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  1. adam
    adam November 22, 2013 at 12:46 pm . Reply

    Yeah it’s not likely ooh ah but in reality that’s all it will take, all it needs is Lerner to say to Lambert go and buy who you want none of this u21 stuff anymore. It’s so easy yet seems to be so difficult, even for a multi billionaire!

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath November 22, 2013 at 7:33 pm . Reply

      Yep can’t see it Adam we will never be more than a mediocre club treading water now. Unless Lerner sells we could be stuck like it for years

  2. peejayadams
    peejayadams December 28, 2013 at 2:46 pm . Reply

    I’d not heard this rumour until yesterday and happily there doesn’t seem to be too much substance to it.

    It has to be admitted that watching the Villa these days isn’t quite the pleasure that it used to be and it’s nigh-on impossible to see the club achieving anything in the current climate. It’s extremely difficult, in fact, to see any non-Champions’ League club achieving anything in the current era – in years to come we will, no doubt, look back on the CL as the tournament that destroyed the once beautiful game.

    A few years back, a megabucks injection would have pretty well guaranteed a place in the Euro-elite, it certainly worked for Chelsea. Today, though, there’s no shortage of clubs that have become the personal Subutteo sets of various oligarchs and it’s quite conceivable that any club spending an additional couple of hundred millions could do so without seeing a significant return on the investment.

    At the same time that we are sympathising with fans of clubs like Cardiff and Hull City, where ego-maniacal owners place their personal whims above the histories and traditions of their clubs, a sell-out to a mega-corporation could see us in the worst of all possible worlds. Stripped of our name, our colours and quite possibly our home, we could see ourselves replaced by a side in blue shirts, emblazoned with advertisements for canned industrial waste, playing in Coventry as the Birmingham Jaegerbombs, still failing to make it to the top table as an assortment of oil sheikhs, airlines and “legitimate businessmen” continue to pour endless fortunes into various other clubs. We’d simply be seeing the death of Aston Villa with a very real possibility that there’d be no phoenix rising from the ashes.

    Football is broken but selling the soul of one of its most important clubs would do nothing to fix that.

  3. OohAhPaulMcGrath
    OohAhPaulMcGrath November 20, 2013 at 7:55 pm . Reply

    Even if he spent £20m which is highly unlikely teams like Southampton will still be better than us. £20m is fuck all nowadays

  4. OohAhPaulMcGrath
    OohAhPaulMcGrath November 20, 2013 at 8:04 pm . Reply

    Well said a villain 1.

  5. Colonius81
    Colonius81 November 20, 2013 at 8:43 pm . Reply

    pro red bull even if that meant changing our name, our badge, our kit, basically our identity to create this new brand that is able to financially compete with the big boys so we can win trophies?

    do you not realise what that means?
    It means you would sacrifice Aston villa and its identity in order to be a fan that has won something

    you can do that already! you don’t need to hope Red bull come along .. you can just switch the team you support!

    also .. i don’t see the magic with reb bull
    Wealth and spending are all relative.

    Villa outspent chelsea the resident sugar daddy club when lerner took over. then along came man city with sheik mansour. along came hicks and gillet, Abromovich kicked it up a notch. the glaziers kicked it up a notch ..along came FFP and its first threat of financial fair play.
    It may not work out but when it first came in – Clubs were thinking twice about their spending.

    its a competition .. theoretically you could spend 1 pound and win if the other teams spend 50 p .. or you could spend 500m ..and they could spend 1bn each and you lose …:-(

    ie Lerner could have continued to spend what he did .. and we would still be fighting for 6th and 7th or 8th with bale money whatever. Would deadly have? what about the other 14 also ran clubs in the premiership .. Everton and southampton dont even spend what we do and they outperform us but you still reject that approach (even though its closer to what lambert and lerner are doing) while simultaneously comparing us to them as inferior.

    the point is, ask yourself what the price of a billionaire shiek/ Russian oligarch who respects the clubs identity and traditions is for a shot at success. then ask yourself what are the chances of success even at that.

    then way that against the price we would pay for reb bull to come in and transform our club into a 11 a side market tool and overwrite our image.

    all for a chance at being competitive .. still no guarantees and an ever increasing start up fee ( ie what would it take outbid man city, chelsea, liverpool, utd totenham arsenal for a player ? what would we have to pay him? )

    Trade in Villa for chance at success ?

    Red bull – no thanks

  6. OohAhPaulMcGrath
    OohAhPaulMcGrath November 20, 2013 at 10:16 pm . Reply

    Firstly we are all, assuming RB would would change our identity. It might not happen. Iv no problem with change as long as we keep our name and home colours. Iv been lucky enough to see us win everything except the fa cup so I’m one of the lucky ones. But would still love us to win more major honours. True we could spend a billion on players next season and only finish 8th. Man city though will finish top 4. The fact is spending obscene amounts of money dies not guarantee you success but it gives you the means to at least be there or there abouts each year with a realistic chance of winning something. It also puts our name on the map.

  7. BWS
    BWS November 21, 2013 at 1:17 pm . Reply

    Belgian player agent Daniel Striani is continuing his challenge of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rule today by launching a legal action in the Court of First Instance in Brussels.
    The process will ask the Court to judge on alleged infringements of both EU competition law and the right to free movement (of workers, services and capital).
    This latest legal challenge follows a complaint Striani lodged with the European Commission in May against UEFA’s Financial Fair Play which argued that the “Break-even rule” (the obligation for financial equilibrium) was in contravention to fundamental principles of EU competition law.

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