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    • It's an East coast West coast thang
    • Just saw this mentioned in the Birmingham Mail and I'm posting it as I don't remember reading about it last year. I think some people were cynical about our being hamstrung by FFP but as of 2016 we had a bigger wage bill than Atletico Madrid. Sure we've got rid of some big earners in that time. And added a whole load more. I hope Man City Melbourne are paying all of McCormack's wages.  http://www.theversed.com/43825/aston-villa-fans-bigger-atletico-madrid/#.O1516G2609d5556i0
    • Name Home Team     Away Team Guess   Villa 1 1 Barnsley Draw   Brighton 1 2 Chelsea Chelsea   Arsenal 0 0 Palace Draw   Burnley 0 1 Man Utd Man Utd   Everton 0 0 West Brom Draw   Leicester 2 0 Watford Leicester   Stoke 2 0 Huddersfield Stoke   West Ham 4 2 Bournemouth West Ham   Man City 3 0 Newcastle Man City   Southampton 0 2 Spurs Spurs   Swansea 1 3 Liverpool Liverpool Demitri_C             wahey !!! 
    • Reality check for some Wolves fans last night with that defeat to lowly swansea 
    • It isn't crazy though is it? 11 games ONE win, Bruce came and actually won games with the same players. In fact he win a load.  
    • hmmm depends. They literally stumbled into the prem. In 3 play off games they scored one goal and went up/through from two penalty shoot outs. Not exactly total football is it. Play some decent stuff occasionally but hit and miss for me.
    • I respectfully have to disagree with you, however I understand why you feel the way you do. For me, Lambert was a large part of the beginning of Aston Villa's recent decline. Whatever the mitigating circumstances (see: Randy UnLerneard) he stuck around filling his wallet with our club's money whilst overseeing a team nose diving in terms of quality, style, confidence and ultimately heading towards oblivion. As the 5th Manager*  to take over after Lambert, Steve Bruce has stopped the rot and decline of our once great club.
      With limited funds (Hogan aside) Bruce has galvanized a squad which now looks as though it's going to compete at the minimum in the playoffs and if (fingers crossed, breath held in) looks like it is going to mount a challenge for automatic promotion (albeit 2nd place.)
      This is no mean feat. When Sir Graham of Taylor arrived in the 80's he described us as a shambles.
      In some ways, mainly because of the financial crater we are in, Bruce has actually found us in an even poorer state than that SGT did.
      I know Bruce is flawed, I know he is not Pep Guardiola, but he has, on limited resources, dragged us to where we are now. A position which could see us return to the money laden promised land of the PL. ( I have mixed feelings as to whether or not it's worth returning, but despite all of the PL's shortcomings the club should be in the top flight of English football.) These are the reasons I feel that Bruce has had a positive impact on AVFC whereas Lambert is a taste I cannot seem to wash out of my mouth.   *Sherwood, Garde, Black, RDM
    • I will admit that I KINDA rate him.  But it's not because of anything he did.  It's because of what I THINK he might have done if he had gotten backing.  Truthfully a portion of it is a sympathy vote.  He truly was hung out to dry.  Look at the roster he started with.
    • I have absolutely no idea what Garde did that led to some rating him. Each to their own, but for me we may as well have put one of the Turnstile operators in charge. Anyway.....