Fireworks. Some of them are just crazy powerful now and so easy for the public to get hold of. It's way different to the selection box of Standard or Bendicks fireworks that everyone used to have.
I'm suprised there aren't far more deaths to be honest.
I suspect the agreement with the player is already done in principle. It’s just a matter of agreeing the fee with Juventus. They need to sell and are just hanging off for as long as possible to get the biggest fee. They are then trying to create a Mexican stand off by leaking interest of other clubs to try and force an increased offer from us. It will happen either today or tomorrow.
I remember all this. We were struggling in Div2 when Ellis took over (1968) but we had been mismanaged for some time so went down to the then Div3 in 1969. We did come back under Ellis so he must take some of the praise. The real issue over Ellis comes in later years. Much can be written - indeed has been - but for me Villa finished 2nd in the first year of the Premier League (under Ellis) but then lacked the ambition to retain a top 4 position - this is where Ellis did not have the strategic vision needed to take us forward. Very much like the old board Ellis replaced in 1968.
No, of course I don't. I reckon a 10 year old could connect the dots though. We're talking about hundreds of houses and you don't think anyone would find it suspicious if half of them were sold in a 5 year period?! Anyone left owning theirs could just hold NSWE to ransom.
The only way we purchase a large number of houses around Villa Park is by convincing the council to CPO it.
I'm a chartered surveyor and what I think does have some element of professional experience behind it, not just 'surely there's a way around it if you're that rich'. I'm telling you for a fact that they would not be able to acquire the land by stealth in a reasonable time period - whether or not you want to believe me is your prerogative.
Yeah I'd have liked it to happen earlier as well but I guess he's unsure and is having his agent test the market. Also think there are other players Juve are more keen to get rid of than him, we'd had gotten Ramsey for free had we asked.
And then there is the current international break and the AFCON if our main target is there. No idea where Bentancur is ranked on our list of targets.