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  1. allani


    I am sure that this should probably go in an existing thread but I couldn't work out which was best because it covers a few different topics. A non-Villa friend asked me how I felt after today's match and this was my response. ********************** In 2015/2016 when Villa were relegated from the Premier League we scored 27 goals in 38 matches. The season before we managed 31 in 38, The season before was 39. In 2012/13 we went on a bit of a spree and managed 47 (1.23 goals per game). The season before was 37 again (so that was 5 seasons at an average of less than 1 goal per game). Despite Top 10 finishes in 08/09 (6th), 09/10 (6th) and 10/11 (9th) we were still only scoring around 50 goals a season. In 2016/17 we scored 47 in 46 matches in the Championship. Last season we somehow managed to end up as the third top scorers in the division despite playing (for long spells) pretty dull football - especially away from home where Bruce's "safety first" approach really shone through. Indeed you probably need to go back to 2007/08 when we finished 6th in the Premier League and scored 71 goals in 38 games (only Man Utd and Arsenal scored more than us that season) to the last time when Villa played decent football that was fun to watch. In our last 4 matches we have scored 15 goals (3-0, 4-2, 5-5, 3-0) and it is suddenly fun to be a Villa fan again. Yeah but it is only Championship football I hear you cry. True. But those matches have been against the teams who are 3rd (away), 5th (home), 7th (away) and 9th (home), all are in decent form themselves and will probably all be in the hunt for promotion. Dean Smith is an absolute breath of fresh air. He wants to try and win every match. He wants us to attack the opposition and try to be creative. We haven't seen this for more than 10 seasons. To be honest I almost don't care what happens in terms of the final table - playing like we are is exciting, fun, entertaining... We will probably get turned over a few times, we will probably concede too many goals, we'll probably drop stupid points here and there - but I don't really care. Football is fun. Thank you Dean Smith. I hope that results keep going our way. I hope the board backs you with a couple of defenders in January and a keeper who can catch a cross. I hope we get promoted and I hope that we try and play the same way in the Premier League. I hope this sets the tone of the approach that this club will take under your management and beyond. Realistically we are light years behind the guys at the top but if we play attractive, entertaining, attacking football with the ethos of trying to win matches rather than not to lose them then I will be a happy fan.
  2. Demitri_C

    Dean Smith

    Welcome Dean, an exciting appointment!
  3. I have added a variety of names who do you want? I voted for Rodgers, but would be happy with Wilder, or Flores
  4. It has been reported in the Birmingham Mail that Ron Saunders has been placed in a residential care home near Solihull. He has been there since May. Ron, who is now 85, has dementia. His son Ronnie gave an interview to The Portsmouth News. Ronnie said that, “It crept up very slowly, he now struggles with every aspect of his life, everything he does.” He continued, “I saw it starting 20 odd years ago, there were certain things dad did that made us realise.” Ronnie added, “We knew his brain was quite damaged. We feel quite lucky he has lasted this long because we never thought he would. Mum couldn’t cope with him anymore his brain had gone.” The family have spoken to Dawn Astle (Geoff’s daughter) about the links between football and dementia. What a cruel illness dementia is. It hits a family so very hard to see their once strong family member become dependant on the care of others and to forget so much of their past. We really should have a Ron Saunders Stand by now. I felt that we should have had one many years ago when Ron could have been there at the ground to see it unveiled. Ron was the greatest Villa manager during my time as a Villa fan and he built our league championship and European Cup winning team. I thank him for what he did for us and my thoughts are with his family at this so difficult time. https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/heartbreaking-story-one-aston-villas-15020929
  5. TRO

    Thierry Henry

    stop press!!! Corals suspend the betting on Thierry Henry to replace Steve Bruce.
  6. If we don't win promotion Bruce is surely out. If we win promotion, I can't see Tony sticking with him in the Premier League. Who would you like to have (realistically) to replace him?
  7. I now feel there has been enough time to assess Bruce, now that we know pretty much where this season is ending. I still count this (not everyone does I know I know) as his first full season and he's pretty much got us play-offs barring something daft. This squad, whatever happens will change wholesale next season, and actually I don't mind that, I think we've witnessed a very good effort from a team composed of loan signings and others all of who do not know their future after this year - it was only ever to be a one season squad. The manager, has to take credit for achieving play-offs (not certain yet yes yes yes) and he will take enormous credit if he gets us promoted (I do think we have a great shot) - and he should stay at the club next season if he achieves that. If he doesn't then, he has said so himself, it's time for a different model and cutting our cloth accordingly - and I for one, do not mind the prospect of this one bit. It's actually how I'm insulating myself from the crushing despair that may come our way in a few weeks. So what next? This is a topic about what next in the prem, or what next in the championship. I'll leave the prem ideas to others, what I'm quite excited about is a new manager working with our talented youngsters including I hope Grealish, dashed with a bit of experience (Jedi, Chester if they stay, Kodjia might too after that injury) and us building a style of play that we can take into the prem and stick with, not building a squad for one season only, ever again.
  8. Think out of respect for Steve Bruce and the Bruce family we should have a separate thread for condolences to our manager and the Bruce family at this difficult time. Sad News sending my deepest condolences to the Bruce family at this difficult time horrendous few weeks for them. Dont worry about the football Steve that can take a back seat at the moment. Such sad news.
  9. I just can't handle debating whether Bruce should be sacked or not for another 4 months til the next season kicks off. This doesn't have to be all about loving Steve Bruce but anyone who wants to discuss him or his tactics or anything relevant, without calling for him to be sacked before the season starts (which I find a totally ridiculous notion)...... I say welcome.
  10. tonyh29

    Ron Saunders

    didn't see this posted already ? but the Mail had a nice article about Ron Saunders in it over the weekend
  11. Someone had to start one. And to avoid clogging up the Bruce thread with speculation and names, if Bruce is to go soon (which could be likely if things don't pick up), who would you like to see replace him?
  12. This can be a general managerial thread. I don't know if its me, but I can't stand a number of the managers now in the Premier League. They are just big babies who throw their toys out of the pram. We've seen Mourinho, Klopp, Pep, Wenger and Karanka act like complete bell ends in the last few weeks alone. Walking out of interviews, being obtuse to reporters and in Wenger's case, pushing people. That's why it wouldn't bother me to see Chelsea or Spurs win the league now I know there has always been the occasional managerial outburst but it seems more frequent now?
  13. Eastie

    Graham Taylor

    Shattering news confirmed by the evening mail - Link
  14. I believe it was @Grasshopper who made a post listing the managers at the top clubs in England, and pointed out that English managers aren't as good. While I am in agreement that the best of English managers aren't, it got me thinking that is it also down to a lack of opportunity at the top end? And why is there this lack of opportunity? It's easy to name the managers at the top 6 as very good managers - they all are - but they were all given an opportunity at a big club to show that off. Were the jobs that they did previous to getting a job at their first big club really that impressive? Was it simply down to their leagues not having 5/6 teams competing at the top and therefore they could take more gambles?
  15. So, we've had 11 permanent managers thus far in this century. Some have fared better than others, some have worked under difficult circumstances, some under difficult chairmen and it's fair to say some have been better than others. Which leaves it to you fine people of VT to judge. What I'm looking for from you is these eleven managers, in order, by your opinion of who did best for us through to who did worst. John Gregory 2000 - Jan 2002 Graham Taylor 2002 - May 2003 David O'Leary 2003 - July 2006 Martin O'Neill 2006 - Aug 2010 Gerard Houllier 2010 - June 2011 Alex McLeish 2011 - May 2012 Paul Lambert 2012 - Feb 2015 Tim Sherwood 2015 - Oct 2015 Remi Garde 2015 - March 2016 Roberto DiMatteo 2016- Oct 2016 Steve Bruce 2016 - present Enjoy!
  16. avfcDJ

    2016: A memoir

    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?
  17. About time he has his own thread now,set to be announced as manager tomorrow. Welcome aboad Steve!
  18. Should rdm be rightly dismissed from the role who would you pick and why? Personally I'd go for Rowett as he has shown a capability of building and motivating a team to compete in this league with far less resources. I think he would relish the opportunity of working with far superior players and would have us competing pretty quickly. He has shown he can work with a basket case club under difficult circumstances and he would be highly motivated to do well for us
  19. Do you want Di Matteo sacked? Please vote as per poll. The previous poll 10 days and 2 matches ago had 17% sack him now, 30% in 2-3 games if nothing improves and 53% to give him longer.
  20. Do you want Di Matteo sacked? Please vote as per poll.
  21. With the Old Firm game rearing it's head again this weekend, it got me thinking that there appears to be a surprisingly large amount of Aston Villa and Celtic managerial connections for 2 clubs in 2 different countries miles apart from each other. First up there is Jimmy Hogan, who is probably more famous in central European football than in this country. Hogan managed Villa back in the 1930's and later coached at Celtic. Then there is Tommy Docherty- who was influenced by Mr Hogan as a young player at Celtic, had a short spell in charge of the Villa in the 1960's. Fast forward 20 off years and Villa had Billy Mcneill in charge. He was is considered a legend with Celtic as the European cup wining captain and later manager. He was at Villa in a short time in the 1986-87 season in which we got relegated. After this Villa had Doctor Josef Venglos as the manager for a season in 1990-91, as the first foreign top flight manger in English football. He was probably a bit before his time in the pre sky english football era. Doctor Jo then had a year as the manager at Celtic later on the in 1990's. After 2006 we had the salad days of Martin O'Neill, who had just had a year out in management after previously being the boss at Parkhead for five years. And of course who can forget Paul Lambert spell at the Villa? I know we are trying to. Lambert of course played under O'Neill at Celtic. That seems a lot of connections- its all a bit strange!
  22. As per OS: http://www.avfc.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10265~5620078,00.html (I remember Limpid asking for a seperate thread once confirmed. Don't hate the duplicate.)
  23. MARTIN O’NEIL Let’s go back to that defining day when MON, probably thought „Up Yours Randy“, decided to walk. He felt “wronged” enough to take Randy to task over “wrongful Dismissal”. He “won” of sorts and The club, we the fans, lost the first round of many where “Consequences have conspired” against Aston Villa FC and it’s Fans. Is it possible to interpret MON’s actions as “Now I’ll do you over Randy”? KEVIN MACDONALD I recall him saying in an interview that he wanted the job of Managing ASTON VILLA FC. Maybe the way he was ignored for the job, KMAC probably thought „ Up Yours Randy “, then decided to lose 6-0 to Newcastle. Is it possible to interpret KMAC’s actions as “Now I’ll do you over Randy”? GERARD HOULLIER A right or wrong appointment? We’ll never really know. STEVE MCCLAREN Randy tried to employ him, which understandably by most fans opinion, would have been a wrong decision. A big „ Up Yours Randy“ from the fans. Is it possible to interpret Randy’s actions of appointing McLeisch as “Now I’ll do you over ” to the fans? ALEX MCLEISH Was a former BCFC Manager who had just relegated them to the Championship, and should never have been even considered as worthy of the position of “Manager of ASTON VILLA FC”. Not only due to his abilities as a Football Manager but also the unthinkable of taking a failed BCFC Manager as someone deserved to serve ASTON VILLA FC and it’s fans. AMcL is probably an honest man who felt honoured being our Manager. He treated the club and fans with respect, However, he was just the wrong man at the wrong club. The only thanks I have towards him is that he didn’t relegate us. PAUL LAMBERT By now it was beginning to show how uninterested Randy was in us. He had proved his point to himself by appointing McLeish and getting away with it. His lack of Football knowledge lead him to numerous decisions that meant he could hide behind a wall of “Patsies” and run the club as to relieve him of the Financial losses his own lack of foresight created. PL cut the wage bill and kept us up twice. During PL’s reign this fact allowed our Owner/Custodian to consistently move the Goalposts. The obvious consequence of this was that at some point PL was going to say „ Up Yours Randy “. I believe PL could have been a good appointment under different circumstances, but alas, Randy Lerner can take pride in his stubbornness and stupidity that broke an honest man, turning him into a different animal. It has been made known that PL “invited” Randy to sack him more than once, deserving himself compensation. Randy wouldn’t do it, leaving PL hung out to dry. I am not in the least surprised if PL took this attitude “OK, if that’s the way you want to play it – I can play that game too” The mumbling interviews, bungling tactics and formations, records broken here, there and everywhere, sideways-passing.........................etc Was it gamesmanship from PL to RL in answer to his stubbornness and decision-making? Is it possible to interpret Paul Lambert’s actions of “staying put until you sack me for my compensation” bringing us closer and closer to the inevitable as “Now I’ll do you over Randy” ? MARSHALL & ??? Asking PL for advise on how to beat Leicester in the FA Cup!!!!!!!! WT? (need I go into that one?) Is it possible to interpret Marshall &???? actions as “Now I’ll do you over Randy” ? TIM SHERWOOD Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Many things can be said about Tim, But, he achieved the seemingly impossible by keeping us up last season, 2nd half v Leicester FA Cup, FA Cup v WBA, FA Cup Semi-Final at Wembley v Liverpool & a date in the Final v Arsenal. It’s irrelevant now how it happened, “Get into them Slaaaaaags” Benteke thinking “OK score a few – get a move” Cleverley thinking “OK I’ll play to impress Roberto Martinez” or simply a different voice than PL’s, Were the 3 relegated teams worse than us? However, The most striking thing for me is the following. I know that it can only be conjecture, but if I can suggest a pattern that has continued throughout, MAYBE there is a continual common reaction towards Randy Lerner. Tim Sherwood is a Cocky- Cockney, he wants to be the stereo-type therefore he plays on it. His Tactics, Team selections, admissions, Denials and subsequent comments about the club, players, staff....etc Suggests to me he wanted out a long time ago. From the 6-1 loss to Southampton, the defeat to an already relegated Burnley at the last home game of the season (a special day for the fans), The 4-0 FA Cup embarrassment v Arsenal, A fluked win away (our only one since WH) to Bournemouth, Surrendering a 2-0 lead away against Leicester due to his famed substitutions, The “Waving arms” clip so often posted here, guiding the team to the bottom of the league............... I could go on.................and there are many a comment that contradicts common logic.............. Is it possible to interpret Tim Sherwood’s actions as “Now I’ll do you over Randy” ? Is it possible that Tim deliberately conspired to run the team into the ground, killing any kind of confidence, belief in the same players he had playing like “Semi-Gods” in a FA Cup Semifinal? --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (I’ll insert KEVIN MACDONALD Again here Is it possible to interpret KMAC’s Team selection against Spurs & Southampton as “Now I’ll do you over Randy”?) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- If we go through some players one by one and note how they have been effected by Tim Sherwood’s conspiracy against Randy Lerner (and subsequently ASTON VILLA FC & its Fans). Guzan – Confidence at an all time low, ruined by Tim’s comments & handing Given – Moved on knowing Guzan was shot – not adequately replaced Cissokho – Loaned out knowing that Richardson was past it – Yes Amavi was first choice, but only a fool could presume that Amavi would stay 100% injury & suspension free Lescott – was obviously past it Gil – a talent ignored Grealish – egoed him into Mr Big - Whatsits Gestede – not utilising his obvious strengths. Generally our squad is not fit. Any new players coming in, either slated, not played, hung out to dry. Can Tim Sherwood be accused of disjointing anything we had going for us, just to get out, get his 2mill compensation. Blaming everybody except himself? Constructive dismissal? A Charlatan? Cheating the fans, Staff and everybody at the club by bringing us down as far as possible leaving such a mess that no-one can save us. Only to claim himself to be a good “football man” in saving us from relegation, getting us to a FA Cup final the season before? “If only the club had listened and bought the players I wanted”. “The players they bought are all terrible and I proved it”. “The Club’s run by amatuers” “Who are Viller anyway, Not Tot’nam” “Who wants to live in Berminam anyway?” “Ow’s it gowin ‘Arry?” Randy Lerner is ultimately responsible for the present state of ASTON VILLA FC. But he must be a difficult person to work for. It seems that MON, KMAC, Lambert, Marshall, Sherwood & KMAC again have all decided to “Up Yours Randy” at some point, to the detriment of ASTON VILLA FC its staff and fans ASTON VILLA FC the club we, the fans, love. I think we have enough in the squad, if used correctly, to be safe over a whole season. From the Squad left to us by PL/RL we needed to add credibly GK - Given/Guzan – enough to survive RB – Huton/Bacuna – Good enough for PL 15-17th LB – Cissohko – Good enough for PL 15-17th CB – Okore & Clark worked – Senderos was good enough DMF – Sanchez – if fit enough – good enough MF – Westwood – Good enough for PL 15-17th AMF – Gil, Grealish, Sinclair more than adequate New signings Richards – Good PL player Lescott – past it – emergency use only Amavi – Showed he was capable – we’ll have to wait now (cruel blow as it left us with Richardson) Gana – was nearly ruined by TS – proving to be a worthwhile addition (note – would be better had TS not confused the squad) Vertout - was nearly ruined by TS – proving to be a worthwhile addition (note – would be better had TS not confused the squad) Traore – obvious talent Ayew – Turning out to be a great player for us Gestede – it annoys the Hell out of me that we don’t feed him what he needs (talk about putting Petrol in a Diesel motor) CROSS THE BLOODY BALL We should have gone all out for Austin (QPR) – We needed to replace Benteke’s Goals, not Benteke . Replacing Benteke was always going to be impossible, But 32.5mill should have been enough for 2 players who could score (if used correctly) Cleverley & Delph were vastly overrated (TC had about 6 really good games) (Delph was always good for a costly mistake losing possession & not tracking midfield runners into our box) REMI GARDE I see a difference now that Remi is here. He seems to have a concept of how he wants to do things. The fact that the players are totally devoid of confidence & belief is not on him. I believe he is turning things around. ManC was a good start The international break & losing Amavi was not good for him Everton & Soton showed him a lot about the fragile nature of our squad Watford was an example of how good we can be at messing things up for ourselves, but forget the name, they are now 8th Arsenal are in a different league to us Newcastle was a game where the conditions dictated – I’m just glad we got a point For me West Ham is a Draw needed - but a win would be really good for us Norwich & Sunderland are must wins From then on in we have to start upsetting the odds to survive Bringing back Cissohko Leaving out Richardson Making waves about getting rid of N’Zog, Gaby are good news. Kozak & Senderos - I’m not sure of, maybe they have been broken, like Lambert was. Targeting a new GK, Enforcer, playmaker & Striker is good news Getting the players up to speed All these things are a sign of mostly good judgement, so I’m 100% behind him and his Staff. I hope from the bottom of my heart and soul that Remi Garde can somehow crawl us back up the table and out of the Relegation zone before the last game against Arsenal away. If only to prove that we are ASTON VILLA FC a unique Football club and that even the most incapable owner, his decisions and any Manager under him who has conspired against us (the fans – the true heartbeat of the club) can not bring us down. Villa till & Die Grasshopper
  24. Aston Villa Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Rémi Garde as our new manager. The 49-year-old Frenchman is widely regarded as one of Europe's most exciting coaches and has agreed a contract that will run until the end of season 2018/19. Rémi enjoyed a successful three-year period as manager of Ligue 1 side Lyon where he led the club to the Couple de France and Trophee des Champions as well as the quarter-finals of the Europa League, successfully implementing his own brand of highly entertaining football in the process. He is also renowned for developing young talent and the Club is thrilled to have secured his services. Tom Fox, Aston Villa Chief Executive, said: "For the past year we have been working purposefully to transform the Club in order to build a successful organisation that can compete and succeed in the Premier League. "Finding a manager who shares and believes in our vision and has the ability to bring it to life through performances on the pitch is essential. We are confident that Rémi is the manager who can deliver the best from the current squad and help set the club up for future success". Rémi Garde said: "It is an unbelievable honour to be the manager of such an illustrious football club. "I've had extremely positive meetings with both the owner, Randy Lerner, and Chief Executive Tom Fox. They have ambitious plans for the Club and I'm excited that they have turned to me to help them realise them. "Obviously we have a difficult task in front of us but I'm looking forward to the challenge with the support of everyone who loves Aston Villa." Chairman Randy Lerner added: "Rémi came with ideas, honesty, humour and a steely sense of what it will take for Aston Villa to be what it is meant to be - hard working, tireless, creative and unwilling to concede. "Nobody at Villa can deny that we are way behind. We recruited aggressively this past summer and it is our responsibility to now harvest this talent rather than buckle under pressure and criticism - we are better than that. On behalf of the Board we wish Rémi every success." http://www.avfc.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10265~5113718,00.html
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