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The Villa Times - 02/05/2007

Unoial Villa News...



Right, so what has been going on this week?!

The new Villa badge: Click Here

Martin O'Neill says that he hasn't given up on Gavin McCann. The Villa boss said: 'I have not 'warned' Gavin McCann at all about his future. That is nothing to do with it. It is all about the idea of playing for places next season and so I have really been sending out a positive message to the players and not a negative one. I want all the boys currently out of the side to fight their way into the side, and if things work out alright, then they will stay in there.' Full article: Click Here

The Mirror linked Steven Davis to a move away from Villa Park because Martin O'Neill won't play him where he wants to be, in the centre of the midfield. According to the report, the Villa boss see's Davis as a flanker. I think it was flanker anyway! Obviously the bastion of all things football will have it wrong and according to the last poll we ran, 71% would be gutted to see him leave. Full article plus poll results to which 'fringe' player would you most like to stay: Click Here

Villa director General Charles Krulak's latest interview with Vital Villa: Click Here

Stats v Man City: Click Here
O'Neill audio on Man City win: Click Here
O'Neill quotes on Man City win: Click Here

Man of the match for Man City in our poll was Ashley Young on 53%. Young showed what he could do out on the wing setting up the goal for Big John Carew and putting in a sparkling performance that showed great promise for next season. Stiliyan Petrov once again impressed a fair few with 12%, all the other votes were fairly evenly spread.

According to Vital WBA Villa manager Martin O'Neill has set his sights on signing McShane after losing out on Phil Bardsley who looks set to return to Manchester United once his loan spell ends. Full article: Villa Chase McShane.

According to the Burnley FC official website, boss Steve Cotterill is looking to retain the services of Aston Villa midfielder Eric Djemba-Djemba.

Great, this makes sense as the club have announced they will offer Wales international defender Mark Delaney the chance to prove he can retain his fitness by giving him a short term deal. O'Neill explained: 'He has had the go-ahead to do some training now. He has been given optimistic signs and that has been encouraging. Mark is remaining very optimistic. His contract ends in June and I don't think we would really want to be leaving him in a situation where he has to go and rehabilitate on his own. I don't think that that is going to materialise.' Full article: Villa Offer Mark Delaney Life Line

Less than a week after scoring his first goal for Aston Villa, Shaun Maloney may have had his season ended early. Maloney picked up a knock towards the end of the game against Manchester City and will probably not feature in the remaining fixtures. Martin O'Neill, whilst disappointed at losing a player remains optimistic that the former Celtic man will be a major star for us next season.

Aston Villa midfielder Patrik Berger will be offered a new contract at the end of the season it has emerged. Full article: Berger Earns New Contract

Aston Villa CEO Richard FitzGerald has spoken to the official website about his plans to redevelop the club and the Aston Villa brand. At the launch of the new crest he touched on a number of subjects; highlighting just how big a club we really are and how big we can become. The New Dawn

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill has admitted that the clubs on-loan right back Phil Bardsley will be returning to Manchester United at the end of the season. Bardsley who has had mixed games and gathered some mixed opinions from Villa fans has made 13 appearances so far in place of Aaron Hughes as Mark Delaney still has his problems. Martin O'Neill said: 'I think that decision has actually been made, because Sir Alex himself has said he is recalling all players from loan. I think that was always going to be the case. When I spoke to Sir Alex about it in the first place and to Phil, I don't think it was a case of seeing how things developed. I think he's enjoyed it and I've enjoyed having him here, there's no doubt about it.'

Football Fans Census survey: Click Here

The Sunday Mirror claimed that Aston Villa will spend 12.5m during the summer transfer window to bring in Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy (the rumour that just won't go away) and Celtic's Polish goalkeeper Artur Borac. However according to the News of the World, Villa will face competition from Italian giants Inter Milan and German club Bayern Munich for the signature of Borac.

In other news Patrik Berger appears to be keeping his options open. 'I do have something (an offer - possibly a move to Major League Soccer in America), but I don't want to make a decision right now. I just want to finish the season here and help the club to finish as high as we can. Then we will see what happens after that.'

With thanks to Murph for keeping the site active the last two days whilst I was away.

Thought for the day: 'Don't sweat the petty things, don't pet the sweaty things!'




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday May 2 2007

Time: 5:12PM

Your Comments

ACTIVE? I wrote a load of great articles! There was a Fear out campaign being formed and everything!
murph
As things move forward with new badges, new players and development plans, spare a thought for Hercules & Bella - will they be made redundant as they no longer fit the sleek lion image?
Gordonsleftboot
RIP bella and hercules
holtevillan
I think we should all spare a moment for Hercules especially, he has been de-clawed. Ouch.
The Fear
Plenty going on at Villa Park to keep the supporters buzzing, and its not even the summer break yet, when no doubt the action will be coming thick and fast. Even got a final home game sell-out to look forward to this weekend. Now if only we could be saying that on a more regular basis.
glensider
Anyone know what the redevelopment of the Northe Stand will be. I heard they were cleaning up the outside. Anything more? What about the Villa Village? Glad Randy listened to me on this one:-) What's gonna go on there then?
Gazvilla
I am getting sick and tired of all this good news and positive vibes coming out of villa park, gimme something to moan about FFs, I have been a villa fan for nearly 50 yrs and, apart from one or two memorable little interludes all I know is moan, moan, moan.
jonah
I think your club will be one of teh busiest throughout the summer no doubt about it , good job you have great staff keeping things up to date for the fans !
dazednconfuzed
The Mirror says MON has been given a blank cheque book for the summer. I hope it has Randy's signature on it tho!
DeanoVilla
I dont think any club would announce the manager has a blank cheque book, in previous years the club has always stayed tight lipped about the amount of money it had to spend on players. I think with a different approach the current management would have the balls to walk away from over Inflated prices, once players, clubs and agents get the message it would even out. New Management are no mugs and soon the footballs financial parasites will realise the fact.
col8
Very different management style here. Manure are nown to have cash but they are not taken for idiots. Villa now the same
Gordonsleftboot
Gordan - have to disagree a little mate, 18.5m for Carrick, 29m for Ferdinand are just 2 examples of Man U paying massively over the odds.
mackaavfc
Plenty of rumours today - Luke Young, Boruc, Bellamy, Defoe, McShane, Koumas and Davies. Of all these players Young, Defoe and McShane would be great. We have players as good as or better than Bellamy (Young and Moore) and Davies (Cahill is just as good). Koumas would be decent but I have a better idea - Geremi. In my opinion he would be a fantastic Villa player. He can play anywhere on the right so could replace Bardsley or play in an advanced position allowing Gabby to move into a central position. He is a realistic target who MON should make priority.
deano.avfc
Wayne Bridge?
industrial_musical
Anybody heard or read anything about who out of the European Championship winning squad will actually be making it back for the weekends celebrations? I expect the locals like Gary Shaw, Tony Morley, Sir Mort, Nigel Spink etc etc will all be in attendance, but as a few of that highly talented outfit are now ex-pats, I just wondered how/where the head count stood.
glensider
 

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