyone.

1.) 30 Mar 2021 08:12:59
Age, injuries and wage: 31 with a meniscus issue which will be a recurring injury plus 220-280k a week.
Compared to Abraham 23, younger fitter *probably* quicker injury recovery time, 80-120k per week.

2.) 30 Mar 2021 11:22:33
Ads. A good reasoning to which I would beg to differ. 31 is no age, look at Ronaldo or messi they are 6 years older. Injuries i agree is a concern. Wage, no transfer fee really negates the wage demand as for a player of his ability you'd be paying 80 mil in the first place. With regards tammy I would love him back and would look at playing them both.

{Ed077's Note - Not many people in history have had the dedication to maintaining fitness and quality for so long like Ronaldo and Messi. They have never been as injury prone as Aguero for example.}

3.) 30 Mar 2021 12:32:54
Would prefer Memphis Depay and Florian Thauvin, both would also be free in the Summer, both younger, both less injury prone and both with lower wage demands.

4.) 30 Mar 2021 17:59:11
Eds. Going on his stats he averages 27 games a season and from them 18 goals a season. Not sure that makes him injury prone. With regards to longevity who is to say he doesn't keep himself as dedicated as those mentioned and will go on as long. I could add zlattan and Rooney to the list.

{Ed077's Note - 27 games just in the league is hardly great. Some of those games might possibly be cameos as subs.

If it is 27 games in all comps that's hugely injury prone. Missing half the games if that's the case.

Spin it however you want but Aguero has been injury prone which has always halted his campaign every season. There is a reason he has won just a single PL golden boot award despite having one of the best goals per minute ratio in PL history, and that's not lack of quality/ability.

He is a great player who has struggled with fitness. And BTW he I*nt going to sign for Aston Villa anyways, and neither is Memphis Depay for that matter. (Sorry to burst the bubble)

5.) 30 Mar 2021 18:23:47
Doh I was enjoying the bubble. I'd still take his 18 to 20 goals all day long.

{Ed077's Note - that is why the "top" sides are still likely to be after him on a "free". He is a goalscorer of the highest quality whenever he gets on the field on any kind of regularity.

6.) 30 Mar 2021 19:06:12
I see you didn’t rule Thauvin out Ed, any chance we could get him then?

{Ed077's Note - no idea mate. Personally I would have thought AC Milan would have followed up on their previous interest and agreed some sort of move by now. But they've for some reason not tied up a deal yet (likely financial).

7.) 31 Mar 2021 11:39:04
Although aguerro would be great to watch in claret and blue it’s dillusional to think he will sign for any team not playing European football and most likely champions league, he’ll go to a big team to sell jerseys, if I was a betting man I’d put my money on PSG. I don’t know to much about thauvin, on a scale of Davis to ronaldo how good is he? My money is on the British market for our new recruits.

8.) 31 Mar 2021 13:03:17
I know at Bilston market you can pick up pretty much anything but don't ever recall a stall selling top notch centre forwards and wingers 🤔😁😉.



15 Mar 2021 12:48:30
We haven't had a selection debate for a little bit so here goes mine for Sunday.
Cash Konsa, Mings Targett
Sanson Luiz
Watkins Wesley Jack


If Wesley only lasts an hour then ollie goes into the middle and on comes Bidace.

I know I may have thrown the grenade by leaving out super John but for me he's been way off this season.

1.) 15 Mar 2021 15:05:39
Hello Southern,
Bit busy down your way at present.

I want to see us change the pattern.
When House was fit we went to a back 3 which I think we play easier.

Engels Konsa Mings

Cash Marvelous or Luiz Targett

Sanson or McGinn

Grealsh Trez

Presently both Cash and Targett play more like old fashioned wing halves numbers 4 and 6 and just in front of a back 3,numbers 2, 5 and 3.
With Marvelous or Luiz in the middle we could have 6 across the back when needed or a back up behind the back 3
Sanson or McGinn can support the back or the front players.
Grealish must run free to create problems all over the pitch, be more mobile.
Trez can support both Grealish and Watkins.

Players must be a lot more mobile than at present looking for space to receive a pass, helping defenders move the ball forwards.

2.) 15 Mar 2021 18:26:51
Good points you've put there old villain I would prefer watkins out wide to trez though hence Wesley's inclusion. If hause was available I would go with him over engels. Yes really busy round here never seen so many police, like a match day at vp.

3.) 15 Mar 2021 20:51:19
Would go for.
Cash konsa mings targett
Luiz sanson nakamba
Ollie Davis grealish.

4.) 16 Mar 2021 06:50:43
I like engles but would play him against Spurs might still be in his mind about last season.




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05 May 2021 10:38:59
villajohn, I suggested Aguero a couple of weeks back and got slated that his is injury prone and isn't worth the money.



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08 Feb 2021 14:33:56
Sorry not for me at any price. I think there are more consistent performers out there we could look at. He's too hit and miss for my liking. We need players who like jack/ Luiz can influence games not to play a bit part. Goes missing far too much for me.



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09 Sep 2020 13:39:13
Dave, what I like about Watkins is that he is a six yard box man. gets the scrappy goals which count. So I say let's give him the support and hope he fires on all cylinders.



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07 Aug 2020 08:34:24
Not really seen a lot of watkins if i'm honest. Looks quite decent in what I have seen but I just get a bit jittery when we sign the in form championship strikers ( Mcfatface, Hogan) if you get my drift. I would rather we went out and splashed the cash to get Tammy in.



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30 Jul 2020 18:38:35
John remember poch made his name at Southampton and potentially we are much bigger than them. Potentially bigger than spurs if we choose to get someone of his calibre.




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20 Sep 2021 07:52:40
I'll certainly be raising a glass on that day. Rip dave.



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13 Sep 2021 21:51:39
I have now seen the thread and replied on it. Absolutely gutted. Rip villadave.



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13 Sep 2021 21:49:16
Just caught up on this thread and I'm devastated. Never met dave but we have had some really good debates on here. Rip villadave, ill miss our chats.



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13 Sep 2021 21:45:14
Guys have I missed something about villadave. Please fill me in as I only use this site.



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07 Sep 2021 21:58:23
Hope they are both ok and he's back soon.