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12 Aug 2017 20:11:43
for weeks I've been saying this and most time i get moaned at but why is it we have one decent set piece taker (constantly on bench conor h) we have one decent striker (injured for god knows how long) and no midfielder who can create or shoot at goal?

said from moment we went of lansbury its a crap buy and he is going to drag the midfield down more than it already was and so far point proven,

its a must that in the next few weeks we go and either buy (if FFP allows us to) or loan a striker who can actually hit a shot and head the ball, damn if need be a player like crotch will do. and a player who will run at defenders and shoot from midfield (just not sure who fits that bill)


1.) 12 Aug 2017 21:39:17
Lol player like crotch!

2.) 12 Aug 2017 22:20:24
Mate it's easy to say "said this from the start" "said this when we" but without evidence you talking rubbish, step down from the high horse. Makes you sound a tool.

3.) 18 Aug 2017 07:01:45
Actually Crouch would be an intelligent signing. Good with both head and feet and brings other players into the game.



12 oct 2016 18:49:20
really? holy crap they keep this one quiet, steve bruce is the new boss.


1.) 12 Oct 2016 19:58:32
Shut the front door!

I did not see that coming!

2.) 12 Oct 2016 20:37:07
i know. i was flabbergasted i really never even remotely saw his name mentioned hahaha.

3.) 12 Oct 2016 21:33:31
Ha ha ha. "shut the front door"
Made me laugh out loud Flackie.

4.) 12 Oct 2016 21:51:05
Lol 😜.



21 Mar 2016 21:11:30
as much as i wanted the man to do well and still hope he can i can't help but wonder. why does garde still have a job? i think its clear to see the man is not right for the team at this moment in time, sack him off and get someone like moyes in for at least the rest of the season if need be. pearson was my call to 4 games ago but he is not the man we need now.




21 Nov 2015 23:20:05
i have only seen the highlights of the game today but jan can't come quick enough. guzan (have back him all the way but can't do it anymore), richardson and westwood are the first players we need replacing, how do we battle like that last game then play this way today?

and clark? absolute belter for ireland but for us shocking.




18 Oct 2015 21:12:31
we was very unlucky to lose yesterday, but the fact is we wtill lost.

for 45 minutes we was the better team and should have been 2 up by half time from what I've seen of highlights, but all that being said i think i feel the same as most when i say tims got to go.

if moyes really has come out and said he wants the job and that's not just paper talk i think we need to get on the next flight over there and get his name on the dotted line.

but something needs to change before its just too much for any manager to fix.


1.) 19 Oct 2015 09:48:10
unlucky or not he has to go before its too late, guzan is a clown always putting defence under pressure westwood has no idea what to do with the ball sideways or backwards hutton is hit n miss you never know which one will turn up, why he hasn't given kozak a chance is beyond me and if randy still insisting on selling and wants top dollar he best have a word in TS shell like and tell him buck up or pack up simples!

2.) 19 Oct 2015 21:12:30
no arguments here. as you say the man has to go.

personally this should have been his last chance if not the liverpool game, two teams struggling at the moment bottom end of league they was both there for the taking.

3.) 20 Oct 2015 12:08:27
I admit that I was swept up by the initial TS feel good factor last season. I have just more than a sneaking suspicion that he is losing/ lost the dressing room and does not know what to do to get us out of the mess we are in. I am certain he will go after the Swansea game. Being linked with a manger such a David Moyes is too good to pass on. He has a proven track record, with 13 years experience in top flight, and far less risky than TS, even if he comes in and stabilizes the situation to get us up to a solid 14th /15th by new year would be a huge u- turn in fortune. If Lerner leaves it any longer we will be bottom of the table by Christmas with about 13 points in the bag if we are lucky. so a dead certainty to be relegated this time.

4.) 20 Oct 2015 20:31:01
I think we all were and tbh i'm a bit disappointed we never picked up from where we left off, I know we had about 12 new players but so did a few others and they seemed to start well albeit having a faltering moment lately. I had real high hopes during the close season but thinking about it, all them losses we had was the writing on the wall then? and for TS to keep bleetin on about having the spine ripped out of villa, delph n benteke hardly the spine tbh and cleverly just used us as a stepping stone even PL and AM had a better start to there season than we are having now I can't for the love of god understand what the hell has gone wrong being so angry is an understatement the mrs has even threatened to hit me with the rollin pin if I thump the laptop one more time and as for these stupid mail interviews oh the dressing room is buzzin we going do it this week were full of confidence geeze stfu and do your talkin on the pitch get us back up the table were we belong show some pride! and before anyone says calm down ill give meself a heart attack it already happened lol back in may the sunday after the fa cup geeze Rant Over VTID!

5.) 20 Oct 2015 22:05:57
Hi Ged
Sorry to hear about your heart attack, strange that, it happened to me as well, I was in hospital for the semi against Liverpool, couldn`t watch the game mate.
I try not to get worked up now it`s not worth it, dam hard though.

6.) 21 Oct 2015 06:17:14
hi dave
yes mate the day after we was trounced by arsenal doctors at Coventry hosp took the p*** out me lol still waiting to have another stent put in hope you are well mate YES supporting my beloved villa seems to be very frustrating and annoying of late was realy realy hoping we would be up there with all the promises TS made how we will never struggle or fight relegation again oh well roll on the weekend onwards and upwards!

7.) 21 Oct 2015 14:19:30
Yeh I am getting there Ged, can`t` stent me because narrowing is on what they call branches, so its medication for me mate.
I fancy us to do Swansea this week to be honest, and thought we were ok against Chelsea first half, I would stick with the same side this week except for Guzan the error man.




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16 Aug 2017 11:21:46
i know people are going to act like i'm a fool for asking this but why is everyone so desperate for sherwood back? as far as i remember he was the manager in charge when we got relegated and he hardly had a great win record. other than the fa cup run all i remember is the amount of abuse the bloke got for being "tactless tim"

now i understand that he had a shocking team at the time but i still don't see the thinking behind it.


1.) 16 Aug 2017 11:34:24
I totally agree. We need a progressive manager, someone with a bit of vision.

2.) 16 Aug 2017 12:02:30
Just a thought - Nigel Pearson?

3.) 16 Aug 2017 14:53:59
On the face of it tactically he was clueless, so long term we would end up in the same position. However he wasn't too proud to change things and give different things ago, he always went for it and set us up to be on the front foot and he is most likely to hit the ground running same as last time. If we were to sack Bruce and there wasn't a manager at the time who jumps out as the proper candidate then I'd get sherwood on a 3 month rolling contract whilst we source a full time man. His passion, energy and commitment would get results from the offset, it's when all those things become the norm to the players and he has to rely on tactics an such that's when he begins to fail.

4.) 16 Aug 2017 15:08:49
Gary monk would of done well had we gone for him.



10 Jun 2017 20:44:49
not a tranfer rumour more of a "where are we in the football world? " question. do people think signing for villa is a step down from celtic? other than the thought of champions league nights what would people think to having a stab at the likes of Griffith from celtic?


1.) 10 Jun 2017 22:12:38
Hes class i'd love him at villa.

2.) 10 Jun 2017 22:59:02
i like him too but do you think we are same level, step down or about same level? i mean other than 2-3 teams that league is shocking in scotland.

3.) 10 Jun 2017 23:37:19
In status, in stature and sadly league position.
Champions league, sell out crowds, and realistic trophy chance.
They can only beat the team in front of them, so it's a mute point talking if league calibre.

They ARE a massive club. We are not even a big club anymore. Sadly.

We have to realise this, and cut our cloth accordingly. The sooner this penny drops the sooner we take the first step back to what we could/ should be.

4.) 11 Jun 2017 17:44:19
Griffith a sound player i would like to bet his wages are bigger than we could offer at the moment. As for league callibre, don't think you can compare. let's face it the scottish leagues are piss pot in comparison to ours.



07 May 2017 13:59:06
i hate jack grealish.


1.) 07 May 2017 18:44:30
Hope that's suppose to be a joke because all tho jacks not always great he's 1 of us!

2.) 07 May 2017 19:21:03
Have you heard Craig Gardner today
I think you should divert your anger elsewhere
What a pillock (Gardner that is)

3.) 07 May 2017 19:59:38
if he didn't score newcastle wouldn't have won league. the little git hahaha.

4.) 07 May 2017 20:37:09
"I'm a villa fan through and through, I came through the system here and the last 5 years have been the best days of my life. I've got a year left on my contract and if the boss offers me another I'll be signing it" - unfortunately for Craig once you say something you can't take it back, embarrassing bloke.

5.) 07 May 2017 21:17:13
Jack is infuriating for sure could be so much better! He has found aan eye for goal but whether now sussed out by opponents his general flare and contribution to the team is less than good. I trust Bruce to make the necessary hard decisions and must have a competitive side come July with or without Jack UTV . I'm boycotting Harvey's Bristol Cream at xmas!

6.) 08 May 2017 18:27:43
If jack has a bad game everyone is on his case, if jack has a good game everyone is on his case. What the hell do you lot want yes he can get better but come on guys give him a break. There will always be a section of our fans that just want to whinge. The same people will never be satisfied.

7.) 08 May 2017 19:40:04
I agree with your last sentiment claret about the moaners however I have to agree with what most are saying about Jack he infuriates me yes he has the ability but you look at most players his age Ie Deli Ali, Dier, Barkley etc etc he won't even lace their boots.

8.) 09 May 2017 13:25:32
I see the sarcasm is strong with you people.

9.) 09 May 2017 13:27:35
Villadaz, take your point, I don, t mind constructive critisism there is a place for that. Its the moaning, and critisism for critisisms sake that gets my goat. let's hope the bruce buys well in the summer window mate, and off loads the deadwood. I love this club of ours and like yourself want the best for it. I, ve been a fan since i was five years old 59 years ago. Have seen some brilliant players pull that claret and blue shirt on.



29 Apr 2017 20:27:23
on the plus side. it now down to us if newcastle win the title next week or not,





17 Apr 2017 21:44:23
so many people today banging on about how great grealish is and that he silenced all the critics with his goal

but can some one please correct me if i'm wrong but he's been out injured or dropped the whole time we was on that great run he's been back 2 game (burton/ fulham) that can't be a coincidence surely?

he has got to be one of the laziest gits off the ball and once he's got the ball don't do much else with it, now i said half way through last season i don't see what all the hype is about with him and gardener and i'm still struggling to see it,

what have i missed with them two?


1.) 17 Apr 2017 21:58:48
Been saying for a long time that grealish is so overhyped it's unreal. Scored a great goal but once again done nothing else, not good enough. Should go all out and sign cairney from Fulham and play him in the number 10 role.

2.) 17 Apr 2017 22:07:29
wanted cairney over lansbury in jan but we got what we did.

3.) 17 Apr 2017 22:18:11
You put Cairney in our team today and with 10 men he performs the same as Grealish, nothing you can do but sit behind the ball. We always look for a scapegoat and at the end of the day the player with the most negative influence on the game was Kodjia, 19 goals or not, today the buck stops with him. The whole team worked their backside off and did best they could once they was down to 10 men.

If from watching today's game you pick out Grealish as the worst performer then I'm guessing you just watched him and non of the others. And I don't rate the kid at all, but I'm realistic.

As for Gardner what more could he have done today? Got pick pocketed once but nothing come of it and there was no man on shout so could blame the team around him for that, played a good few balls to hogan in behind (one of the only players who did) did his defensive duties, you can't expect the world of him and if Lansbury put the same shift in then no one would bat an eye lid.

4.) 18 Apr 2017 09:28:43
I agree with Chris, Yes jacks over hyped but i must say the boys got ability you don't see it because managers don't play him as a number 10 they play him out of position on the wing. So many players get slaughtered because of stupid managers playing them out position. eg bacuna right bk he made his name centre mid kodjia on the wing at times this season grealish on the wing jedinack cbk need i go on.

It wasn't about the manager though it was about the ref having a bad day. All i am saying is stop slating our own players encourage them give them confidence yes players have bad games sometimes don't mean they're rubbish and just play players in there proper place. If you put fulham's number 10 on the wing would he be as good no so get behind the boys!

5.) 18 Apr 2017 10:10:00
Exactly walk the walk, you buy tom cairney in the summer, Bruce still doesn't want to play a number 10 role so he then gets played out of position and but because he's a lad that we've brought an not come through our youth system, 20 games of him playing left mid an doing nothing an no one will bat an eyelid.

Gardner and Grealish play first game in months, with 10 men, put a shift in, one bangs a screamer out of no where and their over hyped and waste of space?! Also no one even mentioned Grealish being this or that strikes just assumed they would an made a post of that assumption.




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22 Jul 2017 21:11:21
is he the new darren anderton? constantly seems to be injured.




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12 Jul 2017 08:55:27
the cissoko one is most likely held up because he thinks he's a good player and wants that sort of wage but they won't pay it.




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01 Jul 2017 21:00:43
get him in even if we do get johnson back, awesome back up and great coach for the lad too.




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22 Jun 2017 09:02:21
maybe bruce and co knows something we don't about the other three? plus bacuna.




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03 Jun 2017 11:23:44
easy answer is if you had to google the lad he's not what we need right now.





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27 Aug 2017 11:29:31
4-2-3-1 or 4-4-F''king 2.




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11 Aug 2017 12:19:37
i still would like to see a big bully striker signed, a benteke gestede type player.




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11 Aug 2017 12:18:06
but that 8 mill is only guaranteed IF they sign him isn't it?




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10 Aug 2017 09:19:54
ive been trying to explain this to my kid when he asked why i wasnt bothered by the cups. a cup run for fringe players and kids would be nice but sooner them games are out way and we ain't risking the main players.




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30 Jul 2017 16:09:46
from players we have had in the past a big fella like carew/ benteke/ gestade would be good for the times when we need to bully a goal in the last 10/ 15 minutes or so,

plus i still think we are missing a goal scorer in midfield plenty of creaton and ball winning but no goal threat for me.