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  1. If we said back in October 2018, we are going to appoint a manager who will have us top half of the table by 2021's end, what would you of said back then? What about, if we had said that en route to this standing in the Premier League, we will have to overcome a dramatically large turnover in player personnel in our first season back in the PL, of which no other team that season would experience the like of, where few playing personnel would have any experience playing in the PL, and the squad as a unit would have spent, for the most part, less than a season playing together, and the manager would also overcome the test of shifting his tactics and approach from a possession and short-passing based approach in the Championship to accommodate for the necessary changes that the PL would demand each and every week of our playing style once we had returned, what would you say? What if we added some of our key signings and players succumb to injury and would be absent for extended periods? So this manager would not be afforded much allowance for growing pains and cutting our teeth, as the pressures of our liabilities added, and our odds of success seemingly were stacked against us. Like I said in late 2018, I think we are on to a winner. Now, as 2021's season reaches finality, I says to myself, I wonder what this man can achieve over the next three years? Considering that we will finally be given some respite, as our position should allow us a bit more leverage and clout moving forward. Then there's the football side to look forward to..
    15 points
  2. I wonder how many pages this thread would have grown had we lost to Everton. Jesus, this thread is so embarrassing. So many people so entrenched in their positions, totally unwilling to look at the fairly average squad (Bar Grealish) we have that is currently sitting in the top half of the PL, and then criticizing the manager who got us there. I get that you all want Europe, but the teams above us have had a decade of PL money to cement their positions and their squads are so much stronger than ours, it's not even funny. Perhaps, wait a few seasons, until we get over the FFP hump, and spend some money on the decent players we can now attract, being in the top half of the PL, rather than the hopefuls we had to buy due to the risk of becoming a yoyo club. If, in a few seasons, we have spent a ton of cash and we are still in the bottom half of the PL, maybe then get the knives out, but for now, take a look at our squad and get a grip.
    13 points
  3. Booked for 18th May, Moderna! 29.
    12 points
  4. Ashley Preece on the C & B podcast mentioned Freddie did a Q & A with Strasbourg supporters (where he’s getting rave reviews) recently, telling them he wants to come back to Villa next season and fight for his place. He backs himself to compete with Cash and I hope he does, never faulted the bloke’s attitude or commitment and was disappointed when he went out on loan. If he’s used the time to improve himself further then it’s one less place to fill this summer. Guilbert in.
    11 points
  5. For what it’s worth, I think its been a little bit of all of the above. I’ve been overweight in the past. I’m annually intelligent, I know that it’s basically put less food in your mouth and move around more. But you need the whole personal landscape to be working for you to actually achieve that. I had all the usual worries people have and they knocked sorting out my weight well down my to do list. I lacked the motivation to fix it. So you could say, I was just fat because I ate chips and cakes. But it’s just not that simple. I was worried about the kids, and my parents, and the job, and the credit card bill, and changing the car, whether the SFA would go on another tour, and blah blah blah. I had what can only be described as some financial very bad luck, nothing I could reasonably have avoided, that was a real downer. Life, man. There were all those blockers higher up the to do list. One of the main ones being, when you’re on the road sat in a car for days at a time, a **** M&S salad just isn’t going to cut it. Perversely, you pile in the comfort food away from home, just when you haven’t even had the opportunity to go for a walk and spend 45 minutes digging up the allotment. I defy anyone to drive 300 miles and when they get to the services, look at the apples, look at the samosas, then the cinnamon swirls... and choose the apples. All those fat lorry drivers, why don’t they just prep a nice tuna salad the night before! Also, something I’ve realised for a while, I genuinely like and enjoy food, but very rarely actually feel hungry, or full. I could go all day and then remember I haven’t eaten. But I could also put away more Indian takeaway than you would imagine possible. You try regulating your eating when your eating pattern is chaotic, you don’t get the sensation of being ‘full’ and you enjoy food. And you’ve spent 8 hours of the day sat still in a car, slightly bored. You would never ever have looked at me in 2019 and thought ‘that guy never feels hungry’. You can’t look at the outside of someone and know what’s going on. It’s judgemental and it’s big headed bollocks. Narcissism. I didn’t feel hungry this morning, I made myself some toast. I don’t feel hungry now, but I’ll have lunch in a short while. I won’t feel hungry later, but I’ll make a lasagne. What I won’t now do, is make the worlds largest lasagne, and garlic bread and have a family bag of dorrito’s an hour later, then a bit of chocolate because I fancy something sweet, and then around midnight stare in the fridge for something interesting out of boredom. It’s my pre occupation now, having lost 25 kg’s over a long period, not to slip back in to patterns of behaviour. I’m not exactly prime athlete now, but I’m 6’2” and the last trousers I bought were a 36” waist and if I’d wanted to, I could have put up with the discomfort of a 34” waist (yes, I look a bit like that standing dog picture). But it really isn’t as easy as just saying don’t eat cake.
    9 points
  6. Guilbert coming back into the squad next season is a no brainer for me. He’s clearly a competitor who is up for a challenge, and Cash will require pushing to keep his levels up. It’s one less replacement we need to worry about with Elmo’s time coming to an end.
    8 points
  7. Its better because it is not in Leicester.
    8 points
  8. Out of all the 'evil' teams I like Man City most. It seems like players aren't dicks, De Bruyne is the best in what he does, they don't have 'stars' like Man Utd or PSG or Juve. You will not see a Naymar in a sky blue shirt. They have the best manager, and the team is a joy to watch. Even with Liverpool last year, you could see that team was amazing but vulnerable. This City team is simply next level. I went to a couple of CL game at Etihad a few years back and the atmosphere around the stadium was good - live bands, beers. They certainly know how to bring in revenue and families in. Sure it's not the terraces of the 80s and 90. But it's modern and fun to take your son or daughter to. Other than being funded by oil money (and here we get into moral arguments of what money isn't 'evil') they just seem like a very well run club - a club that you can't question on sporting or entertainment merit. I hope they win the CL, Foden, Aguero, De Bruyne deserve it.
    8 points
  9. I was thinking about life, in the shower. I'd been listening to a podcast about science and the universe and that. What I worked out is that life started on earth at some point where some mollecules sort of combined with some other mollecules and tiny organisms became the first form of life on earth. No one really knows how inert cells became non-inert, what force or influence beyond chemistry led to life forms being what they are now. So I'm OK with calling that absence of understanding a word. God if you like. It's the (a) thing we don't have an explanation for and don't understand. What I'm not OK with is the bit where people subscribe rules of behaviour around that lack of understanding - "this unknown force or influence demands that you do this and don't do that" - all that stuff is essentially complete bullshit. Sure, much of it is "be kind and excellent" and that's fine. But you don't need an unexplained life force to "be excellent", you can just do that through valuing other humans and flora and fauna and what have you. Amen.
    7 points
  10. Fig rolls are the trouble. When you put them in the biscuit tin they go hard and make the other biscuits soft. I avoid this by eating the whole packet as soon as I open them.
    6 points
  11. £2 are you bloody made of money? I'll save more than that by buying short dated food for tonights tea
    6 points
  12. Bet you've called a few of them in your time?
    6 points
  13. Best Bowie album? I’d have to say.... Best of David Bowie
    5 points
  14. The poll is nonsense, but the fact he’s still called God by almost everyone that saw him play regularly, over 30yrs later, tells you everything you need to know about him. He’s the best defender I’ve seen live by quite some considerable distance.
    5 points
  15. If Bellingham was 30m from a club no one has ever heard of, CC is worth 717Million
    5 points
  16. MON took us from 16th to 11th then three consecutive 6th place finishes. He undermined it by leaving us in a terrible state that last season, having wasted money on post prime signings that would offer no resale value and actually weren't very good anyway. Smith is showing better season on season progress so far than MON did, with ZERO indication he is going to leave us in a worse position whenever he eventually moves on (imagine keeping the same manager for more than 3 years!!). If he keeps up the continued seasonal progression, with periods of inconsistent performances being a theme, i cannot argue with it. The consistency will come when we have a squad capable of dealing with injuries. If it doesn't then, then its time to start the change needed bandwagon. But now? It's, IMO, madness.
    5 points
  17. Its the unsatiable appetite for News that drives it all and the desperation to provide it, distorts the truth. who, in todays world, wants to be second to know? and how important is news despite the lack of truth in it. We are all guillty and need to temper our curiosity...easier said than done,I know. Lies are so much more acceptable in todays media frenzy. I watch the News on TV sparsely, its simply filtered drivel by biased Journalists.
    4 points
  18. It's a bit swings and roundabouts for me. Previously, me and the missus would go to the supermarket together. I found this a tiresome chore. If she goes on her own, I get some free time, and the really good news is that she pays for it. The downside is that she only buys the boring stuff that she thinks we need, so no treats for me. But doing it myself has been a revelation. I actually enjoy it. She gives me a detailed list, I get everything on it, but I take it at my own pace - read the magazines in the racks, browse the booze aisles in a leisurely manner, pack the bags neatly, impulse buy stuff just for me. And because I do it on Friday morning, rather than at the weekend, it's not crowded.
    4 points
  19. Walnut whips in three packs. Absolute bastards, they know what they’re doing. Although, I did notice last week that Services M&S’s were selling individual walnut whips, which is a game changer. Because now I can buy just the one at Chievley. Then just the one at Reading. Then one on the way home from Membury.
    4 points
  20. No it's not, there's pies too.
    4 points
  21. David Bowie is massively overrated. [runs away]
    4 points
  22. Football Insider is the worst footballing site I've ever seen. "A source told me that Wayne Veysey makes up a load of old tosh off the top of his head because he's desperate for money and attention in the hope that it one day gets him a proper job in football journalism." Prick.
    4 points
  23. Fair play to the tories, two new jobs for every resident of Hartlepool. Kids, the elderly, people that already have a job - you’re getting two more.
    4 points
  24. Not so mind blowing when you consider the “experts” compiling it and the ridiculously biased, celebrity club obsessed BBC. Pathetic the lot of them and sadly we pay their wages. National broadcaster, you’re having a laugh.
    4 points
  25. I wonder how often a songwriter has got sued for plagiarism on a song they accidentally ripped off without realising. There are only so many chord progressions, so they stumble on one and then subconsciously a melody forms that is actually a song they heard years ago. I've been playing around with a riff for a while and just realised last week it's basically the BBC snooker theme tune, for example.
    4 points
  26. They signed him last summer.... I said we should sign him and cut out the middle man as a joke and 1 season later here we are.
    3 points
  27. No to Josh king, I once said I'd like him to join us in the Summer but after seeing how he played against us other day, not a chance in hell I want him here now.
    3 points
  28. I expect that around about Friday it’ll emerge Johnson paid Dyson to invent a new pen, but in the end they just bought 340 million Hancock Family Felt Tips.
    3 points
  29. Going back to Dyson and James Dyson isn't a Tory donor yaddah yaddah................ From the records of Companies House Look who got made a director of Dyson last year.... Companies House Yes I know the phone number was on some obscure memo online somewhere but I don't think that is where James Dyson got the phone number do you?
    3 points
  30. Is this some sort of magic eye picture? I’m staring and staring and I can’t make out a goat. I’ll call my missus in, see if she can make head or tail of it.
    3 points
  31. I really hope Canelo beats him back and blue from the opening bell to the very last second. Billy Joe Saunders is an abomination.
    3 points
  32. I found that if you do the shopping online then you only end up buying the things that you need and that's no fun, it's utterly joyless I prefer to go down the shop, stroll around for 30 mins, go down every aisle, look at the offers, usually when I go I don't know what I'm having for tea that night I try and discover something there and then, go down the foreign food aisle and see if anything is new (think it was tescos that introduced "I'm new" signs in their stores, that's perfect for me, don't know you need it until you see it Its the only thing that makes shopping bearable, online doesn't work that way, you make a list you buy the list
    3 points
  33. This. No way do I trust some spotty youth in Morrisons to do my shopping for me. I don't always know what I want until I see it. This is especially important with fresh produce - fruit and veg, etc. I want to see the sell-by dates. I want to see the special offers. I WANT to be able to impulse buy. I want to be able to buy a bottle of Scotch without the missus tutting. I want to get out of the house. Have a bit of a drive, listen to an album. Shopping has been one of my outlets in the lockdown.
    3 points
  34. Been totally wasted at West Ham, Moyes doesn't seem to have a clue how to play him, Hardly had a look in or a full game, although showed just what he could do when he started Monday night against Burnley, Would have done a lot better coming to you as him and Ollie had a great understanding, never mind, at least we made a few ££££'s out of him.
    3 points
  35. Caught 10 mins of the phone-in last night and heard some Villa fan complain that he was cut-off last time and accused of being boring. He then spent the next 2 minutes to say he was offended and had a right to reply. There was an awkward silence from Henry and I then proceeded to turn the radio off muttering "boring b@stard" to myself
    3 points
  36. I'm suprised more people haven't noticed. We've moved on from football starting with the formation of the Premier League now. The early days are also now treated as if they never happened, it's all about what's happened since the top 4 became established. Unless you've played for one of the "recognised" big clubs you pretty much don't exist in pundits eyes. Hence the desperation to get Jack moved to a pet club. It kills them to wax lyrical about him now, how are they ever going to put him in a list of greatest players 10 years from now if he's only played for Aston Villa...... doesn't compute for them.
    3 points
  37. Better than Baresi.
    3 points
  38. He played 164 Premier League games, Van Dijk has only played 162
    3 points
  39. You need to go to marketing school. Just say you hope Chelsea lose.
    3 points
  40. Call 0898 .....................
    3 points
  41. Bigger club than Leeds? No such thing mate. Leeds are biggest, bestest most special club in the whooooooole wide world.
    3 points
  42. Get well soon Trez. He might not be the most consistent player but you can’t knock his effort. Such a likeable lad too.
    3 points
  43. The sheer disrespect put on McGrath here, it’s not surprising given what the BBC are, but it still takes the piss that one of the greatest defenders of our time doesn’t make it into the top ten ahead of Pallister or Carvalho.
    3 points
  44. Rebuilds are a lot easier when you inherit the following players : Sorensen, Barry, Laurson, Bouma, Mellberg, Cahill, Milner (loan) Davis, Gabby, Baros, Philips, Angel When we got promoted Smith had Grealish and Mcginn. He had to sign a whole squad to keep us up.
    3 points
  45. I was merely (politely) pointing out that your relentless belittling of the majority of our contracted player base (usually in game or directly after a loss on the related players thread) is becoming tiresome to those of us who actually intend on, you know, supporting our players? Your response somewhat sums up your rather brash take on things I suppose.
    3 points
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