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Stan Collymore In Sense Shocker

Sometimes Stan comments on the Villa and you can't help but think it's a way to be remembered, or to get into the papers, however more and more of late he's making sense and you can't help but see the claret and blue blood bubbling through.

He's just conducted an interview on the official site in response to our on the trot league defeats against Newcastle and Boro, but he doesn't believe fans should get too disheartened, simply because he is adamant all teams have blips of form during a season, and as we have shown before under O'Neill a string of dodgy results is only the prelude to a return of form.

Collymore still believes that Villa are also the best place team to break into the Top 4, which actually makes the recent losses even more galling given the results of other teams.

'Even the best of teams suffer a blip at some point during the course of the season - whether it's down to lack of form or sheer fatigue.

'So I don't think we should get too downhearted by Villa's defeats to Newcastle and Middlesbrough.

'Martin O'Neill has maintained a pretty consistent starting line-up for his side's Barclays Premier League matches so far this season, with many of the lads also playing in the UEFA Cup games.

'The team has fared well too, climbing to fifth in the table, so the successive defeats came as a bit of a jolt.

'All the same, I'm convinced it will be no more than a temporary set-back and that Villa can get over it and come back as strong as ever.

'If any team can break the stranglehold of the top four, I reckon Martin's men have the most realistic chance of doing it.'

The 'we' word again, often overlooked when it comes to Collymore. After the disappointing end to his Villa career too many of his 'comments' seemed to come over as him telling fans how they should think and feel, but over the last few years he seems to just tell people what he thinks now. Hence the return of 'we', when being a pundit those inklings of bias towards the club and so on.

It's also nice to know he isn't jumping on the Villa bandwagon.




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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday November 11 2008

Time: 3:46PM

Your Comments

Ahhhh, he loves us!!!!!!!!! Will always be a 'what if' he could have been awesome for us if things had worked out. I remember an article on him and his demons years ago with managers saying he did things in training that other players could only dream of doing. If only we could get one like him in the team now...!
The Fear
when he says we are great he's a genuis, when he tells the truth and hives Salifou MOM he's an idiot. Fickle, Villa fans, never.
avfc48
Yeah avfc48, Collymore was talking about Salifou 4-5 years ago wasn't he. I'm assuming the 'of late' and 'over the last few years' was enough to form a timescale of the annoying and idiotic comments Collymore used to make.
mike_field
Collymore has come on in the last few weeks on talksport. At first he was all over the place rambling and shouting over his co-presenters but now he is much much better and sounds knowledgeable, interesting and reacts to callers well. Think he must of had some behind the scenes media type training.
Villan444
I felt a bit uncomfortable listening to Collymore when he first came on Talksport, purely because of his off field antics, but I have to say that he does come across really well and his commments make a lot of sense. Also, love the Call Collymore Eminem Jingle.
DoLpHiNaToR
He does seem to be loving football again plus showing great enthusiasm in his media work, good on him as he obviously loves us ! Don`t agree on this point however as i reckon 5th - 8th is best we can hope for.
ASPINALL
I remember when we signed him, I was convinced he was the final piece of the puzzle for us. Shame really. I tend to agree with him though. Despite the defeats, we're in the best position. Some fresh legs in January wouldn't hurt, but it's not as urgent as it was last year. And he's right too in that we always bounce back with a strong run of good form. Arsenal, then Man U. No better statement than six points from those boys eh!
evoflash
With the Arse and Manyoo up next the Importance of dropping points against Newcastle and Bor'o will be clearly evident.
col8
He talks sense on this occasion definitely, comes across as though he's speaking from the heart. I share his views. Hopefully we'll come back very strongly at The Emirates this weekend.
glensider
Listen to the pot calling the kettle black '48. You're more fickle than most. Still recall the classic, 'Ashley Young is another bad MON buy'.
glensider
 

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