The Villa Times - 04/08/2008
Unoial Villa News...
VitalVillan: Curtis Davies completed another 62 minutes in last nights friendly against Reading and thoroughly enjoyed the test against Leroy Lita and Kevin Doyle as he continues to defy expectations as he recovers from a ruptured Achilles tendon. Martin O'Neill is still cautious with the player, nobody wants him to breakdown after all this hard work, but Davies is putting him in a position where it's hard not to select him, or think of him as playing a part in our first UEFA match. Full article: Davies To Miss Start Of Season
More quotes from Curtis Davies: Click Here
The transfer rumours are thin on the ground although we are still being linked with Tottenham's Younes Kaboul and Reading's Nicky Shorey as well as a loan move for Man Utd defender Danny Simpson. Then, of course, there is the usual Barry saga rubbish! Full article: Monday's Aston Villa Transfer Talk
The home and away legs for the UEFA Cup game between Villa and FH Hafnarfjardar have been switched. Not sure of the reason as yet, but the away leg will now be played on August 14 and will be played at Laugardalsvöllur Stadium in Reykjavík. The second leg at home is on August 28.
VitalVillan: Olof Mellberg has urged Villa to keep hold of Gareth Barry and if you read between the lines Melly is also attempting to remind Gareth that MON has stuck to the promises already made. Not going to happen but hey ho, full article: Barry Urged To Stay By Melly
Another report, this time in the Epping Forest Guardian says that Arsenal might sign Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso as they won't meet Villa's valuation. Apparently Rafa is so keen to sign Barry he might sell Alonso on the cheap to raise the funds. Player swap?!?!?
The Sunday Express claimed that Arsenal have offered Justin Hoyte, Armand Traore plus a large wedge of cash for Barry.
The quotes from Martin O'Neill saying that Gareth Barry has gone back on the agreement and still wants out. Basically he has stabbed the club and manager in the back hasn't he? Full article: Barry In, Barry Out. Anyone Still Bothered?
Martin O'Neill was happy with the Reading friendly telling the official site: 'I was very pleased with the run-out. I knew it would be a tough game and so it proved. Reading are just a week away from their own season starting, so they were up for it. So I thought it was a terrific workout. Brad Friedel made his debut and though he didn't need a penalty save to prove he's a class goalkeeper, his overall performance was really very commanding and so assured. Reading 1 - Villa 1 & Sidwell Injured
Brad Friedel who saved a penalty on his debut v Reading said on the official site the penalty save wasn't important, this was just a getting to know you (oooh, time for a song, come on, join in: Getting to know you, Getting to know all about you. Getting to like you, Getting to hope you like me. Getting to know you, putting it my way, But nicely, You are precisely,getting to know all about you. Ok, enough) exercise. Full quotes: Friedel, Forget The Penalty Save!
The ever excellent Something For The Weekend (199)
Tickets for the Manchester City and Liverpool games are on sale: Click Here
Quotes from Brad Guzan, his CEO and former Coach following the news that the American goalkeeper has got a work permit to move to Villa: Guzan & Chivas USA Coach And CEO Talk
Football fans census survey on your hopes and dreams for the forthcoming season: FFC Survey - Hopes & Fears For This Season
The Villa are currently on holiday DOH, I meant at a training camp in Spain. Did they invite us?? Did they eck as like!!! Martin O'Neill is also looking to a couple more training games before the UEFA cup tie. He told the official site: 'We had a situation where we had set aside this coming Saturday for Gareth Barry's testimonial - that obviously in abeyance. So we'll get ourselves abroad for a little while and arrange some games to get ourselves prepared for the first-leg of the UEFA Cup qualifier.'
Thought for the day: 'Generally speaking, you aren't learning much when your lips are moving. So, never miss a good chance to shut up'.