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Villa A Selling Club? Figures Would Argue Against

Villa A Selling Club?  Figures Would Argue Against

Talk of Villa being a selling club? Not spending enough?

These facts argue with that don't they?

Aren't all clubs selling clubs by the way? Didn't Manchester United sell the best player in the world last summer?



FIRST SEASON 2006/2007 :


Kevin Phillips WBA £700k
Matthieu Berson Levante £1m
Ulises De La Cruz Reading Free
Peter Whittingham Cardiff City £250k
Eric Djemba Djemba Quatar Free
Juan Pablo Angel New York Red Bulls Free
Milan Baros Lyon Swap
Mark Delaney Retired


Stiliyan Petrov Celtic £6.5m
Didier Agathe Celtic Free
Chris Sutton Celtic Free
Phil Bardsley Manchester United Loan
Gabor Kiraly Crystal Palace Loan
John Carew Lyon Swap
Ashley Young Watford £9.65m
Shaun Maloney Celtic £1.1m

SECOND SEASON 2007/2008:


Gary Cahill Bolton Undisc (in region of £4m?)
Liam Ridgewell Birmingham £2m
Jlloyd Samuel Bolton Free
Lee Hendrie Sheffield United Free
Chris Sutton Retired
Didier Agathe released
Steven Davis Fulham £4m
Aaron Hughes Fulham £1m
Gavin McCann Bolton £1m
Robert Olejnik Falkirk Free


Wayne Routledge Tottenham £1.5m
Moustapha Salifou FC Wil Undisc.
Curtis Davies West Brom Loan
Zat Knight Fulham £3.5m
Scott Carson Liverpool Loan
Harry Forrester Watford £250 000 initial fee rising on appearances
Eric Lichaj Unattached Free
Marlon Harewood West Ham Undisc (region of £3.5m?)
Nigel Reo-Coker West Ham £8.5m

THIRD SEASON 2008/2009


Luke Moore (West Brom - £3.5million)
Olof Mellberg (Juventus - free)
Patrick Berger (Sparta Prague - free)
Thomas Sorensen (released)
Shaun Maloney (Celtic, £1million)
Wayne Routledge (undisclosed)


Curtis Davies (WBA undisclosed but around £7.5million?)
Steve Sidwell (Chelsea £5.5million)
Brad Friedel (Blackburn, undisclosed but in the region of £2 - £2.5million)
Brad Guzan (Chivas US, undisclosed, starts at around £800k up to £2m on appearances etc?)
Nicky Shorey (Reading, around £4m?)
Luke Young (Middlesbrough, around £5m?)
Carlos Cuellar (Rangers £7.8million)
James Milner (Newcastle, around £12million?)
Arsenio Halfhuid from Excelsior (undisclosed)
Emile Heskey from Wigan Athletic (£3.5m)



Gareth Barry (Manchester City, £12million)
Stuart Taylor (Manchester City, free)
Zat Knight (Bolton £4 - £4.5million)
Martin Laursen (retired)
Craig Garnder (Blues in January, £3.5million)


Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough around £10m + add ons)
Fabian Delph (Leeds United - undisclosed fee - around £6m including add ons?)
Habib Beye (Newcastle, undisclosed but around £3m?)
Andy Marshall (free agent)
Stephen Warnock (Blackburn Rovers - around £6m + add ons?)
James Collins (West Ham United - around £5m)
Richard Dunne (Manchester City - around £6m)

*Loan fees not included. Figures rounded up or down. Only a rough guideline!*

FIFTH SEASON 2010/2011


Andy Marshall (released)
Stephen O'Halloran (Coventry City - Free)
Nicky Shorey (WBA for around £1.5m)


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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday August 10 2010
Time: 7:17AM


magic is right. United let Ronaldo go but only because he was going abroad. They would never allow a rival to buy their players. Although Villa spend money they will always be a selling club because anyone who achieves can be easily bought by a bigger club. Thats not a dig at Villa, thats the way it is for most teams!
Vanilla Ice
10/08/2010 10:49:00
I think it illustrates what I've been saying for a while, here and elsewhere, that MON was backed to a level that matches where we are but not sufficient for a top four spot. There's a lot of people who believe the money he spent should have guaranteed a top four finish. That's rubbish. The bare figures do not tell the whole story though and there are important factors to take into account. For example MON came at a time where the entire squad needed to be overhauled so he was essentially building from scratch unlike some of the other top 6/7 teams who had established squads. Who exactly are in the fight for the top four? The simple answer would be Villa, Liverpool, Spurs and Citeh. Out of those four which team has the lowest net spend? Which teams have achieved or look likely to achieve top four. Most neutral people would have said Villa would be the outsiders of that set of teams for the last few seasons. I don't think it's fair to blame Randy for this, or MON. Randy has a limit to the amount he can realistically put in and what he can allow to be spent to keep the club stable. MON did well with what he had and the chairman can't afford to put anymore in. It's a simple equation that equals 3 consecutive top six finishes, an ambitious manager desperate for more funds to break into the top four and a sensible chairman wanting to keep the books balanced. Ergo the difference on the future of the club RL was talking about.
Elmo Grub
12/08/2010 13:21:00
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