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  1. It sounds to me as though the Blosers could be bullshitting on this one:

    Peter Pingu is apparently the source of the "Villa approached Blues" e-mail, and finally some media outlets (the BBC website) are now including important details such as:

    1) Blues are clearly quoted as the source of the story; and

    2) Villa haven't made a comment.

    Now unlike Sky, the BBC doesn't have, or constantly advertise a bookmaking business (Skybet) that makes a tidy sum from all this speculation.

    It wouldn't surprise me if Pingu is making all this up. He wants to paint McLeish as the villan (no pun intended) after he jacked and has generally been supported for doing so. Pingu sounds like a bit of a loose cannon, describing his own manager as "...no Mourinho" and offering backhanded support - "Sure you're job's safe, as long as you get us promoted in one season".

    Ginger Jock 1 - 0 Pingu Gobshite

  2. Have you noticed how BENITEZ is almost an amagram of MARTINEZ ?

    Wow - you're right.


    * if you add a few more letters, like !

    This is so not true. Where's the Z?

    I think you'll find I never wrote that. It must've been someone who looked just like me

  3. I don't think there's any "perfect" way of doing this. It seems that the club have a short-list of potential managers, and naturally, they'd like to interview them.

    Martinez was clearly one of the managers on that list, and in order to get the opportunity to speak to him, we had to make an official approach to Wigan. We did that, but Martinez chose to stay at Wigan.

    It's all worked out very well for Wigan and Whelan, who've been very complimentary about us and the way we go about things. Unfortunately for us, it's given Whelan a bit of publicity, and some more sensationalist parts of the media are calling this a snub.

    We didn't speak to him, so there can be no rejection or snub is nothing's been offered.

    A bit of an anticlimax - but be patient and watch this space.

  4. I don't think Martinez is ready to manage a big club yet. If he'd steered Wigan to a couple of top 10 finishes, with maybe a good cup run - he'd be worth considering.

    To put in perspective, he's not achieved as much as Curbishley did at Charlton - and I think we all feel the same way about Curbishley as Villa manager.

  5. All the Rijkaard lovers in here are delusional! Don't want him as a manager.. He's abysmal. I don't want his name ever be mentioned in here again.


    steaknchips mate, just because they are foreign and have had some success with the biggest clubs in their country, doesn't mean that they're gonna come here and suddenly turn us into Barcelona.

    Moyes and Hughes may not be as "exciting" but I'd like to see all these over-hyped, overrated foreigners do a good job with the smaller - medium teams in the Premier League as Moyes and Huges have done

    British jobs for British workers?




  6. All the Rijkaard lovers in here are delusional! Don't want him as a manager.. He's abysmal. I don't want his name ever be mentioned in here again.

    Frank Rijkaard, oooooooooooops

    Yeah, right - what's he ever won?!!!

    Blinkered, ill-informed, puddle of arse-drippings. Took over a struggling Barcelona, reinforced the youth policy with Guardiola's appointment of Barcelona B, won the European Cup and ended R Madrid's dominance of La Liga.

    If Moyes does leave Everton for us, he'll ring far more changes than Houllier tried to bring. He's assembled a very hardworking and loyal squad at Goodison. It takes time to bring in players to get them to play for you - and that'll be time that most Villa fans won't give him.

    Jol might be a go-er, but hasn't got the pedigree of Rijkaard.

    Incidentally, Rikkaard's current deal with Galatasary expires on Sunday, whereas Moyes is under contract until 2013. Read into that what you will !

  7. Welcome back Sir!

    In order not to fall foul of the Mods' deletion policy, my question is "Are you concerned about the attendance at Villa Park this season?"

    To me, I would've expected a the attendance to break the 40,000+ barrier, but we seem to be a few thousand less than that. I'd have expeceted the Man City game to be nearing a sell-out, given the new players we'd signed, but it being on TV and the cold could've kept some of us away.

  8. I think Doug Stanhope summed all of this up when he talked about other comics talking about Pope Benedict and how scary it was that he used to be a Nazi (well, Hitler youth member).

    Stanhope says that when you compare the Nazis (who only lasted about a dozen years) with the Catholic Church - who over the last 1,500 years have a far more prestigious track record of murder, oppression, pogroms, tyranny, exploitation, denial of atrocities etc...not to mention the institutionalised kid ****, then it would be far scarier to find out your local Nazi used to be a Pope !!

  9. Only bookie banter I know, but today, Skybet have slashed Moyes' odds to 11/4 as favourite for the job.

    Can't see it myself, and would feel pretty sorry for Everton fans if he did join us, but you never know do you?

    I think it'd only be a go-er if Moyes has fallen out with the Everton board, but I think thats unlikely. Even considering their start to this season - Everton start slowly every year and are always top 6.

    But funnier things have happened.

  10. I've "got over" Spurs really - seeing as they got 4th spot last year. If it wasn't going to be us, I'm actually glad it was them instead of Man Citeh, and Redscouse.

    Don't really hate Blose any more either. I don't have to work with any of their blinkered knuckle-dragging lot, and even if I did, they've kinda "known their place" for about 5 years now. I actually like that they're in the Prem along with the Dingles and the Baggies.

    Oddly, I hated Redscouse last season, but that was more a Benitez thing than anything else. As for Newcastle, I've been working in Geordie land a lot recently, and they've undergone a massive reality check.

    So for me, I hate the wanky teams that shouldn't ever be in the Premiership - y'know the waste of a fixture teams.


    Blackpool, Wigan, Blackburn, Bolton and Stoke. Awful, piss-stinky tramp teams that need to bugger off back to obscurity and stop wasting 90mins of our valuable time.

    Let's have Derby, Forest, Coventry, even Middlesborough back in the Prem instead of the likes of "less than 10,000 home fans - Wigan shite" anyday.

    Bum-arse, northern rat felchers.

  11. Jol has 2 years to run on his deal with Ajax, whereas Rijkaard is entering the final year of his contract with Galatasaray.

    Ajax are in the Champs Lge this season, whereas Galatasaray are in the Europa - I think entering at the same stage as us. Galatasaray's squad boasts Harry Kewell, Lucas Neill and Elano - and that's about it.

    Go Dutch, but not Jol.

  12. Dear General,

    I hope that many of those aiming criticsm at the Owner and the Board will have calmed down since hearing what I can only describe as sad news on Monday.

    For me, shock has given way to disappointment over what is now being perceived as rather a selfish move by our recently departed manager. I think football, and Premiership football has a big lesson to learn over how to handle its finances, and whilst we have spent a considerable amount on transfer fees and wages in the last four years, as fans, we always feel that this club lives within its means; maintaining a healthy balance between its amibitions and what is achievable.

    It seems to me that football's lesson still isn't being heeded, with clubs facing winding up orders, tax bills and administration becomming commonplace. OK, these are worst case scenarios, but after the debarcles of Leeds, Bradford, Portsmouth and now Sheff Wed, nobody seems to ackowledge that the game simply cannot support the kind of spending that's gone on in past. Clubs' huge debts just seem to be a parcel that's passed from one owner to another, from one "takeover" to another. The problem isn't being addressed and this is just a case of papering over the cracks.

    For me, a great manager is one that can improve a team with the resources at his disposal. Anyone can spend a club's money, even less can spend it well, only a select few are able to achieve sustained improvement, and hardly any can do this with meagre resources. I think Martin O'Neill achieved these targets in flashes, and whilst some of his signings have been excellent, I'd only rate his success in the transfer market as "satisfactory". However,

    We continue to have a club that is very well run, by people who seem to be far more conscientious than the timing of our previous manager's departure would indicate.

    Kind regards


    PS - If you're looking for a manager, there's this chap called Frank Rijkaard in Turkey. He's won one or two things in the last few years, one of which is called the Champions League or something...

    Anyhow, he's only got 1 year to go on his contract...

  13. Frank Rijkaard.

    1) Took an underachieving Barcelona side and made it into the great team we see today.

    2) Believes in the team rather than individual stars.

    3) A great believer in the youth system

    4) A winner (lets face it, his record pisses on MON's!)

    5) Got 1 year left at Galatasaray, and would probably love the chance to manage in the Prem. They finished 3rd last year, missing out on the Champs Lge and are probably in the same round of the Europa Lge as we are.

    6) Gobbed in Rudi Voeller's mullet !

  14. thats the bug bear with ONeill - the squad, as you rightly pointed out, isnt there for him to rotate. But the problem is that sqaud after the first 11 has been assembled for massive money by MON............ so we shouldnt use that as an excuse for MON but more as a stick to beat his luckycharm eating head with !!

    You're half right, in my opinion..

    The squad he has assembled lacks the quality for rotation while chasing a Top 4 finish.

    However, this squad has been assembled from a position of 16th. It's an evolutionary process. Moving from 16th to within 2 games of finishing 4th doesn't happen with the click of his fingers.

    The squad he has assembled is enough for us to finish Top 10, and the first XI got us close to the promised land. Now the evolution continues and the lesser players get moved out and replaced with sufficient quality to supplement the quality of our first XI.

    Even with the massive financial resources that Man City have at their disposal, they haven't been able to achieve Champions League football in the timescales they wanted. Spurs have achieved it, but it wasn't an overnight achievement for them either.

    We're on the right track, I believe. With some tweaking I'm sure we will get there. But a squad of quality cannot be assembled overnight, especially given the weak starting position MON was handed.


    Don't quite agree.

    I think there has been room for considerable rotation, considering (a) the players we already have in certain positions, and (B) the versatility of some players.

    Milner, can play on either wing, the centre or as full back. Cuellar (apparently) can play at full back or centre-half. Luke Young can play on either side as full-back.

    In the centre, attack-wise, we've got Milner and Sidwell, then more defensively, there's Petrov, Reo-Coker (when fit) and Delph.

    Apart from strikers, there's plenty of choice of good quality players to choose from.

    A useful comparison with Spurs would be players who were previously thought to be "surplus" and on the verge of being turfed out (yes, pun intended!) - the likes of Pavyluchenko, Bentley, Gomes and Dawson, only for them to rediscover their form, and fill the gaps when other players are injured (Lennon and Defoe weren't exactly missed when you consider where the Spuds finished up !).

    If only MON would rotate a bit more. I'm sure the likes of Davis and Luke Young would give him a real selection headache each week if given the chance.

    As for the rest. At the end of the 2008-9 season, I said the most improved players would be Milner and Cuellar. Next season, I think Downing and the Fonz are going to step up...hopefully Davies too.

    There's always another to come through.

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