The Villa Times - 15/05/2008
Unoial Villa News...
I was curious after seeing Villa being linked with Portsmouth midfielder Pedro Mendes. I wondered, if he isn't quite good enough to fit into the Pompey team, how could he be good enough for us. So, I thought why not go to the horses mouth, now Pedro isn't on my email list, but the Vital Pompey ed is, so I asked the ever cool PompeyRug for his opinions. What did he say? Well click here and you'll find out won't you!? Click Here
Martin Laursen and Ashley Young were named in Sky's team of the season. The players are selected by both Andy Gray and Jamie Redknapp.
I was also asked by The Telegraph for an end of season review, so here it is: Click Here I did put a caveat to the Stiliyan Petrov quote, saying if he started playing regularly like he did towards the end of the season, things would look up and he would make a positive impact on the team but obviously they only had so much space!
Villa have confirmed that both Patrik Berger and Thomas Sorensen are being released as their contracts have come to an end. No news yet on Scott Carson although his loan spell has now obviously ended so is now back with Liverpool. Martin O'Neill said: 'Patrik has an offer from a Premier League side but he was going to be leaving anyway. Thomas has plans to get his career back on track. Scott is in abeyance. I wouldn’t want to talk about that.' I've been to abeyance, very nice, lovely beach. Oh hang on, that was the Algarve!
Scott Carson has slammed the £10 million price tag that Tom Jones Mini Rafa has placed on his head, and furthermore, with or without him, he believes Villa will go from strength. In a full and frank interview he says he wants to get settled and set up home but doesn't know where he will be and admits he hasn't spoken to Liverpool yet. Full article: Carson Slams Tom Jones Valuation
Villa are following up last seasons DVD 'Proud History and Bright Future' with an interactive DVD-rom where season ticket holders can renew for next season. The official site explains 'The club are sending out a DVD-rom, which will offer an online approach to renewal as well as a host of exclusive content.' And state they will be sent shortly. There is a sneak preview available: Click Here Looks good, although I'm not sure why Ashley Young has a blue condom on his head???!!!
Vital Villan said: Apparently Gabby Agbonlahor is confused as to why he has been picked for the U21 game and the senior England Squad. Stuart Pearce has selected the striker for tonight's friendly against Wales, and Fabio Capello has him in the squad that will face the USA on May 28 and then Trinidad and Tobago four days later. Yes it's thoroughly confusing isn't it. Play for the U21's tonight and then almost a full fortnight later, he may get a full squad cap. Stuff like this always confuses me! Full quotes from Gabby: Gabby Is Confused
Vital Villa end of season awards with results for best game of the season, young player of the season, player of the season and the obligatory 'best beard of the season so Mellberg can win something whilst at Villa' award. Full results: Click Here
Tongue in cheek 'exclusive' by MozVillan: Moz Exclusive 'Insider' (cough) News From Villa
Bumper transfer rumours for 15 May: Click Here
Zat Knight is confident that Villa will improve further next season and although he didn't have the best of seasons personally, he's hoping to make fewer mistakes next campaign. Speaking on the official site, Knight said that all the player needs to learn to deal with the pressure and the expectations of next season more than they did this season; that along with quality additions in transfer will mean we can and will build further on our 6th Place finish. 'We set out aiming to get into Europe and even though we missed out on the UEFA Cup we still have the Intertoto.' Full quotes: Expectations Of The Knight
Aston Villa Girls Centre of Excellence have an open day taking place at the UCE Sports Pavilion, Moor Lane, Birmingham, B6 7AA on Saturday 24th May from 1030 – 1230 Aston Villa Ladies Recruiting At Open Day
Young Jonah says Villa in the top four? Why not? Click Here
An Evening with Paul Merson. Thursday 26th June 2008, 7pm, the Holte Suite at Villa Park, Tickets £35 per person (includes a three-course meal) Join us for an unmissable night of entertainment as we host an evening with football legend Paul Merson. A fantastic opportunity to look back over Merson’s amazing football career and relive the memories. You’ll also have the chance to pose your own question to the man himself and there will be live comedy from the acclaimed stand-up Leslie Gibson as well as a three-course meal. The evening offers a rare opportunity to enjoy an insight into the life and times of a football legend - don’t miss it! Call 0800 612 0960 to book your place now!
Thought for the day: (Viz Letter) I heard on the news that the January storms had cost this country a billion pounds. What an utter waste of money. If anything, they did more harm than good.