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  1. I would love us to bid for Delph, offer him a huge contract... then the day of confirming the deal Tony Xia turns round and say's 'actually I've changed my mind'
    19 points
  2. If you haven't finished your Christmas shopping, there's still time to snap one of these up! ‪
    10 points
  3. We can finally scratch Barton off the list as he's signed for Burnley. So that's a one thing less to worry about.
    9 points
  4. I am not sure of the merits of bringing up McClaren and using him as a yardstick to judge Bruce by, given they inherited different clubs, but I think you make a good point here in that McClaren would not have been wanted by many at the club and would have perhaps been judged differently by some but be under no illusions a number of our supporters also didn't want Bruce. I don't know maybe you were one of them and had someone you favoured more been employed you'd have judged him more favourably after the same run of results. I have certainly made the error of having a downer on a manager before he arrived in Houllier and it clouded my judgement going forward. I suppose the crux of it is,regardless of who the manager who replaced RDM was, what was the most you would have realistically expected given the squad they would be inheriting, the poor run of results when they arrived, the tendency to concede late goals, the mental impact of playing for a club that had not won away for 14 months, growing frustration amongst supporters at a poor start to another season on top of the previous 5 years of struggle and the fact that despite a poor start there was still huge expectation at our football club which brings an added pressure. Taking all of the above into consideration, which combined are all pretty much unique to our club, then whoever was the manager I struggle to see at this stage how anyone could have expected much more than 2 points per game, the new man taking more than double the points his predecessor took in the same amount of games and putting to bed 14 months of failing to win away and turning around our tendency to concede late goals to now doing the total opposite. Managers going into other clubs will be inheriting a total different set of circumstances to what Bruce inherited here. The points on the board may be similar but take the time to look a little deeper and not much else will be the same. For that reason it is best to judge Bruce against what we know was wrong here rather than against what someone is doing somewhere else.
    8 points
  5. After busting my guts for the last few months, got a promotion today! Happy days
    6 points
  6. Every time I've seen Iorfa - and not just this season - he's been complete toss. I think he's living on the fumes of a wunderkind reputation he developed a couple of years ago. I don't think he's an improvement on Hutton tbh.
    6 points
  7. Sunderland 3-1 Liverpool 6-0 "How shit must you be, we scored a goal" Being called a word removed by all and sundry and rather amusingly accused of having one's belly tickled by Tom Fox. "It's just a weight off your shoulders" Marching down the Trinity Road in the sun chanting We Want Lerner Out. Who the **** is Tony Xia? I LOVE TONY XIA! Who the **** is Jonathan Kodjia? I LOVE JONATHAN KODJIA! Preston... Soooo Sally can wait, she knows it's too late as we're walking on by... "STEVE BRUCE (claret and blue army) STEVE BRUCE (claret and blue army)"
    6 points
  8. 6 points
  9. The Bad January's transfer window Not being the least bit surprised at any of the poor results during the first half of 2016. Lescott's tweet Gabby's relegation night out King and Bernstein walking out after 4 nanoseconds RDM The Sad Dalian - Rest in Peace The Good AVPG Meeting @markavfc40 and @HanoiVillan Randy leaving Tony Xia The club starting to appear like it has an understanding of it should be run The signs of recovery under Bruce Villa Talk being a (relatively) safe, humorous refuge during turbulent times The sentimental (as it's nearly Christmas) In a season when Villa won three league games, I was told I'd become a father about twenty minutes after the Crystal Palace win.
    5 points
  10. we've been here before... you arent going to cross a bloke stood still being marked by 2 defenders if he doesnt show then people arent going to pass to him, his movement is horrendous, he's been worse than heskey, £7m is crazy money for him
    5 points
  11. We buy a lot of average midfielders and then get rid of them. I wish we'd have just saved up and bought Pogba.
    5 points
  12. but there is no ceiling.....he hasn't got a ceiling....its ficticious. just like Saunders and Ranieri hadn't got ceilings. He only has history and that history relates to the circumstances at those clubs. I agree with your comments of finding a manager for 10 years.
    4 points
  13. Congratulations.......can I have a large coke with the fries, please. Ta.
    4 points
  14. I think these incidents also have to be put in the context of where they occurred. In Normandy two Muslims guys walked into a church, made the Priest kneel before the alter then sawed off his head before receiting the Shahadah. The shock factor of that pretty much ensured it was going to lead the news for a day. Had two Christians done the same to an Imam in any Islamic country the streets would have run with Christian blood for weeks as revenge attacks were carried out. That's exactly what happened when a few western newspapers published a few cartoons!! Complaining about the butchery of the Priest being reported quite heavily seems to be deliberately holding the west to an entirely different and totally unfair standard.
    4 points
  15. I think we should take £7m for him - but I'm surprised he's getting the stick that he is. We haven't once played to his strengths during the time he's been at the club (a few Amavi crosses aside) but his attitude has always been spot on and he's still chipped in with a few goals. Sign a player who has scored the most headers of any player in the past 2 years he played football - play zero **** width and expect him to become a hold-up, target man. LOGICZ. At least Pulis will know what to do with him in their team.
    4 points
  16. Yeah, I do. I work with this bloke who's continuously telling me massive whoppers. In the end I had to say to him, look I don't have time for this BS, plus I'm really tired, as I was up all night having a three way with Theresa May, and a Brazilian midget.
    4 points
  17. 4 points
  18. It isn't 'post on poster'. You're suggesting something ridiculous, and I'm criticising that suggestion. That's what 'then' is doing in my post.
    4 points
  19. Been a bit of a crap one, hasn't it? Started out with the board refusing to back a new manager, followed by humiliation and relegation. Between it all were the protests - which were (if I do say so myself) something to be proud of. Then we get Tony, RDM and the absolute chaos of his management. Following that Bruce and a revival. Been one hell of a year and one we won't forget - for bad reasons mainly, but some good in there in parts. What are your main memories?
    3 points
  20. Strangely, I wouldn't sell Gestede, despite his obvious shortcomings.
    3 points
  21. Oh but they need to with those. How else will they get their consultant jobs after their political careers are over?
    3 points
  22. Understandably so. Glad they are okay.
    3 points
  23. I have an old petrol car. Cannot do my job without the car, you'll have to take my word for that. Should I be keeping that old car that runs n runs and gets me 48mpg on the motorway? Or should I get someone to build me a new one, with batteries I guess? It'll need plugging in too I guess, so that's probably just shifting the pollution from where you can see it to some nice nuclear plant far away. Interested to see what the answers are. My hunch is, I keep the car until it isn't economical to repair it.
    3 points
  24. This is the most disappointing thing I've seen today, and I've already looked in the mirror.
    3 points
  25. There's a whole chunk of truth in that, but to pin it all on the US or US, the West and Israel is still, to my eyes to over egg the pudding massively. The whole region has long been a barely stable mesh of Dictatorships, Royal rule, sectarianism, oppression, torture, inequality, religious lunacy, terrorism, state brutality and so on. Motives matter too. When, for example, people in the west - people like you, wanted "us" to act when Libya was undergoing the anti Gaddafi uprisings and the fighting there, you were I'm certain, doing so because you thought "we" could make it better, could help people. Turned out to be quite wrong, but the human desire people had to want to try and intervene was benign and commendable, I suppose. The people wanted rid of Gaddafi, and eventually they got him. The west, for sure, had been both supportive of, and strongly anti him, depending on the decade and world events, so the hypocrisy of Western involvement in getting rid of him can be pointed at, yet it still wasn't the west or the US doing the mayhem. The west didn't start the fire. Personally I wasn't so keen on us getting involved to start with, which perhaps makes me hard hearted, but I generally can't see how or when our military involvement in the middle east and all its wars and conflicts tends to have ever really been beneficial, or how we've ever had the faintest idea of what "success" would look like and how to achieve it. You could argue the first Gulf war when Saddam invaded Kuwait, I suppose and that worked because there was a clear aim - repel Iraq from Kuwait, then we were unable to deal with Saddam properly. So I think Muslim Brotherhood, Dictatorship, simmering resentment, Hezbollah, Hamas, Dictatorships, Royal rule, sectarianism, oppression, torture, inequality, religious lunacy, terrorism, state brutality, Turkey, Russia, Iran, uncle Tom Cobbley and all are also involved and that there's not really an option for peaceful westernised democracy to result. The people seem to want to go on with their religionist type states. Blaming just the West or USA/Israel is to (IMO) overlook a whole bunch of other stuff by other players and factors.
    3 points
  26. I know the point you are making and it's a valid one I'm just not sure it's a good example. There were no fatalities, the motive isn't known and the attack hasn't been linked to any kind of extremism. The only thing it's been linked to is another murder. So really it's a domestic story and you wouldn't expect it to get picked up by international media especially on the same day as an assaination in Turkey and the incident in Berlin. It was though reported by some British media such as The Guardian.
    3 points
  27. Jedinak can't do 10% of the work Gana does. Gana is a running machine, Jedinak plays like a centre back in midfield. The thing we need most is a player like Gana, someone who can do all the leg work that lets us get the best out of someone like Jedinak.
    3 points
  28. Animals before and after being called a good boy.
    3 points
  29. The model they are explicitly pursuing is of Jihadi entrepreneursim. 'Don't come to us, attack in place, use vehicles, or a knife, or whatever you can get hold of, kill as many as you can.' Both AQ and IS media outlets have been putting this message out for a while online, in videos and via their published literature. The new organising principal of expeditionary terrorism is decentralisation. The core groups don't need the hassle and risk of compromise to bring people to Jihadi controlled territory, indoctrinate and train them, then sneak them back to plan and launch spectacular attacks. There is still a level of that happening (Paris, Brussels) but it's not the main effort anymore. If the perpetrator says "I'm acting in the name of IS/AQ/Judean People's Front" then that's who they are and what they are doing.
    3 points
  30. I like the guy and it would be a shame if he left. He hasn't pulled up any trees but has a good attitude- unlike some of the players last season. At least he had the decency to go to the fans at the end of the season at Arsenal.
    3 points
  31. Well, you can't just invite them for a chat, as some of the ironic comments above have rightly emphasised. You have to start by reducing their immediate power (see comments above about where Isis get their money to buy weapons and the people to use them). You also have to undermine their base of popular support, by offering people a safe, clean place where they can earn a living and get on with their life. Nothing is more successful than that in undercutting support for terrorist movements. Unfortunately, the strategy of "the west", which I guess means the US and those who ars prepared to support them uncritically and unthinkingly, is the exact opposite; building support for terrorists, by oppression and destruction. When you get to the point where they will have a conversation, you then have to give them concessions which seem to go further than your (by then) position of strength would suggest. In such ways, we build peace. It's not quick. And it's not what we're doing now. By doing the wrong thing, we extend the period of danger to ourselves, and certainly create the scope for more terrorist attacks, which could kill your child or mine.
    3 points
  32. Yeah but this is VillaTalk. If a player isn't quite up to scratch yet, or at this exact moment, the conclusion is to sell him ASAP.
    3 points
  33. If there's one thing Tony knows a lot.about it's urban redevelopment. I'd trust him to know more than me or anyone else here about what to do with Villa Park and the surrounding areas.
    3 points
  34. Nice bit of christmas spirit in Blackpool. I suppose they have a tradition of lights. Video is worth watching, on this page.
    2 points
  35. Not just a loan to the end of the season either, they are talking about a right to buy at the end of the season. How this kid can be judged a failure after two good years with Verona, after only a 4 months or so with us is mental. Those saying he's cost us games are looking at it pretty one eyed, he's saved us in games too. I think he will turn out to be a good talent. You don't get interest from Juve if you are shit, especially given the calibre of goalkeeper they are used to.
    2 points
  36. I think that's pretty harsh and you're potentially misunderstanding what kind of cross is needed - it's not a pinpoint placing to a specific point. For example: It's a cross hit into "an area", with plenty of height on it that gives an attacker plenty of time to read the situation - which is exactly what Gestede does. The one against Blues is more whipped, but still similar - in "an area" that the attacker can go for: (Oddly sped up, too). I don't want to bring him into yet another damn thread, but it's a similar notion as to why Benteke asked Westwood to hit those "floaty corners" that no-one likes. If you have a prolific threat in the air, they often love to be able to watch and judge the cross so they can make a movement at the right time and beat their opponents in the air. Rondon is a different type of good-in-the-air striker. He's more mobile and more likely to want more accurate crosses as he can pull off a defender quite easily and still direct the ball on. Gestede doesn't play like this. Benteke didn't play like this. In both instances, we've basically brought these players in only to (almost) completely neglect having great crossers on either flank.
    2 points
  37. I think like myself KHV, you can always be relied upon
    2 points
  38. Sorry to go off topic, but I had an issue recently which was **** 'procedure'. Had a parcel which ended up being missed, they said it can be picked up from Sainsburys. I get there and they ask for the email (I don't have an email), but I have texts with the parcel number, my drivers license, a copy of the order with the same number on the box they have, as well as the card they gave me when they missed my delivery. But they wouldn't give me the parcel as I might not be me. Even though my name is on the box, which is on my license, which has the address for the box, which has a reference number which is on the texts... So yeah, **** procedure. I feel for you!
    2 points
  39. No but then that can also depend on the news day, as I said there were two much higher profile incidents. Listen I'm not saying there isn't a bias in the media, far from it. As I said originally I agreed with your point just not particularly this example based on the limited information available. The incident you refer to in France I assume is the one where the vicar was murdered? I'd argue that had that happened in isolation in say Portugal and without any link to the ISIS narrative we'd likely not heard about it. But coming as it did among other incidents in France and with the ISIS link it was always going to be bigger news. I accept there is a bias in the media. But I also recognise that other factors can be in play such as other news events or the lack thereof, plus the theme of news. So for instance if there were a wave of attacks on Mosque's I think it would be a bigger story. The media love interlocking stories, stories in isolation such as the one in Zurich with no real narrative don't have much play, that is less about bias and more about the reality of modern media.
    2 points
  40. Sorry but I don't agree and I think you've made some pretty big leaps in the above. We don't know it has more significance than being a local story, that is purely your assumption. Yes the people in the Mosque will be Muslim it doesn't though automatically follow that they were targeted for that reason. They might have been, they might not have been. As I said in my original post the motive isn't known or hasn't been identified yet, the only thing reported is the link to another murder. It could be an entirely personal motivation with the attacker known to the victims. Who knows, it could be like the murder of that poor shop keeper and have been committed by a fellow Muslim we don't know. So as I said, I agree with the original point being made but I don't agree in relation to this example with them information currently available. One other thing I don't agree with is your line that 'an attack on a mosque is a political act, no matter what other factors may also be present', it might have political consequences but it isn't in and of itself automatically a political act. Is it a political act when a teenager destroys graves in a church yard? Further there is a distinction between an attack on a mosque and a attack on people in a mosque, they are or at least could be two entirely different things. A Muslim man could for any number of reasons attack another Muslim man within a mosque. That wouldn't be an attack on the mosque and neither would it be a political act. On your last line about a wider discourse on this matter I agree generally speaking but once again would point out that you are assuming the motives of this attack in Zurich.
    2 points
  41. Aye, but he'd keep things ticking over at least.
    2 points
  42. It's really, really funny. Its one of those movies that only people who are dead inside don't like. Like those people a few pages back that don't like Guardians of the Galaxy or think 'Groot' isn't absolutely amazing. The sea is waiting for them to come back
    2 points
  43. Elphick will appear even shorter
    2 points
  44. Nope, the videos don't. The videos only show that Gil was comfortable in possession, skipped past players with ease, scored a few incredible goals, made a few dangerous passes, and when partnered with Grealish in a cup game against a lower league team, made them look like school kids. How that fits into the wider context of how he did here is entirely for your own interpretation. The blossoming partnership is purely my assertion and that of a few others here at the time. He seemed to go shit at exactly the same time as everyone else, when everyone realised that the club wasn't even bothering trying any more. It's not a problem to have a different opinion. You could probably rein the attitude in a bit though. As a poster whose views I respect, you seem a bit aggressive on this thread.
    2 points
  45. This is why it took me ages before I plucked up the nerve to start a thread. Bloody savages.
    2 points
  46. He's started 13 games this season. That's the most he's ever started in a season. I think we forget the stage of his career he's at sometimes. He's going to have games like today, as long as they're in the minority and he continues to develop it's not a major issue.
    2 points
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