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The Villa Times - 03/01/2009

The Villa Times - 03/01/2009

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Jamie Redknapp says that Villa are contenders for a top four spot this season. The former Liverpool and Spurs midfielder and now Sky TV pundit wrote in his newspaper column: 'There is a ruthlessness to Villa and they are fit and strong too. They are young and hungry, a team packed with pace. They are a real threat to the old establishment at the top of the Barclays Premier League and a breath of fresh air for the rest of us. In their wonderful old stadium, they are the kings of the Midlands but it's time they looked for fresh battles. Their emergence has created an intriguing contest at the top of league.' Full quotes: Jamie Redknapp Says Villa Are Top 4 Contenders

In the week that 2008 ends and 2009 begins, Villa go from the sublime to the ridiculous with their performances... Plus bad injury news... this & more with Sheriff Kimbo: The Week In Villa #19 (26/12/08 - 01/01/09)

Article on Stefan Moore but thought it worth the link just for the photo of the Moore brothers and our FA Youth Cup win. Happy days! Click Here

Martin O'Neill can't understand the fuss over the way the ref consulted with his linesman after giving a penalty (wrongly, that is not under question from anyone) against Hull. 'There seems to be a continuous rage about how the referee reached the right decision. Gareth Barry asked the linesman if he thought it was handball and the two officials consulted with each other and the correct decision was made.'

He also says this is another argument for bringing in the much talked about video technology, adding, 'I don't see why they can't do it. Is the argument because every single game is not televised? But I don't know why goal-line technology is not brought in to determine whether or not it is a goal or whether someone has committed a foul on the line. Why is there a reluctance to bring it in? I don't know.'

This is good news. Martin O'Neill is quoted in the press and the official site as saying Villa are deadly serious about the FA Cup and he will field a strong team against Gillingham showing the oldest Cup competition in the world due respect. 'We`re going fine in the Premier League and the UEFA Cup is not until February. I`ve spoken to the players and they really do want to get through in the FA Cup. We`re ready to go.' Adding, 'The FA Cup has taken a back seat recently with the Champions League being the Holy Grail, but it`s still a great competition.' Full quotes: Villa To Take The FA Cup Seriously

The official site have at last updated the injury situation over John Carew following a number of rumours and reports that the striker could be out for longer than feared. Full details: John Carew Making 'Good Progress'

Interview with the Vital Gillingham editor ahead of the FA Cup clash: Click Here

For the very latest odds: click here

As reported yesterday, Wayne Routledge has moved to QPR for an undisclosed fee.

Vital QPR reactions to the Routledge move: Click Here

Tickets for the UEFA cup clash with CSKA Moscow will go on priority sale to Season Ticket holders from the start of next week. CSKA Tickets Available Next Week

The Hull man of the match poll results are in. Stiliyan Petrov - who only a year ago used to poll 0 votes at all, was once again the man of the match with 43%. What a turn around for this player... long may it continue! Next up came Zat Knight with 27% Full results: Hull Man Of The Match Results

Hull video highlights: Click Here
Match report v Hull: glensider away at Hull
Martin O'Neill's match reaction: Click Here
Stats v Hull: Click Here

Thought for the day: The more you learn, the more you know. The more you know, the more you forget. The more you forget, the less you know. So why bother to learn?!

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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Saturday January 3 2009
Time: 12:31PM


Now lads don't slate me for this, but just wanted to discuss something with you all. Now i know its absouletly fantastic what is going on down the Villa at the moment and surelly the trophy days are just around the corner. Now MON has stayed for around 5 years maybe 6 in every job apart from i think Wycombe, how long do you think he will stay with us. Also i really really hope this don't happen at all, but if he was to go who would you all want to take over, i would only want one person Jose Mourinho. But obviously i want MON here until he retires or he decides to manage Northen Ireland, but i thought i put that up for disscussion.
03/01/2009 13:46:00
Might be a good one to start in the forum Jonesy08. I'd think if he left Villa it would be for an international job. Can't see the Man Utd one ever coming off and not sure he would be daft enough to be the first to step into Sir Chewalots shoes anyway. Think I'll worry about it another day!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Fear
03/01/2009 16:01:00
oh and there would be very long queues of managers wanting to take over when he does go I'm sure!
The Fear
03/01/2009 16:02:00
Looks like we are definetly not going for Defoe, which im kind of glad because now all the stories are just stories, but we do need a 20 goal striker. Found this out from whch has an interview with MON. He was quoted in saying "I am not in for Defoe. I've only said it about 14 times." So who would everyone want to see now?
03/01/2009 17:43:00
Personally, when that sad day eventually arrives, Jonesy08, as it obviously will (later rather than sooner lets hope), I'd prefer that we stick with a British manager, but as of this very moment, I haven't a clue as to whose name I'd put forward.
05/01/2009 17:21:00
Jamie Redknapps views were pleasantly surprising. Somehow I hadn't got him down as a closet Villan.
05/01/2009 17:22:00
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