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    Anwar El Ghazi

    The point is we have scored freely despite seemingly not having any organization or the feigntest whiff of tactics...up until now.
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    Anwar El Ghazi

    You’re entitled to your opinion, but I would guess every manager in this division looks on enviously at our attacking players.
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    Anwar El Ghazi

    I think it's embarrassing the attacking options DS has available to him, but we'll need it as our defence and keeping options are on the whole sh1t.
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    New Manager Speculation

    All he won’t be overworked personnel wise.
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    Watch this and Cry

    I thought this was going to be Dwight Yorke’s interview on Sky Sports where he says he wants the Villa job.
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    Easah Suliman

    We've had 5 managers in 5 years, that can't be good for developing kids.
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    New Manager Speculation

    For all those expecting any (real or non-existnet) link with Mendes to come up trumps for Villa I say knowing our luck we're more likely to get a Dino Zoff than a Nuno Espirito Santo !
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    New Manager Speculation

    Was he actually offered either job ? If not then he didn't turn anything down.
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    Easah Suliman

    What’s Suliman done to deserve this ?
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    Steve Bruce

    Totally agree.
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    Steve Bruce

    If the article on the Mail website (which references a Times article) is true (and it would appear that we are going to lose too much over the 3 season spent in the championship). Then our situation is a real catch 22. We can’t afford not to sack him if we want to go up, but then again maybe we can’t afford to sack him for a financial view unless we go up (£3M to sack him, plus whatever Calderwood and Clemence would be owed, plus whatever the next guy would earn). I can’t see us going up with Bruce in charge, so we need to get rid, and bring someone in who can work with this team (and hope that Purslow can bring in some major sponsorship....I think the ground will absolutely be sponsored before the end of the season). Mail article : ”Aston Villa could face a points deduction next season if they are found in breach of financial rules. According to a report in The Times, Villa could be docked 12 Championship points next season. It comes as rivals Birmingham City prepare to face a disciplinary panel on charges of breaking the EFL's profit and sustainability rules. The Times claims Villa are also set to face chares for breaking the spending cap. "Villa have posted an aggregate loss of £37.1 million during their two seasons in the second tier, giving them very little room to comply with rules that permit losses of £39 million over a three-year period before submitting their next results to the EFL in March," states the report in The Times. The reduction in Villa's parachute payments this season from £33 million to £15 million and transfer proceeds smaller than last summer could also hinder Villa's cause. If the breach is more than £15 million over three years then under new EFL guidelines Villa could face a 12 point deduction in the 2019-20 season.”
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    Steve Bruce

    This is the final submission to Bruce. He is now personally doing all scouting ad player recruitment. Expect Karim/Barry from the kebab shop to be signed as defensive cover very soon.
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    Tony Xia

    For real ? Villa's lowest ebb, Division 3 football, and bankrupt. For one thing these are different times and fans DEMAND instant success, what was Xia supposed to come in and say ? "We just expect to stay in the Championship as that's about our level" ? New owners come into big clubs and make big claims. I'm sure Xia regrets his wild claims of Champions League football, but I suspect he had been badly guided and believed it was possible at the time. Nobody really knows what would have happened had we got promoted in that first season. It doesn't matter whose money it was, we spent enough for us all to rightfully expect promotion at the first attempt. If he'd got it right perhaps he'd have bet again. Xia gambled, and lost. At the end of the day whether by luck or by judgement he secured new owners (who on the face of it seem to be serious) at the right time rather than pursue the line that would have seen us bankrupt with a point deduction, and facing extinction. I'm no fan of his, this isn't a defence of him, Xia was a fool for sure, but not our worst owner by a long way.
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    Tony Xia

    The board of 1968 says Hi
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    Ross McCormack

    I htink given his goal scoring record it's interesting that no championship or league 1 teams seem to have been in for him, normally towards the end of transfer window's clubs take a punt on previously successful 'problem' players. the lack of any links for him suggests there could be more to this than meets the eye (or pint glass).