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It would make sense for Red Bull (i think), and i'm sure a lot of Villa fans would be happy (for a bit anyway).


Apparently Houllier is the 'football co-ordinator' or something like that for Red Bull.


and their colours are very almost claret & blue.

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This article about Red Bull and Villa is interesting.





Each international break these days is like a mini ‘silly season’ where barrels are scraped to their very last shaving in an attempt to quench the thirst for rumours.

But of all the whispers surrounding Aston Villa of late, a particularly bizarre one seems to have gathered momentum – or, should I say, grown wings.

It stemmed from a report last month that Red Bull was considering buying a Premier League club. There was very little detail in it, but the fact former Villa boss Gerard Houllier is the drinks firm’s ‘head of global soccer’ set Midlands’ tongues wagging.

While Villa fans are largely supportive of the Paul Lambert project, Randy Lerner’s austerity drive has been blamed for the club’s lack of competitiveness in recent years.

So any suggestion that a white knight – or in this case a Red Bull – might come charging in and pump millions back into the coffers was always going to seem an attractive proposition.

Since that first article emerged, no meat has been added to the very bare bones. It is the ultimate in silly season stories. But it hasn’t stopped Villa fans discussing the merits, or otherwise, of a Red Bull takeover.

And that’s exactly what it would mean. Red Bull aren’t a ‘silent partner’ – if your club takes the Austrian schilling, it accepts the full bovine package.

The company owns, or is the major backer of, 15 sports teams around the world, including the hyper-successful Formula 1 team that bares its name. All five of its football teams – based in New York, Salzburg, Leipzig, Brazil and Ghana – boast the Red Bull brand.

When the company bought FC Salzburg in 2005, it changed the club’s name, management and staff, removed its previous violet colour from the badge and claimed it to be ‘a new club with no history’.

One Villa blogger said he would accept Red Bull Aston Villa playing at the Red Bull Arena, if it meant joining the elite. Fair play, it’s a brave view, but I suspect he’s in the minority.

Most football fans are sentimental creatures. As the furore surrounding the changing of Hull’s nameand Cardiff’s colours demonstrates, history and identity are important.

Forget the Bull. Aston Villa, playing in claret and blue at Villa Park, is our brand.

We all want to be able to compete for established players who would improve our team now, and not constantly repeat the ‘young and hungry’ mantra.

But Lerner is still having to drag the club away from a fiscal cliff. When he does that, he can pursue a slightly more ambitious transfer strategy.

Then, we might see the 140-year-old name of Aston Villa at the right end of the table.

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