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Transfer Saga Or Lack Of Patience?

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?


You heard the man, discuss!

Writer:Little 77, Aston Milan, AVFC48, Fear
Date:Thursday July 12 2007
Time: 8:40PM


I'm happy that we have got a great owner and top manager think back to last season, nob head manager (sold de hammer) nob head owner that had the audacity to name a stand after him self for achieving nothing. utv
chris the villan
12/07/2007 20:56:00
The only concern for me is the time factor - will a large number of new arrivals have enough time to gel if we don't sign them pretty damn quick. Or, is MON planning to start the campaign with more or less the same team that finished the last one and so isn't under pressure to bring the amount of players required? One thing is for sure - we need a RB (two) I would say this is a priority because this is the only position that we don't have effective cover for. Melberg hasn't the basic skill to cover this position well - ie running and passing. Expectations high? Of coarse they are, but I don't believe the majority have a too high an expectation. Expectations rose when MON and Lerner arrived - only natural. They rose even higher when the CEO stated that exciting new signings would arrive. They haven't so far and people are getting frustrated - only natural. Panic is illogical, as what have we got to panic about? It's only Jul 12 (in some places it's Friday the 13th) so we still have at least a fortnight b4 the friendlies begin. I'm sure everyone at the club involved in the transfer wealling and dealling are working extremely hard to make the expected new arrivals happen. So to everyone out there - CHILL.
12/07/2007 21:02:00
We will get a right back, and i know it would be nice to make a load of big signings, but with no European football on offer it must make getting top player's a lot harder for MON, but get a RB and we have got the best team we've had for a few year's.
chris the villan
12/07/2007 21:18:00
I think its quite obvious that management is SLOWLY building a team. All of our buys have been guys under 30 years old. A good chunk of our core is under 25. This is a wise thing! Even the deepest pockets can be emptied going for the quick fix. Honestly, I figure Villa will finish the upcoming season mid-table once again. The next year, though...if hard work is added to great talent... Villa could be scary good. Just my 2 cents worth...
12/07/2007 21:33:00
jam tomorrow, results today you choose. has O'Neill got it wrong, we don't know, come September 1 we will all have a much better idea. every other manager financially able to buy, has, some several times, they have new players bedding in as the pre season ticks on Have we, no our single transfer is on holiday
12/07/2007 21:54:00
MON is a genius and we should all have faith... As bored as I am with trawling Newsnow every few minutes and watching Sky SPorts News, I believe he will deliver the goods when he's good and ready. He won't waste Randy's money. Every penny will be put to good use. Keep the faith. Up the Villa. (Please Hurry Martin - I can't take it any longer!!!!!)
12/07/2007 22:01:00
I have faith but it be nice to see some players coming through tomarrow I go off on holiday in my BMW and I expect to see more signings
12/07/2007 22:29:00
Liverpool 50m, Spurs 40m, Villa 0m
12/07/2007 22:46:00
I just want to know why the wait....what could possibly be the point. You should have your targets identified before the season ends so what is the point in waiting. This leads me to think we have either missed our targets or not spending. Thats why im panicking. . . .for those people saying 'chill' please try and explain why we might want to wait so late before making moves.
12/07/2007 23:07:00
Who said we are not making moves? Just because other clubs are panic buying it does'nt mean we have to follow suit! I'm quite sure there's plenty happening behind the scene's, it's just means a lot of wrangling between clubs, plus a fair bit of bluff calling over valuations of players e.t.c. I believe that come the start of the season, we will look back and say; What was all the fuss about. I'll say it again, keep the faith.
13/07/2007 00:12:00
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