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  1. Next Aston Villa Manager

    Only a matter of time now Bruce is on his last legs now. Who do you want? I haven't put people like Jokanovic and Stam as the compensation will be insane and we won't be able to afford it. For example 5m for jokanovic. who do you want? I've gone for dean smith
  2. Transfer Speculation Summer 2017

    Already been linked with few players including Sam Gallagher of Southampton: http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/784486/Aston-Villa-Southampton-Sunderland-Steve-Bruce-Championship-Transfer-News-Gossip http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/rumour-aston-villa-could-face-12799498
  3. The Chop List

    Usually the transfer window is a time for excitement about new players, and I am very pleased with the Terry signing. I've really come round to it in a big way. Clearly we also need a keeper (probably Johnstone), we know Bruce wants Whelan (and you have to think it'll happen), and personally I'd like to see a quality attacking player come in given that this was our main downfall last year. This is all well and good, but our squad size is ridiculous. In many ways therefore I'd argue that pruning the squad effectively is at least as important as who comes in. Currently we have 34 players in and around the first team including likely signings - that's far too many to maintain the sort of solid, driven team spirit we need to mount a title challenge. It's a long season but I think we need to get this down to 25/26 max - which means cutting 9 or so. This thread is for discussion about where that might happen. Goalkeepers: Jed Steer, Mark Bunn, Sam Johnstone (probably) [3] Assuming Johnstone comes in you'd think we'll stick here, although I do wonder whether Steer might think it's time to move on in which case we may need to buy again somewhere. Obviously if Johnstone doesn't happen we need another number 1, it's an important position. Defenders: Alan Hutton, Richie de Laet, Micah Richards, James Bree, Tommy Elphick, John Terry, James Chester, Nathan Baker, Neil Taylor, Jordan Amavi, Aly Cissokho [11] We're way overloaded at the back - right back especially. I'd love to ship Richards but it's not going to happen, but this means we have four right backs even before you consider that Bacuna can play here. I see Hutton says he's staying but it might be time to be ruthless. He's been a good servant but one of him or de Laet has to go in my view as they're not young but retain resale value. Elsewhere Elphick isn't up to it and you'd think he'd have suitors - I'd see him go given that Jedinak and Richards can play there as needed. On the left you'd think Amavi will leave, which is a shame IMO but understandable from all sides. If Cissokho is happy to stay as our back-up left back then we're OK here, if not we'll need to replace him. Midfielders: Jedinak, Bacuna, Tshibola, Lansbury, Hourihane, Veretout, Bjarnason, Gardner, Lyden, Gil, Adomah, Green, Grealish, Whelan (probably) [14] Again, 14 midfielders is absurd. I don't really know why we signed Bjarnason for this squad but he's obviously going to stay. I'm not totally sure why we're in for Whelan either. On ability I'd happily ship Gardner but I don't think we will, and he seems a good character anyway. Veretout is probably a decent player at this level but if we can get £6m or so for him he's an obvious choice to leave. Gil will surely leave, Lyden should go out on loan, and Tshibola too if Bruce isn't going to use him. If someone wants to take Bacuna I'm open to it but he's a decent utility player so not too fussed either way. I think it's a big season for Green, and I like Adomah, but even still I wouldn't mind some additional quality on the wing if the right player is available. Forwards: McCormack, Kodjia, Hogan, Agbonlahor, Hepburn-Murphy, Davis (6) One area we're not overloaded in IMO, despite the numbers. Hogan and Gabby are both very injury prone, we have no idea how RMC will perform and frankly the same for RHM. Davis should head out on loan, maybe RHM too if he's not ready. We're stuck with Gabby but we're in real danger on being over-reliant on Kodjia again IMO. Striker is so vital so I'd like us to strengthen here - maybe someone who can also play wing. I've seen Walters mentioned so maybe Bruce is feeling the same. The chop list So whittling down all of the above, I think we should realistically be looking to get rid of: - Hutton/de Laet - Elphick - Amavi - Veretout - Gil - Tshibola (loan) - Lyden (loan) - Davis (loan) - Hepburn-Murphy (loan) Thoughts?
  4. New Manager 2017 Part 2

    Surely its time for a new one of these? BRUCE OUT
  5. Aston Villa transfer priorities: The players Steve Bruce needs for promotion A 13th place finish in the Championship in 2016-17 shows the extent of the job at hand for Steve Bruce at Aston Villa, with a big summer ahead for the Midlands club. The Villans boss has been vocal over his desire to clear out a lot of the current squad in the next few months, while a host of new men have been linked with a move to the club ahead of next season. Given the amount of expenditure Villa have outlaid since Dr Tony Xia took over at the club, there will certainly be plenty of failed acquisitions and players surplus to requirements to leave the Championship side. The likes of Ross McCormack, Jordan Veretout, Carlos Sanchez and Aaron Tshibola are just some of the names being linked with an exit across a huge range of football betting sites, which would provide funds and available spots for new faces. Bruce will certainly have a couple of key positions in mind when looking for summer recruits. Goalkeeper will be high on his priority list, with Sam Johnstone fulfilling the role in 2016-17 while on loan from Manchester United. If Villa can tempt the stopper back to the Midlands that would surely be seen as a positive move, but other custodians such as Eldin Jakupovic, Logan Bailly and even Allan McGregor have been touted as targets. A new centre-half would be a sensible purchase but it remains to be seen if Bruce will land one or stick with the players he already has. While Chris Samba trains with the Midlands club in a bid to earn a permanent contract, Barnsley’s Marc Roberts and Bristol City’s Aden Flint continue to be linked with a switch to B6. James Bree was signed in January to contest the right-back role, but talk of Bruce reuniting with Hull City wideman Ahmed Elmohamady for a third time in their respective career continues to do the rounds. An exciting potential recruit named in the press of late has been Aaron Mooy, who has starred at Huddersfield Town while on loan from Manchester City. With the Australia international unlikely to replace David Silva at the Etihad Stadium any time soon, the gifted playmaker has been touted as a possible Villa recruit - but he would come with a significant price tag. A man at the other end of the pricing scale is Marley Watkins, who will leave Barnsley after his contract expires this summer and is a free agent. While there are no shortage of reported suitors for the gifted and versatile winger, his addition at Villa would add pace and power to an attack that has misfired over the last 12 months. Up front, it feels like Bruce has put all his eggs in Scott Hogan’s basket after splurging on the striker in January. With McCormack on the fringes and Jonathan Kodjia to miss the start of the new season through injury, the Villa fans will hope the former Brentford hitman can find form. There is certainly no reason that Villa cannot be fighting for promotion to the Premier League next term but Bruce has a lot of work to do this summer to streamline his squad. If he can do this early in the window and the players get a solid pre-season under their belts, the Villa Park faithful will have hope that the team can hit the ground running in 2017-18.
  6. These are the usual suspects when discussing who we all want to see leave, or arguing should be kept on for another season. I was just curious if you could only pick one, who it would be? I always have a sense of the silent majority being against certain players leaving, the flip side of the coin being some people wanting them all gone. But for both those extremes and everyone in the middle, who is it you dislike being part of our club the most?
  7. January 2017 transfer window

    What - too early? Well Christmas is about to bite you on the b*llocks, so I disagree. More so because we have a new manager almost in and I want to discuss the most likely signings of Huddlestone and Elmohamady.
  8. Imagine we beat Brighton on the last day scraping in to 6th place on GD. Toon winning the league Brighton 2nd 3rd - Leeds 4th - Reading 5th - SHA 6th - Aston Villa Both Semi's decided on penalties ....and then Aston Villa v SHA playoff final @ Wembley to decide who goes up to PL Could you handle it?
  9. Joey Barton

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/burnley-aston-villa-want-joey-9222596 Burnley and Aston Villa want Joey Barton transfer as end of his short-lived Rangers career looms. Summer-signing midfielder will be a free agent if the expected pay-off is agreed this week with Scottish giants who suspended him for two months in September Joey Barton is on the brink of a pay-off from Rangers after being signed off with stress. Burnley , the club midfielder Barton helped win promotion to the Premier League last season, and Championship Aston Villa are waiting in the wings for the 34-year-old. Barton's Ibrox career effectively ended on Thursday when he stormed out of the Glasgow club’s training complex – with a coffee machine under his arm. He reacted furiously to being frogmarched into the first-team dressing room by a security guard and ordered to empty his locker. Adding to his humiliation was a ban from using the senior players’ car park and canteen following the end of a two-month suspension for a row with manager Mark Warburton. As part of a peace deal, Barton was expected to train with the kids until January, then return to English football. But he went sick on Friday morning. Mirror Sport can reveal he took back a top-of-the-range coffee-maker he had bought for his team-mates. A source said: “A few weeks before his bust-up, Joey bought a coffee machine and had it put into the first team dining room. It was a gesture of goodwill. “After all the humiliation he was put through, he decided to take it back". "It was clear at that moment he would not be returning.” It is understood a possible £150,000 settlement could be agreed this week". I for one really don't want Villa to sign this fella . I don't want him associated with the club I love . I do however think that he could do a good job for us in the middle of the park , but I honestly would rather look elsewhere or even go with what we've got than have him wearing our badge . May sound like I'm cutting my nose off to spite my face to some but that's how I feel . (could one of the mods add a poll to this thread? Would you like Villa to sign Barton , Yes or No ? )
  10. Seems all sorts of rumours about the new backroom team Brucey will bring with. Keith Berschin (Really !) Clemence and Walsh were reported by the telegraph. Steve Clarke - is well liked with in the game and from what I can gather is an easy enough bloke to get along with. My only reservation would be that he sat on his backside whilst the team floundered. Berschin - would be a complete joke imo - I remember my bluenose mates used to take the rip out of him in the 70's -"superpuff" and the "breast feeding centre forward" I think we should retain our current fitness coach- changing them doesn't seem to make any difference - apart from a one line in the press about "state of the art fitness techniques - and how he is held in high regard throughout the game" I wonder if Stan Petrov might get a call.....
  11. Player Options before January window

    If promotion this season is still a target, apart from a change of manager & coaching staff, what other options do we have? Loans? non contracted players? Youth players? In other threads I've often pointed to squad depth as a problem. I'm of the opinion that we didnt buy enough players in the summer. Not all of our signings could have hit the ground running or settle in straight away anyway. So where are we now? I think we are short in the following positions/areas. 1 - GK - as good as Gollini may become, we dont have a good enough back up IF he either gets injured, Loses confidence or gets a few red cards/suspensions during a 46 game season. No competition for place or Experience on the bench (ie Given Mark Schwarzer) 2 - RB - Bacuna is out best back up option. Hutton/Richards are just too mistake prone 3 - CB - We have Elphick Chester & Baker. We are 1 injury/suspension away from "no-one on the bench" 2 injuries/suspensions away from playing Richards as CB 3 - LB - is Amavi fit yet? With Elphick/Chester/Baker as what we have in the middle easily overpowered weak fullbacks only add to our problems, thus Bacuna/Hutton/Richards on the right and Cissokho as LB our back 4 is not a strong unit overloading the responsibilities put on 2 of Elphick Chester &/or Baker. 4 - DM - We dont have one - Jedi isnt working out, Westwood/Gardner/Tish cant do that job. (In an ideal world we would need 2 capable of playing as DM) 5 - CM - I see only Tish (and not every game form/injury) as an option when we need to play 2 + 1DM and have someone on the bench/competition 6 - Wingers or WB's (L&R) Bacuna & Amavi in a 3CB's system but we have no back up I'm not going into our forward options because untill the 2/3rds of the pitch we need to solve first is sorted we cant argue about having enough options when we have a pool of 6 players Gestede Kodjia McCormack Ayew Grealish & Adomah to choose from for 2 or 3 positions So who can we bring in on Loan? Who can we get (permits and fitness permitting) from the "non-contracted" player pool? Of our Youth/Young players, who, if any could be a serious first 11 player? Good enough from the bench? Worth blooding to see if they can hack it? We appear to be in the fortunate position of having an owner willing to invest, so what can we actually do for now till January? I really doubt that going with what we have is enough to be within range of the playoff places by Jan 1. If things conspire against us we really could be dragged into the bottom 3 and be battling to avoid L1. We all saw how last season went, we all hoped it would get better whereas indeed the opposite happened. Anyone have any ideas?
  12. Next Villa Manager

    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
  13. Technical Director

    The good man Dr Tony last night tweeted that there will be announcement of the new Technical Director next week. Any theories as to who this could be ? - I wonder if he has in any way had a hand in the mainly british based players we have sourced so far ? - There was talk of some overseas guys a while back -I would really like to be Graham Taylor though
  14. With relegation looking increasing likely, I think Garde will soon start planning for next season. The question is how many of the current squad should be retained? I can only think of the following that I'd like to keep. Bunn Bacuna Okore Richards # Bennett Gana # Veretout # Westwood Grealish # Traore # Ayew # # Players unlikely to stick around after relegation.
  15. Abel Hernandez

    Seems like this one is happening finally reported everywhere now. Here Also here
  16. Ravel Morrison

    http://www.eurosport.co.uk/football/serie-a/2016-2017/ravel-morrison-set-to-leave-lazio-for-aston-villa_sto5732663/story.shtml Ravel Morrison set to leave Lazio for Aston Villa By FootballItalia 31 minutes ago Ravel Morrison has been left out of the Lazio squad again as rumours grow that he will be heading to Aston Villa. The Aquile begin their Serie A season tonight against Atalanta. Morrison is not even in the travelling party to Bergamo, despite impressing in training. The Corriere dello Sport claims this is because he is set for a transfer to Aston Villa over the next few days. The 23-year-old creative midfielder managed only eight appearances in a Lazio jersey for a grand total of 159 minutes of football. Read the original article on Football Italia - The ultimate website for English-speaking fans of Italian football
  17. Chris Samuelson

    Rumours he could be a permanent member of the board. If you want to go into conspiracy mode - is he actually the supplier of funds to purchase the club, while presenting Tony Xia as the mega rich squeaky clean front man ? - sounds far far fetched, but thats exactly what happened at Reading. The rich billionaire who supposedly brought the club, just disapeared - leaving Reading on the verge of bankruptcy. Not beyond that realms of possibility that the same thing will happen here... http://www.getreading.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/chris-samuelson-former-reading-fc-11355076 Former Reading FC director Chris Samuelson is understood to be part of the Chinese takeover at Aston Villa. Samuelson arrived at Madejski Stadium in 2012 and initially was the public face of Anton Zingarevich’s Thames Sport Investment company. Once TSI’s takeover was complete, Samuelson took up a position on the board at Reading, along with Andrew Obolensky. Both then left the board in June 2014 after Zingarevich had disappeared, leaving the club in the midst of a perilous financial crisis.
  18. Andrew Stone

    ok so it appears i am blind and didn't see the other article please delete this topic
  19. Costel Pantilimon

    Yes please to this as he is a very good keeper! Probably should never have left Sunderland only because of the emergence of Jordan Pickford. Much better keeper than Mannone who finished the season for them. http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/new-aston-villa-boss-roberto-8232488
  20. Roberto Di Matteo

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-3611434/Roberto-Di-Matteo-inching-closer-named-Aston-Villa-manager.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490 With Di Matteo rumoured to become Villa's manager in the next few days, it would be realistic to create a thread about him, even if it's just speculation at the moment. What do you think of him? How long will he be Villa's manager for? Is this the start of a new managerial era?
  21. Renaming Villa Park

    So with the supposed take over supposedly being cancelled/failed, we need to generate more money. Apparently today the north stand was being cleaned (first time in yrs?). Maybe something is in the pipeline re the remaining of VP? I wouldn't be adverse as it would still be known as VP .
  22. The Speculation Source Blacklist

    The Website Blacklist FansFC.com Tribalfootball Sportingo sport.co.uk goal.com footylatest.com caughtoffside.com The Metro Talksport Twitter "ITK" accounts Also, the BBC gossip column (or anything similar) isn't a credible source, if its a proper article on the BBC, then that is fine, but the gossip column isn't Please don't start a player specific speculation topic if your only source of info is one of the above websites. This list may evolve and change through the summer, please check back here if you plan on starting a topic.
  23. Lovre Kalinić

    Looking likely now: http://www.101greatgoals.com/blog/aston-villa-are-signing-hadjuk-goalie-lovre-kalinic-for-e6-5m-slobodna-dalmacija/
  24. Transfer Speculation January 2016

    Discuss ... I realise we have so many big problems to worry about right now, but I can't help but begin to think that January represents a possible ladder out of hell for us. We need a striker or number 10, a keeper, and a center back, from what I can see.