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McLeish Preparing For Some 'Big' Summer Spending

McLeish Preparing For Some 'Big' Summer Spending

As some have been saying for a while, Villa have been going through a period of stabilisation and WILL start to deal in the transfer market again.

Alex McLeish told The Express when asked about 'big signings`

"I wouldn`t rule them out. Chief executive Paul Faulkner said to me not to just think that I can only bring in a free transfer."

Or as said in the Daily Mail

'Paul has said to me: 'Don't think you can only bring in free transfers.' 'I've told him that the only reason I'm recommending a free transfer is because I think that person is a hell of a good player and will be an improvement to our squad. We will still try to be prudent. But nothing's been said to me that I cannot bring in a player on top dollar, providing the wages are at a certain level.'

And there is the key. They had to get the wages in order, now it is up to the manager to decide on who he wants and how he affords it, same as any manager. There will be a transfer limit and there will be a wage limit. If he wants one top wage player, he`d then have to juggle with one lower wage player, as opposed to two mid range... This is no different to every club apart from Man City and the Chelsea of old (although they seem to be aging and in transition)

Related articles:

A great look at the accounts: Accountants Summary of AVFC Accounts
The future? Homegrown Players Will Be Our Foundation
The freebies available in the summer: So Which Bosman Players Should Villa Go For?

Must admit, I expect a pretty busy summer, I`d be shocked if there weren`t a few players leaving as well, including a defender or two who in my ever so humble opinion should have been shipped out last summer following their behaviour under Gerrard Houllier.

The only bit of news many won`t like is that Alex McLeish will be the one doing the spending, think we are just going to have to get used to that idea (or obviously some aren`t renewing because of that fact) and see where we are come next January when he`s had time to form his own team and remove what I consider the bad apples in this side!

AVFC Summer transfer talk thread: Click Here

McLeish generally on transfers for the summer: McLeish On Bosmans & Mystery Capture?

Signed: Brett Holman

So far we have:


Fortuna Dusseldorf defender Assani Lukimya-Mulongoti: Click Here

Andrew Johnson: Click Here

France U21 international defender Benjamin Stambouli: Click Here

Danny Guthrie: Click Here

Heerenveen striker Bas Dost: Click Here

Rangers left-back Lee Wallace: click here

Former Rangers Gregg Wylde: Click Here

32-year-old Croatian International and Bayern Munich striker Ivica Olic: Click Here
Forum thread: Click Here

Joe Lewis from the Posh: Villa Transfer Talk - One Keeper In, One Out?

Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones: Click Here

Blackpool keeper Matt Gilks: Click Here

Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud: Click Here

Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak: Click Here

Robbie Keane permanently: Click Here


Brad Guzan leaving: Villa Transfer Talk - One Keeper In, One Out?

Stephen Warnock to Sunderland: click here

Stephen Ireland to the New York Red Bulls: Click Here

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday March 23 2012
Time: 10:19AM


An attempt to boost season ticket sales?
23/03/2012 10:33:00
For me a big name signing would be any other manager...
23/03/2012 10:36:00
Sounds all good,my only problem is what ginger thinks is quality players.Words are all good and well but its time to do the walk Eck if you are staying.
23/03/2012 10:51:00
I think he made some good signings at Brum - anyone that can convince the likes of Martins, Zigic and Hleb to go to that *****hole must be pretty convincing.
23/03/2012 11:11:00
Well said thorpyuk. I think McLeish has done ok in the transfer market in the past and don't mind the club being 'smart' either. I'm just not happy that Eck is in charge as his style of football sucks. I want someone that would motivate players and fans alike, he just can't do it.
23/03/2012 11:22:00
I had my season ticket renewal propaganda just yesterday, but I think suggesting the two are linked is cynical. Or spot on!
23/03/2012 12:32:00
"But nothing's been said to me that I cannot bring in a player on top dollar, providing the wages are at a certain level." That's like saying you can shag Scarlett Johansson if you can persuade her to spend the night in a grotty bedsit in Erdington. Good luck with that!
23/03/2012 14:48:00
Steady Thorpey The wally with the brolly is still out there and he scares me more than Mcleish lol
23/03/2012 16:13:00
The board are scared of the swathes of fans threatening not to renew their season tickets, that is the only reason why this story has been published now. I guess you have to weigh up what's going to cost more money - compensation for ending McLeish's contract or giving him money to buy what he considers quality players. It's obvious we're stuck with him for the summer at least, he'll be given money to buy his own players, so I think we have no choice but to give him a chance, see what he can do. If he brings in more Givens and Keanes, Im happy. If he goes for more Huttons and Jenases then I won't be...
23/03/2012 17:54:00
Hasn't McLaren gone back to Twente?
24/03/2012 12:38:00
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