Martin O'Neill has spoken about the upcoming January sales and to put it bluntly, he isn't a fan!
'Do I like the transfer window? Not particularly. I think what it does do is point everyone into this supposed window of opportunity - and sometimes you are panicked into things. After January 31 a manager is not able to do anything until the end of the season. He has that in his mind.'
'Before the system was okay. I am not a fan of this one - and I am not so sure many people are - but whilst it is in place, you can't do anything about it. You are not going to change the transfer window this season but I am sure people will be lobbying to try and do something about it and hopefully that will be successful in the not too distant future.'
Adding 'In January I think it is difficult to get the quality players you think are capable of doing a big job for the club for the next four or five years. It is also difficult to get other players in. Everyone is doing the same thing but we will do our utmost to try and strengthen in January because we need to.'
The transfer window has certainly put more pressure on the smaller clubs who always relied on transfers throughout the season to keep them solvent. I also miss the constant speculation and the 'will they, won't they' with player moves!
Manager Tim Sherwood has spoken of his disappointment - and shouldered the blame - for today's one nil loss to Stoke City.
All the stats from Aston Villa (0) vs (1) Stoke, Villa Park, 3/10/15 Att: 33,189
Statistics, damn lies and Aston Villa..
Bit of a mix and match today from manager Tim Sherwood's pre Stoke press conference.
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