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Not all Doom and Gloom At Villa

Having read with interest many different points of view about Villa. I feel we are not in as bad a shape as many suggest.

I know we have the worst Manager in Europe (not too sure about the rest of the World) and a Chairman well past his sell by date. Leaving all that aside we have a team to build on with many seemingly good players coming through the youth system. So it may not be all doom and gloom.

Keeping our best players, using our fringe players and adding some players with passion (they do not need to be world beaters) who just have good old fashioned drive and steel.

Then hopefully we can stay in the top flight, DD cannot last for ever, O'Leary will be found out by those who count and not just the fans and then (and only) then will be get back to where we belong.

By Irish Villa




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday June 2 2006

Time: 2:11PM

Your Comments

Totally agree Irish Villa, but we do need to hang on to players like Davis and Barry, although I do think that, given the right offer, we could let Barry go as Davis is the one that is real quality, Barry can be replaced. Heck, buy Milner for the right wing and put Gabby on the left, I know he's a right footer but if Erikson can do that sort of thing at international level, than why not us. If we could get a combined fee of 20 millin for Baros and Barry, I think people's minds would soon change about our prospects for next season (I'm just not sure I trust O'Leary to spend the money sensibly)
Villain Of The North
Happy days then! We'll get Irish Villa as motivation coach and Villain can do our buying and selling.
The Fear
Nop it hasnt helped...Im still depressed!
andrew144
Well i couldn't do any worse than O'Leary ;-) But seriously, I know that in terms of running a football team / club, I know absolutely sod all, but then neither do O'Leary and Ellis. If only they could think a little "outside the box" instead of cost cutting and putting all our hopes on players that are either proven to be not good enough or just past it, we might see some different results.
Villain Of The North
I think your right Villain.. If we can get a suitable amount of cash for Barry, lets say, and use that to throw silly money at a quality balling winning and creative midfielder who can play alongside Steven Davis. (And I mean REALLY silly money) we would have the makings of a quite good side. Let's say we get 10 million for Barry. Wouldn't 10 million be more than enough to pay for Thomas Gravesen's transfer fee and also some tasty wages for him?
GaztonVilla
Yes but realistically we are never going to get 10m for Gareth Barry. Selling both Baros and Barry would bring in about 12m combined at best. I'd love to think we'd get in excess of that amount, but I just cant see it. If it comes down to having to sell them, then I hope I'm very wrong, because selling off our better players, then failing to bring in the much needed quality to both replace them and then strengthen elsewhere, is going to leave us in very desperate straits.
glensider
deadly seems to have already brainwashed acouple of people people
south coast villain
When you see Everton buying Lescott and Johnson and the likes of Wigan bidding for Huth it shows how low we've got that our targets dont want to come even if we did have the money to buy them.(Beattie)We need a ballsy centre forward to play WITH Baros never mind sell him. 5m for JPA from Man City? Take, run, and buy Roberts! Build around Cahill, Ridge, Davo, Gabby and Moore. Come back Comers!!!! We will be great again! P.S. how long can we leave Curbs unemployed?
Madirish
Glensider, if we only got 12 million combined for Barry and Barros, there is no way we should sell, but if Baros has a good WC (and I suspect he will) we should get a combined fee of at least 15 million and maybe more. I know you're not going to get world-beaters in to replace them for that money but we don't need world beaters at this stage (ok, maybe in the future, when we've started to challenge for honours again but not yet) and we probably couldn't attract them without either Chelski type money or the promise of European football. We just need players (and a manager) to beat the likes of Wigan, Man Citeh and Fulham. It's called building a foundation for future developement and as we all know, anything built without a foundation will one day come tumbling down as will happen they day Abramovic leaves Chelsea (he will leave one day, he has no affinity for the club or even the country it's in) - Leads are a classic example of this - you buy success, the money runs out / is withdrawn and the whole empire colapses as there was no sustainable foundation. Just my humble opinion.
Villain Of The North
 

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