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7500 To Holte 9 hours ago

Relegation Poaching: Who should Villa target from Norwich?

Norwich have hit some bad form, but they still have some good players. Some of these would plug holes for Aston Villa, and they may be affordable as well. Next up, we are looking at Norwich City for players who may be useful should the team be relegated. Losers of six of their last eight (W1D1) and sacking manager Chris Hughton in the process, the Canaries have been in bad form. Norwich have some decent young defenders, but I have decided not to profile them here, rather going with attacking midfielders and forwards, because I don't believe they would be an upgrade at any of the four...
7500 To Holte 22 hours ago

How long until we see Jack Grealish playing first team football?

Near the end of a season-long loan at League One side Notts County, Jack Grealish has been gaining valuable experience. Will we see him involved with the first team next season? Thanks to Birmingham Mail reporter (and friend of the blog) Mat Kendrick paying a visit to Notts County, we have some new information on promising youngster Jack Grealish. In his article today, he reviewed the team's most recent match and got some supporter's opinions on our on-loan winger. Grealish has made 37 appearances for the Magpies, starting 31 times. Scoring five times and assisting another six, he has had...
7500 To Holte 23 hours ago
Sylla sees problem exists, still not aware that it’s him

Sylla sees problem exists, still not aware that it’s him

Yacouba Sylla is unhappy that he spends so much time on the bench. Perhaps he wouldn't if he were any good. Yacouba Sylla has been, without question, one of Aston Villa's worst players to actually see playing time this season. His entrances to the matches against Stoke and Newcastle significantly degraded Villa's already limited abilities and led to numerous mistakes. The fact that Paul Lambert keeps choosing him as a possible substitute every weekend is as big of an indictment against the manager as I can think of. And yet, despite his horrendous efforts, Sylla is perplexed and frustrated...
7500 To Holte Apr 22, 2014

Texas Rangers deny Villa takeover, but what about Astros?

The Texas Rangers have denied an attempt to purchase Aston Villa, but that still leaves another Texas baseball owner. Over the weekend, we heard that the potential Aston Villa takeover may be coming from the owner of a Major League Baseball franchise. Coupled with the rumour that whoever was behind the takeover was from Texas, this fact pointed at two potential options. I speculated that if the two reports were true, Villa fans could be soon talking about owner Ray Davis of the Texas Rangers or Jim Crane of the Houston Astros. Well, we can probably rule out Davis, as the Texas...
7500 To Holte Apr 22, 2014

Malaga midfielder linked to Villa Park for absurd sum

There are rumours around that Villa may be looking to get Malaga midfielder Sergi Darder. That would be exciting, but it's also really unlikely. One of the hot rumours of the day in Aston Villa land is that the club have been linked to Malaga midfielder Sergi Darder. If you've got a mind like a steel trap, you may remember that Darder scored in Villa's preseason friendly with the Spanish club last summer. Yesterday, he scored the second goal in Malaga's 2-0 win over Villarreal, and while it wasn't pretty it was certainly a solid effort of finishing that could help a club like Aston...
7500 To Holte Apr 22, 2014
Homegrown winger eager to stay with Villa, hasn't heard from club

Homegrown winger eager to stay with Villa, hasn't heard from club

Villa's most consistent player in recent weeks hasn't heard anything from the club about renewing his contract. If Marc Albrighton were to turn into a regular contributor in Aston Villa's starting XI, it would be one of the few things in the world that could make all Villa fans happy. He's been a Villa player since he was eight years old, and really began to make an impression under Gerard Houllier. Then Alex McLeish came along and most of us assumed that Marc was dead in a ditch somewhere. So his recent resurgence under Paul Lambert has been one of the season's more pleasant...
7500 To Holte Apr 22, 2014
Aston Villa won't turn things around until they learn the right lessons from their futility

Aston Villa won't turn things around until they learn the right lessons from their futility

Whether Paul Lambert stays or goes, Aston Villa will have a hard time returning to their past stature unless they make a conscious decision to join the modern age. When Paul Lambert was named as the replacement for Alex McLeish almost two years ago, the reaction from Villa fans was largely quite positive. After leading a Norwich City side that seemed lost in the wilderness to three straight promotions and outperforming expectations in his first season in the Premier League, Lambert's stock was rising and his demonstrated history of doing a lot with very little made him a natural choice to...
7500 To Holte Apr 21, 2014
Like any good spies, Pulis and Palace have faded from our minds

Like any good spies, Pulis and Palace have faded from our minds

The possibility that Crystal Palace cheated should be the biggest story in football, and yet no one is talking about it. When the Mirror published a story on Saturday revealing that Crystal Palace had access to Aston Villa's lineups well before they were publicly available, I expected it to be the biggest story in all of football. The potential ramifications are absolutely huge, and it could have a massive effect on the relegation race as the season nears its close. But since I wrote about the story, I have heard almost nothing else about it. Perhaps the Mirror reports were wrong, but...
7500 To Holte Apr 21, 2014

Analyzing the relegation battle: Who will drop?

With just under three weeks until the Premier League season closes, the relegation picture is awfully murky. Let us help you clear it up! There are twenty days left in the 2013-14 Premier League season, and there are still nine teams below the traditional 40-point mark for safety. It is as crazy of a race to avoid relegation as I can remember, and it's absolutely confusing to boot. That said, I've spent a while parsing the scenarios and I've put together an initial look at what could happen before the season is over. This is only an initial look, and be warned, there are a couple of...
7500 To Holte Apr 20, 2014

Reading between the lines indicates a club for sale

Randy Lerner didn't say much in his statement, but he might have told us everything. Randy Lerner actually spoke directly to the fans today, when he released a strange, rambling statement that seemed to be trying too hard while accomplishing almost nothing. In his too-familiar tone (addressing everybody by first name as if you're chums? Seems a bit forced, Randy) he let us know that we should be focusing on the effort of Paul Lambert and the players to get a point after a tough week. On a Villa takeover Lerner releases cryptic statement about AVFC Jack Grimse Randy Lerner...
7500 To Holte Apr 20, 2014
AVFC Club Statement: Owner Lerner addresses sale

AVFC Club Statement: Owner Lerner addresses sale

We haven't heard much from owner Randy Lerner lately, but he finally spoke today, issuing this statement. Talk this past week of a sale of Aston Villa have been all over the headlines. In the not-so-distant past fans had been grumbling for a new owner who will invest in the club. More recently, fans have been calling for the head of the manager. Owner Randy Lerner issued this statement today on the official site. "Following the point yesterday at Villa Park, there have been stories about my selling the Club. On a personal level, I had hoped the emphasis would have been on the amazing effort...
7500 To Holte Apr 19, 2014
Liverpool parallels as takeover rumoured to be from MLB owner

Liverpool parallels as takeover rumoured to be from MLB owner

A new and enticing bit of possible information about the rumoured Aston Villa takeover has emerged. The Mirror is dropping all sorts of bombs today. First it was the news that Crystal Palace may have cheated their way to victory against Aston Villa. Now they're giving us a hint that whoever was behind the rumoured Aston Villa takeover may be the owner of a Major League Baseball franchise right now. If that's true, and if a takeover really does happen, it may be fantastic news for Aston Villa. Aston Villa Takeover Rumours swirl around nine-figure bid Robert Lintott It's getting...
7500 To Holte Apr 19, 2014
Villa embroiled in spying controversy with Crystal Palace

Villa embroiled in spying controversy with Crystal Palace

It seems as if Crystal Palace knew Aston Villa's unusual formation before the match at Selhurst Park, but how exactly? If you watched Aston Villa play Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park last weekend, you probably noticed that Tony Pulis' club had an answer for everything that Paul Lambert's side threw at them. Most of us likely chalked that up to the fact that Villa are 1) terrible and 2) fairly predictable. It seems that Palace had detailed knowledge of precisely how Paul Lambert would line up the squad that day, according to the Mirror. That, in and of itself, wouldn't be too surprising,...
7500 To Holte Apr 19, 2014
Instant reaction: Villa may have saved their season with a dreadful 90 minutes

Instant reaction: Villa may have saved their season with a dreadful 90 minutes

It was 90 minutes that we all wish we could have back, but the point gained may have been all that was needed for safety. So that was 90 minutes in which we all watched a football match. A really boring football match, but one that may have a big impact on the end of the season. The first half saw a continuation of Aston Villa's atrocious run of form lately. And in some respects, it saw them continue what they had begun against Southampton earlier this season. No, not the three goals. But possession! After 10 minutes or so, Villa had 13% possession. And by the end of the half it was 29%...
7500 To Holte Apr 19, 2014

Aston Villa vs. Southampton, lineups and open match thread

Aston Villa can make this season end, in a functional sense, with a win. Please make this season end. Please. Aston Villa are a very interesting club right now, and not in anything approaching a good way. As recently as a month ago, it looked as though it would be a pretty boring year, which would have been welcome; get enough points to ensure safety, play respectable football, and close out the season on a high note. Nice progress! And then everything caught on (figurative-I think) fire. Coaches sacked, fans praying for managers to be sacked, rumors of training ground bust-ups. It's like...
7500 To Holte Apr 18, 2014

Major shakeup coming for Villa academy this summer

The director of Aston Villa's most successful unit will be retiring this summer. Aston Villa have announced that longtime academy director Bryan Jones will be retiring at the end of August. Unlike the news of the suspensions of Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa, this is entirely voluntary, but it still represents a blow to a club that has had a jarring week. Jones has been the director of Villa's academy since 1997 and has overseen the progress of players such as Gary Cahill, Craig Gardner, Gabby Agbonlahor, and Marc Albrighton. Villa's academy is widely considered to be one of the best in...
7500 To Holte Apr 18, 2014

Poll: Do you want a new owner at Villa?

News of a potential buyer for Aston Villa has been swirling around B6 this week. Randy Lerner might be willing to sell, but is a new owner what this club really needs? A lot of takeover talk around Aston Villa is starting to gain some movement. Robert's article from earlier today went into more of the specifics of it, with regards to how much the reported figure was, as well as what you could do with that much money. It seems like there are a lot of fans voicing their opinion of how they would like a new owner. Do you think a new owner could be better than Randy Lerner, or would you rather...
7500 To Holte Apr 18, 2014

Summer transfer budget may be £250 million, or three Bales!

Well this is one of the more interesting pieces of speculation to emerge out of the Aston Villa takeover rumours. Nearly every major media outlet is reporting that Aston Villa, if they can avoid relegation, are headed for a nine-figure takeover this summer. In the space of twenty-four hours we have gone from a speculative rumour that can be easily ignored to one that simply won't go away. Today, Metro has added a tidbit to the mass of stories that should make Villa fans salivate: if a takeover occurs, there might be a £250 million transfer budget this summer. Aston Villa Takeover...
7500 To Holte Apr 18, 2014

Tactical Preview: How can Lambert get Villa a win?

Losing four in a row has been tough for everyone associated with Aston Villa. Paul Lambert has taken a lot of criticism and needs a result against Southampton to get the fans somewhat back on his side. This season, the defense has been much improved for Aston Villa. The midfield has made strides as well, particularly due to the development of Fabian Delph. Delph has become a box-to-box dynamo, finally showing his potential and justifying the price that was paid to bring him in from Leeds United. The defense has been done by committee, with the unit as a whole consistently having a higher...
7500 To Holte Apr 18, 2014
Rumours swirl around nine-figure takeover bid

Rumours swirl around nine-figure takeover bid

It's getting harder and harder to ignore the rumours of a possible takeover of Aston Villa. Rumours of an impending takeover of Aston Villa have been swirling seemingly nonstop for a couple of years now. In the wake of one of the club's most tumultuous weeks in recent history, though, they seem to be finally gaining a little bit of traction in the mainstream press. The Telegraph, Daily Mail, and Guardian are all reporting stories that either feature news on an impending takeover or obliquely reference it. On a possible takeover Lerner may be ready to make a major move Robert...

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