Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Barry Bannan Happy With Fresh Villa Life

Barry Bannan Happy With Fresh Villa Life

Barry Bannan has been talking in the press about getting and taking his chance in the first team under Gerard Houllier.

Seems Bananaman thought his Villa career was all but over as previous boss Martin O`Neill had issues with Barry`s height, which, as pointed out in the forum is a bit strange because he bought Shaun Maloney (same height) from Celtic!

Forum thread: Click Here

Anyway, in the Daily Mail BB explains:

'Last year I was on loan at Blackpool and only playing games now and again. When O'Neill left Villa, I hoped someone would come in and give me a chance and trust me and the last few weeks have been a breath of fresh air for me. Obviously, it has been a big change in fortunes for me."


He says Houllier has shown confidence in him and with every game played his belief is growing after being 'disheartened` at times under MON.

He also explains in the Mail article that our new boss wants Villa to be playing a passing game and he got his chance after impressing in training. "It's not just me. It's encouraging to see a lot of young lads coming through now. I know I'll have to work my socks off to stay in the Villa team. Hopefully, I'll be able to put together another few good displays.'

Promising noises coming out of Villa Park. Sounds perverse but this awful run of injuries might just have done Houllier a 'favour` as it has given him no choice but to play the kids (albeit the likes of Sidwell were about as options, so Houllier has shown good judgement as well!) and they`ve not let him down. Now he has had a good chance to see exactly what we have at Villa. Happy days.

Songs for the kids...Click Here

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday November 18 2010
Time: 5:25PM


Really glad he has finally been given an opportunity to show what he is capable off & this size thing in the modern game is quite annoying, see the likes of iniesta, xavi, messi etc etc whilst I'm not comparing him with the likes(not yet anyway lol) skill can still & will always shine through in the end...he seems really determined to take his chamce & become a good pro & whilst he is learning he will have his ups & downs I think this kid could really give us some good times ahead at villa park!
18/11/2010 18:25:00
IMO we've not had a player with his vision since Merson. The longer it goes on the happier I get that MON left us.
Adam Deuce
18/11/2010 20:08:00
British mentality would have kept him out the side...all strength, size and speed with ability a distant second behind those attributes. Very pleasing to see a midfielder get the ball down and keep posession, whether a pass is on or not. On a similar note the same could be said about Hogg's performance against Man U. Everytime the ball came to him his first thought was to bring it under control. Very pleasing and long may it continue.
19/11/2010 15:26:00
Bannan signs a new deal - get in!!
Valiant Villan™
19/11/2010 15:40:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment


Recent Aston Villa Articles

Sinclair - We'll Turn This Around

Scott Sinclair remains upbeat ahead of the coming tie against struggling, but, current Premier League Champions Chelsea.

Moyes Announces Villa Intentions - No Not Really

Well, no, let's be serious here he hasn't. But you'd not quite guess that. Although maybe he's interested in a new casa and it's been lost in translation?

Rudy Up For African Footballer Of The Year Award

£6million summer signing Rudy Gestede has been named in the 37 man nomination short (?) list for the 2015 African Football of the Year Award.

The Vultures Start Circling Sherwood

With only one win from eight Premier League games in 2015-16, the media are starting to carry the 'two games to go' content when it comes to manager Tim Sherwood's future.

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists


Current Poll (see more polls)

Tim Sherwood?
Suggested By: JP Fear
It will all click and be fine8%
Not going to work out49%
Give him til end Nov then look again24%
Give him til end of Dec then look again5%
No idea anymore, Villa confuse me!14%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Man City 8 6 0 2 18 12
2 Arsenal 8 5 1 2 16 6
3 Man Utd 8 5 1 2 16 4
4 Crystal Palace 8 5 0 3 15 4
5 Leicester City 8 4 3 1 15 2
6 West Ham 8 4 2 2 14 6
7 Everton 8 3 4 1 13 4
8 Spurs 8 3 4 1 13 4
9 Southampton 8 3 3 2 12 3
10 Liverpool 8 3 3 2 12 -2
11 Swansea 8 2 4 2 10 0
12 Watford 8 2 4 2 10 -1
13 Norwich 8 2 3 3 9 -2
14 Stoke 8 2 3 3 9 -2
15 AFC Bournemouth 8 2 2 4 8 -2
16 Chelsea 8 2 2 4 8 -5
17 WBA 8 2 2 4 8 -5
18 Aston Villa 8 1 1 6 4 -5
19 Sunderland 8 0 3 5 3 -10
20 Newcastle 8 0 3 5 3 -11
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Will Red Bull kiss and make up with Renault?
Latest Vital Boxing News
Lee Wants to Unify Middleweight Titles
Write for Vital Football

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Oct 17 2015 3:00PM : Chelsea (a)
Barclays Premier League
Oct 24 2015 3:00PM : Swansea City (H)
Barclays Premier League
Oct 27 2015 7:45PM : Southampton (a)
Capital One Cup
Nov 2 2015 8:00PM : Tottenham Hotspur (a)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 8 2015 1:30PM : Manchester City (H)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 21 2015 3:00PM : Everton (a)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

1.Pride of Lions511
3.The Fear220
The Vital Football Members League