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  2. Rugeley Villa

    Rogues Gallery

    I've got a lot more stamina though, and I'm not just on about hill climbing stamina
  3. DCJonah

    Sam Johnstone

    Agreed. He has been good but I can't think of many games where I feel like he got us the points. He has been part of a solid defence but not someone who can't be replaced.
  4. Today
  5. Ponky

    Firesales

    Rubbish post - ignore
  6. Ponky

    Firesales

    It all hinges on who the manager is. Bruce will fight to keep many of the old heads, but those who weren't really part of his plans like Lansbury, Hogan and Bjarnasson will probably be sold. Whether or not Jack leaves I think will be left up to him, but his currency is as high as it has ever been. I suspect he would not be enthralled at joining the likes of Brighton or Crystal Palace, but would jump at the chance to join a higher mid-table club like Arsenal or Chelsea (see what I did there). If we bring in a new manager with a modern football system then we may find the likes of Hogan and Bjarnasson staying. Hogan especially has shown he can score when he gets a run in the team and we play to his strengths, but he has spent most of his time here chasing down long balls over the top. And Bjarnasson, when played in his proper position, was consistently very good. These guys are by no means bad footballers, they are just not well suited to Bruce's style of play - which makes their recruitment in the first place something of a mystery.
  7. Ponky

    Steve Bruce

    As I understood it Bruce resigned from Hull when he was told he would not be getting much money to spend. I suspect that a similar scenario is developing at Villa. We will struggle to compete without the likes of Grealish and Chester, yet we will struggle to rebuild the squad without selling them. I am not sure Bruce will want to stick around for that.
  8. HanoiVillan

    Sam Johnstone

    He's been good, but he's hardly irreplaceable. There's surely another PL team with a decent young goalkeeper to loan out, or a free transfer or something. You don't need Manuel Neuer in the Championship; Wolves got promoted with nearly a hundred points with John Ruddy in goal. The best teams score more than their opponents and limit their chances with possession.
  9. HanoiVillan

    Transfer Window Summer 2018

    I think this is exactly wrong. What are Remi Garde and Tim Sherwood, if not risks? Even just limited to the new ownership, Di Matteo was a pretty risky appointment.
  10. USA_Villa

    Steve Bruce

    Keeping my fingers crossed this is true. Please, Please.
  11. Tom13

    Firesales

    Although this team has his faults, I've grown to really like this group of players this season. Real shame that it's looking like it'll have to be ripped apart without achieving our goal
  12. Risso

    Steve Bruce

    I can vouch for the poster on H&V 100%. I know nothing about the Lions club chairman though, or how where he heard the news/rumour.
  13. supermon

    Steve Bruce

    Please be true
  14. supermon

    New Manager Speculation

    I like the idea of Buvac, that would be quite exciting. Really don't want Sam Allardyce, there's a reason a team that finished 8th in the premier league have parted ways with him, his football is awful.
  15. dounavilla

    Steve Bruce

    TBAR probably. Upon checking , this has come from a poster on h&v who heard it from a lions club chairman.
  16. Yesterday
  17. flashingqwerty

    Ratings & Reactions: Play Off Final v Fulham

    i watched quite a lot of cardiff this season. they often play better football than we do but they also have pace in the side and have players capable of bullying the opposition as and when needed. they can and do play multiple different styles and always have a plan b - something villa under bruce do not have. its one thing playing defensively when you have a big man up top and pace throughout your midfield - but we stopped playing with a big man up top some time ago and whilst we have 1 or 2 players who can run fast they are ponderous on the ball which negates their running speed. to play good counter attacking football the midfield needs players who not only run fast ( of which i think we only have 2) but also think fast (of which i think we only have 1). this 11 wasnt built with our 'style of play' in mind - its an assembly of players who did well at other cĺubs playing a multitude of different styles. i see no efgort to assemble a team to suit how we play or a group that offers us the ability to play multiple ways. it appears we went and bought the 'best of the rest' without any plan to turn them into a cohesive unit and i believe ultimately this was our undoing. i dont believe SB has what it takes to assemble a squad with an identity and strong playing style that offers fluidity and flexibility- he is much like oleary in that he wants an honest bunch who work hard and he couldnt even get that right.
  18. MrDuck

    Incorrect Song Lyrics.

    AC/DC - "I'm TNT, I'm dynamite" Well you can't be both. TNT is trinitrotoluene, dynamite is mitroglycerin mixed with earth or sawdust. Dynamite is much safer, much more stable.
  19. MrDuck

    Incorrect Song Lyrics.

    Well, technically it wasn't at Waterloo either... it was fought between Hougoumont, Papelotte and la Haye Sainte. It became known as the Battle of Waterloo because the despatch sent back to England with news of the victory was sent from nearby Waterloo.
  20. VillanousOne

    Steve Bruce

    ????
  21. sheepyvillian

    New Manager Speculation

    Now that's worth a thought .
  22. sheepyvillian

    New Manager Speculation

    Only for a couple of days. I certainly wouldn't want him managing us in the Premeirship.
  23. sheepyvillian

    New Manager Speculation

    I couldn't give a tom tit about stats and his supposedly limited role at Brentford. I can guarantee he wouldn't have us playing the shite, I had to witness in the first half yesterday.
  24. Stevo985

    Incorrect Song Lyrics.

    I'd never noticed this but I can confirm this is true having just gone and listened to it
  25. Reivax_Villa

    Steve Bruce

    Rumours are circulating on forums that he has resigned. I don't know how true this is though..
  26. Stevo985

    Steve Bruce

    They didn't get Benitez in the Championship. They got him in the Premier League and convinced him to stay when they got relegated. He wouldn't have gone there if they'd been in the Championship when they hired him.
  27. The_Rev

    Football Kits 2018/19

    The Nike stuff is awful this time round, far too 'busy' imo.
  28. sheepyvillian

    Steve Bruce

    In a nutshell.
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