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7500 To Holte 3 hours ago

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 5 hours ago
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 21 hours ago
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 22 hours ago
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...
7500 To Holte Apr 17, 2014

Aston Villa ready to snap up a Napoli reject?

Young? Check. Cheap? Check. Loads of potential? Check. This sounds like a Paul Lambert special... There's still nearly a month of the Premier League season left to go, but the real season has already begun. Silly season. And truly, it is silly. The latest hot transfer rumor is that Josip Radošević, labeled a "Napoli reject" is on his way from Italy to Aston Villa. This one comes courtesy of talkSPORT, so that right there should tell you exactly what you need to know. But in case you're tempted to believe that Villa really are close to clinching the young midfielder, let's break this...
7500 To Holte Apr 16, 2014

Relegation Poaching: Who should Villa be targeting from Cardiff City?

Cardiff City have struggled at times, in part due to inexperienced players. Some of these players have gained valuable experience and could be of great help to some teams in the division next season, if Cardiff fail to stay up. Next up in my dubious series of plucking players from teams likely to be relegated is Cardiff City. The Bluebirds/Red Dragons picked up their first win in over a month last Saturday, beating Southampton 1-0. Still, the Welsh side linger second-bottom with 29 points, and while relegation looks very possible, don't rule anything out just yet. Despite being pretty bad,...
7500 To Holte Apr 15, 2014
Harassment of Villa employees may have been behind suspensions

Harassment of Villa employees may have been behind suspensions

Harassment may have been behind the suspension of two Aston Villa assistants, if a report in the Mirror is to be believed. According to a report from James Nursey in The Mirror, Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa were suspended from their positions at Aston Villa not due to poor performance, but rather due to the fact that they had been bullying members of the club's staff. The two assistants will undergo a disciplinary hearing, and if they are found guilty will likely be sacked without further compensation. If the report is true, it would certainly be a compelling explanation for the sudden...
7500 To Holte Apr 15, 2014

Randy Lerner may be ready to make a major Aston Villa move: but he probably isn't

With the atmosphere at Aston Villa being what it is, rumours are bound to circulate. Let's address the biggest of those. Aston Villa are currently embroiled in their most tumultuous stretch in recent memory. Long gone are the happy memories of beating Chelsea 1-0 at Villa Park. They've been replaced by four consecutive losses, increasing discontent with Paul Lambert and Randy Lerner, Christian Benteke's season-ending injury, and today's news of the sacking/suspension of two of Lambert's assistants. In such an atmosphere, it seems inevitable that rumours will fly fast and free, and they...
7500 To Holte Apr 15, 2014
Villa suspend Lambert's lieutenants after alleged row

Villa suspend Lambert's lieutenants after alleged row

Shay Given and Gordon Cowans will take the place of suspended assistants Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa It's not exactly Lambert Out, but Aston Villa have given a major shake-up to their back-room staff today by suspending assistant manager Ian Culverhouse and Head of Football operations Gary Karsa. The two, who came on when Paul Lambert took over the club, have been replaced -- at least temporarily -- by Shay Given and Gordon Cowans. Given, of course, is Villa's erstwhile starting keeper who hasn't had a job since his loan spell at Middlesborough ended last month, and Cowans is Villa's...
7500 To Holte Apr 14, 2014

Benteke surgery a success, now we wait for his return

Christian Benteke underwent a successful surgery on a ruptured achilles tendon today. Now Aston Villa must figure out how to make do until he returns. Well, the first step towards recovery has happened. More than a week after we first heard about Christian Benteke's ruptured achilles tendon, he has undergone a successful surgery: Christian Benteke finally underwent surgery on his damaged achilles tendon. Operation went well, I'm told. #AVFC — Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) April 14, 2014 Now we begin the process of waiting for the Belgian to rehab that tendon as he works his way to...
7500 To Holte Apr 14, 2014
Aston Villa Supporters' Trust: A voice of reason in a sea of stupidity

Aston Villa Supporters' Trust: A voice of reason in a sea of stupidity

There are plenty of Aston Villa fans out for blood right now, so it's nice to see some of them being rational. A few years ago, in the wake of the hiring of Alex McLeish, RandyLernerOut.com appeared and spit vitriolic stupidity onto the Internet by releasing a "fan statement" that called for the ousting of Randy Lerner. I did my best to tear it to shreds at the time, and I remain wary of such sweeping and broad statements that claim to capture the voice of the fans today. But things with this club are once again coming to a head. I mentioned in the match report on Saturday that I was...
7500 To Holte Apr 13, 2014

Thoughts from a "Lambert Out" skeptic

I'm not opposed to Lambert getting sacked. I'm just a little....skeptical. If Aston Villa sack Paul Lambert, I can genuinely say I would not care. I've hung on to being pro-Lambert for way longer than a vast majority of Villa fans. I do not feel that way anymore, but I sit here writing this and still feel skeptical about whether sacking Lambert would do anything. Not because Lambert is any sort of incredible manager that needs to stay, more so because of the alternatives. After the Crystal Palace match ended, my Twitter timeline flooded with tweets of "Lambert Out". Okay, sure, let's sack...
7500 To Holte Apr 12, 2014

Instant reaction: Villa held goalless and pointless in miserable Palace match

Aston Villa are terrible. Why in the world are we watching this junk? Let's be brief about this, shall we? Aston Villa lost their fourth straight match today, allowing Crystal Palace the 1-0 victory at Selhurst Park. They have now dropped six points to both Fulham and Crystal Palace and look absolutely miserable in every way possible. The first half was -- at least by recent standards -- mildly entertaining. Villa bookended things with some nice possession but only one shot on goal. In between, Palace looked decent and had a fantastic chance on a free kick. Rather than going for goal, they...

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