The Villa Times - 18/01/2006
Unoial Villa News...
David O'Leary has said that the lack of funds may mean that Villa have to return on loan Leeds midfielder Eirik Bakke when his deal finishes at the end of January. Full story: Click Here
and to add insult to O'Leary's wounds, it looks like Middlesbrough may swoop for the Norwegian international. Full story: Click Here
Reports are now saying that Villa have returned Eirik Bakke to Leeds. The reports say that he has been returned by Doug Ellis as a cost cutting exercise. As one fan online has already asked, are Villa broke or bust? How can a club this size not be able to bring in cover and can't afford to keep players like Bakke for the manager who has requested it? The only thing I can think of is they have found out that Bakke will be out injured until after this loan deal expires so he has been returned. Full details now in: Click Here
Lee Hendrie is another that may have to leave to get first team football. We have asked who you would rather day, Hendrie or Bakke? At the moment 74% say Hendrie, 20% Bakke and 6% neither! Full story on Hendrie: Click Here
Jlloyd Samuel has admitted he may need to leave to get first team football having fallen down the pecking order. 'I want to play football and, if that means going somewhere else, so be it. I was the established left-back here and made a series of consecutive appearances. Full story: Click Here
Port Vale have seen FA Cup ticket fever with over 4000 of their 6800 ticket allocation sold already. And that was before the tickets went on general sale for next weekends crunch 4th round tie.
Doubts have been cast over the deal for shot stopper Wayne Henderson to move to Brighton because of his agents demands over his fee. Full story: Click Here
David O'Leary hasn't seen the funny side of the Sven Goran Eriksson quotes from the News Of The World at the weekend. Sven told a 'fake Sheikh' that Villa were for sale and that he would consider managing the club for around £5million a year. He wasn't wrong in a lot of what he said to be honest, Villa are ripe for takeover and should be able to attract a top manager and players! Anyway, O'Leary said: “It is not acceptable that the national coach speaks publicly about replacing another manager whilst he is in the post.” Full story: Click Here
Juan Pablo Angel has admitted he might be at 'the crossroads' with regards to his Villa career. 'Am I at the crossroads of my Villa career? I don't know. At the moment I am just concentrating on working hard and trying to do what I have always been doing. Nothing has changed in the way I have been working and the things I have been doing even when I was the first choice.' He also says he doesn't know how long he can let the situation continue as he's never been sidelined like this in his career before.
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What a refreshing change, no excuses, just the cold hard facts from Olof Mellberg. He admits that Villa should be doing better, that we had an awful start and that the squad is good enough to be higher in the league. He also says there is no point looking at the teams below us, we should be looking up. Full story: Click Here
I did a story on Monday about Mark Delaney calling him a gentleman, sportsman and a scholar. Basically he tried to calm down West Ham player Hayden Mullins. Mullins had been booked, starting mouthing off to Phil Dowd and looked like he was about to get a red card. What was funny is both David O'Leary and Roy Aitkin didn't take to the sprit of sportsmanship and started shouting at Delaney to leave the player to pickle in his own stew, or is that stew in his own pickle, no cancel that, to get sent off!! Full story: Click Here
The Aston Villa Supporters trust did a press release this week condemning the story in the Sunday Mercury which was linked to Villa in a very tenuous way. The Trust were angered that the Mercury advertised around the ground on Saturday saying 'Villa Player Jailed' when talking about former Villa reserve player Matthew Ghent. Full Story: Click Here
Thought for the day: One of life's mysteries is how a two pound box of candy can make you gain five pounds.