The Villa Times - 20/02/2008
Unoial Villa News...
According to Vital Bristol City, 18 year old defender Christian Ribeiro is being targeted by Premiership clubs Aston Villa and Everton. Ribeiro who has Portuguese parents has been a regular in the Wales under 21's and been a key player in City's youth side this season. Vital Bristol City: Click Here
How strange, yesterday reports were suggesting that the reports linking Luke Moore with a loan move to West Bromwich Albion was nothing but speculation. Today the official site has confirmed that the 22-year-old Villa forward is having a medical at the Hawthorns.
Gareth Barry has joined in the praise for Villa striker Marlon Harewood. He told the official site after the former West Ham man's Newcastle performance: 'Marlon deserves a lot of credit - probably more than he got - because he pumped the players at half-time in the dressing room and got the crowd going. His workrate lifted everyone, and I'm sure John with his goals appreciated all the work Marlon did for him. Marlon was half-thinking he might have started against Newcastle with Gabby being out, but he had to wait until half-time. You could tell he was desperate to prove a point, and I think he did and he's now in the manager's mind. Marlon's been an asset all season - he's kept working hard and he's had to remain patient. But he's been around the game long enough to know you have to do that sometimes.'
Vital Villa gives a brief history of the Aston Villa Ladies F.C. courtesy of Vital member Meyouldy! Click Here Sponsors and contributors always welcome
Villa have announced the new flag to be unfurled as the players come out at Villa Park, click here to see which one the fans voted for: Click Here
Here we go again, a managers spot might be in jeopardy so who do the papers link to the job? Yup, our very own Martin O'Neill. According to the press Rafa Benitez only has a couple of weeks to save his job after falling foul of the new owners and also falling way short - once again - of the Premier League race. According to the Mirror today, Martin O'Neill is 'a real contender' for the job. They also claim Jose Mourinho and Frank Rijkaard are on the list of possible replacements. Surely Mourinho would make more sense as he is still out of work since leaving (cough) Chelsea in the summer. The only worrying thing for us is that MON is on a rolling contract so possibly could consider other moves if he wanted.
Villa, quite rightly, haven't commented on the MON link to Liverpool but the Times have a quote from Randy Lerner who says there is no need for him to leave as he can 'accomplish anything he wants to here.' Not a new quote, but a good one I'm sure you'll agree!
With Villa in with a fantastic chance of European football next season, Martin Laursen has praised the boss further. Speaking on the official site the Dane has pointed out that the team do have the mental strength to see the season through and that it's all down to Martin O'Neill. 'He's definitely a winner. I think he's got problems with himself when we're losing and he doesn't like that. He wants to do well and he's got big dreams for this club and we feel that. That's why we're responding so well when we go a goal behind, that we come again and are able to come back and get a point or three points because our leader is a good example to follow. I can only say that we have a very good team that can challenge for a UEFA Cup place. We're playing some good attacking football.' Full quotes: Click Here
Yup, it is 'Vital Villa were short of poll ideas.' Our latest poll, suggested by tylervilla, asked: What dress theme should we have for the last home game of the season & the Olly Mellberg send off? Mellberg beards (62%), Vikings (22%), Sweden tops (12%), Cave man! (2%), Nothing - he should not be leaving (2%).
The Barclays Premier Reserve League game against Chelsea, postponed this week due to a freezing pitch, has been re-scheduled and will now be played at Brentford FC on Monday April 21.
Ashley Young has been talking to the official site complimenting the strikers for taking the chances he creates....which is nice. The 22-year-old winger told avfc.co.uk: 'I've set up quite a few goals and that's a credit to the players getting on the end of the crosses and the free-kicks. It's not only John Carew and Gabby; it's the players coming up from the back, Zat, Curtis, Olof and of course Martin Laursen. For me to put in a ball and somebody gets on the end of it, that's a great feeling. To come off the pitch at the end of the game and think I've contributed to three points is even better. It's nice to score a few goals, but it's important to be the one that's setting up other people's goals. I'm in the team to do a job. I want to create goals for other people and score a few myself.' Full article: Click Here
Don't forget you can still vote (up Feb 27) for Vital Villa in the FFC awards.... or for any other site for that matter! Click Here
Thought for the day: Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right - Henry Ford