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The Villa Times - 16/08/2007

The Villa Times - 16/08/2007

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It has been announced that Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor has been recalled to the England Under-21 squad following the fall out before the U21 championship earlier this summer. Gabby will be in the frame for the friendly v Romania at Ashton Gate next week. Luke Moore and Craig Gardner have also been called up.

Martin O'Neill is looking to hold talks and sort out the future's of Olof Mellberg, Luke Moore and Thomas Sorensen. He told the official site: 'I'm hoping to be able to resolve one or two by the middle of next week. There's Olof, Luke Moore and Thomas Sorensen's position. All the people who have a year left to run on their contracts. I hate to put a time limit on these things, but by the end of next week I would hope to have certain things resolved. I would like to have those done and I think that the players would like to know by transfer-deadline day as well. So I'll make decisions on all of them.'

The Villa boss also says: 'We will have the players in by the end of the month. It's as simple as that.' Full article: O'Neill pledges player arrivals

Thomas Sorensen was quoted yesterday saying he wanted talks with the Villa boss after a third keeper was brought in to Villa Park. Speaking to Tipsbladet, a regular read in the Fear household you understand, he said: 'It seems somewhat strange that they spend a lot of money on him when we already have got two good keepers in the squad.' O'Neill has defended his decision to bring in Scott Carson saying: 'From the experience of last season, you would have said that you need three keepers. I am in absolutely no hurry now to be offloading anyone. If I can have competition for places outfield, why can I not have competition for places in goal?'

Martin O'Neill has also said there will be no more players leaving Villa Park before new players arrive. He said: 'At the moment we're trying to add to the squad. If somebody comes in and wants to go, it won't just be as easy as that. If by transfer-deadline day I have the squad that I want and then somebody is desperate to go then, that is a different issue. But first of all I will build the squad up before I let anyone else out the door. That's part of people's contracts, they sign and they take the chance. While I allowed Liam Ridgewell to go, that's been a long-standing thing. Nobody here is itching to go at the moment. Obviously those things can change as we get more players in, but I won't at this minute be letting anybody just walk away unless we have the players in.'

2600 tickets for the trip to the City of Manchester Stadium (Sept 16) are now on priority sale.

As expected, Mark Delaney has been forced to retire: 'This is a very sad day for me and this is not a decision I have taken lightly. But, having taken everything into consideration, I feel this is the right decision for myself and my family.' Full article: Mark Delaney forced to retire.

Wales boss John Toshack has spoken of the retirement of Mark Delaney who has 36 caps for his country. 'It is a blow for us as he was our most experienced defender and that is an area where we are struggling. He came into football late, so that makes it all the more frustrating for him as at the age of 31 he should still have another four years left at least. But we've been half expecting it and it is not a complete surprise. He's not played for 12 months and has had three operations.'

Vital Villa asked what you favoured strike partnership was. 29% went for local lads Gabriel Agbonlahor and Luke Moore. 22% voted for Big John Carew and Gabby and interestingly (or am I just sad and alone on that?!) the same percentage voted for JC and Luke Moore (which - not that anyone cares - was where my vote went!). 21% voted that none were their favourite striker partnerships because we don't have a 20 goal a season striker and need one bought. Full results: Local lads favoured in poll.

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Thought for the day: The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts. Bertrand Russell

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday August 16 2007
Time: 12:36PM


Hello, long time reader but first time I've done this so I will go for something non contriversial. Has anyone read the article on Mark Delaney in the Birmingham Post by Hyder Jawed? Very well written I thought, not over board and an honest appraisal.
16/08/2007 13:06:00
I like the thought for the day! Applies to this forum big time! ;)
16/08/2007 14:34:00
Congratulations very much in order for Gabby, Luke and Craig, but why he (Pearce) prefers that Newcastle United clown (Taylor) over our very own Gary Cahill I'll never quite understand - particularly as Taylor is in for the run around of his life this weekend. Sad news about Mark Delaney, although the final confirmation didn't particularly come as a surprise, and no surprise either that Tommy S is seeking talks with MON following the arrival of Scott Carson. Knuckle down and fight Tommy, prove you're worthy of being our number one. You've had it your own way for way too long. There's no backbone to these premiership footballers nowadays. Mind you, has there ever been?
16/08/2007 15:49:00
Let's wish Delaney well. Both because he has been a fabulous pro for us, and he's the last genuine right back to sign for us in living memory.
16/08/2007 16:20:00
welcome on board big dave! Click Here for the article.
The Fear
16/08/2007 18:53:00
yeah, have put the quote in the random quotes in the forum deanovilla!
The Fear
16/08/2007 18:54:00
bigdave welcome to Vital Villa its a pity about Mark Delaney, its sad when any player has his career ended prematurly but I am sure he will carry on in football in some guise.
17/08/2007 11:18:00
Agree with the comments about Mark Delaney. A loss to the club, and a huge set-back and blow to the man himself. Good luck Mark.
21/08/2007 08:54:00
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