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27 May 2016 13:03:20
It does make me smile how the press spend all season telling you how bad your players and club all are and then after one of the worst seasons in the club history they report it as being a crisis when the very staff and players that got us into this big mess move on, the British gutter press you have to love them.

I see that they are today reporting that Tony Xia is now looking to buy another club but bear in mind these are the same newspapers that only last week were reporting that he had no money. I would not read to much into this story just yet i think they are looking way to far ahead.

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26 May 2016 22:11:59
Apparently Di Matteo is about to be introduced as our new manager.
WOW, that's a surprise!
Newspapers reporting at 9.45 that it is confirmed.
Might stay up all night to get official statement. Perhaps not.

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26 May 2016 23:02:02
Guessing your not a fan of roberto all i can say is get behind him we need every1 100 percent behind our team this season i think our club shouldn't even be down there let's hope we can bounce back straight away!

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27 May 2016 09:56:41
No problems with Di Matteo.
Just want it all settled before I pop my clogs.
I, like all of the other posters cannot understand why we are dragging our feet in getting pen to paper.

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26 May 2016 21:37:01
Hi People I've been reading a few of your posts and Just thought i would say that until Dr Xia has passed the FA tests then he is not officially owner of Aston Villa and therefore i would of thought unable to make any appointments of staff, although he may well have struck a deal with a manager already on the understanding that it would not be announced until he himself was installed as owner properly.

Therefore if he as already struck a deal the new manager could be already going about his business all be it unofficially, looking at and contacting various players and potential staff etc.

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26 May 2016 22:38:12
The club can make the appointment though.
In the same way that they can appoint any employee
It really is that simple
O'Neill was appointed before Ellis Lerner was in situ. Did anyone doubt he was anything but a Lerner appointment? (despite Doug's grandstanding)

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26 May 2016 22:38:50
This happened back before Lerner took over. It was doug Ellis that braught in Martin O'Neil,

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26 May 2016 23:49:49
Go back and read what I wrote. That's what I said
My point is, do you really think Lerner had nothing to do with the decision to appoint O'Neill?
Allowing Doug to take the the credit was a parting gift that appealed to the old man's vanity
O'Neill was a Lerner appointment.

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26 May 2016 23:50:32
Agree Mendax, but if RDM is Dr. Xia choice of manager and the club appointed him on his behalf and then, god forbid the good doctor failed the FA's test then we would be left with a manager that may not be the choice of anyone else that purchased the club, that is why i thought that it would make sense to wait for the owner to be installed before the manager of his choice.

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27 May 2016 04:30:20
they will have an idea that the tests are going OK. that's why we have waited till now. tests will be passed off early next week.

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26 May 2016 14:38:45
nigel pearson is about to become new derby manager. Di matteo looking likely for us now but don't rule out Neil warnock as I've herd this morning that he has met with xia s people and put his case forward that's why he turned down the chance to stay at Rotherham. I'm digging a bit now to see if I can find anything out. if you like a flutter though people put a cheeky 10er on warnock.

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26 may 2016 15:56:23
utter rubish warnock was on sky a week ago and said he hadnt spoke to villa and he reckons villa already have there man he only wants to manage championship football his nearly 70 he said he will quit if he gets a team up. di matteo will be our manager as soon as the xia gets the green light.

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26 May 2016 17:00:18
Villa making same mistake year after year, Pearson is there, seems like he would like the job, most qualified and most likely to ensure success, GO AND GET HIM!

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26 May 2016 18:42:25
warnock was also on talk sport the day before he joined Rotherham and said he had not spoken to them. he ain't going to say I'm coming into villa is he before the club want it made public!

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26 May 2016 18:45:49
Go get him villa, drive him as far away as possible, and leave him there.

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26 May 2016 19:48:34
I'd like warnock.

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26 May 2016 21:03:55
Not my 1st choice but. don't you think that if Warnock had 1 last season before he retires, that he would want to leave his mark, legacy or whatever? He'd give it his all, we (rightly) accuse players of not trying, but Warnock for 1 season would throw everything at it to get us back up and he wouldn't take any carp off our 'superstars', he's probably the most experienced football league manager out there? Give him a nice payday if he does it for us, win win, then we'd have managers begging us for the job.

UTV.

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26 May 2016 21:53:18
i heard warnock on with brazil this morning and he clearly fancies it. it made me think though, right now we don't need a head coach, we need a manager, someone who stamps their footprint all over the club - fergie, wenger, big sam etc. of those around warnock and pearson fit that mark, neither would be my first choice (dyche), but right now i'd settle for stability and some foundations in place to get back to the premier league with everything around the club to stay there. i know we'll get a director of football etc - but how many of those in the english game would you say are successful?

i am genuinely excited for the future and am looking forward to next season, whoever the manager is i will back 100% (unless he keeps gabby as captain! ) and wish him luck in the transfer market
utv.

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26 May 2016 13:27:23
Hearing Aston Villa's new manager will almost certainly be RDM. Some of the players I have heard mentioned include Cyrus Christie, Ruben Loftus Cheek and Danny Ings - Also RDM wants to maintain as many of the current squad players as possible, hopefully this means the likes of Amavi, Gueye and Ayew will remain at the club - Departures for Lescott and Agbonlahor expected for non footballing reasons.

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26 May 2016 13:43:36
No way Danny ings no way he would want to keep current squad pmsl dreamer.

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26 May 2016 14:08:27
Totally agree, only reporting what I've been told - I don't think RLC would come either but maybe these are the calibre of players we are looking at!

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26 May 2016 14:10:33
And by current squad I mean the likes of Gueye, Vertout, Gil, Ayew, Amavi etc. The likes of Richardson, Richards, Nzogbia etc etc are all being let go, or so I'm told anyway!

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26 May 2016 14:48:21
roberto di matteo it probably is but don't rule out Neil warnock. I've been told he has met dr xia s people and that's the main reason he did not continue at Rotherham. and if you like a flutter at 25/ 1 I'd stick a cheeky 10er on. I've been told a few players we have been looking at include tielemans embolo and sule. all great young players that if we were still in prem would be great but I'd be shocked if any come to us in championship.

{Ed001's Note - Tielemans? Embolo? Sule? You wouldn't have a chance of them in the Prem, let alone in the Championship! You are back to form again.}

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26 May 2016 15:02:34
Yeah I think those are a little far fetched KingVilla - These are too young players, particularly Tielemans!

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26 May 2016 15:07:54
I've stated I don't think we have a chance if you read the post mate lol. just a few names we have looked at.

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26 May 2016 15:11:28
Villa scouted tielemans 7 times last season however that was when we were a prem side,

{Ed001's Note - and were told there was no chance of him joining.}

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26 May 2016 15:17:09
don't know what point you trying to make Ed. all I've said is we have looked at these players. I also stated I feel no chance!

{Ed001's Note - the point is it is pointless even naming them. May as well name Neymar, Messi and Suarez.}

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26 May 2016 15:31:01
no Ed the players I've stated we were scouting all of last season so who is talking unrealistic now lol . Messi Neymar I wish. as I said in 1st post no chance in this league but who knows next summer!

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26 May 2016 15:35:41
Look Ed001 - what you know full well is that those players would beg to play for a club like Villa if we were prem top half, you negative lot make it sound like its thé club regardless of position! Do you think those players would go to Liverpool if they had five miserable years then relegation?! Of course not is the answer.

{Ed001's Note - they are looking for a Champions League team actually, not a top half team.}

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26 May 2016 15:38:31
Youre clearly from Small Heath park Ed001.

{Ed001's Note - you really are a moron if that is the kind of idiotic reply that you come up with. If you were intelligent enough to use your brain, you would have done the obvious thing and looked at my profile to see which team I support. As if I would have red as my avatar if I was a blue nose!}

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26 May 2016 16:42:56
^^^^hahaha I nearly wet meself.

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26 May 2016 17:17:07
Kingvilla talking rubbish! Come on people that's harsh.

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26 May 2016 18:43:02
blah blah blah. kingvilla this kingvilla that lol.

{Ed033's Note - You're a rock star now, kingvilla

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26 May 2016 19:24:32
I'm waiting for Kingvilla's next exclusive. John Carver for manager😂.

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26 May 2016 23:52:43
All i am saying, is give peace a chance!

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26 May 2016 18:55:43
Ed01 (Jesus)
Harsh, of course these players want to join villa! We are also looking at Rooney, hart, and bringing in zlatan.
These are facts, and are not desputed!

Come on, ed you know that every player obviously wants to not only not play in champions league, or prem, that they want to play in championship! With a club that has no owner yet, no manager yet, and fans that can't find a positive in anything!
Blindly they obviously want to play in claret and blue, because we wt villa! Lol.

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23 May 2016 18:36:10
Said before say it again, if old ford xia gets by the f.a. tests, and he becomes our owner, we are going to become a club for bringing in chinese youth players to europe, basically a vehicle for transporting them into europe, this is not what our club should be about, for the upteenth time, this fella is a 'wrongun', and our club will not only lose its identity but become the butt of jokes and seen in an unsavoury light, sling this fella out now before its too late; We are better than this, look away from from the double talk snake oil salesman pitch he's trying to sell us, he's mugging us off, i'm telling you!

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24 May 2016 05:10:18
where is your info to prove this classof82 . the papers all said this about roman abramovhic when he bought Chelsea but he has done good by them. don't belive anything papers say.

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24 May 2016 06:46:27
Although I'm with you on agreein this guy seems extremely dodgy an I'm not sure I want this deal to go thru.

Wouldn't all these Chinese players need work permits? Can't see that happening.

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24 May 2016 07:56:23
Good point, kingvilla. Xia also stated that he will not make any transfer decisions once the right manager is appointed. For me, that manager should be Di Matteo.

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24 May 2016 08:13:03
Pearson about to drop out as well, apparently.

Xia has made no such promise about transfer decisions. What he says openly isn't necessarily what he says and insists upon in private.

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24 May 2016 06:06:41
Don't need the papers to put 2 and 2 together, look, i want what's best for our club, we all do, and for those who believe dr. xia, all good and well, but there are 1 too many anomalies, i actually get no joy from seeing our club like a rudderless ship at sea in high winds, so far dr. xia hasn't covered himself in glory (or anything approaching common sense) and after the hand shandy randy years i'm just a little bit unsure.

a big dollop of all your asking for is in fact feasible and possible, top 3 club in 10 years, maybe on your playstation, but on the planet i live on with the blue skies, nah. if the likes of moyesy swerves us after previously saying we're the only club he'd drop down to the championship for, either he's getting picky in his old age, or all that glitters is not gold, and pay no heed to the stuff your told.

also a dissenting point of view provides perspective and balance, see that's me being an unsung hero again, now if only i persuade the trouble and strife that too, i'd be a happy man!

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24 May 2016 09:18:51
Well said Class of 82. The people saying we should have blind faith are misguided in my view and there is no evidence yet, and I deliberately say yet, to suggest that Xia will be good for AVFC. I for one need to see some proof followed by some action.

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24 May 2016 09:34:28
I think some people are putting 2 and 2 together and coming out with 18. Drawing conclusions based on media speculation and a lack of information will get you nowhere. Managers 'pulling out of the race' happens all the time and for a host of reasons, most of which we'll never know.
Most of the concerns that people are raising about Xia have come about because of less than accurate reporting and specualtion. This whole saga about him not owning as many listed companies as was reported isn't his problem or a reflection on him. That was just the AVFC media team not understanding/ reflecting that he is in the process of buying these companies but that they are not yet his. just one example of innacurate reports giving the impression he's 'dodgy'.
The chinese economy is exploding at the moment and in such a chaotic period of growth there is bound to be a complex web of corporate dealings which will take an age to understand, mix that with the difficulty of getting any useful publically avaialable information from Chinese media outlets and obviously everyone in the uk will be chasing their tails to some extent.
Just calm down. The guys not even in the building yet and we're claiming this and that. let's criticise if and when he makes a mistake but be ready to praise him if he delivers. Lerner is out, we got what we wanted. let's try and be positive for a change.

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24 May 2016 11:00:46
I agree something isn't quite right about Dr Xia, a few things leave me worried or maybe we should all ignor thé press reporting because let's remember they love a scandal - sells papers! I will say this, very few billionaires have done everything exactly by the rule book when
making their fortune, they have all ducked and dived along thé way! A former Kremlin aide once called for Abramovich to face criminal investigation in 2011 and there is mystery surrounding his business dealings so this kind of skepticism is får from unusual! let's all hope Dr Xia does än Abramovich åt Villa.

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24 May 2016 08:59:17
Aruston, i believe our great leader will bring in youth aged players whose age can be from 10 upwards (maybe even younger), as long as the parents agree and the club takes responsibility for their welfare and education, so they go through the youth academy, apprenticeship and if good enough, sign on the doted line, by then they can be classed as naturalised and hence stay and play, or be sold on, why do i think this will happen.

a chinese government spokesman said china believe they can win the world cup within 30 years or so. hence buying a club in europe to start doing this makes perfect sense, for those who disagree fair enough, but i guarantee xia and his colleagues will want at least 3 to 4 Chinese players in the team if they get their way, a feeder club, that's our future under xia and his cronies, but that's only my take on it, time will tell.

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24 May 2016 11:36:04
well I'm behind dr xia all the way. I've spent hours looking into this guy and I'm more than happy with what I've found. sit back people when he passes the tests which he will by the way get behind the man and the new manager and let's roar the villa back up to the prem.

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24 May 2016 11:50:42
Xia has already gone on record as saying he would want to look at the possibility of putting in place some kind of scholarship or exchange programme for some Chinese players to come over - is that honestly surprising to anyone? Is it a bad thing? In reality all this means is that some chinese players will come over and be given a chance to prove themselves. If they turn into good players that's great. If they don't they won't get a look in. Is anyone seriously suggesting that becuase we have a Chinese owner we'll pack our team with a load of Chinese players regardless of talent?
If you think he's in it to make a quick buck he's certainly not goint to do it that way is he!
Honestly, if we insist on jumping the gun and critising before he's even got started, let's at least think about our critisism before we blurt it out. Villa fans have a reputation for being miserable lot for exactly this reason. We have a new owner (nearly anyway) who is talking about being ambitious and the summer is here. After last season you would have thought we'd all be looking for an excuse to be think positive!?

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24 May 2016 17:24:00
I'm with you there mate. Whilst remaining to be convinced about Xia (as I probably would be with any new owner, post Lerner) I'm not ready to imagine disaster scenarios before they play out
These pages seem to be plagued with people who constantly make extreme claims (one way or another) for a chance to say I told you so if one of those claims falls any where near the mark
The idea that we fill the team with substandard Chinese players because the owner happens to be Chinese is ludicrous.

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24 May 2016 17:40:16
Maybe the reason moyes as turned down the job is because he might have been offered another job at a prem club or abroad again just because he isn't coming to us doesn't mean that we are in a dark hole no one knows anything about this new owner yet so let's get behind the club and hopefully everything turns out good.

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24 May 2016 18:26:46
If we became a feeder club for the Chinese it wouldn't be too far off what we are now for the English team, any decent player we have we sell at the moment. Barry, Milner, young just to name a few.

I don't believe we would be a feeder club in the slightest but if we was to get a few Chinese players worthy to wear the shirt who cares?! If they want to win the World Cup in 30 years these players will need to be of the highest quality and I'm not one to say no to a couple of would cup winning quality players.

As I've said before this is all dream land stuff and we all need to wait until an announcement is made and enjoy the new adventure we are about to embark on utv.

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24 May 2016 19:19:39
I think we all need to chill. With the entire population of China I think we might be able to unearth a few gems. Let's see what happens with regard to the fit and proper tests before we all start shouting wrong un.

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24 May 2016 19:46:38
To be honest, if you were in a 'class of 82' I'd be worried about your decision-making and judgement. That's a really rubbish teacher-pupil ratio and obviously your concentration must be terrible. My daughter is only in a class of 31 and she's a moron.

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24 May 2016 20:09:09
pass with flying colours.

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24 May 2016 20:30:59
Ha ha ha.
You sound like such a proud Dad mate.

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24 May 2016 20:59:22
Can't believe already the negativity about DrTX. Give the new regime a chance! What was it that was said about China! If they wanted to be world Cricket champions then they would be in 5yrs. The resources and the potential out there to bring in some good young chinese players great I say. The rules around foreign players will still help to protect some good local talent. Let's give this new lot a chance and our full support as things couldn't have got much worse under Lerner (actually they could)! Let's get right behind them and see where their promises can take us? Lotus Villa till I die lol.

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24 May 2016 21:07:24
Suitably rebuked sir!

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25 May 2016 06:34:49
Wittonwisdom that's the funniest post on here for months!
Spat my morning tea everywhere!

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25 May 2016 16:20:12
Cheers Flackie - Nice to have you back. How was Thailand ;)

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26 May 2016 11:27:24
Trust him he's a doctor. What's wrong with him having a personal ambition to bring through Chinese players anyway? Alright china aren't famed for their footballing quality but if they're good enough to play here I couldn't give two hoots.

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23 May 2016 16:12:06
Moyes says "no" so where do we go.
Di Matteo was said to be a cert.

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23 May 2016 20:14:28
Think giggs would be a good choice, needs to start somewhere.

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23 May 2016 22:18:46
No point speculating about who the new manager will be! Until the good doctor has proven he is no fraud we are stuck in limbo!

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24 May 2016 05:11:15
Pearson for me. it's a no brainer . he should of been in weeks ago.

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24 May 2016 10:31:48
Giggs was undoubtedly a great player but is unproven in any kind of real management situation. Sitting on the bench next to a couple of under-achieving managers doesn't qualify you to lead one of Englands great clubs back out of the wilderness.

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23 May 2016 12:57:49
I see moyes has dropped out, so really, what do the papers know?

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23 may 2016 13:17:49
thank god crap boring manager don't know why you villa fans like him he has always turned us down he clearly don't like us. nigel pearson please! we need a bully otherwise these players take the mick.

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23 May 2016 13:57:37
"Why you villa fans"? What statement is that? are you going through the menopause Mr know it all as all you do is moan moan moan!

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23 may 2016 14:31:30
the players have none nothink but take the mick this season because they know no1 will say anythink its not just 1 player its about 6 or 7 of them surely you can see we need a strong manager like pearson who has won promotion. what's so special about moyes he has never won anythink plays borring 4 5 1 an turns us down all the time no thanx we have had our fair share of sweaty socks be nice to have a manager who gives us straight an we can understand! my positive is nigel pearson should be manager and you get behind him. i will get behind any manager but duno why you all scared of pearson! utv.

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23 May 2016 16:23:36
Moyes has dropped out because the amount of money allocated for transfers is far less than he wanted. Dr Xia has also refused to rule out owner involvement in transfer decisions, including an interest in signing Asian players to market the club's appeal, whether the manager wants the players or not.

There is also growing concern about the financial background, so the deal may be blocked after all.

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23 May 2016 17:20:35
Not scared of person just think he is a idiot with a racist of a son.

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24 May 2016 05:13:56
anything to back the claims fatdave.

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24 May 2016 00:53:06
I have no problem with people expressing their point of view but go easy on the jocks; family history and all that, but even i can't put up with moyesy, watching paint dry as the toffees fans remember the style he played.

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23 May 2016 12:55:40
Moyes has ruled himself out of the job according to bbc sport.

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23 May 2016 13:04:38
And if Di Matteo is off to an Italian club, that leaves only Pearson on the short-list. Someone shoot me now please.

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23 May 2016 13:20:27
The Birmingham mail is purring with delight after it has been announced Moyes has ruled himself out. they love the psychological games they play with Villa Park! One Word, "Obsessed". In truth we don't need Moyes, i have serious doubts about his ability to promote us, he hasn't got recent championship experience and
has delusions of grandeur after his time at Man United! Pearson is the man no doubt about it, his team have just won the prem.

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23 May 2016 13:21:59
once again moyes feels he can do better than villa. big mistake Mr moyes as we are on the up my friend and I feel in the future you will regret this choice. stop messing about now, give it to Pearson and let the man get on with it.

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23 May 2016 14:28:10
Kingvilla - Please don't say Villa are 'on the up', that mnakes me think we're probably not ;)

On a more general note with regards to Moyes apparently puling out, nobody really has a clue what has happened. He may have been offered the job and said no. He may not have been offered the job but his agent wants people to think he was. We may have told him we're going with another candidate and this is just PR on his part. We don't know and probably never will.
Finally, the birmingham mail might be pretty poor in terms of reporting actual news and publishing quality content, but i think the conspiracy talk of them wanting Villa to fail and playing mind games with fans is a bit far fetched. Sounds like Gabby isn't the only one smoking the good stuff!

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23 May 2016 16:08:56
DBS - the evening mail plays mind games with Villa fans without any shadow of s doubt ) You think Moyes agent plays games clearly so not a young writer!? They are always at it, tske a look at the articles through the day, some are embarrissingly obvious - 100%.

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23 May 2016 16:16:19
There is no mention of a conspiracy that's your own mind getting carried away! There is absolutely no doubt that the evening mail is anti Villa though.

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23 May 2016 16:29:10
I do agree with you about the nature of Moyes apparently ruling himself out though - that will be his agent and a little bit of Moyes own ego -to be fair though like you said nome of us know for sure!

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23 May 2016 16:47:14
Fair play Devlin, everyone's entitled to their own view and if you have information that suggests Birmingham Mail are playing games with fans and are anti Villa i'm open to being proved wrong.

Didn't mean the conspiracy line as a personal dig at all, so apologies if it sounded that way - It's just that suggesting that a professional media organisation is 'purring with delight after it has been announced Moyes has ruled himself out' and 'love the psychological games they play with Villa' would normally be seen to be suggesting some level of vendetta or conspiracy against Villa fans. Like i said, I agree the content and 'news' they push are not up to scratch, but i'm pretty sure there are a few pro-villa voices there.

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23 May 2016 18:05:46
Begs the question of where Moyes thinks he going to go that's better - back to Everton? I suspect the new owners are looking for a considerably bigger fish so I doubt it. I hope we're not considering Martinez just because he's kicking around without a job. Mind you, it might be better than Pearson.

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23 May 2016 22:45:37
In secret i imagine Moyes doubts his ability to promote Villa even with cash to spend, because let's face facts its a very big ask to do it at the first attempt and if he failed it could be career over - where could he go from there? His decision is certainly more about fear than anything else, hence why he will seak premiership comfort zone naturally.

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24 May 2016 09:24:56
So I can only think that Moyes will have to bide his time until the first Premier sacking of next season when he becomes the 'any port in a storm ' option. As far as I am aware, no-one else is looking for a Prem manager right now. Watford are sorted and I'm pretty sure Everton won't take him back. Unless Benitez goes, but I can't see Newcastle wanting him. Only left-field option would be in Pulis came to us and Moyes went to WBA.

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22 May 2016 17:58:20
Apparently David Moyes has been offered the post a VP.
His Brother is discussing details with VP officials.
Please let this come off.

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22 May 2016 18:12:41
Really hope so, now owner in place and Celtic job gone why not? Was always my first choice with Pearson close second!

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22 May 2016 18:17:27
I agree. I said this nearly 3 hours ago. I'd be happy with either moyes or Pearson though tbh.

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22 May 2016 18:51:55
Blimey, we could have a full house on this one. Great fit for us.

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22 May 2016 18:57:09
I know football decisions twist and turn, but old moyesy blanked us a month or so ago, other options available; now celtic job gone; thought he had a chance with the valencia job, gone (nice to see phil neville's powers of persuasion as good as his defending).

he even looked at holland, italy and gave an interview saying how exciting china sounded, well played david, now nothing gone his way he condescends to agreeing to look at us again. what are we, the booby prize?

i can't stand him, but pearson has the better record for working with a mixed bag, sad day indeed to plumb for pearson, i'd love glen hoddle on board for the style of football we'd play, but no hope of that happening.

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22 May 2016 19:28:28
The criteria should be is he the best man for the job on the pitch and someone who won't embarrass the club off the pitch
Moyes ticks both boxes
Now is not the time for childish, petty grievances to surface
Would you not consider your options in the same position?

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22 May 2016 19:30:52
Enough said about Hoddle, good footballer but not a good person with his morals, leave well alone.

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22 May 2016 20:00:46
I agree with classof82 and his views on Moyes, get the best man for the job, get Alladyce

UTV.

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22 May 2016 20:08:14
I live in Wolverhampton (I consider it missionary work) and the fans here tell me how awful the football was under Hoddle. Slow, boring and predictable
Not my opinion, I'm quoting people who were watching it week after week
As for his off field stuff, I'm with Villadave.

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22 May 2016 20:18:49
Allyp, Just a point I would like to make about the Moyes situation.
If you were offered £50,000 a week to manage Villa, and at the same time you were offered £75,000 a week to manage Walsall, which job would you take?
Hypothetically of course.

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22 May 2016 20:30:09
A tough no nonsense scot is just what we need to drive the team back into the premier league. He will have a point to prove as his last two jobs have been poor.

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22 May 2016 20:50:13
How can any villa fan turn there heads at moyes. He would be a great signing for us. We were shocking last year and need a good solid manager who can sort out the dross at villa.

I don't care who else he has thought about joining, take your villa glasses of and be honest after the past few years would you have joined us.
I'd love him to join and will back him and the new owner 100%. vtid.

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22 May 2016 20:51:38
Allyp1972, if Sunderland had been relegated instead of us and we had Allardyce as our manager, how hard would you laugh at Sunderland fans suggesting they should get our manager?
My guess is you'd damage some internal organs.

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22 May 2016 20:59:51
I agree I think we need someone like moyes, Pearson would also be a good choice but maybe moyes would be a tad better at motivating the team.

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22 May 2016 21:02:08
Moyes just feels like the right man at the right time and haven't felt that way about a villa manager appointment for a long time. Exciting times ahead i feel (and hope and pray)!

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22 May 2016 21:31:00
I think we wouldn't of gone down under Alladyce, there was a crossover of about a week when he got the Sunderland job, then Sherwood got sacked and though he was on a hiding to nothing, Garde got the Villa job, we should have got Alladyce then, Alladyce became West Ham manager when they got relegated, got them back up, steadied the ship, that what we need because he's 'been there, done that', got a raw deal in being moved on, it's just my opinion that he's the best man for the job, I've got no problem with Moyes tbh, just think Alladyce ticks all the boxes

UTV.

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22 May 2016 21:59:36
I think moyes and Pearson would both do a job . I'd favor Pearson if I had the choice as everything about moyes bores me. him on tv his football style the lot. but that being said I think he will get us back and to top 6 to 8 places.

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22 May 2016 23:39:10
Gentlemen, gentlemen, where to begin, a learned fan speaks of motivating the players; on this point did pearson not motivate a rock bottom leicester to go on an eight out of ten winning streak, as for glen hoddle and drab football at wolves, at that time i think the owners were in a chop and change mode.

you have to work with what you've got, they went through quite a few managers while trying to sell the club on the q.t., i don't think if i was a player i'd be inspired by a revolving door of managers, as for davey moyes, at everton he managed there for 11 years i think (apologies if wrong), at the 'peoples club' to coin the phrase he used.

he was frugal and worked within set parameters, each season buying 1 or 2 players to improve the squad, which we know he did, but if you ask any evertonian about the moyes years and they'll say he steadied the ship and then moved forward, what they'll also say is that the unsung heroes behind the scenes were steve round and alan stubbs, and drunken duncan fergueson.

we don't have a decade to rebuild, ford xia wants us up and lively! so no, moyes type of managing is slow and laborious, even at the end the toffee fans wanted him out because they were bored of it all.

now we come to alladyce, i back Allyp1972, we should have gone for him, we wouldn't be in the hoofers league if we had, he knows what to do, the dark arts and has more bloody contacts than moyesy, that's a fact you can take to the bank, his signings in january were nothing short of genius, that's why wenger hates him.

wenger is a student of the game, tactics etc, sam is old school, build on an airtight defence, win your home games, target certain away games, anything else is a bonus, the owner of sunderland mr. short wants to sell the club, and in football 24 hours is a lifetime, so you never know, but if sam does become available do a cloughy, lock him in a room and don't let him out till he signs on the dotted line!

and a quick note for mendax, you have my deepest sympathy and admiration sir, there's missionary work, and then there's Missionary Work! remember deep breaths and count to 10 or i'm guessing 20 when dealing with the yokels!

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23 May 2016 05:43:34
There's a bit of 'looking at who's available' for the job, managers out of work, if we've got the money, go get the best, the same can be said about players, generally they're going to be contracted to other clubs, I think the Villa job would appeal to Alladyce, have you ever been to Sunderland? It's like going back in time? and going back to what 82 has said before, my guess is that Moyes is waiting for the call from Everton. On a side note, they say women are like buses, in Wolverhampton, they actually are.

UTV.

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23 May 2016 07:22:37
I told my mrs what you said Allyp1972 about the doris's from wolverhampton and she was flabbergasted, to be honest though its only in the last couple of years shes put on the extra 'bergasted', hopefully after the bread and water diet she'll be back down to only the flab!

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23 May 2016 13:13:45
Carbs are the enemy mate, the best diet is no eating till Villa win an away match, it'll melt off her 👍🏻💁

UTV.

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21 may 2016 11:40:25
roberto di matteo will not be the manager of aston villa he is going to manage lazio.

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21 May 2016 12:14:37
Could just be get more wages of villa? But he did play for them so wouldn't be surprised if he went to them. If so there still pearson, moyes, and even flores from Watford.

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21 May 2016 12:22:59
He is having talks woth them, nothing says he's going there yet. Moyes mentioned again today with villa.

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21 May 2016 18:26:55
Wheres king villa today lol.

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21 May 2016 20:45:53
I'm here put a few posts on today djb371977. they on banter page. if you look.

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22 May 2016 09:18:51
I thought flores was off to valencia.

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22 May 2016 21:36:05
And hypothetically, I'd work for Aston Villa for free

UTV.

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20 May 2016 10:54:31
kingvilla exclusive. roberto di matteo has agreed to become aston villa manager. will be announced by Monday at latest. possibly today .

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20 May 2016 11:16:12
not sure how i feel about di matteo, our club needs a major shake up with regards to the playing staff, not sure he's the guy for the job, i'd love us to show some real ambition an get someone like martinez.

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20 May 2016 11:55:15
if he can't win with lukuku how is he going to win with gestede lol. roberto is the man for me upupup we go just for 1 season we fancied a change.

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20 May 2016 11:58:31
Must admit i have my reservations about di matteo too, but hopefully we'll also be getting some decent people in to support him and Brian Little will be kept on.

Kingvilla - What makes you think the appointment has been agreed?

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20 May 2016 12:03:35
Why Martinez? He got wigan relegated did nothing with Everton. If you want ambition try Rodgers or moyes. I like pearson good championship manager. But give di matteo a go look at ranieri nobody wanted him. I don't mind who comes in as long as they give passion.

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20 May 2016 16:04:28
Didn't Martinez snub us once before? Sooner have Di Matteo myself if only for one season.

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20 May 2016 18:10:18
After thé Picture of Di Matteo åt thé Airport its a good guess to say he is next
Villa manager! By the way staff åt Villa have been told there will be a ground redevelopment possibbly to 60,000 with a third level on the Doug Ellis! Just what i was told so don't shoot me.

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21 May 2016 10:33:04
Is there even enough room behind the Doug Ellis stand to build a third tier? I thought we bought the park land because the stand as it is blocks all light out, a third tier surely would mean buying the houses behind the park and building over the road like the trinity or moving the road.

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21 May 2016 11:22:41
If you look on witton road the houses are
Set back, and i understand the club own the houses anyway. I think a bridge or underpass would be built like the Trinity road stand . It would certainly be amazing if wrapped around with the north stand and Trinity - a horse shoe with the Holte on its own which is what we would all prefer I think.

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21 May 2016 11:40:38
I would like to see ryan giggs as our manager have good connections to Man U for loans even signings he not going to get Man U job just think he would have ambition knows we are a big club as he has played us all threw his career now that would b my option but far fetched I know come on tiny tony wat does the fortune cookie say?

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21 May 2016 11:40:54
wrong again kingvilla, looks like di matteo is off to roma, can't say i blame him either.

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21 May 2016 12:14:18
Or even lazio.

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21 May 2016 12:39:35
no he has spoke to them. he is no longer our first choice anyway. we looking at a much bigger name now!

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21 May 2016 15:20:03
sorry chunky your quite right, right city wrong team.

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21 May 2016 18:33:12
Yea that's close enough for me lol.

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22 May 2016 09:40:30
There you go again Kingy, Di Matteo announced Monday at latest and know you say he is no longer first choice, do enlighten us with your ITK, on whom will be the next manager.

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22 May 2016 11:41:59
I have no idea. I was told someone else but I don't belive they would come so who knows. I'd guess at Pearson now.

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22 May 2016 15:03:41
Who's the big name you've been told then kingy. Not like you to be shy!

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22 May 2016 20:59:25
This guy is never right lol.

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19 May 2016 20:19:32
We need to stamp a marker on the championship we start go 12 mill for Ross McCormack get joey Barton for leadership and get Alan judge what people think.

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19 May 2016 20:36:58
Mccormacks a good shout. Think we should try and get will Hughes from Derby, and goalkeeper David Marshall from Cardiff.

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19 May 2016 20:38:20
I think so yes and definately Joey Barton!

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19 May 2016 21:01:07
You take will Hughes I also like Cyrus Christie quick right back.

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19 May 2016 21:06:59
Alan judges stats this season scored 14 and 11 assists and Ross McCormack stats are 23 goals and 9 assists think of them two in the same time.

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19 May 2016 21:25:41
I think gestede will be good for us in the championship. He is a proven goal scorer at that level. I admit he probably isn't good enough for prem.

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19 May 2016 21:50:28
Tell me what you guys think of this for our team
Gk - steer
Defenders Christie, okore, toner, amavi
Centre mids Barton and Hughes
Attacking mids traore judge grealish
Striker McCormack.

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19 May 2016 22:02:06
Change the goalkeeper, don't think steer is good enough. rest of it looks good, plenty of goals in the team.

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19 May 2016 22:14:12
I just couldn't think of a goalkeeper who do people think we should go for then in goal.

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19 May 2016 22:38:33
I'd love it if we kept amavi. Fingers crossed. Also, traore will be like a new signing. Out of our current squad I think I'd keep Hutton, Clark, okore, amavi, gana, grealish, traore, grealish, ayew, and gestede. I'm not saying they would all start.

Priority is definitely a new keeper. Then get rid of Gabby Abby.

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19 May 2016 23:35:01
Aston Villa 2016-2017 Championship Team

GK - Ruddy
RB - Christie
CB - Clark
CB - Toner / Shackell / Caulker
LB - Amavi
CM - Hughes
CM - Mowatt
CM - Gueye
LW - Ince
ST - Gestede
RW - Traore

Ross Mccornmack is a proven Goalscorer but Rudy Gestede is also a proven goal scorer in the championship, with the wide players sunce at ince and traore, they will deliver balls into the box to him and he will finish them.

Midifield 3 are energetic. Hughes and Mowatt are very creative and will create chances. Gueye will do all the dirty work.

Defense - I've gone for a simple back 4. keeping clark in the side i think he will be a good defender in the championship. I would like to say Okore but he won't play again and i don't think richards will either. Christie and Amavi are hard working attackive full backs.

Goalkeeper - John Ruddy for me is a world class goalie for the championship and has proven that over the years and his performances in the premier league. For me he should be going to euros instead of Heaton.

Also Have the youth potential such as Grealish who will shine in the championship and show his best form. Also you have Andre Green, Jordan Lyden. Rushian Hepburn-Murphy.

I think villa get rid of Richards, Ayew, N'zogbia ( will shine in championship), Guzan, Hutton, Gil, Lescott and Sincliar.

So asell as the £50 million the chairman has promised, there could be a income of £10-15 million of them players which adds up to £60-65.

For me Aston Villa really need to look at championship quality players to get through this year and gain promotion then worry about premiership next year when promotion is done. The championship is a very tough league its so close all the time so Villa need to buy players with experiance even bring in people like Huddlestone or Barton.

Verdict for next season - 2nd.

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20 May 2016 09:39:41
The Championship is more of a 4-4-2 division, a No9 and a proper No10, McCormack is the guy I'd go with, Gary Gardner=Will Hughes but would cost nothing, Vertout would be a good No10 if actually used as a No10, Ince a good shout on LW, it's CM and defence where we need some warriors, I've said Collins back from West Ham before, and Barton is ideal, GK Myhill

UTV.

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20 May 2016 14:17:56
Rico henry walsall lb
Christie rb
Hughes cm
Barton cm
Striker?
2cb?

Sell ayew unless he will stay gana vertout lescott clarke
Hutton cissoko nzogbia gabby westwood
Richardson traore unless he will stay.

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21 May 2016 08:30:59
Who will buy Richardson?
Are you suggesting we keep Richards?

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19 May 2016 19:28:54
Just heard Dr Tony saying has up to £50m to spend in the summer. Good news but some villa fans are saying should keep amount quiet as will lead to price inflation? Don't agree at all. here we have a new owner backed by billions does it matter that he said £50m!

It's obvious who he is and what resources he is likely to have! I am for one delighted he has shown his hand to start a journey of optimism and expectation! Just now needs to stick to promise. Also good news is looking to buy a house around Birmingham. Someone better tell him Aston Hall is not for sale UTV.

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21 May 2016 11:40:53
Di Matteo in talks with Lazio? If I'm being honest I don't think he was going to be right anyway so maybe time to pursue Moyes or Pearson!

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19 May 2016 18:01:00
Heard a rumour a while ago Baggies are preparing a bid for Gabby. Makes sense today they announced that Sessegnon and Anichebe being released.

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19 May 2016 21:13:50
Nobody is going to buy goalless gabby.

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