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The Villa Times - 24/07/2008

The Villa Times - 24/07/2008

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Martin O'Neill has avoided questions linking Villa to Friedel but has said of the transfer window: 'We're in the throes of trying to improve our team and we need to. But I'd prefer to stay rather general on these points and not comment on all the reports and speculation. There are things that we want to do and we've got a couple of weeks to try and improve the team - actually we've got to the end of August - but ideally it would be great if the season was kicking-off and we had a number of players in position. We are working as hard as we possibly can do behind the scenes to improve our squad, which we need to, and that hard work will continue.'

Vital Villa asked, were the fans right to boo Gareth Barry at the Walsall game? 62% voted no. 33% yes and 5% weren't fussed either way. Were Villa Fans Right To Boo Gareth Barry?

And there are quotes from Martin O'Neill today saying he is fed up with the Gareth Barry saga and although he would like him to stay, wants the situation sorted out one way or the other very soon + he says he might well be in line to play on Saturday v Odense BK: O'Neill Still Wants Gareth Barry To Stay At Villa

Press talk for Thursday is pretty short on the ground, apart from the Barry saga we have talk of Brad Friedel's move being held up by Rovers want for a replacement first and also more Shaun Wright Phillips and Younes Kaboul links. Full article: Thursday's Press Talk For Aston Villa

Whilst talking about Brad Friedel, who Villa yesterday agreed a fee with Blackburn Rovers for (Blackburn To Lose Friedel ) we have an interview with Vital Blackburn editor Walker, looks like we have a gem on the way! Blackburn Fans 'Gutted' At Brad Friedel Departure

The wait is over - Villa's new home kit is now available to buy. Click Here

Craig Gardner says the Villa must make sure they finish the job against Odense on Saturday warning that they can't afford to blow the chance of Uefa Cup football next season. 'We can't mess it up now. We worked so hard all last season and now we're so close to qualifying for the UEFA Cup. But Odense are no mugs and we'll give them plenty of respect at Villa Park on Saturday. They came from behind twice last weekend so they won't give up.' Adding on the official site: 'I want to play in European football this season and the rest of the lads are just as determined to get through to the UEFA Cup.'

Vital Villan: Season Ticket sales for the coming season are up 7% on this time last year. The Villa faithful, despite transfer concerns, are voting with their bums! After an extraordinary season last campaign, and consistently high gates, the club were confident that fans would respond when it came to season tickets this year, but I doubt even the club predicted a seven per cent increase. Full article: Season Tickets Soar

Vital Villan: Ashley Young is at it again, last season all he would talk about was getting into Europe - now he's started on the Top 4 speeches! Speaking on the official site, Young said: 'This really could be the year we break into the top four! We came sixth last season and the next step is to finish in the Champions League places.' Full article: Young - Top 4 Aim

Vital Villan: After having a somewhat inconsistent and 'homesick' season, Shaun Maloney is hoping to get the chance to build on his performance against Walsall the other night. Speaking to the official site, he said: 'Fingers crossed I can play a part against Odense. The boys played pretty well in patches in Odense so I think it will be difficult to break into the starting line-up for the second leg. But I`ve done all I can so hopefully the manager knows I`m ready if the call comes. Saturday is a great opportunity to move closer to the UEFA Cup but at the same time we can`t afford to be complacent.' Full article: Maloney Looking For Impact

Wednesday's Press Talk: Click Here

Are you a Villa fan? Do you have any hair? Do you want to shave it off for charity? I guess I could polish my head for a good cause?!??! A close shave for Villa fans?

Walsall v Villa pre-season match report by Randy.Stand: Click Here

We reported on Tuesday: Martin O'Neill has blasted reports in the press that Villa have bid £5million for Valencia's giant striker Nikola Zigic are totally wide of the mark. In an unusual step, to help quell the rumour, he said: 'There's not a grain of truth in the story that we've put in an offer for the player and I don't know where it's coming from.'

Vital Villa asked Which winger would you like to see at Villa Park? Chelsea's Shaun Wright-Phillips came out top with 34%, David Bentley was next up with 21% closely followed by the option to give Maloney a chance, at 18%. Only 3% wanted Aaron Lennon, the rest wanted Wayne Routledge to get a chance.

An article by me about the doom and gloom over the transfer window and asking What's Happened To The Villa Money? Nothing!

Our latest poll asks when you think the majority of signings will be made by Villa.

Thought for the day: Why is there a light in the fridge and not in the freezer?

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday July 24 2008
Time: 1:21PM


Your Thought for the Day is infinitiely profound. I wish I could give you an answer to that one!
24/07/2008 13:47:00
The pressure is mounting on MON and the board to actually sign a few players and a "big-name" signing. I'm a fan and like many others share the frustration of the last 3 windows. Villa fans just don't want too see us in the same boat again. One things for sure, we wont have a big squad next season (again!) but we at least need 17 senior professionals, not a handfull! We have rode our luck with injuries for far too long! anyway rant over! LL
24/07/2008 13:57:00
24/07/2008 14:00:00
think thats more like 17 more!
24/07/2008 14:17:00
I think it's time we had a good clear out at VP and got rid of some players. Clear out the deadwood and all that.
24/07/2008 15:52:00
tonybrum is right.......we need 17 more!! but i would settle for at least 6!!!!! but who and what positions will they be?
24/07/2008 16:00:00
Join the Vital Villa fantasy football league and be in with a chance of winning £5000 in the overall league competition PLUS I will put the £250 our mini league won last year into a prize fund. So for our very own league the winner will win £150. Second place £75 and the third placed will get £25 It is easy to enter, just go to: and pick your team. If you don't have time you can press for a lucky dip selection. Then press 'join mini league' or use the left hand side menu option 'mini league' to join Vital Villa's league: League title: Vital Villa Password: vital
The Fear
24/07/2008 17:41:00
What deadwood Villan-In_Cyprus? I'm not being cynical, but isn't that what MON has been slowly doing over the last couple of years. We need additions, no more leavings,
24/07/2008 21:20:00
So far our activity in the transfer window stinks. We're told that we've been perservering targets for weeks, so presumably we can expect some positive news very shortly. I have not been impressed Martin...once again!!
24/07/2008 21:22:00
How long ago was it that we sold Aaron Hughes? 2 years? MON's had 2 years to fill the right back position...2 YEARS.
25/07/2008 11:19:00
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