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Transfer Saga Or Lack Of Patience?

There certainly seems mixed feelings on the transfer activity, or lack of it at Aston Villa so far. AVFC48 yesterday asked:

Time to training 0 days

Time to first Friendly 14 days

Time to first Premiership match 31 days

Time to window closing 51 days

Time needed to bed players in ???????

Some are calling for patience, others for new signings and plenty of them, that is for sure!

As the transfer saga continues, I saw comments by Vital Villa member Aston Milan the other day. He said:

Another quality midfielder, right-back/defender and maybe a striker is what we need at the moment. We have a good basis of a squad at the moment which will improve under O'Neill. It is small though so he must have players in negotiations, some may come some won't, but we will be the last to know.

He has got rid of the weaker players who don't fit in with his plans, so he must have options coming in, and he will have a full pre-season to get the team gelled together. We finished the season strong, only Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal lost fewer games, so it was starting to happen. Have a little faith.


I must admit there are no whispers coming out of Villa Park at all these days. I have spoken to a few from within recently, staff who would usually have all the gossip and tittle tattle. They say the same. Nothing is being leaked, no idle gossip, no mad rumours and no private negotiations.

Now that either means we aren't in there dealing for players - I cannot see that in a million years - OR that at last we have a professional set up at Villa who don't allow what the previous board did, leaking information and tipping off pretty much everyone within earshot.

Ok, fair enough, whilst we wait for players it gets frustrating not getting the rumours etc and it did used to be nice to post the odd article on the web that actually turned out to be true, but I would much prefer the situation now, with one slight ammendment obviously, ie a few more press conferences with a few new arrivals.

Personally I thought we'd have got more in by now, BUT I am not in the panic mode that some are - frustrated and bored yes but I get like that every close season ! - but not panicking. I'd have rathered seen the exits after the new arrivals but hey ho, I'm not the manager - aka the man with his job on the line. I have faith that they know what they are doing, they would not have let so many squad players leave if they weren't confident of new arrivals.... at least I hope not!

Meanwhile Little 77 submitted the following posing some questions rather than answers:

Are we Expecting too much ?

Ok I think we all agree from the most optimistic to the 'put the Smiths on I cant take any more' brigade that we would have liked to see more happening at our club.

Do you think that after years of Mr. Ellis and being told there's no money or budgeting to be the best in the Midlands and all the missed chances to move onwards, that at the first sign of a decent manager and a board that appear to know how to run a club we have gone into overdrive?

Are we a big club and can we really expect the top or topish (is that a word?) {no! edit JF!} come to us.

Is it that we have a slow and steady building of the club, playing staff and management?

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Writer: Little 77, Aston Milan, AVFC48, Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday July 12 2007

Time: 8:40PM

 

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