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  1. When a relationship ends, you cut out all forms of communication immediately by deleting any means you have of contacting her, then you get royally drunk and play Football Manager for a week then re-enter the world a new man, a man with unkempt facial hair and an intimate knowledge of the German second division.
    5 points
  2. Thank God you're not in charge then.
    4 points
  3. Any player who cost more than Michu seems to get it. A stick to beat players with. The Michu stick.
    3 points
  4. Because Bent is a luxury player for us at the moment. Because we can't afford to play a pure poacher. Because we need someone who can work back for us like Weimann. Because when Bent has had a chance he's hardly grabbed it with both hands.
    2 points
  5. that tends to be how it works around here: 1 - sign player - he's brilliant 2 - plays a few games - great signing 3 - pace of the new league catches up with him - he's shit, worst signing ever 4 - dropped to bench - waste of money, pissing away our limited resources again 5 - out dropped/injured/on international duty for a while - he's the missing link, he'll make a massive difference when he comes back 6 - go to number 3 and repeat
    2 points
  6. The enemy of football = stats bores.
    2 points
  7. You persist with this argument but it all turns on the situation agreed when Lambert came in What if Lerner said we need to move out Collins, Cuellar, Given, Bent, Hutton, Dunne, Warnock and Ireland as soon as possible. Oh and by the way, even if we don't get an offer for Bent you can't play him because we don't want to pay £3m apperence bonus to Sunderland IF that was the case - Collins and Cuellar were obviously allowed to leave - There would be no point bringing in players to play a system just for Bent - We would need to sign cover for FBs You make the point that the new FBs are no improvement on the old ones. I would argue that they are costing us less than a quarter of what Warnock & Hutton cost, Warnock & Hutton were not noticeably better and Lowton and Bennett in a couple of years could develop to be tons better that W&H ever were for us There is the argument that Lambert has done things too quickly - maybe but again I don't know the financial position and how that influenced his decisions In hindsight ( a wonderful thing), he should have signed a DCM and a further CB - I guess he hoped KEA would do a job for him and that Dunne would recover in the 4 weeks he was supposed to to partner Vlaar, Baker or Clark.
    2 points
  8. Morpheus - I appreciate your comments and think that we have a lot of common ground. In truth, I probably do go a little overboard in my support of Lambert (no shit Sherlock) to counter some of the very negative posters on here, many of whom have a negative comment on every thread, about every player Lambert has admittedly made some mistakes, I won't list them again because they have been done to death, but I think for many of the key criticisms there are extenuating circumstances. I think Lambert over-estimated the "talent" that he had at the club - I think he believed that he could get more out of the youngsters and much much more out of the experienced players. Call that his error, but for me that says more about previous managers than it does about PL. I think Lambert signed up to a plan that didn't include Warnock, Collins, Hutton etc and his subsequent actions were a response to that. I also don't think that we would be better with them in the team and we would not be addressing the wage issue I think that Lambert knew that Bent had to be sold and so bought Benteke and built the side to try and work to his strengths. I know many moan about the lack of width but the current trend in football is to play more narrowly and I think for us to try and play wingers without first having a midfield presence to win the ball would have been worse than what we are currently trying I think Lambert knowing that the squad was going to lose players, had to bring in a quite a few within extremely tight budget considerations. For the cost of say Adam, he bought in 6 or 7 new young players. Most of those have been good VFM and those who have not played well yet (Bennett and KEA) still have time to come good. I have sympathy in particular for Bennett who has had little alongside or in front of him and has had to be blooded in a struggling side - with confidence I think he will grow into a well-regarded player I, like many, wonder why Lambert didn't sign a CB or DCM in tthe summer - only PL himself knows the answer to that. Maybe he thought Dunne would be back much sooner (originally he was out for 4 weeks), maybe he thought Baker and Clark were better than they were, maybe he thought we could get through to Janauary when perhaps a better target was available. Probably in hindsight PL would do differently but at the time maybe circumstances meant a gamble was worthwhile Lambert wasn't my first choice - I would have gone for OGS or Poyet because I knew that we need someone who, given the constraints, would take a radical approach and identify lower league or little known foriegn players. That said I think Lambert fits that bill too. In my view, managers like Benetiez or Redknapp would struggle with the budget problems. People asking for Hughes must have forgotten that he spent a fortune taking QPR to the bottom of the Premier League I thought that running up to the Liverpool game we were looking a little better each time out and my expectation was that with more investment in January we would climb to a comfortable mid-table position. That's not going to be the case now - the wheels came off at Chelsea and the ensuant loss of form shows how fragile our confidence is right now Lambert is not perfect - far from it, but he would have had to be spot on, 100% perfect to be doing much better than we are at the moment. When you see teams like QPR, Newcastle and even Reading improving their squads whilst we do nothing it shows that PL has a tougher job than many of us thought. He is very tactiturn and far from the most engaging man and many jump on this as a further stick to beat him with. Personally, I think that he is a very decent guy - he could easily pass most of the blame to the players or to the board or moan constantly about lack of resources but instead I see a man who is giving absolutely everything to move us forward. I admire him for that People who pay good money to turn up a VP are entitled to voice their concerns, absolutely. I think some criticisms are reasoned and constructive but much is destructive, abusive, ill-thought through and in my view undermines what we are trying to do. Lambert is here for a while yet. I hope he is here for years, because that will mean that he has been successful. If we stick with him now, I beleive he can build a side capable of challenging towards the top of the table consistently. It's a shame RL won't loosen the strings to bring in a couple of new faces to help but I live in hope I'm sure it would be easy for some to pick the odd line or comment out of the above and criticise but that is the way I see it and I won't be changing my mind on that for a while yet. It might seem like excuses for Lambert but I personally think of them as probable reasons for what has gone on so far. VTID
    2 points
  9. It's an interesting quandary that isn't it... On the one hand there is the 'blind love' support where people will continue to pump 450+ quid for a season ticket come what may and who may or may not have anything other than football in their life - they will always be part of the furniture. On the other hand, this is the 21st Century, football competes with a lot more leisure pursuit finances than 40 years ago (my perception anyway) - which makes us customers and consumers. I've had a spiralling downward and receding interest in football generally since the 2010 World Cup and find it harder and harder to motivate myself to exercise my season ticket spending each year - more and more I become disappointed with a feeling that I am not getting value for money, and certainly not enjoying it. I've been a Villa fan as long as I remember, and I have experienced great joy, and the horrors of relegation - but it never felt quite like it does now... I have never felt so humiliated to be associated with the Club - never felt such a prolonged and consistent misery, even back in 86-87. Never been as bad as this. I believe there is serious damage being done to the 'fathful' by all this, and I understand fully why people may throw in the towel. Quite simply, it ain't cheap. And football competes with so many other things now. We're having the stuffing knocked out of us. I don't want to feel miserable week in week out - had enough of that last season, and I threw in the towel and boycotted after the Swansea capitulation through to McLeish's sacking, renewing my ticket as soon as he left the club. I've tried it again this season, and after another 450+ quid and a steady stream of humiliations and humblings, find myself quesitioning why I go... Why do I spend so much money on something that makes me miserable? So, since Eck was appointed, that the best part of 900 quid down the drain on feeling like shite... For that kind of money, a customer should experience some sort of entertainment. There are no guaratees in football, I know that. The win rate at Villa Park however over the last 24 months has been ridiculous... and how many games have been truly enjoyable? I'd be struggling to name 5 if the truth be known. And in that 5, I would put the 3-2 defeat to United in there as 'enjoyable' as it was an entertaining game, even if the final result was predictable and frustrating. Everyone is different - but your point is correct, will they come back? My decline has been since the World Cup, so it's not just Villa - it's football as a whole. I used to watch ANY football that was shown on the tele - I was mad for it. I just can't be arsed with it any more... No interest even in the Champions League unless there's a British team in the final these days. I certainly can't be bothered with England friendlies and qualifying games... Same old, every time with them. I'm a family man and I have other hobbies/interests to fork out for. Stuff that generally makes me happy. Even if we stay up, I can't see me renewing next time - it's too much of a financial risk for so much money on something likely to make me so mad. Something that makes me punch walls... verbally abuse match officials... It's not a nice state to be in... And it happens so much more frequently these days... I'd rather go on a cruise or something. I really would be freeing myself of the habit of just turning up... And further, I might even find that I don't miss it... I didn't miss it one bit from Swansea at home to Norwich away last season. I felt relieved actually. Sure, I'll always be a Villa fan - but I would have freed myself from the whole match day grind and my daughter (bless her) would get extra time from me at home. Stuff that's important... I might buy a shirt, I might not. I have said it before in another thread - the Club does **** all for me and wouldn't do jack shit if I was destitute outside New Street Station wearing my Villa shirt. Just like I am a consumer, Villa are a business and seek any which way to get money out of me - even sending me an email after the Bradford 2nd leg thanking me for my support on one hand, then asking for money on the other by reminding just how many more key home games there are to go in this season. Well Villa - you've already had my money, so tough tits. I don't think I'd be back to be fair... But I certainly wouldn't look down my nose at anyone that did... You pay your money, go when you want, stay away when you want. Live your own life as you're a long time dead - certainly life is too short to be miserable every week in the wind, rain and cold watching the club die on it's arse.
    2 points
  10. Not disagreeing at all with sharing the blame. I 100% agree. Poor players, awful owner and a promising manager that has massively disappointed have all played a part in a pretty awful season so far.
    1 point
  11. Mr Doogan, were the following flukes or were they examples of amazing managerial skills: Ipswich (Burley), Bolton (Coyle), Blackpool (Holloway), Reading (Coppell), SHA (McLeish) and so on?
    1 point
  12. Yeah because Lambert has built such a piss weak midfield, and made us such a shambles at the back, that we can't afford to use a goalscorer like Bent because it's all hands on pump where everyone has to "work hard for the team". Not like that's done us any good after we break every shit record one after the other and lose against, not only the worst Premier League teams, but Championship and Division four teams as well.
    1 point
  13. if randy was confident in lamberts methods, he would financially back him to keep going, because as it stands currently, lambert has hit a brick wall, just a shame our opposition cant face a brick wall as well cant see him offering encouragement as he spends most of his time back in the states, probably eating sloppy joes and shooting whatever they shoot in the US at the moment... deer? school kids?
    1 point
  14. Bent is a goal scorer but only if provided with the right type of service. He will never be a 'Team' player and work hard and make chances for others so at the moment he does not fit into our make up (whatever that is!). Ireland undoubtedly has talent but his mind is not right and never will be. He never wanted to come to VP and has shown little evidence that he wants to stay. He is a 'Big Time Charlie' who likes his cars, women and smoking weird stuff and he is pretty much a toned down modern day version of George Best (without his talent). None of them will be missed because they offer us very little.
    1 point
  15. And just to add my bit to the REM conversation; http://youtu.be/jWkMhCLkVOg This is their best song. I **** love that riff.
    1 point
  16. It said you print the email and pick them up from the kiosk by the Mcgregor statue. If it's three days or more before the game they post them. First time I have used Viagogo, when we still had Seatexchange though I used that all the time. Bit of a pain with it not counting towards a booking history but I've got enough friends and family with season tickets to have that covered. I knew there were some deals to be had but under 12quid all in for the lower holte really suprised me and it's not even for a seat stuck up a corner.
    1 point
  17. I find it hard to believe that two players who were severely beaten up on this forum are now seen as saviours to our season,sad days indeed.
    1 point
  18. Yep, just Bent, Ireland, CNZ, Given, Dunne and Warnock left to get off the books then Lambert can start bringing in free transfers.
    1 point
  19. Is it like a Khyber Pass?
    1 point
  20. I've always said you can't ignore what was going on at the browns. You've got to be a real special kind of **** up to fail so badly in two different sports.
    1 point
  21. My only disappointment this window is that we haven't signed anyone. Other than that it's hard to fault it.
    1 point
  22. This season has not been good enough. Paul and I will do everything in our power to ensure we do not get caught up in a relegation struggle. We are trying t oget players in as we all agree the squad needs strengthening Rest assured I am 100% commited to AVFC and despite recent set backs we will get it right... And as a PS... I appreciate I know **** all about football so I will be getting someone on the board to assist in footballing matters as me and the CEO are **** clueless
    1 point
  23. If knowing his limited budget Lambert actually wants Danny Graham then we're really in the shit.
    1 point
  24. I'd take Bilbo Baggins over Ireland.
    1 point
  25. Surely the quotes at the bottom of the article were from Lambert and not Lerner?
    1 point
  26. We go again, We go again We're Aston Villa, and We go again
    1 point
  27. This has got to be one of the worst month's I have ever known as a Villa fan and I have seen us relegated to the old third division. Diabolical performances against Chelsea, Spurs, Wigan, Bradford and Millwall have made it plain to every Villa fan that we needed to strengthen during this window. However, here we are with 3 days to go and the only time that a sky reporter has pressed our transfer sign is to tell us we have no money. What is going on in RL's head is beyond me. He has invested the best part of £200m in the club and next season PL clubs are set to share in a £60m bonanza. Surely now is not the time to prevent Lambert buying a couple of players to help keep us up. Lambert has proved if he is given money he can unearth gems like Benteke. Everton have just gone out and paid £7m for Leroy Fer, who is the sort of big, skillful midfield player we are crying out for. Surely if Everton can do business like that, Villa should be doing the same. When Villa were relegated from the old first division, it took nearly ten years to get back to the top flight. I can see the same happening again if we don't act immediately.
    1 point
  28. Sadly not everything can be expressed in a single sentence of burning vitriol
    1 point
  29. I dunno, I just get the impression one person says "he's signing", then another will say "he's got a house", then another will say something else and between them they all just create a whole story about something that doesnt exist. That's the impression I got when reading their Twitter conversations. Just a load of people who want to believe everything is real.
    1 point
  30. Weimann Bent Benteke Bowery Carruthers Johnson N'Zogbia Clark Westwood Vlaar Guzan Let's just go for it I call it the 'Golden Chalice' formation Don't lump it up like we did against Bradford but keep the ball in their half, This formation I think would lead to 18-0 but that could be either way depending on how successful it is. Or a high scoring game anyway.
    1 point
  31. Hello again, I'm probably even less welcome on here now than I was last week(!) However, I wanted to share the article I wrote for Sabotage Times about the last time Villa travelled to Millwall for an FA Cup tie. In the pre-sanitised, pre-Premier League days when we somehow scraped by without Twitter and mobile phones, a legend was created at The (old) Den, not just in terms of a great night of giantkilling and the indominatable twelfth man's influence on the atmosphere, but for the way the target of the home fans' humour took it on the chin and attained his very own cult status every bit as admired by Millwall supporters who were there that night back in 1986 as the great occasion itself. I hope you enjoy it, and I (genuinely) hope you stay up this season: http://www.sabotagetimes.com/football/millwall-remembering-aston-villas-paul-birch-and-his-shirley-temple-blonde-locks/ Cheers, Merv Payne
    1 point
  32. I can guaruntee that I know many Everton fans that wanted Moyes gone just a few seasons ago, saying is tactics were totally inept and the style of football is rubbish. 11 years on and this is his best squad, yes, its taken 11 years! Lambert for me is still the man, relegated or not, he will come good. The onus for me is the Chairman, Lambert needs a little help and Lerner has come out in the kindest way and said 'keep fighting'.
    1 point
  33. Good news. they'll be able to let him out of that hotel room soon...
    1 point
  34. 59. Quite pleased with that.
    1 point
  35. Speak for yourself - there are a lot of us who can see the bigger picture and are willing to give PL time to sort out the nightmare he inherited.
    1 point
  36. I know. That list is a nightmare. Contrast those players with the players David Moyes has brought in over the years at Everton. Night and day. O'Neill was a **** idiot in the transfer market.
    1 point
  37. Had a little look on viagogo and picked myself up a ticket in the lower holte for just £11.80...
    1 point
  38. I am pretty sure that if Randy Lerner sat down and read all these posts - he would be deeply saddened and aggrivated. And if he then called up 10 of those posters and spent a day showing how things works as an owner for Aston Villa, all of those people would have a totally different view on things. He has made a few bad calls like everyone else in the game has done, and the appointment of Alex McLeish I will never know the whole story behind, but on the whole the thing about owning a football club is spending a lot of money. You have to appoint the right people in the administration, the people that get zero attention and we don't hear anything about, as well as the manager who appoints his own staff. Getting around these decisions are very hard, extremely hard, but the appointment of Paul Lambert was accepted by 99% of everyone on here. The ones who said no at the time were either just opposing or without a better candidate at hand. Sure there were Roberto Martinez, Ole Gunnar Solskjær and a few other of the same calibre, but Lambert was the man. Regarding Alex McLeish, and I am not one to believe in silly theories about aliens and NASA hidings of information, the only explanation was to get a season where we performed so close to oblivion that our expectations just plummited and hence made the job easier for the next guy. Our team was basically too good to go down and we didn't, creating leeway for Lambert when he came in. Of course, this was not the case but it is the only viable theory I have!! The expectations for Lambert were too high though, and even though we started disasterously and just kept on doing worse, people were sticking by him even though most of the harm was done by him. I have explained this before; he was cocky and arrogant when he came in, we liked it because that is how every good manager acts, but without results you are immediately an eccentric dud everyone wants to get rid of. Promising certain playing patterns, believing you are so good at developing talents into superstars that every signing can be at 500K and 10K wages - in fact just playing real-life FM with the club we all love. Now I am not saying Lerner is the perfect owner. He is not, basically because he does not spend tons of money and because he is shy of attention which leads to a lot of idiots spitting out their venom. I don't want an owner who talks to the media all the time like the ones at West Ham or interfers with business like Abramovich. In terms of numbers he has spent a lot of dollars, but results have gone against us and he has refrained from doing it all over. I understand that perfectly well. Doing well and spending little like Everton is not for everyone, just like everyone can't have the scouting network of Arsenal. Since Doug Ellis left the building (well, the main office) a lot of clubs have come along with new owners. A lot of clubs spend money and now we have Spurs, Newcastle, Liverpool, Stoke, Sunderland, Fulham (at least wages) can spend money as well as Man Utd, Man City, Arsenal and Chelsea. The competition is much harder than what it was in 2006 and we have no godgiven right to be top 8 anymore, just as much as we cannot expect to buy player for 20M net every window. Would I rather have Everton's owner? Hell no. I hate it when fans on here, everyone from 14 to 50 year olds without any sort of relevant academic degree, start to talk about wages and solutions - basically acting like internet accountants. And when ten people agree on something it is suddenly gospel and Lerner is the bad guy. Most of us, and I certainly include myself, don't know anything about what is going on at Villa behind the scenes. Lerner is not the best owner, but there are 20 people "owning" clubs in this league (including multiple owners of course) and ours is certainly not the worst. Would we rather have that guy from Newcastle? Two years ago their fans were hunting him down and forcing him to sell and he would have if he found the right buyer. Now they are doing better overall, it just goes to show how quickly things change with some results. They are doing worse in the league again this year, but that has got more to do with management and unluck. They are buying players and guess most of their fans are content. What about the guys at Blackburn? The reaction on here signals we have owners compared to them, people who obviously don't know what they are doing. A lot of shit has gone against us the last couple of seasons, including Man City arriving and buying our best players two seasons in a row. They took our slot in the table and beyond, took our best players and made sure Champions League would be impossible for a team like us, especially as we are not from London and can't get our hands on players Tottenham could get on the same wages. Top 4 became a nightmare, and only a year before that it was a reachable dream. It pans down to the manager. A great manager, especially one that inherits a mediocre team, with a few rough diamonds like Ireland and N'Zogbia, Darren Bent, Shay Given, Richard Dunne etc, and also gets 20M to spend would do MUCH better than Lambert has done. I have seen so many ridiculous explanations of why Lambert is still great and that our team is THAT awful. Yes it is pretty bad evidently, but a good manager can work with it and grind out results. A great manager makes Ireland and N'Zogbia return to former levels and he sure doesn't bench Darren Bent for Jordan Bowery. Excuses have come from right, left and centre - pretty much saying every one of our players are awful (why were they not last year when McLeish was here?) - but a manager of a certain level makes things work anyway. Suddenly Darren Bent is at the same level as Francis Jeffers and he doesn't fit into the team. Fit into what exactly? I sure as hell cannot see any other player fit that well into our system, as we are letting in a lot of goals and scoring very few. A lot is wrong with this club at the moment, and we don't know what will happen in a few years. But to blame everything solely on Randy Lerner is ignorant in my mind, because he sure is above many of the other prospects and there sure is a lot of idiots running football clubs in England. If he finds a new potential owner to give us a lot of cash every window then fine, but again, it is not a godgiven right except for a few selected others. The play on the pitch is in the hands of Lambert, and what he has grinded out with this material is under the bare minimum thus far. Hindsight is a bitch, because we can talk about it and say I told you so, but Lerner has to make one decision and stick with it until results are in a year later. People are mad because we aren't spending 20M every time, but look at the others clubs and show me who is doing it. We are 5th or 6th in net expenditure over the last 5-6 years I think, but our managers have performed badly. Now, is Lerner the first owner to hire crap managers? For every successful story like David Moyes, there are 40 others like Owen Coyle, the problem is that a gazillion people on the internet believe the former is the thing to expect every single time a club hires a manager. Our (big) problem is not Randy Lerner, I don't think the harrassment of him is warranted for one second, because for some reason he is taking the fall for our manager who is doing a very bad job this season at Aston Villa Football Club. In two years things could have changed for the better, we could suddenly find ourselves in top 10, spending some cash and doing OK - I guess chances are high Randy Lerner will still be here and Paul Lambert not.
    1 point
  39. I'm not bothered by the format of the show, I just wish they'd include more Fords!
    1 point
  40. I genuinely hope so. As an aside, your avatar makes me feel ill. Is it entirely necessary?
    1 point
  41. FFS - Wages, Wages, Wages, - are we fans or bloody accountants ? - a decent premiership footballer earns between £40 - £75k a week- Get over it - If we want to be a premiership club, thats what we are going to have to pay. These complex calculations - if x pays 50% of huttons 50k pw , then that will free up £30k a week to bring in player z ....its complete rubbish ......Warnock + Dunne leave in the summer anyway ...... The real issue is are we prepared to pay the going rate for a prem player, Like Stoke, Newcastle, Fulham are ? - If not why not ?
    1 point
  42. ..... I am beginning to wish Benteke is going away just to shut haters like you up if you don't like him just sell him lets see how shit you are without him............................;
    1 point
  43. This. If he goes without kicking up a stink and we get £15m - £20m for him I won't complain. But, as you say, it needs to be put straight back into signing more quality young players.
    1 point
  44. Couple of goals for ya'll. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhjjCYdjgGs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Srmf0dAACI
    1 point
  45. If I wanted to watch fat, self-important, unintelligent arseholes have asinine arguments with each other without any reasonable debate, I'd visit the main forum.
    1 point
  46. An 8 year old boy asks his local priest if wanking gives you muscles. Rather surprised, the priest replied "I don't think so my son, but don't stop I'm about to cum"
    1 point
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