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The Villa Times - 05/05/2008

The Villa Times - 05/05/2008

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The new Villa flag unfurled and a return of VFC? I think not!... Images and YouTube: Click Here

Martin O'Neill's post match reaction and disappointment: Click Here
Villa v Wigan match stats: Click Here
Villa v Wigan match report: Villa Go Out With A Whimper

The Barry saga continues! The News of the World, a bastion of truth and detail in the footballing world say that the 'pivotal game was overshadowed by the £10m transfer bid' for Villa skipper Gareth Barry. There was NO £10million transfer bid, a bid did go in but it offering players we have no use or need for! The People meanwhile say that the 27-year-old Villa captain will sign at Anfield - a club in disarray (well, I said that, not the People!) - for £100 000 a week after choosing to link up with Liverpool boss Tom Jones mini-me rather than Chelsea boss toad of toad hall. Full article: Click Here

Rubbish on the transfer rumours front on Sunday. The People claim that Villa are going to bid £8million for Valencia defender Miguel. I heard a few weeks ago that this was on the cards and was a 'done deal'. That said, I also heard that Cameron Diaz finished with Justin Timberlake because she was waiting for me to call her. :o) Other than that the only other bit I saw was Boro boss Southgate who is apparently going to beat West Ham and Aston Villa to the £5million signature of Chelsea midfielder Steve Sidwell. Yeah, ok.

Olof Mellberg - Villa Legend, some great images of his final game of at Villa Park: Click Here

The Villa Under 18's beat Manchester City U18s 2-0 to win the FA Premier Academy League crown. Click Here

Tony McAndrew has spoken about his young Villans and says they deserved to win the league. On the official site he said, following the 2-0 victory over Manchester City U18s: 'I'm so proud of the kids. They've been great all season and they totally deserve this. I thought it was a tough game for them and they had to weather some pretty fierce pressure in the early stages. But when you look at the work they've put in over the year, they've deserved it and I'm delighted for them.'

Former Villa player Paul Birch is in hospital suffering with cancer. The 45-year-old former midfielder, who played over 200 times for Villa between 1980 and 1991 is being fully supported by the Aston Villa Former Player's Association in his fight to beat this illness. I'm sure we all offer him our love and support.

Patrik Berger has spoken about Gareth Barry and says he should leave Villa and go to Anfield: 'It is Liverpool and if I was in Gareth's position I would go there tomorrow,' said Villa's Czech midfielder, who spent seven seasons at Anfield himself. 'It's the opportunity of a lifetime, it would mean Champions League and challenging for trophies every season. The manager is doing a fantastic job here, but I think to reach the top four it will take more time, more work and more players.' Full article: Beef Berger Doesn't Mince His Words

Meanwhile John Carew says Barry will stay! 'I think Gareth will stay here, hopefully. I haven't given it that much thought, but Villa is in his heart. I haven't spoken to him. But I feel he will stay and hopefully we can offer him the platform. I just hope he stays.'

Big John also says he was disappointed at the no show v Wigan. 'It was strange. We couldn't make things work from the beginning. We struggled to get a hold of the ball and create chances- it never felt as if we had got a hold on the match. It is a pity we couldn't do it, and I don't know why we couldn't make it work. It was similar to the Middlesbrough and Sunderland games. We lost important points there and we lost important points here. The manager was not happy with the performance, of course. We didn't really create enough. We have tried our best but I am not sure that we will make it now. But we still haven't given up.'

Martin O'Neill says Villa are still in the mix for 5th place. Villa have to win next weekend v West Ham and hope that Everton lose to Newcastle. The Villa boss told 'From our point of view it was a good result and it means we go to West Ham next week with everything still to play for. We'll be going all out to get the three points and that could still be enough to qualify automatically for the UEFA Cup. Everton's defeat at Arsenal does not in any way take away the disappointment from Saturday's defeat against Wigan. But if it means we have a second chance we'll do everything within our power to take it. We've got a very tough game at West Ham but we're going there with a massive incentive.'

Thought for the day: 'middle age is where broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places!'

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday May 5 2008
Time: 11:41AM


Heard it all before. We don't seem to be able to pull out a performance when we really need it. How frustrating is it being a Villa fan - it feels like they build us up just to let us down every time. Love em to bits, but jeeeeeeeez. Hope we give it a good bash on the weekend, as even inter-toto qualification is now under serious threat from Blackburn. I fear chance of 5th has now passed us by - can't see Everton getting less than a point against Newcastle at home. Really hope i'm wrong. As a side note, if Barry's saga has done absolutely anything positive for us - it may just have refocused MON and RL on the need to spend and spend big to try to maintain the momentum of the last 2 seasons. Another false dawn here and more than just Barry will folllow. Feeder club we are not. UTV!
05/05/2008 15:21:00
Great post, YV. I think you've summed the position of most Villa fans. Blues look doomed unless Derby can do them a favour. I think we'll finish 7th now.
05/05/2008 21:35:00
The Barry "deal" must surely depend on us taking Carson, they value him at 10m!!!! So really they are in no position to negotiate for our best player, whether he wants to move or not.
05/05/2008 21:39:00
Got a strong feeling we will beat West Ham, but no so confident of Newcastle doing us a favour.
06/05/2008 11:17:00
Precisely YatesyVillain - the Barry scenario will be repeated next season with Ashley Young or whoever, unless we as a club prove to our top performers that the club are serious in their intentions of breaking into the top five or six on a regular basis. The bottom line - we have to bring in quality in numbers this summer, and not just flirt with the transfer window.
06/05/2008 15:08:00
Aston Villa, Sunderland and Middlesbrough have all been warned off making a move for Sheffield United striker James Beattie.
06/05/2008 18:02:00
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