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7500 To Holte 4 hours ago
Villa poach summer's most important signing from Arsenal

Villa poach summer's most important signing from Arsenal

Aston Villa have officially announced the hiring of former Arsenal CCO Tom Fox as the club's new CEO. Aston Villa have made official what we all have heard coming for a couple of days: We are pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Fox as chief executive. #AVFC pic.twitter.com/IgbSHLfhrO — Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) August 21, 2014 Fox takes over for the role vacated by Paul Faulkner when the latter stepped down in early July. Faulkner had been criticised by many as one of the primary reasons that Villa looked so lost as a football club in recent years. Those same fans should...
7500 To Holte 11 hours ago

Impressive Arsenal CCO set to face huge new challenge at Villa

Randy Lerner is set to make a cunning appointment by naming Tom Fox as the new Aston Villa Chief Executive. There are now a number of reputable journalists claiming Tom Fox, current Chief Comercial Officer (CCO) of Arsenal, will be named Villa's new Chief Exectuive (CEO) in the coming days. We can pretty much assume it is going to happen unless there is a last minute problem. Randy Lerner has flown in to Birmingham a couple of times recently and I'm sure the departure of Paul Faulkner and search for his successor were the main purpose of his visits. Robin Russell, our Chief Financial...
7500 To Holte 22 hours ago
Andreas Weinmann soaks self in ice for charity

Andreas Weinmann soaks self in ice for charity

Aston Villa's Austrian striker Andi Weimann did the Ice Bucket Challenge Everyone and their grandmother has done the Ice Bucket Challenge (which is great because it raises money for a good cause), but this video of Aston Villa's Andi Weimann might be one of the funnier ones you will see. We saw keeper Brad Guzan do it a couple weeks ago, and now the Austrian striker has done the challenge. The video was posted on his Facebook page, but we have it here for you: Post by Andreas Weimann. It could have been worse, like the people who have had entire buckets fall on them *cough* Coleen...
7500 To Holte Aug 20, 2014
Confirmed: Villa send young defender on season-long loan to Brighton

Confirmed: Villa send young defender on season-long loan to Brighton

Aston Villa have sent Joe Bennett on a season-long loan to Brighton today. Aston Villa sure moved quickly on this one. Joe Bennett is off to the Championship for the season as the club confirmed his loan deal to Brighton Hove Albion today: Joe Bennett has joined @OfficialBHAFC on a season-long loan deal. #AVFC #BHAFC pic.twitter.com/hwGqD0R3gM — Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) August 20, 2014 As we wrote earlier, the move makes a lot of sense given Villa's current pile-up at the left back position. Bennett has rarely been a great player for Villa (heck, he's often been terrible) but...
7500 To Holte Aug 20, 2014

Villa look set to send defender to Brighton for the season

Aston Villa's Joe Bennett looks set for a year-long move to Brighton amidst the glut of left backs at Villa Park. Towards the end of last season, it seemed that the departure of Ryan Bertrand would be a problem for Aston Villa, as they would be left with only Joe Bennett as a true left back. Now, after the signings of Aly Cissohko and others, Bennett may actually be surplus goods. In that light, the news that he is apparently having a medical at Brighton ahead of a year-long loan is good to hear. Bennett is a very unpolished defender who causes more worry than any of us need, so removing...
7500 To Holte Aug 20, 2014

Stoke City vs. Aston Villa: Community player ratings results

Here's what 7,500 to Holte readers had to say about Aston Villa's performance against Stoke City in the season-opening 1-0 win. The results of our community player ratings poll for Aston Villa's 1-0 win over Stoke City at the Britannia are in, and suffice it to say we were largely a pretty happy bunch. No player rated lower than a 5 (defined as an average performance in this poll) and 9 of the starting 11 rated above a 6. Villa's back line were instrumental in securing the team's first win away from Villa Park in nine games and their ratings reflect that, with all four-even Alan...
7500 To Holte Aug 19, 2014

Riise looking to add to Villa left back infestation

John Arne Riise claims Villa are interested in him in the most obvious attempt to steal a contract you'll ever see. Villa's left back options currently consist of Aly Cissokho, Kieran Richardson, Enda Stevens and Joe Bennett. Antonio Luna is out on loan. Ciaran Clark and Nathan Baker have both played there regularly in the past as a defensive option. Fabian Delph has even filled in at left wing back pretty effectively on occasion. None of them are world beaters but with the arrival of Cissokho and Richardson we appear to finally have some competent players there. All of this means we should...
7500 To Holte Aug 19, 2014
Young Villa defender going on loan

Young Villa defender going on loan

Janoi Donacien has joined Tranmere Rovers on loan until January. Today Aston Villa have announced that 20-year-old centre back Janoi Donacien has joined League Two side Tranmere Rovers on a loan deal until January. This is excellent, because the club have a lot of depth at that position. The pairing of Ron Vlaar and Philippe Senderos looked excellent at the weekend in the win over Stoke City. Behind them, Jores Okore, Nathan Baker, and Ciaran Clark are capable, with players like Matthew Lowton also able to cover in a pinch. Donacien has been a solid player for the Young Lions so far in his...
7500 To Holte Aug 17, 2014
Stoke City vs. Aston Villa: Community player ratings

Stoke City vs. Aston Villa: Community player ratings

Have your say on Aston Villa's performance in the season opener against Stoke City. Use the form below to weigh in on Aston Villa's performance against Stoke. A rating for all 11 starters is required, while ratings for substitutes are optional; if you don't think you saw enough of a player to accurately rate his performance, select "Incomplete" and your vote will not be included in the final tally for that player only. For the purposes of these ratings, a vote of "1" would be among the worst performances you've ever observed for a player at the Premier League level, while a rating of "10"...
7500 To Holte Aug 16, 2014

Villa's crucial season starts out with a strong victory

Andreas Weimann scored five minutes after the half-time interval to give Villa all three points at the Britannia. Paul Lambert's Aston Villa side put in one of its better efforts in quite a while and defeated Stoke City 1-0 at the Britannia Stadium. The defense was solid and well-organized, Villa had numbers in attack, and wingers actually did some productive things for the first time in what seems like a while for the claret and blues. Stoke City started out the match on the front foot as Villa tried to settle in for the first 10-15 minutes. But for all the possession the hosts had (63% on...
7500 To Holte Aug 16, 2014

Poll: Aston Villa's Man of the Match vs. Stoke

Who was the Man of the Match in Aston Villa's season opening 1-0 win over Stoke? Vote here! Here you can vote for Aston Villa's man of the match in this poll. The solidity of the back line surely helped preserve the clean sheet. Philippe Senderos and Aly Cissokho had good debuts, and Alan Hutton was solid in his return from the bomb squad. Of course captain Ron Vlaar was excellent too. In goal, Brad Guzan didn't have a whole lot to do but made a solid double save. Andi Weimann was the match winner with the game's only goal. The midfield kept it together, with Richardson and N'Zogbia doing...
7500 To Holte Aug 16, 2014
Aston Villa vs. Stoke City: Lineups and Open Thread

Aston Villa vs. Stoke City: Lineups and Open Thread

The Premier League is finally back! Join us in the open thread as Aston Villa take on Stoke City Welcome back everyone! The Premier League returns today and Aston Villa have traveled north to take on Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium. It's always nice to start the campaign with a win, ala last season at Arsenal. Let's all get our hopes up again (well, at least momentarily) for another season of Paul Lambert's Aston Villa side battling it out to be best of the rest behind the mega money sides in England's top tier of football. Facing the facts, Aston Villa probably won't be in second due...
7500 To Holte Aug 16, 2014

Aston Villa vs. Stoke City, open match thread

After a long summer, Premier League football is back and Aston Villa will be kicking their season off away to Stoke City. Welcome back everyone! The Premier League returns today and Aston Villa have traveled north to take on Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium. It's always nice to start the campaign with a win, ala last season at Arsenal. Let's all get our hopes up again (well, at least momentarily) for another season of Paul Lambert's Aston Villa side battling it out to be best of the rest behind the mega money sides in England's top tier of football. Facing the facts, Aston Villa probably...
7500 To Holte Aug 15, 2014
Villa are deeper and more versatile than you might think

Villa are deeper and more versatile than you might think

With Carlos Sánchez's signing, Paul Lambert now has a full squad, one that should provide versatility, quality, and feature competition for places in the XI. For really the first time in his tenure as Aston Villa manager, Paul Lambert has a complete squad. Gone are the days where Villa didn't have anyone to play on the left wing and didn't have attacking options in midfield. The era of Gabby Agbonlahor and Andi Weimann getting free passes into the XI no matter how poorly they've been performing should be gone. And Lambert now has the ability to tactically do almost whatever he wants...
7500 To Holte Aug 15, 2014
Carlos 'The Rock' Sanchez (finally) signs for Aston Villa

Carlos 'The Rock' Sanchez (finally) signs for Aston Villa

Villa have secured the services of Colombian defensive midfielder Carlos Sánchez on a X-year deal. Paul Lambert entered the summer with glaring holes in his Villa squad. But with the signing of defensive midfielder Carlos Sánchez on a four-year deal from La Liga's Elche, Lambert is set to have his first Aston Villa squad that covers all the bases. Nicknamed La Roca (Spanish for 'The Rock'), the Colombian international comes to B6 as the biggest signing of the summer after Aston Villa beat out interest from Everton and Queens Park Rangers to secure the strong man's signature. Sánchez...
7500 To Holte Aug 15, 2014
Villa set to open vital campaign against a Stoke City side in the midst of transformation

Villa set to open vital campaign against a Stoke City side in the midst of transformation

Hundreds of thousands or words have been written about what's likely to happen this Premier League season; tomorrow, we begin to see how things will play out for real. One of the greatest things about the opening day of the season is that it's the day that what everyone thinks will happen this season begins to stop mattering. Lots of people have opinions about how the Premier League season will play out; which teams they think will be in the title race, which teams will qualify for Europe, and which teams will face the drop. And since the final whistle blew on May 11th, they've been...
7500 To Holte Aug 15, 2014

Transfer Talk: Aston Villa's new left back

Learn about Aston Villa's newest left back Aly Cissokho Brought in to hopefully stop the revolving door of left backs at Aston Villa by manager Paul Lambert, Aly Cissokho has the experience to be the man for the job. Previously at teams such as FC Porto, Olympique Lyon, Valencia CF, and Liverpool, Cissokho has Champions League experience and is hoping to revive his career. Touted as a player with massive potential in 2009, he was purchased from Porto by Lyon for 16 million Euro. His career has since stalled and moves to Valencia and Liverpool on loan didn't pan out, so Villa secured the...
7500 To Holte Aug 15, 2014

Who wins the league, and where do Villa fit in?

We've left the biggest question for the end of the week: who will win the Premier League and where do Villa fit into that picture? After five days of roundtable questions, we're back for the big one. Leave you answers in the comments! Who will win the league? Aaron: United. They got better over the summer, and van Gaal seems to actually know what he's doing. Not having Champions League will give them an advantage as well. But there are five teams that have a legitimate chance of winning this season, which makes it pretty hard to nail down a favorite. Kirsten: There's something to be said...
7500 To Holte Aug 14, 2014

Why results against the bottom will determine Villa's fate

While Villa became known for their giant slaying last season, it was having the double done on them by Fulham and Crystal Palace that kept Paul Lambert's side from pushing on. Let's face it. If we were to choose a "top five moments of the Aston Villa season," three of them would be the victories over Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester City. (The other two would be the win over West Bromwich Albion and, quite literally, the moment the season ended.) But while results against the top sides are the ones we remember most, the other results are the ones that really and truly matter most. Let's...
7500 To Holte Aug 13, 2014

Villa draw League 1 heavyweights in Capital One Cup

The terrifying man in your picture is Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade, who detests extra-time. Budget and shambolic - Sky presenters somehow managed to misdraw a ball and stood in silence for 10 seconds wondering what on earth to do next. Some might say that would make it a draw worthy of the League Cup, but not us Villa fans. Oh no. This is probably our only realistic chance of silverware for the next several years. So we have to take an interest. We've made a habit of being dumped out of the cups by lower league opposition, so Paul Lambert will want to tread very carefully when Leyton...