Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Should Villa Enter The Inter-Toto?

Should Villa Enter The Inter-Toto?

Well, any lingering hopes of qualifying for Europe next season went out the window last night in a fairly tame performance by Aston Villa against Manchester City.

The hope for a late surge in the league hasn't happened and with some very difficult games coming up, it seems highly unlikely - albeit mathematically possible - that we could possibly go on a winning run until the end of the season and grab 6th spot. VERY UNLIKELY!

So, our latest poll thought it would bring up the old and prickly subject of the Inter-Toto Cup. David O'Leary has already said that he wants a more competitive pre-season, so should we perhaps look to the Inter-Toto as a possible way to get into Europe and give us a competitive pre-season?

I remember Paul Merson saying he liked the competition as the team were match fit and started the new season from a running start. I know the flip side of the argument is that as the season progresses, our small squad would tire and we would have stretched our resources too far, but could it really make that much difference?

Our latest poll, suggested by deano.avfc, asks if Villa should enter the Inter-Toto. I'd be in favour, the summer matches are pleasant and even if we didn't win it, we'll have had a good pre-season.

The main worry for Villa fans has to be whether we can hold on to the quality we still have left in the team as the club once again fail to gain European football? Olof Mellberg isn't getting any younger and as a quality player, he will want to experience football at the top level, Villa are simply not delivering that. It also makes it far harder to attract top players to the club in the summer transfer market. Mind you, if Ellis is still in charge, that won't really be a problem, he's managed to leave the club with no money.


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday March 15 2006
Time: 10:59AM

Best of Vital Network

Comments

0
Have we not already missed the deadline for the Inter-toto? I think we have.
DeanoVilla
15/03/2006 11:03:00
0
Have we not already missed the deadline for the Inter-toto? I think we have.
DeanoVilla
15/03/2006 11:03:00
0
Yes we have Deano. Anyway we aren't good enough to qualify for even that. With Everton and Newcastle already throwing their hats into the rings and looking likely to finish above us in the league. The intertoto place is given to the team finishing highest in the domestic leagues. So we stand no chance.
still skeggy
15/03/2006 11:09:00
0
Yes we have Deano. Anyway we aren't good enough to qualify for even that. With Everton and Newcastle already throwing their hats into the rings and looking likely to finish above us in the league. The intertoto place is given to the team finishing highest in the domestic leagues. So we stand no chance.
still skeggy
15/03/2006 11:09:00
0
But apart from that, good poll! ;) lol
DeanoVilla
15/03/2006 11:16:00
0
But apart from that, good poll! ;) lol
DeanoVilla
15/03/2006 11:16:00
0
LOL. Didn't realise it had closed, not seen any mention. Will still be valid results though. Poll now changed!
The Fear
15/03/2006 14:19:00
0
LOL. Didn't realise it had closed, not seen any mention. Will still be valid results though. Poll now changed!
The Fear
15/03/2006 14:19:00
0
It was a popular tournament amongst supporters, we certainly pulled in half decent crowds, but in view of the World Cup, we'd have presumably have had to have entered it with a squad consisting of numerous untried youngsters anyway.
glensider
15/03/2006 17:02:00
0
It was a popular tournament amongst supporters, we certainly pulled in half decent crowds, but in view of the World Cup, we'd have presumably have had to have entered it with a squad consisting of numerous untried youngsters anyway.
glensider
15/03/2006 17:02:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Aston Villa Articles

League Cup & Luton On The TV

With the opening Championship game of the 2016/17 season against Sheffield Wednesday selected for television coverage, our return to the first round of the League Cup...

Gabby Agbonlahor - Shaped Up - Now Ship Out?

So, the Gabby Agbonlahor question has once again surfaced!

High Approval For New Manager And 1st Signing

Poll summaries, looks like the fans approve of Di Matteo/Steve Clarke and their 1st signing.

Doctor Xia Knows What To Prescribe For Aston Villa?

It`s only a snippet but news is thin on the ground at the moment and I feel it unfair to deprive you all too long of my wise words....!

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Editor email
Profile
Mike Field
Editor email
Profile
Steve Wade
no email
Profile
Villa_Grizzly
no email
Profile
Turkish Penguin
no email
Profile
Glensider
no email
Profile
Chris Heath
no email
Profile
M Calucar
no email
Profile
JuanPablo Angel
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Can Gabby redeem himself and stay?
Suggested By: JP Fear
Yes40%
No58%
Meh, not sure2%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Burnley 46 26 15 5 93 37
P Middlesbrough 46 26 11 9 89 32
3 Brighton 46 24 17 5 89 30
4 Hull City 46 24 11 11 83 34
5 Derby County 46 21 15 10 78 23
6 Sheff Wed 46 19 17 10 74 21
7 Ipswich 46 18 15 13 69 2
8 Cardiff 46 17 17 12 68 5
9 Brentford 46 19 8 19 65 5
10 Birmingham 46 16 15 15 63 4
11 Preston 46 15 17 14 62 0
12 Q.P.R. 46 14 18 14 60 0
13 Leeds Utd 46 14 17 15 59 -8
14 Wolves 46 14 16 16 58 -5
15 Blackburn 46 13 16 17 55 0
16 Forest 46 13 16 17 55 -4
17 Reading 46 13 13 20 52 -7
18 Bristol City 46 13 13 20 52 -17
19 Huddersfield 46 13 12 21 51 -11
20 Fulham 46 12 15 19 51 -13
21 Rotherham 46 13 10 23 49 -18
R Charlton 46 9 13 24 40 -40
R MK Dons 46 9 12 25 39 -30
R Bolton 46 5 15 26 30 -40
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
F1 Prediction Comp - Open for round 9
Latest Vital Boxing News
Froch Not Sure About Groves!
Write for Vital Football

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.The Fear416
2.Fulford182
3.sirdennis177
4.BodyButter160
5.JuanPabloAngel124
6.glensider120
7.kefkat111
8.DeanoVilla95
9.Melon Donkey87
10.Silhillvilla77
The Vital Football Members League