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  • 1 month later...

Typical of what's wrong with the club. Disconnected from the fans and can't understand why he's getting grief after the worst home humping since Stanley Baldwin ran the country. He's meant to be a Villa fan for Christ's sake.

 

If they play like this we'll struggle not to relegated from the Championship.

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This season was a bit like watching your senile old uncle die.  The relegation has been on the cards for so long that it's not even that upsetting given how long we've had to prepare for it.  Players still don't give a fuck, Lescott was quick to criticise the fans for being negative towards the team. To be honest if that cunt never plays for us again it will be too soon. Hopefully we will have a big clearout in the summer and be back up within a couple of seasons.  Still not sure that will happen though, the leadership at this club since Lerner took over from Herbert has been desperate and I have zero confidence in them making the right moves between now and August. 

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1 hour ago, Nayson said:

This season was a bit like watching your senile old uncle die.  The relegation has been on the cards for so long that it's not even that upsetting given how long we've had to prepare for it.  Players still don't give a fuck, Lescott was quick to criticise the fans for being negative towards the team. To be honest if that cunt never plays for us again it will be too soon. Hopefully we will have a big clearout in the summer and be back up within a couple of seasons.  Still not sure that will happen though, the leadership at this club since Lerner took over from Herbert has been desperate and I have zero confidence in them making the right moves between now and August. 

 

Surely the big question is who would you want in realistically as manager?  That would set the tone for how things are going to go I would have thought.

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4 hours ago, SuperBrother said:

So the inevitable has finally been confirmed. Last time we were relegated I was in the last year of junior school and you had to buy the Sports Argus to keep up with what was going on. Sad day.

 

One of the horrible things about this is the paucity of the coverage of the lower leagues.  Eugh.  B-Team coverage, Channel 5 and no mention on the Guardian podcast.

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1 hour ago, davidcotton said:

 

Surely the big question is who would you want in realistically as manager?  That would set the tone for how things are going to go I would have thought.

 

David Moyes in a heartbeat.  I can't see him wanting to come to the Villa though, so if we can't get him then I'll take a Championship specialist like Big Mick McCarthy. I'd even take Spudface,  Maybe Simon Grayson as an outside bet, he's doing a good job at Preston (promoted last season, holding their own with limited resources this year) and he's ex Villa so maybe will have an instant rapport with the fans.   No thanks to Warnock or Nigel Pearson. 

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12 hours ago, Bucky said:

 

One of the horrible things about this is the paucity of the coverage of the lower leagues.  Eugh.  B-Team coverage, Channel 5 and no mention on the Guardian podcast.

 

Aw. You'll have to do things like buying tickets to matches and subscribing to online commentaries, you poor thing.

 

Let's face it. Outside of the usual suspects, no team gets that much coverage.

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Yeah, get on the FL app. You can watch the full 90 minutes of any match a couple of days after as well as 10 mins of highlights. It's really pretty good for about £35 a season. There will likely be half price deals around the start of the season, too. 

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"Goodbye from former Owner.


Goodbye to all that…
Announcement of agreement to sell Aston Villa to Tony Xia

In spite of my personal affection for reading history I have come to trust the future more than the past. And when I refer to the 'past,' I do so lightly and lightheartedly. I refer to recent accounts - mostly in the press regarding the sale of the Club, that are so many miles from accuracy or truth that I can only assume that they too were written by people whose tongues were firmly embedded in their respective cheeks. It is football after all.

As I've said, it was my hope that ownership and custodianship of the Club would have been transferred some years ago when I knew that personal and professional matters made it impossible for me to contribute the time I did in my first five years with the Club. Time and immersion that is crucial to any formula for success. Still, fates are fickle in football so that we could claw back to safety last season, end up at Wembley at a Cup Final sitting amongst old friends!, and then spend the 2015/16 campaign at Bannockburn!

As I expect this to be my last message to supporters through the Villa website I thought it worth reiterating that my approach from the beginning, consistent with my longstanding affection for The Trinity, was in three parts: Villa Park infrastructure, Bodymoor Heath infrastructure and the Villa squad. I have a sneaking suspicion that my best chance of any tolerable memories in this regard will lie with the father and son of this trinity…! In the end, however, so many wonderful young players came through Villa during my time and it is to them and supporters alike whom I am indebted. Also, of course, I wish - without mentioning names, to say thank you to countless people with whom I worked at Villa Park and BMH who have touched me personally and from whom I have learned so much.

Finally, being conscious of the popular and dark pastime of wondering aloud how much was spent, or lost, I should like to think that I 'left behind' value which will hopefully endure and benefit this beloved old Club. In being sadly more than tone deaf, I'll not weakly risk trying to sound any positive notes. But what I will say is that if spending to restore and preserve the wonderful Jacobean Holte Hotel at the southern tip of the Ground, or researching and adding the Holte End mosaic as a nostalgic nod to that wonderful Leitch Stand of our past, add to the tally of personal losses then I can offer no counter argument other than to say I would do the same all over!

It is here that the agreement I wish to announce with Tony Xia ties into my short narrative: Tony has built his career around infrastructure. He is certainly a hugely successful businessman but importantly for me he is passionate about architecture, site design and planning. His commitment to invest in the squad, and leadership at Bodymoor Heath was expressed early on but as we visited together, and had some unrushed time to discuss his plans, Tony's excitement to develop Villa Park shone through. I remain convinced that this is a crucial part of the Club's future as it provides a critical, long-term second source of revenue and therefore sustainability for the Club from which squad-funding can potentially come.

It is with that that I want to say thank you, and to wish Tony every success going forward."

 

What. The. Fuck. Does. It. All. Mean?!?

 

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Chinese takeover rubber stamped today, Dr Xia and Di Matteo have their first press conference tomorrow morning (11am).  

 

Still not expecting much from this, just steadying the ship will be a monumental task.  There is so much shit to clear out of the squad it's going to take two or three windows to get even close to where we want to be,  I'm sure most of the squad have been on the phone to their agents looking for a move back to the Premier League asap but after last seasons performances then it's little surprise we've not been flooded with offers for them.   Mid table obscurity in the Championship would actually be more enjoyable than pretty much anything we've done since Alex McLeish took the job, maybe promotion next season or the year after but if we leave it too much longer than that we are absolutely fucked because the parachute payments run out and everybody in the top flight is getting £100m a year we arent. 

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1 hour ago, Nayson said:

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Chinese takeover rubber stamped today, Dr Xia and Di Matteo have their first press conference tomorrow morning (11am).  

 

Still not expecting much from this, just steadying the ship will be a monumental task.  There is so much shit to clear out of the squad it's going to take two or three windows to get even close to where we want to be,  I'm sure most of the squad have been on the phone to their agents looking for a move back to the Premier League asap but after last seasons performances then it's little surprise we've not been flooded with offers for them.   Mid table obscurity in the Championship would actually be more enjoyable than pretty much anything we've done since Alex McLeish took the job, maybe promotion next season or the year after but if we leave it too much longer than that we are absolutely fucked because the parachute payments run out and everybody in the top flight is getting £100m a year we arent. 

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Yeah, it's a signing I'm pleased with. We are paying the absolute top end of his market value considering he's 30 in a couple of weeks but he knows the division and he knows where the back of the net is. Its made me feel a bit more optimistic about promotion, I still think we are outsiders but we have a shot. 

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Loved Dalian.  He was in the team when I first started going down the Villa so I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for him.  Brilliant brilliant player on his day, of course the joke was that his day happened to be Feb 29th but he provided enough moments of brilliance to go down in Villa folklore, the goal at Wimbledon is the signature moment but I was on the Holte when he scored in the last (but one) minute against Tranmere and the roof was practically blown off the place.  A sad end for him, he'll certainly get a round of applause tomorrow night at VIlla Park. 

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