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Gavin McCann Trotters Deal Confirmed

Gavin McCann has become the first major exit from Villa Park this summer having spent the last few seasons as a virtual ever present in the team.

The midfielder has wrapped up his move for an undisclosed fee to the Reebok Stadium to join up with former Villa left-back Jlloyd Samuel at Bolton Wanderers.

McCann has signed a three-year deal after undergoing a medical today.

The new Bolton boss Sammy Lee told the Trotters website:

'Gavin McCann is a positive signing for us. Gavin is an experienced campaigner who knows the Barclays Premier League inside out. He has all the attributes you need for the modern game - a good passing range, excellent touch on the ball and optimum energy levels to cope with the rigours of the domestic game and our European campaign.'

Adding: 'I want to bring in quality signings over the summer to add to our already excellent squad, and Gavin has quality in abundance.'

So who now for Villa? Reports are suggesting Villa are being made to wait for a deal bringing in West Ham's Nigel Reo-Coker, but there is no way that will be it for the midfield, if it is I'd be shocked because Villa have to start to build a squad. Fair enough letting fringe and unwanted players go, but we need numbers as Martin O'Neill found out last season when a few injuries kicked in.

Exciting times, we've let a first team regular go, there must be better qualilty arriving!

Good luck Gavin.




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday June 8 2007

Time: 3:52PM

Your Comments

A good passing range????? HAHAHA! Has this guy actually ever seen him play? Jeez thats funny.
DeanoVilla
must admit, his passing is the worst part of his game, think he worked hard and did the scruffy work breaking down opponents attacks, but was never the grade to win midfield battles with the top teams.
The Fear
Gav epitomised what O'Leary meant when he referred to our players as an 'honest bunch of triers' - always put the effort in, always tried his best. Unfortunately, his best isn't really good enough for where we need to be right now and I think his sale is another very positive step we're going in the right direction. O'Neill clearly knows what we need and who we can afford to be without. Like JPA, we can wish Gav all the best and thank him for his efforts over recent seasons safe in the knowledge we're selling at the right time for all concerned.
Alec
It used to be Middlesboro that took all our old cast offs. Now Bolton are the Grandad Grabbers......
Villan444
Farewell then, Smiler. An honest, northern lad. 1m plus add-ons is a sound deal for us.
pongogidman
Thanks for everything Gavin, good luck at Bolton, but his first team chances at VP were surely going to be limited with the arrival of better (hopefully)players on the horizon. Missed him when he was injured the season before last and always tried his best, but pastures new plus 1m to Villa seems the best solution for all concerned.
fatloser
Sammy Lee must be pretty dumb to sign him!
calum72
Bolton are gonna be a real force next season taking all our rejects(NOT)
samtozer
I think this is a positive sign because it inevitably means we are going to replace McCann with a better standard of midfielder. Nothing personal to Gavin, i wish him all the best, as he gave his best for us. I just think like most other's that he was not quite what we needed in order to move forward. I believe that MON has got more than Reo-coker in mind as regards the midfield. Let's not stress, but be positive and excited about the summer.
Nigel-not-Reo
Lets replace him with players with the ability to run with the ball and boss the midfield.
col8
I`ll believe us replacing with bigger/better when i actually see it,feel a tad sorry to see him go as his form at the start of last season was excellent but MON obviously thinks he just ain`t good enough and it would be unfair dangling him along-good luck Gav as you were a top bloke(we`ll always remember the GLC ticket) Hope you enjoy Europe!!.
ASPINALL
Yes, sad to see someone who plays with pride leave the club. Wish every player had his attitude.
myleftfoot
He made some quality tackles at times, but his passing, shooting and pace werent there. Reo-coker and gardner can battle it out for the holding role now
son_of_cher
Blackpool lad, will end up with us eventually..
SeasideEssexXile
You`ve got him on the cheap bud,1m is a bargain and you`ll love him.
ASPINALL
Reo-coker and gardner can battle it out for the holding role now.... Dont you know when a player is not automatic choice for the first team they throw their toys out of the pram and ask for a move.
col8
thats 4 out 5 including JPA, 0 in so far I'm not good at maths but that tells me the squad we are building is 5 short on numbers? Anyone else getting slightly concerned? I know the 5 who left weren't the best but they were squad players.
iomvilla
I`m concerned but guess you just gotta believe all will be ok,we`ll know all by the quality of the signings (if they happen) quality not quantity PLEASE.
ASPINALL
The players leaving have opened up a wages warchest for a few top signings. MON is gonna do it boys! I think we will have one new defender and two midfielders and one striker and that will be it. Who they will be is anyones guess.
koolbill
Good luck Gavin, good attitude. Have to agree with Koolbill, 5 heavy wages off the payroll. Money to spend and wages kitty full.
morky13villa
At this rate there will be no whipping boys to moan at when we're losing. Perhaps we're not going to lose at home next season. I've got a funny feeling that next season is going to be.......erm....a funny feeling! A team full of good players, playing good football. Now that's going to take some getting used to!!!!!!!
TheQ.
Big move for him. Bolton will be a whole different team without Big Sam at the helm. A season of struggle maybe?
glensider
 

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