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Wasted Chances At Villa?

Wasted Chances At Villa?

This summer is yet another example of AVFC missing critical opportunities in her recent history. I am sorry to say that the board and management have failed to understand the genuine sensitivity and fragility of Villa supporters. We have stood by this club despite being treated with contempt for the best part of twenty five years.

After the fantastic finale to the season and that glorious European cup celebration the board should have seized the opportunity and moved heaven and earth to secure the world class signings we craved - and were promised. This would have created such euphoria that I believe we would have hit 30 to 35K season ticket sales.

Clearly the policy is now to find 'value for money' signings. Unfortunately increased TV money and the influx of billionaire owners has ensured that we are suffering inflated transfer prices. Therefore real value for money will not be possible in the next few seasons.

I fear that value for money is now another phrase for cheap gambles. I wish Harewood well but he is not someone the big four or even WHAM, Spurs or now Man City would ever have considered. Can you imagine Ferguson beaming alongside Harewood?

I have seen these missed opportunities so many times. After winning the European cup we failed to invest and we flopped.

When GT left us in second place we got a cheap manager and made one signing - the next season we collapsed.

When Big Ron got us to runners up Ellis closed the purse strings, we made no significant moves in the transfer market and the rot set in.

When Little won the league cup and achieved an FA cup semi and 4th in the premiership we followed it up with a meagre two signings and the slide began.

Even when DOL got us to 6th we signed Carthorse Cole on loan and an unknown French midfielder!

I hate being cynical but we must not have a realistic budget in the hideously inflated 2007 summer market. I believe we budgeted to spend based on the 06 market and have been caught cold by the amount of money other clubs are prepared to invest. We cannot, or will not, match them. Did you ever imagine we would have been outspent by Fulham, Man City, West Ham, Portsmouth, Spurs and soon Blues - when they sign Mido - never mind the big four? It is now embarrassing.

I cannot understand how the men at the top of the club have allowed this situation to occur

We are now relying on MON's considerable motivational skills - and hoping this will match the spending of other clubs. I fear this will not be enough.

I have bought my season tickets but the euphoria I felt at the end of the season has been replaced by the feeling I always have after a season of hope at VP - disappointment after a summer of missed opportunities and restricted signings.

JF:(temporary problem with images, but better to put up the content now I think!)

Writer:Jake Findlay
Date:Friday July 27 2007
Time: 12:53PM


Right, I'm sick of these type of neagative articles. Jake - will you name the players we should have signed please.
27/07/2007 13:09:00
27/07/2007 13:17:00
It's basically echoing what Cascarino said and i'm afraid it's beginning to look like we're still in the stables while all the teams have shot off in front of us. Sven moron ericcson is near to bagging 6 players in less time than mon managed to bag two, how many more will he net by the time mon gets back? which leaves us with ever decreasing opportunities. Next season is gonna be tough to stay mid table let alone challenge for European places. I think everyone has a right to express an opinion whether it goes against the grain or not we're all heart on our sleeve villa supporters and without these articles and without people questioning what's going on the board would be a very dull place. UTV
27/07/2007 13:21:00
I think this article should have been saved until 1st September as we still have near 5 weeks left of the current transfer window. I am amazed at some of the negative responses considering this time last year. Prices and player will become cheaper towards the end of the transfer window moving late is the best option. Clubs are spending so much money on average players its crazy, good things come to those who wait. So come on lads lets have some patience.
27/07/2007 13:22:00
Jake, I think the Samaritans are listed in the Yellow Pages. Get some help pal!
27/07/2007 13:23:00
I am disappointed too in our lack of signings to date (but the season hasn't started yet). So I thought who has been transfered so far who I would have liked at the Villa reasilitically (We were linked with Babel, but he was never going tocome ahead of Liverpool). Luke Young I would have liked, but maybe MON has a better player lined up. Nugent or Bellamy ? Maybe, but not convinced. Defoe is the one but he is NOT available. Would have loved Schneider, but he is NOT available. Leighton Baines is quality, but NOT a priority area for strenghtening. I don't know too much about the new influx of Man City players (except Petrov, who is good, but again NOT what we need) So the more I think there are very few transfers gone through where i think 'I wish Villa had signed him'. SoI live in the belief that MON knows what he is doing, and we will have 2,3 or 4 more players within the next couple of weeks, but I haven't got a clue who.
27/07/2007 13:24:00
I'm sorry but we've done this one to death. Jake, I suggest you read Niall Quinn's article on the BBC website. MON is signing players who want to play for us. That's a minimum requirement in my opinion. We are NOT in the market to comptete with the top 4 for signings.
27/07/2007 13:27:00
I am glad I wrote my one now, after another negative article.I am the eternal optomist!...because I do not understand how negativity can help us progress!?!.A little poser...If you were a multimillionare and you are buying an escort that is worth 2k...would you pay 20k for it!!!....You have the money, but you are NO MUG.Once you do get mugged, everyone thinks your a MUG.Then the player that is worth 2mill, that you signed for 10mill is absolutely ****.Then all the fans say MON does not know what he is doing wasting our money on bad players, when he could have waited and spent it on better ones....Let's park all this until 1st September, than all the doom merchants can have their witchhunt!
27/07/2007 13:47:00
Get a life jake...we have a very talented squad, with a few more quality players on their way, leave the big money wasters and cahnce signings to the others. We've had enough so called big signings in the past, MON wants players who will not upset the balance, and work hard for their place. Hunger, you can't buy that my friend, you have to have it in your nature, and on the subject of the 'others', I haven't seen anything special in their signings, its just they don't have a good enough accadamy behind them like us. Our squad is gelling fine, a couple more defensive signings and we will be fine. I thought we'd got rid of this negativity last week.
27/07/2007 14:16:00
Judge them after christmas. IF by the end of the transfer window our squad is still small, christmas is usually the tester for injuries! if we do not make anymore signings and we start to get injuries we are knackered! weve got a good set of kids and firts team players, to rival spuds, citeh, bolton but they have bigger squads. we can't keep relying on the youngsters to bolster the squad, we'll end up burning them out (look what happened to Davis) UEFA will be a very good season if we achieve, we can go out and compete in the market. until then we won't. i'm still looking forward to MON driving this club forward in many, many years to come. it will take time, and we all need to back him to the hilt. UTV
27/07/2007 14:53:00
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