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  1. Hitchens 60
    Hitchens 60 May 12, 2015 at 8:51 am . Reply

    Spot on Adam.

    Strangely, my big fear is RL selling to an owner that ruins the club – just having money isn’t necessarily the answer – ask Sunderland, Fulham, QPR supporters et al. On balance, I think I would prefer RL to stay. We’ve seen that throwing money at signings is not the only way to build a good side

  2. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson May 12, 2015 at 8:59 am . Reply

    Hitch your right mate, Randy Lerner was miss informed of the English game over here, Fatty Faulkner was not the best of advisers in the game, I like Cleverly think he’d be a big asset to Villa as for Lerner hope he don’t ruin our club on a sale.

  3. Darren
    Darren May 12, 2015 at 10:24 am . Reply

    Hope Cleverly does sign, I really do. He is class, especially when he has class around him (Delph and Grealish) and clearly a manager that gives him confidence. Keep this midfield together is a big must in my opinion. As right now, we have one of the best performing midfields in the league. Bring in one more solid midfielder and release one or two and we will have a good strong midfield.

    Also think RL should stay right now unless like I said before we get some mega billion investor willing to splash cash to shoot villa up the table. But under Sherwood, Fox and RL we could see some steady improvement and some exciting football.

    Lots of reports about Massim Luongo being a big target for Villa in the summer. He was brilliant for Australia in the Asia Cup and was a big part of the success and is a massive success story for Swindon Town. Quality player in a Cahill type mold. He was also under Tim Sherwood in his youth development and from what I hear, Sherwood was there watching the Swindon vs Sheffield game.

    1. Darren
      Darren May 12, 2015 at 12:45 pm . Reply


      Some highlights of Luongo playing for Australia at the Asian Cup.

      1. langfordvilla
        langfordvilla May 12, 2015 at 1:29 pm . Reply

        Darren….thanks for link mate. He looks a talent and Sherwood has seen him in training so knows what he is capable of. Is he under contract or a free agent?, better still if we get him on a free!

        1. Darren
          Darren May 12, 2015 at 1:39 pm . Reply

          Exactly right.. Sherwood would well know what he was like and Luongo has only improved further since Sherwood was working with him in Tottenham youth division of. I believe he still has a year to run on his contract at Swindon.

  4. pat57
    pat57 May 12, 2015 at 12:27 pm . Reply

    Strange isn’t it? Not long ago we’d have happily clubbed together for Cleverley’s taxi fare out of VP and ran Lerner out on a rail.

    Suddenly Cleverley is revealed as a decent player and, with Tom Fox and TS in charge, Lerner doesn’t seem to matter so much. Actually hope he continues on as a sale may throw a spanner in the works of a potentially successful 2015/6 season.

    Really optimistic now. Tim had revealed that we haven’t got such a bad squad and with a few additions who knows what might be possible?


    1. langfordvilla
      langfordvilla May 12, 2015 at 1:03 pm . Reply

      PAT57….absolutely right mate. I deffo want Cleverley to stay! I have been one of Lerner’s fiercest critics but I am edging towards the ‘wanting him to stay brigade’. However, thats only if he keepx Fox, Sherwood and Benteke and gives the manager 30-35 mil to spend, lets face it, thats very little in todays game! We really cant have another relegation threatened season in 2015/16 season. I really hope that Randy has learnt a very valuable lesson in terms of underfunding! We can move forward with confidence with Fox/Tim at the helm….this will be a massive summer for Villa and I’m fearful that Tim could walk without proper backing….Lerner must not allow that to happen or its back to square one!

      1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
        OohAhPaulMcGrath May 12, 2015 at 1:10 pm . Reply

        No way will Sherwood walk if Lerner underfunds us. He needs stability and prove himself as a long term manager

    2. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath May 12, 2015 at 1:06 pm . Reply

      Problem is this is all short term Sherwood will never keep this up and neither will Cleverley he’s only just pulled his finger out where was he the last 30 games ffs. Do not offer a player a new deal because he’s had half a doz good games for us we’ve done that before and look what happens.

      1. Hitchens 60
        Hitchens 60 May 12, 2015 at 1:28 pm . Reply

        Give the negativity a rest OohAh – it’s getting boring

      2. Darren
        Darren May 12, 2015 at 1:46 pm . Reply

        Seems that’s what you want to happen? For us to fail.

      3. langfordvilla
        langfordvilla May 12, 2015 at 1:48 pm . Reply

        Oohah…just how do you define ‘short term’? Sherwood has been a manager for 2 PL teams where he has been in charge for 32 games (almost a full season). Moreover, his win rate percentage is the highest amongst English management in the PL over that period of games! Add to that, the fact that he inherited both Spurs and Villa squads, which means he hasnt been able to buy a single player yet, and your argument looks completely stupid!….no surprise there!

        1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
          OohAhPaulMcGrath May 13, 2015 at 10:49 am . Reply

          32 games is short term isn’t it!!

          1. langfordvilla
            langfordvilla May 13, 2015 at 11:11 am . Reply

            No….its nearly a full season. Noticed you failed to define short term. Its very subjective!

            1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
              OohAhPaulMcGrath May 13, 2015 at 7:42 pm . Reply

              If he keeps this win ratio for all of next season then fair enough I will eat my words but I doubt he will

  5. langfordvilla
    langfordvilla May 12, 2015 at 1:13 pm . Reply

    Why cant Sherwood keep it up?……its all guesswork like everything else in football. As for Cleverley, he’s playing in a greatly changed system/formation that suits his game….thats good management whatever way you dress it up!

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath May 13, 2015 at 10:47 am . Reply

      Because he couldn’t at Spurs plus he has no tactical ability. Motivation and hard work only takes u so far

      1. Darren
        Darren May 13, 2015 at 11:14 am . Reply

        But considering all the negatively descriptive words you have used to describe our squad and players that are in your words ‘championship level’ bar one or two players you have to admit, and for once in your life pay respect where it is due, Sherwood has done an amazing job winning all these games and taking us to a FA Cup final with this Championship team of pathetic players (in your words)

        1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
          OohAhPaulMcGrath May 13, 2015 at 7:41 pm . Reply

          Lambert was responsible for the cup run that got us there in the first place. Bit like tony Barton taking over from Saunders. The players are average at best but playing above themselves and are playing a lot of teams with nothing to play for. Even Wimbledon, hull and Portsmouth have reached The Isis FA cup final with rubbish players means nothing. Sherwood has been lucky that benteke suddenly decided to play himself into the window the past 10 games a luxury lamberk never had. Let’s see what happens next season and see if he can keep win ratio for a full season somehow I doubt it

          1. Darren
            Darren May 14, 2015 at 12:29 am . Reply

            Guess Lambert was responsible for our win against Liverpool then? In which you said we had no chance. Id suggest Sherwood has got Benteke playing again just like he did Adebayor at Tottenham, not that Benteke has suddenly decided to play.

            Just glad Sherwood and our players don’t have your attitude, or we would never get anywhere.

            1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
              OohAhPaulMcGrath May 14, 2015 at 4:58 pm . Reply

              Benteke has decided to make play for Sherwood big difference

  6. OriginalLondonLion
    OriginalLondonLion May 12, 2015 at 4:55 pm . Reply

    I would like an owner who is sitting up there in the director’s box at least for all home games, and seen to be enjoying himself when the team is playing well. No po-faced Levy type thank you, I’d rather have a Delia Smith!

  7. bencey83
    bencey83 May 12, 2015 at 6:33 pm . Reply

    Cleverley has been outstanding recently, as have Delph, Grealish and Benteke. This is largely down to Sherwood and his coaching team. They have not only built confidence in the players, but also got them playing a more positive style of football. Let’s hope Cleverley signs and keeps developing under Sherwood.

  8. Ardent Villain
    Ardent Villain May 12, 2015 at 6:41 pm . Reply

    First-off, I like Concrete Ron, and I hope he stays around for a while yet.

    However: his injury record has been pretty awful, and it’s difficult to imagine Villa relying on him in a key position for a whole season. That’s why I don’t believe that there’ll be a long queue of top clubs coming looking for him, and there’s no way I’d let him hold us to ransom over his future.

    If he is to stay, I think that he should realise that it’s not just him doing us a favour – Villa may be his last/ best hope of another long-term contract at EPL salary levels!

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