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22 May 2015 12:12:36
Villa are showing an interest in QPR's Matt Phillips for a summer transfer, I assume it is as an alternative to Scott Sinclair.

Talks are scheduled for after the match at the weekend.

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22 May 2015 12:58:34
I do believe that Sinclair has already signed, so why would Phillips be of use?
Gil is sitting out his time when surely he should be on the pitch.

{Ed001's Note - I don't know mate, I was only assuming it was instead of him as I hadn't checked into the situation, just that there was interest in Phillips and it was a natural assumption. Maybe he is wanted to replace N'Zogbia? He can play all across the front line, left wing, attacking mid and right wing. I am sure he could play as a striker too. Maybe to push Agbonlahor and cover Benteke injuries?

All I know is the interest in Phillips is real, the rest is just me giving possibilities.}

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23 May 2015 14:19:52
Obviously it's not as an alternative to Sinclair for the reasons stated
But I'm surprised people are dismissing the idea because we have signed Sinclair
I've thought for a while that we should play 4-5-1 with 2 out and out wingers and Grealish as a no 10. Hopefully this means Sherwood agrees
I don't see Gil as a winger; he could play as a no 10 as well though
N'Zogbia is someone I would farm out at the first opportunity
I hope you are right Ed.

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24 May 2015 16:03:09
Like Mendax says I would at least like the option of playing with out and out wingers. I think we would be better off buying a really solid Right Back and pushing Bacuna forward as - someone like Keiran Trippier from Burnley as it would improve the back 4 and give us dedicated wingers in Bacuna with Sinclair on the other side.

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19 May 2015 22:14:24
Benteke has told sherwood he wants out at end of the season to play in champs league and he will turn down liverpool amd sign for arsenal

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18 May 2015 10:41:57
Morning red top again stating that there could be three groups looking at buying AVFC.
C'mon Lerner make my day, sell quickly and let someone invest money on players.

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18 May 2015 11:20:12
Would a takeover really make any difference? Obviously it would offer more stability for the future but in terms of investment I can't see a massive improvement due to FFP regulations. Fans need to be realistic it's literally impossible to plough money into the club like Chelsea and City now.

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19 May 2015 05:08:28
FFP will be relaxed this summer according to Platini

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19 May 2015 14:07:25
Well in that case FFP is completely pointless and should just be scrapped.

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19 May 2015 21:28:21
FFP was introduced following consultation with the top clubs in every league, this meant that they successfully stopped other clubs from spending the owners money once the agreement was concluded.
This is where Lerner defended his lack of funds, 48.6m in the last 4 years.
Platini has realised that the teams that had already spent big money were restricting "smaller" clubs from buying bigger names.
Could be interesting if FFP is relaxed!

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20 May 2015 05:20:16
FFP 'in principal' is a good idea but has been poorly executed. The result is the 'big' clubs remain 'big' and no other teams can speculatively invest in order to catch up. Will be interesting to see what they come up with to allow clubs to invest speculatively without ruining themselves. If they can nail that, it will be excellent for football in general.

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18 May 2015 07:23:14
Wilson from man u to join on loan next season as I told you many weeks ago. Sherwood also to move fast for Dawson to replace vlarr when hull go down. Left back Jetro williams is also a 6 million target.

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16 May 2015 20:35:00
According to radio this evening there is a buy out clause in Benteke's contract at £32m.
This is insufficient in the current climate.
Lukaka went for 28m so Ben must be 40/50m. If he came in from a European club they would be asking 50+.
We must keep him, almost at any cost. If Lerner does sell the club then perhaps new owners may want to invest in our prize asset.

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19 May 2015 22:13:11
Wilson will sign a new contract with Man U and will sign on loan for Everton or albion

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14 May 2015 18:15:24
National newspaper stating that there could be 3 interested parties looking at buying AVFC.
Whoever becomes the new owner they will have to offer any manager substantially more than the 45.8m over 4/5 years if we are to climb the table.
We don't want to lose Ben or Delph, in fact there are few players that can be moved out.
But what has happened to Gil?
It will be a shame to lose a player that showed so much promise because he doesn't get a game.

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07 May 2015 19:37:29
Eds can I have your thoughts on the potential take over at villa, who's looking, is it viable, are they rich, potentially good owners?

{Ed002's Note - It is a business proposition led by Paul Smith who was a Director of Chelsea for a few years and some investors. Smith is a shrewd commercial/marketing guy who will look to increase the profile of the club to bring in additional income - and it would likely be that money that will be re-invested in the club.}

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18 Apr 2015 17:36:15
Sherwood willing to sell benteke and Delph this summer from which he hopes to raise 35 million. He wants to use this money to bring in the likes of charlie Austin young players like bishop of Ipswich also mings. We are also close to agreeing with man utd to the loan signing of there young forward Wilson. Sherwood does not rate weimann and he may also be sold.

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18 Apr 2015 18:55:53
personally think that's a very bad idea but would love too see austin at villa, weimann is a definate loss get rid also get matt phillips in and schmical if they both go down

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19 Apr 2015 11:42:52
First of all I wouldn't sell either one. But if they were both to leave I would want to get much more than £35 million. If Lukaku went for £28 million then Benteke is worth £40. Don't want any young loan players unless we are going to buy them at the end of the loan. Look at Walker at spurs and Bertrand at southampton.

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22 Apr 2015 12:20:41
Why sell our better players we should keep them both especially benteke he is the best forward in Europe let's see if we are sold then the buyers could foot the bill for any if not all new players after all why buy a great club then don't,invest in bigger better player,s we are in need of NO selling them is just like shooting ourselfs in the foot.if Sherwood don't,t like it get rid ha,ha,ha,come on you lions come on lads yaarhooo.

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18 Apr 2015 16:31:04
Hearing that Paul lambert is in line to become Sunderland manager this summer. His first 2 signings will be villa players Westwood and baker. Thoughts please.

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18 Apr 2015 16:28:15
Tim sherwood to give helenius a go next season as he rates the big forward highly and chances are benteke will be sold. Also looking to bring in charlie Austin. I've also been told by someone I trust that villa are close to a deal for kevin volland a young german forward.

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12 Apr 2015 16:28:21
Great news people have this on great authority from a guy who works close to fox. Villa will be sold at the end of the season but fox and sherwood will be given time to show the new owner what they can do! Also sherwood has been told he will be given funds plans of a director of football are on hold till the end of the season as sherwood want les ferdinand for the job if not he doesn't want 1

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13 Apr 2015 16:40:47
Will we still be sold if we get relegated?

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13 Apr 2015 19:38:07
Don't worry, utv. The way I see it, Sherwood is already doing a fine job at managing Aston Villa, so the team will not be relegated in my opinion. I also believe that his management will be more organized the next seasons, maybe he will even win the FA Cup this season. We just need to continue getting behind the club.

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30 Mar 2015 08:55:21
According to a red top daily Lerner is in talks to sell the club for £150m.
Any other info anywhere to verify this wonderful news?
Hopefully we wil still be a prem. club but it could be the end for TS as a new owner will bring new thoughts with them.

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30 Mar 2015 16:51:37
I would assume Tom fox would no about any take over so TS would also no? Why take this job just for a short period, I would say TS job is safe,

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30 Mar 2015 19:39:39
Agree villajk

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03 Apr 2015 12:41:07
Other Villa sites saying that any sale would involve TS not remaining at VP.

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14 Mar 2015 20:50:24
I have been reading Villa are in delicate negotiations for a summer takeover.
Apparently talks have been ongoing since the turn of the year, and are at an advanced stage.
On reading into it maybe something is going to happen, the people concerned are being kept a very close secret for obvious reasons.
Fingers crossed hey lads,

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16 Mar 2015 09:54:26
Any leads on who it is??

I've heard rumours Larry Elisson is interested.

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16 Mar 2015 15:59:07
The Info I have been reading is on newsnow the villa pages. from 13th and 14th of this month so below is the actual read I have copied and pasted, hope that helps.
I also read but can`t find it, something about one of the founders of Microsoft worth about 17 billiion, now that would be nice !!

Aston Villa are on course for a takeover this summer after it emerged Randy Lerner is in “delicate” negotiations with an interested party.
Lerner has been discussing a potential £150million sale since the start of the year and could end his association with the club at the end of this season.
The potential buyers have signed a non-disclosure agreement and are determined to keep their identity secret but are in advanced talks with Lerner and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Sources close to the deal insist nothing is imminent at this stage, with Villa’s Premier League future still hanging in the balance.
But the consortium will press ahead with plans to buy the former European Cup winners when the picture is clearer over which division Villa will be operating in next season.
Even if Villa suffer relegation to the Championship, the party would remain interested but Lerner’s asking price will be severely affected.
Lerner, who bought the club for £62.6million in 2006, put Villa up for sale in May but there has been no serious interest until the party made their initial approach in the New Year.

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17 Mar 2015 21:18:33
I've read that the Microsoft founder has ruled himself out. I've also heard rumours that Mark Cuban is taking over.

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18 Mar 2015 14:29:02
So have I, but that article above is on the Newsnow site and has raised a few eyebrows.

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03 Mar 2015 22:13:31
Great win tonight, we were great first half died down a bit the second half, things are looking up I'm hearing that stan petrov might be joining the coaching staff would be a great move and gabby look like a decent player tonight I think 3 more wins will make us save (happy little man) tonight

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02 Mar 2015 21:29:32
Report in national news paper that AVFC are interested in Brazilian playmaker Diego.

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03 Mar 2015 15:23:25
I'm sure he would love trips to Rotherham and Millwall

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03 Mar 2015 19:15:10
As with all Blues fans, Mike is more interested in what Villa are doing; tragic really. Worse still, not even funny
Anyway, back to adult conversation; is this the Diego that was at Werder Bremen ?
If it's the guy I was thinking of he was (I stress was) absolute quality

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03 Mar 2015 23:04:13
It was a joke Mendex so chillout will you, great win tonight by the way i want Villa to stay up because like my own club you don't belong in the Championship plus i always enjoy the Villa-Everton games. As for Diego i do believe it's the one who used to play for Werder Breman.

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04 Mar 2015 19:57:32
Have some courtesy Mike, and if you want to make jokes on a football site, make it one about your own club.
When you don't, it comes across as antagonism

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20 Feb 2015 13:34:56
Kevin MacDonald confirmed as Sherwood's assistant.

{Ed002's Note - Are you pleased with that?}

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14 Feb 2015 14:35:24
Tim Sherwood confirmed as our new manager on SSN.

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I'm not sure if I'm happy!!

But, on wards and upwards!!

Got to get behind him now!!

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15 Feb 2015 11:36:29
It's a weird one isn't it, But let's look on the
bright side.
There is no way on earth he can lower the bar of our expectations further than Lambert managed

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15 Feb 2015 18:09:54
I agree with Mendax, I think most can agree that our current higher powers are not right for the club and I hope we eventually find someone who buys the club and is passionate about our progression. but to lambert. he had time. he DID have money but his biggest issue was not settling on a favoured way of playing. personally I think Sherwood will be the feather ruffler we need at VP and hopefully the likes of Gabby that being a local boy and being able to run quick does not mean you get to call the shots! UTV

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14 Feb 2015 11:47:17
Was in a well known Hotel in Birmingham last night and I saw Neil Warnock in there - I really hope that this was just a coincidence! But we have made stupid decisions before, Anyone remember McLeish, watch this space.

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14 Feb 2015 12:56:00
Probably there for the same reason you were !!!!!!!

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15 Feb 2015 20:21:18
I remember a week before Big Eck was appointed, I was wondering around VP with the wife after shopping in villa village and suddenly turned round to the wife and said. that's bloody Mcleish. what's he doing here. little did I know.

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11 Feb 2015 20:00:55
Lambert sacked

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11 Feb 2015 20:04:58
lambert sacked great news

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11 Feb 2015 22:25:33
So then who does everyone want to take over then?

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11 Feb 2015 23:47:10
Mr Lambert, to coin your very own phrase. 'You had enough possession (of the managers position), we could not have asked any more (less) of you. Now pick yourself up and go again.

Blame your scouts, blame your assistants (all of them), blame your coaching staff, blame your players, and blame your owner.

Now is the time the fans can really get behind the team. Its a coin toss we all (mostly) wanted. It landed on heads, then rolled off. UTV

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12 Feb 2015 15:27:45
I will be happy if Villa appoints Claudio Ranieri, he is without a job and he has almost 30 years of experience managing European clubs like Chelsea, Juventus, Inter, Monaco, Roma, Atletico Madrid, Fiorentina and Valencia. His records are good at most of these clubs.

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12 Feb 2015 16:03:05
Shame the chief coach now takes over after every one and his dog state that we needed someone who could coach.
Now even royalty have joined in and suggest the Avram Grant could be the answer.

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12 Feb 2015 22:51:17
I think I'd like to see hoddle take over, and promote cowans to assistant manager to help as he is villa through and through. But who ever comes in it will need to be soon, and hopefully be able to motivate our sorry lot

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14 Feb 2015 04:31:00
I think Sherwood would be a massive mistake, gutted we are in talks with him, looks like a rubbish appointment on the way. No track record, picked up a decent spurs team for 6 months that Barry fry would have got the same results with. Cone on fox hoddle!!!

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14 Feb 2015 12:24:56
Sherwoods record at spuds was worse than AVB and he got sacked.
Sherwood was not agreeable at QPR or Baggies as they would not guarantee funds for him so what is Lerner doing even considering him for the job.

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15 Feb 2015 22:43:16
I think you will find his record was the best any spurs manager has had in the premier league, win percentage of just over 59%. So it's time to get behind the new manager as today it was his half time influence that made the difference

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02 Feb 2015 21:41:01
Lambert turns down a move to villa so this clown of a manager allows Callum Robinson to rejoin preston, it beggers believe.

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03 Feb 2015 01:20:50
I'm glad lambert turned us down. The actual price is fairly irrelevant but to pay Liverpool more for him now than they paid southampton would have been rediculous. On top of that, it would have added another laughing stick signing to the increasing list of lamberts. Let's consider this season: joe Cole, senderos just for starters - can anybody say they are surprised by their 'impact'? Let's then look back to this time last year when we signed holt. What a joke that turned out to be. I needn't go on, but why stop now I'm on a roll. Tonev - awful. Loaning out Hutton for 2 seasons - awful (now our best player), El a'hamardi - awful. Luna - awful. Lowton - awful. N'zogbia - awful.

As for players already there that are far too much game time, let's start with captain Gabby - how on earth does he inspire. His goal scoring record has been shocking every single season. Weimann - awful.

I wonder if lambert could turn back the clock which of his signings he would re- make. Less than 10% I bet.

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03 Feb 2015 07:29:32
Actually Woodsville55.

I do agree that we probably should not have offered 5mil for Lambert, but we are desperate, and unfortunately Liverpool know that so had us over a barrel.

With regards to this season, Senderos looked decent when he was in the first team, remember we did not concede many with him at the back before his injury, as a free signing i thought he was good.

A few of the signings Lambert have made are crap, Lowton is a good player, but unfortunately Lambert has coached the skill out of him and made him look crap. He was 1st choice for a whole season before Lambert decided he didn't like him any more.

Weimann is also a good talent. You obviously don't see the running off the ball that he does and the fact that Lambert plays him on the wing every match. How is he supposed to score from there?

The problem is Lambert. Put another manager with a tactical brain in charge, not this cretin, and i'm sure that the player would blossom.

Lamberts best decision must be. no goals in 8 games, let's get rid of Bent and Robinson. clueless!!!!

Wish he would walk or get the sack, but more change of us singing Messi in the summer!

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03 Feb 2015 09:54:47
Yes I agree master V. Senderos looked decent at the start. I think the nail in the coffin for me for lambert was when we were 1-0 up against southampton and with 15 minutes left he takes off Sanchez and brings on bent. I don't think lambert could ever justify doing that.

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03 Feb 2015 14:37:36
Think about the other side. Rickie Lambert has been told, we accepted an offer, you can go. and he has chosen to stay (I'm glad we didn't get him in, but that's not my point here). He now gets to go to practice every day, look at the team sheet each weekend, knowing they wanted rid of him anyway, knowing he is not wanted at the club that signed him in the summer. We talk about clueless, take a look at Rodgers. He has some sort of system (supposedly) that he likes, and signs all kinds of players that don't fit into it. Balotelli, Lambert etc.

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06 Feb 2015 16:57:44
The point is SPfister9, I'm not interested in the other side or in Brendan Rogers or in how Rickie Lambert gets on at Liverpool knowing the club wanted to get rid of him
Got more on my mind with Villa at the moment mate

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02 Feb 2015 18:18:26
I am hearing that villa have now gone in late for adebayor for 5 mil. Villa are desperate to bring a striker in and a attempt to bring lambert in from Liverpool is a no go. Lerner to sanction this move and 65000 a week wage.

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02 Feb 2015 19:33:25
Not heard this, but it is being reported that we have made a bid of £5 million for Rickie Lambert. Just heard Collymore on Talksport says he has it on good authority its not going to happen and Liverpool won't sell, but have also seen that Liverpool may be trying to sign Kevin Gameiro or Lavezzi from PSG which may pave the way for a deal.

{Ed039's Note - Lambert would prefer to stay at Liverpool)

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02 Feb 2015 21:12:42
Panic buying. We won't get him, do we want him. There is no structure to PL plans. I don't blame Lerner, PL has been able to bring players in but PL can't get the team playing, if u looked at Sunday we need players in all areas, if we created chances benteke may score. Should have gone for Lennon about a week ago.

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03 Feb 2015 19:45:24
I, m with Master villain. We knew from the stsrt of the season that we needed another striker; what do do ? Wait until the last day of the transfer window to make an offer for the wrong type of striker; predictably fail and arrange for Robinson to go out on loan in the meantime. Net result, we're even worse off than we we were in August
Totally clueless

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06 Feb 2015 19:44:44
I think the hope from the start of the season may well have also been that kozak would come back in October on schedule.

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02 Feb 2015 18:15:34
5 hours to go and PL is stuffed by an owner with absolutely no interest in AVFC!
It looks like the manager is being hung out to dry by the owner to deflect blame from the owner. Our Villan is Lerner, he pays lip service to the manager but actually says nothing.
I am 100% certain that had PL had enough funds we would have had another striker sitting in VP already.
Benteke looks as though he now regrets his decision to stay at VP and quite happy to run away. But I forgot, he does not run any more.
We were let down at Arsenal by players that forgot what to do. The defence failed completely; don't tell me it was the fault of PL, players must stand up and be counted. Sunday we would not have reached 2 for effort on most of them.
PL now needs our backing, love or loath, if we are to have any chance of avoiding the drop.
If Lerner was to turn up, that is where your ire should be directed.

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02 Feb 2015 19:14:20
Hi Oldvillan.
The same people read the Rumours as well as the Banter mate.
And I still think Lambert is very inept and out of his depth at VP.
Lerner has his faults granted, but Lambert has more input into the team than anyone.
Buying, Training, Formations, Tactics, Changes, Plans, and picking the team for the job.
Result : not good enough

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02 Feb 2015 21:24:36
Look I feel for lambert, do you think he would have left Norwich if he had of knowing he was going to be hung out to dry, right some of his signings have been shocking some decisions have been just as bad but can any of you guys tell me what he could have done to change the result yesterday before or during the game he is left to shop in the basement our quality of players are shocking, teams around us are spending money players don't even what to come to us on loan we are looking good to go down learner needs to take a lot of this blame it's quite simple if a carpenter has poor tools well expect poor carpentry

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02 Feb 2015 17:06:48
I'm as frustrated as every other villa fan but if lambert ain't got funds what can he do!!?? I saw we were linked with capoue from spurs and now I see the baggies in 4 him. as much as I don't really rate lambert I wouldn't like to be in his position

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02 Feb 2015 20:39:45
I don't want Lambert to be in his position either

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02 Feb 2015 14:27:00
Apparently Man Utd may recall Cleverley if we don't stump up the 7m and buy him today! Don't see how that would benefit anyone but not having to see him at Villa would be great!

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02 Feb 2015 18:22:15
We have to keep him as Utd can't move him anywhere else and don't want to pay him. He will sign for free in the summer to any club that wants him. Hopefully it will not be Villa.

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02 Feb 2015 10:12:26
Hi ed
Are villa going to buy anyone today? Does anyone want to come and play for a poor team

{Ed002's Note - It is a wait and see Nick - I am not aware of anything in the pipeline right now.}

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02 Feb 2015 15:32:09
A couple of news sites are suggesting we may be interested in Chievo's Mariano Izco - not entirely sure how good he is.

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