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  2. sne

    New Manager Speculation

    Lukaku also hailed him as the best mentor he's ever had.
  3. Zatman

    New Manager Speculation

    Great players rarely make great coaches. Clarence Seedorf just relegated from La Liga. People said he would make a great coach
  4. Zatman

    New Manager Speculation

    He was striker coach at Belgium and Lukaku had poor world cup only scoring vs minnows Less said about Batshuayi
  5. Vincenzo

    New Manager Speculation

    No cheating french t@@t for me thanks Stinks of new owners need a big name to generate interest...another Dimatteo in the making imo Won’t work at Villa Get a real manager who loves the Villa...Dean Smith
  6. abdulaziz1

    New Manager Speculation

    But is we keep our best players we will still have one of the best squads in the league, so its not the other way round when we were in the Premier League, he could help us play an attacking game. We have our DeBruyne and Lukaku, but we are missing our Hazard.
  7. weedman

    Time for a takeover

    Been reading through this to see what our new Leeds supporting friends thought of it, and quite how terrible it all was but alas, no sign of them. Strange considering they were only here to "help", you'd have thought they'd be the first to congratulate us? Also, I used to live in Egypt (when I was 2) and can confirm they're all a great bunch of lads
  8. Sadken79

    New Manager Speculation

    Go get Jürgen Klinsmann. Don't know why but every time talk of a new manager comes around he's always top of my wish list. Failing that (and if we've got a shed load of cash) let's puff out our chest like some greased up cougar from the planet big bollocks, make a statement of intention and go get Wenger. Wishful thinking I know but it's nice to dream again !! What a difference 24hrs can make. People were talking about Mick McCarthy this time last week.
  9. Xela

    General Chat

    You are just in de-nile
  10. Hoof hearted

    Time for a takeover

    I'll try my best @Okonokos, I can promise if I get tidbits I won't dangle them for attention! ME OUT!!!
  11. LondonLax

    All New Funny Pics Thread - Clean Edition

    It's a 'no' from me.
  12. sne

    New Manager Speculation

    The club needs to move in a totally new direction and it won't happen with Bruce. Henry might be a gamble but this season will still be about rebuild rather than promotion even with new owners. Much rather have Henry than Bruce handling this. If we assume the new owners are not morons (fingers crossed) then I assume they have a plan, and have been scouting potential managers, be it Henry or someone else. As for Henry I doubt he'd jump on the first opportunity presented to him as he is a big and respected name in the game. And unlike say Maradona or Adams he won't have to take every shady job offered to him. If Henry was willing to come here I imagine he's been presented with a plan and assurances that is tempting to him. Doubt just a big bag of money would be enough. Probably won't end up being Henry but if it is it would be and exciting choice, albeit a bit of a gamble. If he could also bring in some people from Clairefontaine that would be brilliant!
  13. TRO

    Time for a takeover

    My initial Reaction is relief. The rest, I will see how it unfolds.....only in the fullness of time, will I know if we have good owners.....Their intentions will become clear at some point.
  14. stewiek2

    Time for a takeover

    Well what Bates did was form a new company, pile all the assets across such as the ground, hotel etc, burden the old company with all the debt and let it go into administration. Then sold the lovely new debt free Chelsea with the hotel, village etc to Abrammovich and make a tody profit whilst a load of contractors who had Chelsea Village, hotel, the new stands etc were saddled with the debt. Yep a real horrible man.
  15. Okonokos

    Time for a takeover

    You do realise you'll be expected to give us ITK info every week now? Otherwise it will be Hoof hearted out!!!
  16. Hoof hearted

    Time for a takeover

    Pretty much this, it's the old throw enough mud some will stick scenario, I can't be arsed with any of it, it's why I said nothing on Thursday night. Put up or shut up.
  17. vreitti

    Villa and FFP

    Just like Xia did two years ago...
  18. TRO

    James Chester

    No I thought it all season......but thats the point being raised, his downside.....I don't say he is a bad player....just highlighting his weakness, like we do for all our players. We will only be less of a team if we sign someone worse to replace him If you see a downside ,like at Cardiff.....do you just ignore it or do you attempt to get a stronger player. I think at 29 a decent fee and a younger more powerful replacement will do fine for me.
  19. markavfc40

    New Manager Speculation

    The main concern with someone like Henry is that he is used to being around very good players. Both as a player and in his coaching role with Belgium. Will he be able to get a tune out of players with much less ability than he had and those he has played with/coached. Who knows and he would be a risk but that isn't to say it wouldn't work and you'd imagine an immediate benefit is that he would be able to attract some very good young players in on loan. If this has legs I'd think we will know very soon.
  20. stewiek2

    Time for a takeover

    Adidas for decades have been very close to the inner sanctum of FIFA and UEFA. So I suspect if there is a way around FFP then Sawiris has probably seeked advice from adidas. I suspect also that after the EFL piped up about us (to the dismay of other clubs hit by FFP) that they too may have given advice on how to tip toe around some of the issues.
  21. abdulaziz1

    New Manager Speculation

    His connections too would be helpful I guess, we could attract a lot of young French/Belgian players, and atm also couple of Arsenal Loans I’d say. It would give us more attention too, but all of that wont be the target if he is not going with us up. When you think of our defnce build up last season you’d that say Bruce is a good choice, but in terms of attacking and finding solutions, you’d get disappointed again. Some people say they would like Henry as a second man, but coming from Belgium to Championship is hardly an upgrade.
  22. Kingman

    Burton v Villa

    Been designated away pub. https://www.google.co.uk/search?ie=UTF-8&client=ms-android-samsung&source=android-browser&q=beech+hotel+burton#trex=m_t:lcl_akp,rc_f:nav,rc_ludocids:12106055414636105982,rc_q:Beech%20Hotel,ru_q:Beech%20Hotel
  23. a m ole

    Time for a takeover

    Either these guys are confident Xia is somewhat legit and willing to work with him, want to take us over 100% and don’t care either way, or are just as sketchy.
  24. TRO

    James Chester

    He does read the game well and its to his credit....but that is more relevant in the prem......its difficult, because like you I have seen him play very well, but with a certain type of forward he gets out muscled. In this league, they pull you around, Ref's turn a blind eye and before you know where you are the ball is in the net......physical attributes are crucial in this league. as an example....Bamba and Morrison are not better technically than Chester, but more effective in the championship.....Bartley & Janssen when they were at Leeds were similar.....Flint & Baker were formidable until their overall season went pear shaped. I don't think Baker is better than Chester, but offers something in presence, chester can't......you have to cover all eventualities
  25. PieFacE

    Time for a takeover

    That's fine. Any ITK dude is cool as long as they provide info. The minute they start saying "I know things but I can't be arsed to tell everyone" is the moment they pretty much lose respect from everyone. They're just winding people up at that point.
  26. abdulaziz1

    Villa and FFP

    But we are Villa, we can’t imagine things would go the right way until it does. Even last season when everything was going well, it ended in tears. Although if we could really go up this season, and these owners had the real plan, our loss to Fulham could turn out to be a blessing. I would like to think it that way but this year the Championship is much stronger, and we are Villa, so nothing guaranteed.
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