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Modern Life Is Rubbish!

Modern Life Is Rubbish!

Its fair to say that like a dog facing the midday sun, the recent transfer window's have driven us all slightly mad. It got me thinking, because I've never known such hysteria in all my years following the Villa. Why?

In years gone by, with clubs able to sign players all the way up to Easter, I kept one eye on the papers for most of the year, hoping for links to players, and ultimately, transfers. I remember, a long long time ago, I had a little habit of going on teletext looking for the adverts for 'clubcall' type phonelines. You know the type, the old premium 49p a minute things.
Under the names of each club would be a headline. The one I remember specifically was 'International defender in £1m link'. A few days later we signed Staunton.

But that was it. The odd mention in the Sun, The Evening Mail and bloody clubcall(!).

Now its fair to say the rise of the internet webby thing happened a while back, though its current reach probably peaked within the last 5 years. Most of those 5 years coming at a time that Villa could not/would not compete in the market.

So, this is new to most of us, no?

Basically its my belief that with the level of access we all now enjoy to information, to rumours, makes everyday without a signing feel like torture. I've read a lot of posts this week, brimming with frustration at the lack of our activity. But who, so far has made moves? The relegation threatened teams, certainly, doing exactly what the authorities tried to stamp out by introducing the transfer window to this country in the first place. The Bradford City business model of signing a shed load of average players on inflated contracts, in the misguided belief that relegation can be staved off at this stage of the season.

In fact the biggest story on skysports news today is about a manager cancelling a press conference!

But its not just football that this 'new media' influences. Foreign Affair's are now a minefield and no move can be made without the details appearing on a conspiracy website, news site or blog.

So I for one would like to raise a glass to the Defoe/Doyle/Chimbonda/Boswinga/Miguel/Mellberg/Laursen/Barnes links and the access to Villa directors and the chance to argue the toss.


ps Tenner says we sign an Egyptian right back from the Austrian third division.....

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Date:Saturday January 12 2008
Time: 11:21AM


Henrik larsson has been linked anyone know any different?
12/01/2008 11:57:00
He's signed a 12 month extension on his contract at Helsinborg.
Adam Deuce
12/01/2008 17:57:00
despite the rumours being he was returning to Celtic!
12/01/2008 20:38:00
and rumours he was going almost everywhere else!
12/01/2008 21:58:00
Good article coeur_de_lion. I think that you sum up admirably most peoples views regarding this ridiculous transfer window system. I completely fail to see how the windows have improved the game, in fact it is very much the contrary. A return to the grand old system that served us so well for so many years would make so much more sense. But then again, when has common sense and the football authorities ever gone hand in hand?
13/01/2008 12:38:00
Thinking about it though, it does beat the alternative. Modern life that is.
15/02/2008 15:31:00
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