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Holtecast Episode 92: New owner Tony Xia dominates discussion

Jack is joined by James Rushton for Episode 92 and they chat about the start of Aston Villa's summer We missed you last week! Nobody wanted to think about that last match against Arsenal anyway, there are brighter things on the horizon for Aston Villa. Eric Black's final game went down in dubious fashion as he refused to field a team of players with a possible future at the club, but it looks like new owner Tony Xia is set to replace him, and soon. The name that keeps coming up at the moment is Roberto Di Matteo, although Nigel Pearson could also end up getting the job. We talked about what...
7500 To Holte May 26, 2016

Roberto Di Matteo set to be appointed as Aston Villa manager

It's taken almost three months, but the successor to Remi Garde could be arriving, soon! Villa are days away from choosing a new manager and all signs point to Roberto Di Matteo After a number of months, Di Matteo will be likely be the man to finally succeed Remi Garde as the Aston Villa manager, the Birmingham Mail announced today. Likely chosen by Tony Xia and appointed via the proxy of Steve Hollis. 'Discussions are said to have gone well and the Italian is expected to be offered the job in the coming days.' - The Birmingham Mail Roberto Di Matteo is expected to be announced as...
7500 To Holte May 26, 2016

Relegation alters who Villa should pursue in transfer market

In the past, it hasn’t necessarily been the greatest policy for Villa to buy older veterans. But with hundreds of millions waiting in the top flight, the Claret and Blues should look for quality this summer, no matter the age. Elis wrote on it yesterday, but Aston Villa have been linked with a move for Fulham’s Ross McCormack, who has a £12 million release clause in his contract. If we were having this discussion any time in the last, oh, 28 years, I’d have a pretty clear stance: No, I wouldn’t want to spend that much cash on a 29-year old. No way. When you’re already sitting in...
7500 To Holte May 25, 2016

WATCH: Dr Xia discusses his plans for Aston Villa with CNN

Tony X appeared in front of the eyes of the world to discuss Villa today, Watch what happened! Tony Xia is a shy man, but he's not exactly afraid to talk about Aston Villa in front of the world's media. And that's exactly what he's doing, as shown by the below interview with CNN. What do you think? Is he compensating for something? What is going on? Can Xia follow through and get Villa back on top? Let us know below. Thank you for reading and following along with 7500 to Holte! If you'd like more like this be sure to check out the Wasted Corner hub that we've set up. Goals, videos,...
7500 To Holte May 25, 2016

Villa linked with possible Ayew replacement?

Aston Villa have been linked with a Championship striker, and he could be a replacement for Jordan Ayew. It has been reported in a couple of places this week that Aston Villa, alongside Newcastle United and Norwich City are in the running for Fulham striker Ross McCormack. McCormack, who signed for fellow Championship side Fulham in a mouthwatering £11M deal two summers ago has set the division alight since joining the London club, scoring 38 goals in two seasons. Of course, with that kind of goalscoring output, the Scot would fit right in to a Villa side that was the lowest scoring in...
7500 To Holte May 25, 2016

WATCH: Jack Grealish talks about his England experience

Can you do it for Villa now please? After being involved in the majority of England's goals (two goals and two assists) in a crushing 7-1 victory during his first full game with the England Under-21's, Jack Grealish is being touted as a star of this year's edition of the Toulon Tournament. So it's not a surprise that the FA are featuring Villa's youngster heavily - they even caught up with him for a quick chat that you can watch below! Thank you for reading and following along with 7500 to Holte! If you'd like more like this be sure to check out the Wasted Corner hub that we've set up....
7500 To Holte May 24, 2016

Has the new Aston Villa kit leaked?

No. A mysterious Twitter account has posted a few details about Villa's new kit for next season. There's no confirmation about this being real, at all - but it's worth sharing. This is what fast feels like @AVFCOfficial #AVFC pic.twitter.com/F1DCg7DCTa — Ua (@Underarmour2011) May 24, 2016 So, trust-worthy? I've put a small for and against below. If it's a false alarm, and it 99% is, it's still a cool design! For - Not much. Cool details about training gear? Against - Grammar mistakes in account Twitter feed, Quickbooks are still sponsor of Aston Villa FC as far as is known. Thank...
7500 To Holte May 24, 2016

Potential MLS landing spots for Brad Guzan

With Brad Guzan likely to leave Aston Villa, let's take a look at some of the destinations he could end up at across America After learning that Brad Guzan is open to a move back to his homeland, as reported by Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl, it's likely that Aston Villa will have the opportunity to clear his considerable salary from the wage bill. No, there won't be a large transfer fee for the American goalkeeper who lost his starting position to Mark Bunn at times during the past campaign, but as James Rushton said on Sunday, the club should jump at any offer that comes in. Guzan made...
7500 To Holte May 23, 2016

Aston Villa Supporters' Trust have been spurred into action, and it might be a very good thing

Action in the past 48 hours has made me optimistic that there might be hope for the AVST after all. Two days ago, I wrote about the Aston Villa Supporters' Trust failing to earn our trust through their lack of action and communication. I stand by everything I said in that article, but I'm happy to report that some changes already seem to be afoot, and they certainly bode well for the future of the AVST. On the public front, AVST have released a statement about the takeover of the club by Tony Xia. In it they said "We have been trying to find out as much as we can about the owner before...
7500 To Holte May 23, 2016

David Moyes turns down the open Aston Villa manager role

BBC WM have reported that the Scot won't be joining Tony Xia at Aston Villa. Mere hours after our own MattVillan professed his love for David Moyes, the out-of-work Scot has turned down the open role at Aston Villa. Here's a snippet of what Matt had to say: 'Finally, Moyes is the one name who truly unites the fans, with by far the smallest minority of naysayers of all the contenders. With them onside, he is instantly granted a lease of life to perform without the shackles of having to win the 12th man over first, and hopefully would dampen the somewhat toxic atmosphere that at times...
7500 To Holte May 23, 2016

David Moyes has to be the next AVFC manager

MattVillan explains just why Moyes needs to be AVFC's next manager As initially broken by the Daily Mail here, David Moyes is finally the front-runner for the Aston Villa job. A man of an immense wealth of experience, the fan’s choice and with connections to our rumoured new board, it seems the stars are finally aligning in our favour. The question is, is he right for us now? Moyes’ managerial career began with his most relevant experience to our current predicament, as he finished a playing career that took him from Celtic to Bristol City and finally to Preston North End, amongst...
7500 To Holte May 22, 2016

Brad Guzan to turn back on relegated Aston Villa in favour of MLS move

Cheerio Brad. One of the biggest culprits in this past season has been Brad Guzan. A goalkeeper so bereft of confidence that a prescription seems to be in order. A gentleman so insensitive to the plight of his team-mates and football club that he decided to repay his demotion to the bench with sour grapes. A goalkeeper, who thankfully may soon be venturing back home. Brad has all the makings of a good 'keeper and that shows when he plays for the United States, however, his lack of effort or desire to improve has helped Aston Villa slide into the Football League Championship. Despite...
7500 To Holte May 21, 2016

Brad Guzan named USMNT's starting goalkeeper for Copa America

The USMNT will be starting a player in the Copa America who got benched for Aston Villa. That should work well. Aston Villa will have some representation on the United States team in the Copa America Centenario this summer, as goalkeeper Brad Guzan has been named the squad's starter. He gets the nod ahead of Everton's Tim Howard, and presumably slots in because the US Soccer Federation was unable to convince Hope Solo to cut her hair and play for the men's team. Guzan, of course, had an absolutely miserable season for Aston Villa, and was replaced in the final few matches by Mark Bunn....
7500 To Holte May 21, 2016

Aston Villa Supporters' Trust are frauds and we deserve better

It's becoming more and more apparent that the AVST are not what they claim to be and an alternative is needed. Aston Villa made official their sale to Chinese businessman Tony Xia on Wednesday, sometime around 6 PM BST. I am currently writing this more than 55 hours after that announcement, and even that first bland, boring sentence of this article is more than we have heard from the Aston Villa Supporters' Trust. Their twitter account and Facebook page have been silent since a May 11 tribute to the victims of the Bradford City stadium fire. Their website has not been updated since an April...
7500 To Holte May 21, 2016

It's fine to be worried about Dr X

MattVillan tries to mediate the debate It’s been tough to be a Villa fan recently, in both the short, and long term. This season, it’s fully acceptable to argue that we have been the worst Premier League side ever. We may have accumulated more points that Derby, but when comparing where we came from, how much we spent and so on, it does not tilt in our favour. In recent years, we’ve been just scraping by so often that to some this eventual slip and fall was inevitable. We’ve stunk out the league for years, we’ve been the embarrassing stain on the boxers of the Premier League for...
7500 To Holte May 20, 2016

WATCH: Aston Villa 15/16 season video review with The Villa View

Matt Lynch of the Villa View uses fifteen minutes to destroy Villa and their disappointing season.
7500 To Holte May 20, 2016

Tony Xia or Randy Lerner, they all start out as unknowns

No-one cared about these two before they brought Villa and Google proves it. Despite Villa's purchase by Tony Xia of the Recon Group, many Villa fans are worried bout Dr. Xia's history, or lack of it. It's almost a similar situation to that of our previous owner, Randy Lerner - but we could ground our fears in the fact that Lerner owned the Cleveland Browns and NFL ownership in turn, signified wealth, money and power. I was interested in the popularity of Lerner before he purchased Aston Villa in the August of 2006, so I turned to Google, our holy empirical collector of personal data to...
7500 To Holte May 20, 2016

Mikey Drennan is an example of a problem no-one is doing anything about

Depression is a problem in football and no-one is dealing with it. My mom is a hero. It's not that she cleans up after me or does the dishes or drives me to work. It's not that she's raised me, that's her role as a mother, right? But it's what happened today; when a young man in a wheelchair rolled in front of her car and oncoming vehicles, she was the only one to stop, console him and drag him out of the road. Looking into his weeping eyes, she asked where he was going. His response was shocking. "To see my mother, and father - in heaven". It dawned on my mom that he wanted to join...
7500 To Holte May 19, 2016

Tony Xia is saying all the right things as Aston Villa's new owner

Let's do something dangerous: let's trust what our owner is saying about Aston Villa. The BBC article begins with a quote: "He respects tradition, he's not a showboater, he's a fan and player-friendly and has a lot of money - I don't know what more you could ask for in an owner." It's everything we want, it's everything we need. It's precisely the type of owner that could propel Aston Villa back into the Premier League and relevance. It's also everything that we've been dying to get away from for the past five years. The quote comes from a ten-year-old article published after Randy Lerner...
7500 To Holte May 19, 2016

WATCH: Tony Xia's first interview as Aston Villa owner

He talks big! Let's hope he can put his money where his mouth is. The excellent @bhamupdates have provided us with a glimpse at Aston Villa's new owner, Tony Xia. You can watch the interview below (be sure to give them a follow). First interview with Dr Tony Xia who has agreed a deal to buy Aston Villa Football Club. https://t.co/lDj51E8cLwhttps://t.co/jT1hJpsgfj — Birmingham Updates (@BhamUpdates) May 19, 2016 Tony says that the cost of Villa was 'complex, but is around £100 million'. Thank you for reading and following along with 7500 to Holte! If you'd like more like this be...

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