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What Do You Make Of The MiŁner Situation?

Ok, so the James Milner move to Manchester City looks set to happen any day now.

Having read the quotes from Martin O'Neill and the 'anger' from Mike Field, directed more Villa/MON's way than the players way, see: Bye Bye Milner I wondered what you thought?

The latest poll by chance....!.... asks the very same.

I'm split. I partly blame Milner for showing no loyalty, it was Villa that got him in the England side for the WC and Villa who showed faith to pay a high fee from Newcastle to get him. On the flipside, this will be a massive pay day for the lad and it is a career for him, a short one at that. + The style of play and tactics at Villa.... hmmmm. Would still like to have seen some loyalty but then I don't suppose that really exists in football anymore does it, apart from amongst the fans.

I'd love to hate him for it, I won't like him for it because a slight against Villa is a slight against us really... but we are the fans, we don't move. They are the staff and they do. I would have hoped for more than two years from the lad though and did think he was a more stable and loyal character but hey, money can turn even the most loyal of heads I guess?

As Manchester City fan Buzz Lightyear said in our article comments: 'If you do get Ireland for Milner, then the deal for you is a good one, Milner not worth what City are paying and Ireland is a class player, you are in a no lose situation.'

I tend to agree, so maybe Milner has done us a favour? For one Villa have again shown that we won't be bullied when it comes to our assets, they'll only go at the right price, + the money will help bring in yet more players (bets are on for Robbie Keane and Aiden McGeady the latter I know nowt about I must admit) + we'll have Ireland who is arguably a better player, albeit maybe not as versatile, than MiŁner.

So, what say you?

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday August 7 2010

Time: 11:15AM

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Am fine with it. Will make us stronger.
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07/08/2010 11:25:00

its a shame milners goin, wasnt as bad with barry because of the length of time he was at villa but moneys money and if we get ireland and start buying, hopeully huntelaar but i doubt, then i think its actually worked in our favour just like the barry situation cant really fault MON
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07/08/2010 11:29:00

Its a shame to see him go but seeing some of the lads in pre-season training such as Albrighton, NRC and Bannan I think we should be able to cope with losing him. Plus the cash we will receive will bring in some other talent like Ireland, Keane and McGeady its the right decision for us to let him go.
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07/08/2010 11:36:00

people might think i am being bitter but i genuinely am not if we get ireland and money what do we loose as i think ireland is as good and even though i like milner not sure he will have as good a season as last year
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07/08/2010 11:40:00

milner didn't have an agent until recently, and now he has Jason Ferguson.... just throwing that in there..... anyway, as long as we get Ireland who is more creative, i'm happy...
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07/08/2010 11:48:00

If we get 20m+Ireland , all praise needs to go to MoN. What fantastic management. Firstly to bring in MIlner, 2ndly to help develop the lad into one of Englands hottest properties, and now by standing his ground to bully a great deal out of City. Take a step back and look at the big picture, he makes so weird decisions sometimes, but everything to do with Milner has been genius , from brining him in, to selling him on. Villa have profited from all of it!
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07/08/2010 11:55:00

As for the money, would love to see keane, not sure about McGeady why pay 10m when we have Marc coming through. Would prefer to see that 10m invested in some experience and quality.
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07/08/2010 11:57:00

Good riddance to him, I thought he was a decent character, not anymore, if we get Ireland and the money, we'll be laughing! I have no problem with the likes of Shorey, Young or Sidwell leaving, they need to play somewhere regularly, and I fully respect that, but Milner turned into a star at Villa, and has thrown it back in our face to join a rival. And if anyone wants to compare his move with that of a regular normal career, which I have seen so many people do, that's just ridiculous, people working normal everyday jobs don't have "fans" that pay their wages.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
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07/08/2010 11:57:00

cash + ireland would be a great deal for us, milner is a real grafter but his technical ability is certainly replaceable, ireland would slot straight into our midfield and any cash we receive can be re-invested into the team.
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07/08/2010 12:04:00

guardian reported the deal will be 18 mill plus ireland, doesnt't seem that good considering we paid 12mill in the first place for milner. so that's a financial profit of 6 million - but if we remember that milner will have earned about 5 million in wages the 2 years he's been here anyway - it really doesn't seem that great a deal.
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07/08/2010 12:05:00

We would be far better off without milner, we probably need the money more than we do him. Ireland has way more creativity then milner so we would be taking the ***** out of city with this deal to be honest.
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07/08/2010 12:05:00

If we get anything like 20m+Ireland then i'm happy.
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07/08/2010 12:36:00

I agree with Buzz, Fear and most others on here regarding Milner. Oneil and his staff played him on the wing, cm, and fullback showing his vesatility and gaining him recognition and we are right to demand the best possible deal, no disrespect to Man City but why should we just give them Milner on their terms ? I really hope we get Ireland or Bellamy as part of this deal and get to spend the money this Summer as we all need a boost !! I am a bit dissapointed that Milner was praising Villa for stability in his career after Newcastle and Leeds- then he is off like a rat up a drainpipe !! but regardless, hopefully we will get the better deal. scoops Read more:
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07/08/2010 12:57:00

and @Albarnista, I really don't see it as a positive move for him, as I didn't for Barry, which I don't feel it turned out to be for him. I felt more positive for Barry as he was a really good player and I thought he was one of the first parts of this 'Team' they were building, but I no longer think he is, I feel he'll struggle even more than Milner to get into the team now, and I think Milner may find it hard but will just about make it. In my opinion it's a very bad move for James. Yesterday I remember thinking, if I was a City fan which player would I have on the back of my shirt? I couldn't really think of an answer. I also thought how much i'd hate to be a City fan and have a team full of players that only really came because of how much money they were offered, whereas when a player comes to us I feel they have a choice and if they choose us it's because they want to be a part of our club, Fabian Delph last summer for example.
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07/08/2010 13:24:00

Summing that above up. We make the players, City ruin them....haha
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07/08/2010 13:26:00

It's getting silly now! Milner isn't Messi, he's replaceable. I can't blame citeh either for not wanting to be held to ransom. It's all relative, but JM isn't worth 30 million quid. Ireland is arguably a better player, too. Remember how Villa benefited last time Citeh offloaded a 'surplus' Irishman. Slightly off topic, the tie against Rapid will probably be a watershed moment for the Villa and MON. Randy Lerner surely won't countenance Villa going out of Europe in the first tie, against the same (beatable) opposition, twice in succession. If Villa go out (again), then MON is probably toast.
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07/08/2010 13:45:00

Well the thing for me is that his main asset is his engine, and that isn't too uncommon. I'd actually have ireland over him and why not just have 15m with both ireland and bellamy as there is mass speculation about his citeh future? Class midfielder and a proven goalscorer that can actually have the pace to keep with gabby...
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07/08/2010 14:13:00

joerothuk... I guess Ł18m + Ireland = around Ł30m as they value Ireland at over Ł10m anyway. Still a decent deal I think?
The Fear
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07/08/2010 14:36:00

If we get Ireland and about 18 mill, good deal. Just as a small bit of info. I have from a source at work, who by the way has never said anything about anyone, football wise, who says that Milner has never said he wants to leave, it's been down to MON wanting to sell Milner (I'm assuming because we had no money to spend on players). Now this person has always said he knows for certain, is a Liverpool fan but reveal how he knows. I'm making the assumption he is a mate of, if not Milner himself, then at least the family. I repeat this move looks like it's down to MON and Villa, not Milner.
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