Date:Tuesday May 6 2008
Well were at the end of another season and in my opinion a very good season indeed for everyone at Aston Villa.
We finished 11th last year, a considerable improvement on the previous year when we finished 16th under David O'Leary. Everyone was pleased with a good solid season.
At the end of this season, we are 6th, still challenging for 5th place in the table and by looking at how we have improved over the last 2 years under Martin O'Neill it shows that we are finally moving in the right direction.
We have a great board now who have transformed Villa Park and got the crowds flocking back in their numbers. We have sell outs every week, home and away and pundits finally talk about us as a very good team and see us as challenging for Europe which we haven't really been considered for many many years.
Even Martin O'Neill's signings have proved him right. Well most of them.
We have had:
Carson: Just a loan. Good job not permanent.
Knight: Proved that he is a better player than Cahill or Ridgewell in my opinion.
Davies: Really looked the business when he was fit.
Young: Quality. Worth double what we paid for him.
Reo-Coker: I think he has been a good signing. Really helped our team this year and looks a good signing to me.
Petrov: Didn't look good at all but last few weeks has looked brilliant.
Carew: Swapping him for Baros was one of the best piece of business Villa have done.
Harewood: Even Marlon has gone from zero to hero. Fans love him. Become a cult figure of some sort.
Routledge and Salifou we haven't really seen.
Overall Martin O'Neill's transfers have been good in my own opinion.
Now onto the reserves and a great season for them also. Kevin Macdonald has got his lads to win the title and they are also in the play off tomorrow night against Liverpool at Anfield.
Young players have helped in that team and the Reserves have looked brilliant all season.
And Under 18's, also won their league, won the play off on Sunday against Man City ( who won FA youth cup) and we also reached the semi final of the FA Youth cup against Chelsea where we were desperately unlucky to lose.
The future of the Villa looks good with some real prospects coming through the ranks. The likes of Nathan Delfounseso, Barry Bannan, Harry Forrester, Chris Herd and young Zoltan Stieber who has been out on loan at Yeovil this season.
We have had a really good season. Not just the first team, the reserves and the academy too and I think we should be thankful of where our football club is heading. Finally in the right direction.
Well done to Villa this season, and everyone involved. All the staff and players who have made this season very good.
And of course, we did the double over the Blues. How sweet.
Hopefully, with a few players coming in this summer we really will be challenging for the top four in the next few seasons and I firmly believe we will with Martin O'Neill in charge.
Up the Villa.
Date:Tuesday May 6 2008
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