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10 Oct 2020 10:34:56
Two years ago today Deano took over. We were 15th in the Championship with little to no chance of getting anywhere with the way we were playing. Two years later we sit second in the Premier League (albeit after three games) and have just absolutely battered one of the best teams in the world of the last decade.

I know this will fall on deaf ears for most however this is a prime example of giving managers and players a chance and giving them time. Smith even being one of our own, and even showing unwavering commitment in the face of probably the toughest time in his personal life, didn't exempt him from what is often a seriously toxic, negative element of our fan base.

As recently as a month ago, there were people (some on here) still claiming the jobs too big for him and we aren't good enough under him. We have shown consistent progress under Smith, of course there have been some rough patches, but that's football, we have all been watching long enough by now to understand that and not react like petulant children whenever results don't go our way.

I wouldn't want anyone else as our manager, and if we continue the steady progress we have seen since he took over, then in two years time there's a good chance we will be back where we all want to be!


1.) 10 Oct 2020 13:16:33
Smith is still young in managerial terms but already has a lot of tactical nous which often goes unnoticed.

He's still learning at this level and I think lockdown showed his willingness to adapt.
He is still a little stubborn in his substitutions (same people at the same minute markers) but I'm excited by the prospect of team and manager growing together.
I think most of us fans agree with you and see how what was a 5 year plan has skyrocketed. We know the whole season won't be plain sailing but from top to bottom there has been considerable progress.

Investment will eventually be cut back like under the Lerner administration but the clear difference now is that we are buying into long term options rather than high wage quick fixes.

2.) 10 Oct 2020 17:36:18
I agree with both your comments and I think the owners should also be congratulated for sticking with Deano, despite the pressure from a certain quarters.
Deano has learnt a lot from his first season in the Premier league and it’s already evident that he’s taken those lessons on board and is increasingly growing into the task.
The manager merry go round approach often fails. Take Manchester United for example, how many top managers have they been through since Ferguson’s reign?
Have they really progressed? I don’t think they have, arguably they would be in a better place now had they’d kept faith with some of the managers they’ve dismissed.

3.) 10 Oct 2020 18:35:43
If I remember correctly Ferguson’s first 3 yrs at Man U were 11th, 2nd and 11th and on the verge of being Dismissed.
The rest is History.
Perhaps DS is following a similar path?

4.) 10 Oct 2020 18:45:31
I agree that Deano has matured as a manager and I was always in favour of keeping faith with him. I think the recruitment has been first class from those destined for the first team, the youth products we have acquired together with the back room staff that together with tying down key individuals to long term contracts, all show that for the first time in a long time the club in general is heading in the right direction. It’s down to the fans to keep the faith no matter what. We have got off to a great start but we will go through rocky periods most clubs do, what we mustn’t turn on the manager or the owners we all want the same thing success for our club but it is going to take time.



23 Sep 2020 22:35:49
#avfc consider loan move for Chelsea's Ross Barkley as Dean Smith targets a "No 8". Ruben Loftus-Cheek a possible alternative option #cfc - John Percy latest. Couple this with Alan Nixon posting earlier that we have significant funds put aside for a new central midfielder and striker/ winger.

From this I take the plan is to keep Jack out wide, and sign a new central mid that puts Hourihane on the bench. I like Loftus Cheek, but Barkley would be a massive signing. Add to that a winger for the right hand side and Traore to push for a starting place/ rotate and we have a very strong first 11.


1.) 23 Sep 2020 23:05:19
Barkley is a good player on his day. The only problem is that he only has a good day once in every 4 games. And he is always suffering from little niggles. I'd much rather we go for Guendouzi from Arsenal.

2.) 24 Sep 2020 00:26:22
Guendouzi good young player, but at times can be a bit of a loose cannon .

3.) 24 Sep 2020 09:31:36
Wouldn’t touch Guendouzi with a barge pole, proved he was a good player in a decent arsenal team at times but attitude is horrendous. Saw it first when we played them in the 3-2 last year, when the third went in he didn’t care about celebrating with his team mates, his first thought was to run over to our bench screaming and gesturing at John Terry “we’re in your head”. Then the Brighton saga, constantly asking players “how much you get paid” etc. Bloke is a waste of space and the sort of character we’ve spent a long time driving out of our club.

Barkleys character off the field has been questions on occasion, more his partying than anything but he’s 100% an upgrade and would slot straight into our midfield three, plus he’s proven at mid table level with Everton and has is a regular 7/ 10 for Chelsea.

Ruben Loftus Cheek the only issue is his injury record, again I think he replaces hourihane without question, when fit however.

So both carry risk but so does every transfer, no risk no reward.

4.) 24 Sep 2020 09:58:06
I would go for either player and believe they would be good for us.

5.) 24 Sep 2020 10:49:17
Don't you boys fancy drinkwater for another season? I'm shocked!

6.) 24 Sep 2020 11:00:22
100 percent I'd take either of them if we can get them.

7.) 25 Sep 2020 01:15:25
If I were a betting man, I would err towards Loftus-Cheek being the more likely signing. However, he seems to have whetted the appetite of many with reports of up to eight clubs pursuing his loan.



12 Sep 2020 14:34:42
Rashica is very close to being complete, from Gregg Evans. Gregg is usually quite conservative so if he's tweeting this something must be in the works.


1.) 12 Sep 2020 14:58:58
That sounds very encouraging Chris, hope he’s right.
Apparently Villa have just had an offer of £15.5 million for Bertrand Traoré turned down by Lyon.
He is a very quick right winger and has a good goal scoring rate also. I have seen him play on many occasions for Lyon, he is very impressive.

2.) 12 Sep 2020 16:42:07
If these signings come off, despite my reservations re: rashica initially rejecting us according to reports, I'll be very excited and optimistic about the season ahead. Our owners are backing not just the 1st team but the u23s as well. Steady progress is exactly what's needed and shows the ambition is there.



03 Sep 2020 09:33:27
Matty Cash signed, sealed, delivered. Maybe him and Jack can share the same barber.


1.) 03 Sep 2020 09:46:17
Not the most important signing but hey ho on to the next one 🤷🏻‍♂️.

2.) 03 Sep 2020 11:01:48
Does anyone know if he takes free kicks? 8 goals isn’t bad for a full back.

3.) 03 Sep 2020 14:00:11
he only played full back last season when sabri took charge but before that he was mainly used in midfield but one thing that you never fault with him his work rate he always give it his all even if he having a bad game.

4.) 03 Sep 2020 16:28:59
Ah ok, thanks Gazza. I just saw the 8 goals and heard he was a full back. Would be nice if he could chip in from full back mind.



28 Aug 2020 18:13:51
10m bid for Matty cash rejected.


1.) 28 Aug 2020 19:18:15
Villa seem to be putting bids in for a number of players but they are all rejected.
Why don’t they swallow their pride and bid the asking price for once and see if they get their man?

2.) 28 Aug 2020 19:21:53
2nd bid being prepared according to SSN.
£12.5m maybe?
Think they want £15m.

3.) 28 Aug 2020 19:53:03
Johnny, they should try the full amount.

4.) 28 Aug 2020 19:58:45
Agree Aka, get the bloody deal done.

5.) 28 Aug 2020 20:04:29
John Percy of the Telegraph have said Villa and Notts Forest are in advanced talks at around £12m so I think I believe this rumour.

6.) 28 Aug 2020 20:10:33
Yes Johnny and Aka, deal worth 12 up front and 3 dependant on certain criteria said to be progressing. Looking likely to be the first signing of the summer.

Personally happy with this, plays that whole of the right side, had interest from 2 or 3 prem clubs. Good cover and someone to push the wingers and guilbert!

7.) 28 Aug 2020 20:12:29
So if we’ve bid for him, means the Jack to Man U with Dalot (spell check) as part of the deal is totall bs, I’d stop reading papers and News Now because is all b*ll*cks


8.) 28 Aug 2020 20:44:15
Chris, just been looking at some videos of him, he looks pretty good. Looks a determined young lad who hopefully will make it in the Prem.

9.) 28 Aug 2020 20:45:34
Ally, what makes you think this bid will affect the Grealish situation?

10.) 28 Aug 2020 21:49:12
His tackle vs baggies last year keeps popping up, fair to say he don’t shirk a challenge and likes to get stuck in.

11.) 29 Aug 2020 05:34:31
Aka, all the reports are saying Man U are offering, or we want their 3rd choice keeper and Dalot in any deal, Matty Cash is a right back, Dalot is a right back, so if we’ve made a bid and look like Cash will join, why would we want Dalot? So the whole headline/ story is not to be believed, unless we need more right backs than Southgate has for England. If Man U want Jack they’ll have to cough up, especially if Citeh get Messi, to make a statement, not that I care 1 bit about Man U’s image or wotever 🤷🏼‍♂️


12.) 29 Aug 2020 08:13:08
Ally, Matty is a useful utility player who can play in other positions especially in the backs and as a winger. Whether Villa sell Grealish with other players moving the other way or not I feel that he will not be playing for us next season.

13.) 29 Aug 2020 08:58:20
AKA and Dave, I share your impatience, however we still need to negotiate to make sure we don't pay over the odds.
Personally I'd offer £10m plus a player, say Taylor or similar.

14.) 29 Aug 2020 09:46:55
It will be good to get the first signing over the line and if it’s Cash that’s ok but I was never unduly worried about the right back position however left back is where I really do have concerns and it seems that’s the one area of the pitch where we haven’t been linked with every Tom Dick or Harry that’s available I only remember a passing reference to Rico Henry but I have concerns re Targett defensively and Taylor is out of his depth in my opinion but it seems that we may well end up with those two as our left backs going into the new season.

15.) 29 Aug 2020 10:04:30
Perhaps Mungo Bridge is ready to fill that void John 🤔.

16.) 29 Aug 2020 11:18:14
Would be nice to see 1 of the youngsters given a chance even if its only for cover, save us splurging money on players we don't actually need 👍. Also re Cash, he might not necessarily be being brought (if we sign him) to specifically play right back. He's a midfielder turned defender and could offer that dynamism we need in the middle of the park, young, mobile and likes a tackle.

17.) 29 Aug 2020 14:26:54
Time to splash the Cash on Matty 😁.




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30 Oct 2020 09:18:44
Anyone know how Vassilev is getting on? 7 appearances for Burton, no goals or assists as yet according to Transfermarkt. No reports on how he's getting on though.


1.) 30 Oct 2020 12:14:17
Don’t know Chris but Burton are bottom of the table.



29 Oct 2020 09:25:32
No Villa till Sunday, how do we all feel about Marcus Rashfords feed the children campaign? And the 200+ MP's that voted against it?


1.) 29 Oct 2020 14:33:03
Got to applaud Rashford, also other players, who have been doing their bit . also the fans groups, who rarely get good publicity, who have been donating to food banks and other good causes .
As far as the MPs are concerned, it’s disgusting. When we can give Billions, in overseas aid, to countries developing warheads and space rockets . Then we Have children staving here, non of it makes any sense at all .
Onwards&Upwards Villaforever.

2.) 29 Oct 2020 15:39:22
Feed them can't do any harm can it lol. The government does pay family credit out as well so trust me people aren't starving. kids by me are fat lol but yea feed them if there hungry why not! Rashford for prime minister.

3.) 29 Oct 2020 16:37:49
Grrr Chris why did you bring this up. Peronally for me think it's a load of tosh. What did people do back in the day they made their own meals it taught our generation to appreciate things more, Now kids are getting things put on their laps for them and I bet more than half that are having these meals their parents either smoke have pets or go for McDonalds off their benefits. I appreciate that some cannot afford meals but I would let them have them but also they have to put back into the system what they have.

4.) 29 Oct 2020 17:09:04
Why not get deliveroo to help out and deliver food to kids at lunchtime, if kids at school are anything like my grandkids they will have the number in their phones.

5.) 29 Oct 2020 17:49:11
I purposely didn’t write my opinion with the question, just to gauge the responses. Personally I think as with a lot of things you can’t blanket statement everyone. No doubt some people fiddle the system, but at the same time there are people whom are less fortunate, who are trying to do something about it and need a helping hand.

Done correctly so that people can’t fiddle the benefit to get Non essentials I think it’s a brilliant idea. So many have lost jobs recently, some will be put into a situation they have never been in.

My solution was the children who get free school meals get a meal voucher at say Tesco, go in there you get sandwich crisps drink and yoghurt with your voucher.

6.) 29 Oct 2020 18:37:12
In principle I am all in favour of Rashford’s campaign however I feel there’s a broader issue which is how are we going to pay for all the money that is being spent? The economy has contracted significantly, we are borrowing extensively, and we are breaking away from our largest trading partner in 3 months. It doesn’t sound like a recipe for success to me.

7.) 29 Oct 2020 19:54:23
Its not a good recipe John, something will crash mate, the Economy or the Stock Market, everything is being propped up at the moment.
But sooner or later something will give.

8.) 30 Oct 2020 19:17:31
Thats correct.
The worst is still to come.
We are already in debt greater than the end of WW2.
Doubt any of us were about at the end of the 1920's when the world went into reccesion. It took 3 years for recovery to start, but it did and it will again.
As a nation we are far better off than our families in 1930. So We should survive.



23 Oct 2020 21:55:35
Completely flat second half, after the shot off the line, the Pen, the definite second yellow for Strujik, the Konsa shot from the corner then the Grealish run, you knew something was brewing😂

Completely flat, Couldn't stop that left hand side. Bamford playing out his skin, shame he had to do what we all knew he has in him to spoil it for himself, glad Mings showed there's still an old school mentality amongst most honest pros and picked him up😂 fair play to them thought, good system much like sheff United!

Word on the ref though, bit of a shambles, the one where Barkley beat his man and was shaping to shoot, then the ref decided it was a foul took the biscuit😂

Onto next week!




21 Oct 2020 23:09:00
I don't often do this, but for clubs we haven't played in a while I sometimes go onto there page on here, just to see if it's still in use and if they've got injuries or other worries etc. This taken directly from the Leeds Rumours Page:
" Just wondering.
I'm not keen on the diver but he has obvious talent. If we maybe got $50 mill for Phillips would grealish be worth a punt? How much villa quote for him? Anybody know.
Or there is obviously still de Paul to consider.
I love Phillips and he is leeds thru and thru but $50 mill when we have struik and could get a really good Pablo replacement. It's worth pondering. "

If anyone, anywhere ever accuses our fan base of being deluded, please point them in Leeds direction. The rest of the thread gets worse, something along the lines of "Grealish will have to move up sooner or later" Never read anything like it😂.


1.) 21 Oct 2020 23:31:05
This is the only game so far I am absolutely desperate to win. Sick of the media love in for Leeds, and their fans are buying into it as well! Would absolutely love to shut them up on Friday!

2.) 22 Oct 2020 08:35:44
You mean you don’t like being told every 5 minutes how they run really really hard on Wednesdays in training BK? 😂.

3.) 22 Oct 2020 09:00:18
Ha Ha, I was interested in hearing in once, maybe twice but every time I hop on Skysports News all I hear is how great Leeds are Chris 😂! Don't get me wrong, they are a decent side and work their socks off but Bielsa is being positioned as the second coming and I really don't understand why? It'll be just my luck, after all my complaining, that they will beat us 🙈😂.

4.) 22 Oct 2020 09:02:54
Same here BK, but luckily we are not having races on Friday someone needs to tell them it’s going to be a football game😂😂 on the jack subject I’d say there are 4 maybe 5 teams that jack would consider a move to, if he even were to at this point, and Leeds sure as hell ain’t 1 of them😂😂 it’s kinda sad that they would even consider selling Philips tbh after how loyal he was to them, if someone offered 100 million for jack i'd tell them to sweep I’d rather have a through and through villian leading my team than have an extra few pound.

5.) 22 Oct 2020 09:51:13
Same Whack, I think after this season 100M wouldn't buy his left peg - He's been outstanding so far this season and doesn't show any signs of slowing down. I agree, we are now talking about the likes of Barca, Real, Bayern, Juventus as clubs that could possibly tempt him away. Not Leeds 😂!

6.) 22 Oct 2020 10:03:31
Grealish is good, but he's no Mason Mount 😂😂😂😂.

7.) 22 Oct 2020 10:21:10
Mount is not fit to wear jacks shin pads😂😂.

8.) 22 Oct 2020 11:38:35
Are you sure it’s not Mason Southgate now, I thought they were married 😁.

9.) 22 Oct 2020 12:17:22
Well the Pope has just ratified same sex marriages 🤔.

10.) 22 Oct 2020 12:18:28
Whack its what Mount does with out the shin pads that's important 😁.

11.) 22 Oct 2020 14:31:41
I’d have suspicions that mount was southgates love child only for mount is a half decent footballer 😂😂.

12.) 22 Oct 2020 16:35:47
Yes but he's no Ross Barkley (thought I'd try something different) 😁😂😂.

13.) 22 Oct 2020 19:06:37
If I’ve got my maths right, if we win or draw tomoz we go top of the Prem, not many players who are also fans can say they were captain of the team at the top


14.) 22 Oct 2020 10:37:51
Rumour has it if you say murder ball three times in the mirror with your eyes closed, when you look in your garden the whole Leeds squad are there doing sprints😂.

15.) 22 Oct 2020 20:21:32
Yes, but John McGinn is doing laps around them whilst drinking Iron Bru and eating Tunnocks tea cakes 😁.

16.) 22 Oct 2020 21:16:09
And his got chips for afters😂.

17.) 23 Oct 2020 10:14:30
Ally, we all know what happened last time that was the case. Let's not let it slip ;)

18.) 23 Oct 2020 11:32:34
I’ve heard from a reliable source that Marcelo sent 1 of his coaching staff to Birmingham on a mission, not a spying mission but a mission to source jack grealish novelty pyjamas for his starting 11😂😂 and of coarse a pair of dean smith boxers for himself lol.



19 Oct 2020 09:51:55
Really good tactical game yesterday again a very decent side, who pumped us twice last season.

People have broke the game down well and I agree, both teams had spells, ours seemed to be longer especially in the second half.
So just two points:

1) two players who deserve a mention, Targett - two games in a row he's been rock solid defensively, his delivery yesterday for the amount of crosses he put in, wasn't his best but the area he usually is exposed; defending, he was top notch.
Trez - he was phenomenal, his attitude and application was infectious. The way he covered cash when they got down that side was exactly what you want. But as soon as the defending was over he was leading the charge. Really impressed with him this season, every man and their dog knew we needed wingers in the summer, where el ghazi shrunk and Trez said "you think so, ok, watch this"😂

2) tactically since the Virus restart of last season, Smith has proved he's got a lot tactically in his locker, but the difference in this team because of this has been brilliant. At 0-0 yesterday we had bossed the second half, but Leicester were resilient. So when we had possession, where as last season we would pump it long, throw everyone forward and probably concede. Now we play it round the back, look after the ball, stick to the plan of letting them press, draw them out, beat the press and get in behind, and look at the rewards it got us.





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05 Oct 2020 20:03:22
Smith told reporters last night specifically we weren’t one of the teams in for Rashica. Now his move has fell through last minute maybe his agent will come running with lowered demands looking for a move, however as of last night it wasn’t on the table. Percy, Nixon, Evans, Preece - non of the usual suspects have said a peep, think this has just been false hype on the deadest of deadline days.




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05 Oct 2020 09:29:24
Smith said after the game, not happening.




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04 Oct 2020 18:03:45
Ahhh cheers Ed.




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04 Oct 2020 17:36:53
Sky bet Ed?


{Ed001's Note - they sold it, I think they have a 10% stake now.}



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04 Oct 2020 16:57:45
Do we think it’s something to with the fact these reports are coming from sky, and sky own a gambling site which offers odds on this? 🤔.


{Ed002's Note - Sky don’t own a gambling site.}




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29 Oct 2020 17:49:11
I purposely didn’t write my opinion with the question, just to gauge the responses. Personally I think as with a lot of things you can’t blanket statement everyone. No doubt some people fiddle the system, but at the same time there are people whom are less fortunate, who are trying to do something about it and need a helping hand.

Done correctly so that people can’t fiddle the benefit to get Non essentials I think it’s a brilliant idea. So many have lost jobs recently, some will be put into a situation they have never been in.

My solution was the children who get free school meals get a meal voucher at say Tesco, go in there you get sandwich crisps drink and yoghurt with your voucher.




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23 Oct 2020 23:02:16
I posted the definition of banter to Scott not long ago menace, unfortunately it went straight over his head. Only description for him at this point is “bad mind”, old school term.




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23 Oct 2020 22:35:36
Seriously embarrassing Kohnny, think Daz has seen the same judging by his last post.

People desperate for us to fail to try and justify some of their awful shouts in previous weeks. Heart breaking to be honest, “fans” ecstatic at a loss, posting more vigorously than when we smashed Liverpool, says it all.

1 results doesn’t outweigh 4, well beaten today, at the time of their first we had 4 on target to their one, once the first went in we fell apart. Onto next week! Glad the large majority judging from the social are behind our boys, nothing like a bad result to flush out the tag alongs!




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23 Oct 2020 21:57:10
That’s three posts int he last what 5 minutes Scott? More than you’ve ever posted after a win, I wonder why🤔.




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23 Oct 2020 21:56:16
Name names.