UK time is: 21:08:00
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Football Talk At Villa?

How awful, matters relating to football to talk about....... lets hope we get VERY bored of this!

Following the arrival of Martin O'Neill, the press have started to link us with quality players.

The Mail on Sunday claim that a major target will be Bayern Munich and England midfielder Owen Hargreaves. I'm not sure what I'd have made of that before seeing how he played at the World Cup, he was one of only a very few against Portugal who gave 110% and he proved he has a fantastic passion and an endless supply of energy.

The paper also claims O'Neill will add Villa's name into the ring to bring Real Madrid (and former Everton) midfield powerhouse Thomas Gravesen to Villa Park. I like it!

He will also spend this weekend convincing Gareth Barry that his future lies with Villa, not Portsmouth or Tottenham Hotspur. I somehow don't think he will take much convincing.

O'Neill said: 'I want to keep all the good players at this club and Gareth Barry is certainly one of them. I hope that we can convince him that we want him to stay and do well for us.'

He added, 'People become disillusioned and I'm not going to tell supporters to come and renew a season ticket just because I've come here. That would be ridiculous.' I'm not sure about it being ridiculous, it seems there is already a clamour for seats, especially as fans are now expecting the takeover to also go through. He continued: 'My message to the fans is that it always takes time for any new manager to achieve some success. But I'm hoping those people who are disillusioned with the way things have been going will come back in their time if they can see us trying to make some progress. But I have to prove myself to them first.'

'But make no mistake, Villa are also a fantastic club. That's my belief. It's not just words for the sake of it and I want to do my very best here.'




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!


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

The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 7 2006

Time: 9:43AM

Your Comments

Neil Lennon is another name that has been put forward, and it wouldn't be all that surprising.
NeilBaker
I wouldnt touch Hargreaves with a barge pole. Couple of ok performances for England dont make him a good player. Gravesen would be a good buy tho.
DeanoVilla
But many good performances for Bayern Munich do make him a good player. And there are far better demented pitbulls than Thomas Gravesen
NeilBaker
I would love to see Hargreaves at VP, he's an O'Neill type player, quality but nothing flash, gives his all (who knows, maybe even a future captain) and he's english. I have nothing against foreign players but I would not like to see Villa become Arsenal with no englishmen on the park or the bench, as has happened on occasion. As for Lennon, too old.
Villain Of The North
hargreaves = good enough to start for bayern, good enough for us by miles
son_of_cher
Yes, talking about actual football, a topic that a mere three weeks ago we were only too willing to avoid.
glensider
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Tadic Was Our Failed January Buy (Sunday November 23 2014)

Something For The Weekend (472) (Friday November 21 2014)

Aston Villa FC - 140 Years And Counting (Friday November 21 2014)

Villa Support 21st Minute Initiative (Thursday November 20 2014)

Injury Update Ahead Of Southampton (Thursday November 20 2014)

Villa In Talks With Justice For The 21 (Thursday November 20 2014)

The Stiliyan Petrov Foundation (Thursday November 20 2014)

Archived Aston Villa Articles

List All Vital Villa Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Pride of Lions 760
2. ClivetheVillan 743
3. The Fear 552
4. kefkat 262
5. Freeman14 214
6. sirdennis 171
7. DeanoVilla 144
8. Villan57 136
9. gator 88
10. HeathfieldRoad1874 88

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
14. Sunderland 12 2 7 3 -7 13
15. Crystal Palace 12 3 3 6 -4 12
16. Hull City 12 2 5 5 -3 11
17. Aston Villa 11 3 2 6 -11 11
18. Leicester City 12 2 4 6 -7 10
19. Burnley 12 2 4 6 -12 10
20. Q.P.R. 12 2 2 8 -12 8

Breaking League News

Newcastle : 23/11/2014 20:36:00
Villa Aren't Carrying The Can For Vlaar Contract
Aston Villa : 23/11/2014 19:22:00
Lambert Wants More Progress Against Southampton
Aston Villa : 23/11/2014 19:14:00
Tadic Was Our Failed January Buy
Aston Villa : 23/11/2014 19:05:00
Hull City : 23/11/2014 17:49:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Villa v Southampton (home) will:
Suggested By:  Mystic Mug
Win 17%
Lose 71%
Draw 11%