James Chester signed; confirmed from the horses mouth


It’s in the bag and confirmed by Tony Pulis.

Well, I don’t know what to think here.
He seems a decent player, but I’m concerned that he hasn’t had many games under Tony Pulis and when he has started, it’s been at full back.

Pulis is a strange manager though and never goes with what players/fans think.
At the end of the day, he’s made Albion a profit and that’s important.

I just hope this is one we’ve been looking at for a while and not just a kneejerk reaction, which I seriously suspect Dr Xia might be prone to.


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  1. bws
    bws August 13, 2016 at 12:04 am . Reply

    I love a good conspiracy and you have to wonder if RDM put that shower out on Wednesday evening just to show the Doc the reality of the situation?

    1. Ardent Villain
      Ardent Villain August 13, 2016 at 12:13 am . Reply

      …which might eplain how ‘passive’ he looked as the team fell apart?

  2. bws
    bws August 13, 2016 at 12:14 am . Reply

    Well it all sort of comes together don’t you think?

  3. pat57
    pat57 August 13, 2016 at 12:22 am . Reply

    Explains a lot and perhaps he also agreed with Oohaah that a Cup run would have stretched a fragile squad a bit too far.

    1. OriginalLondonLion
      OriginalLondonLion August 13, 2016 at 1:33 am . Reply

      It makes sense, but a lot of teams treat the Egg Cup as a competition for the stiffs. Nevertheless showing the owner what a shower they are disposed of any dreams he had of finding a gold nugget in the reserves.

  4. pat57
    pat57 August 13, 2016 at 12:30 am . Reply

    According to the Sun we’re after Bamford and Gunnarson –


    Not sure about Bamford personally but Gunnarson might be just the type of tenacious player we need for the Championship.

    1. bws
      bws August 13, 2016 at 12:52 am . Reply

      OLL summed Bamford up, too lightweight for the EPL but savvy enough for the Championship, he Championship player of the season 2014/15. Has for the conspiracy bit you do have to wonder if RDM was saying to the Doc “you expect promotion with this lot?”

  5. bws
    bws August 13, 2016 at 12:55 am . Reply

    Gunnerson, does he kick people? If so get him in 😁

    1. OriginalLondonLion
      OriginalLondonLion August 13, 2016 at 1:36 am . Reply

      No, he’s the Red-bearded Icelander who can throw the ball further than Grealish can kick it.

    2. giddyvillan
      giddyvillan August 13, 2016 at 7:09 am . Reply

      BWS lol exactly what we need someone who gets stuck in.

  6. Benno
    Benno August 13, 2016 at 3:29 am . Reply

    Chester is a great signing…but for the love of God, we have to bring in a right back before the deadline, the thought of Hutton, or worse Richards, is killing me!!

  7. nath
    nath August 13, 2016 at 6:01 am . Reply

    absolutely dreading the game today with rotherham. how sad am i. the mighty rotherham and luton games i should relish is cower behind the sofar. dreading the result and a week or torment. even my lucky pants and game day rituals have no affect lately. its like the football god have abandoned us for some unknown crime. please let today be a end of the nightmare omen

  8. Stubbs
    Stubbs August 13, 2016 at 6:44 am . Reply

    Good signing, Chester and Elphik at the heart of the defense gives a good, solid look to that position.

    Next job should be to replace Di Matteo. The sooner the better.

    Di Matteo out.

    1. Villain1
      Villain1 August 13, 2016 at 9:26 am . Reply

      Can only judge Di Matteo once all the signings are in because no manager can compensate for the type of defending Richards and Okore put on show against Luton

      1. South coast villan
        South coast villan August 13, 2016 at 11:45 am . Reply

        Well said villain 1

  9. nath
    nath August 13, 2016 at 7:16 am . Reply

    do you think sacking the manager will work. only i recall we have been through quite a few managers recently. i haven’t seen us improve yet. i think 1 league game and 1 cup game is just alittle rash to consider sacking a manager. looking at the signings he has made. the squad has improved massively. i think us fans need to wear the tin hats, get behind the team and club, pray this time we have chosen the right manager

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath August 13, 2016 at 10:28 am . Reply

      That’s because we replace managers with like v like. We never upgrade. All our managers have been poor choices including RDM. Anyone with half a brain knows Pearson was the man

  10. South coast villan
    South coast villan August 13, 2016 at 7:24 am . Reply

    I’ve woken up really optimistic about today’s game
    I think we’re gonna win at villa park for the first time in how long!!! Shorley the law of averages says we have to don’t they? Utv

    1. nath
      nath August 13, 2016 at 7:34 am . Reply

      hope to god your right. every dog has its day, they say

  11. nath
    nath August 13, 2016 at 9:07 am . Reply

    just heard lee hendrie on talkshite

    he said sumat which i have been frustrated with. playing gestede upfront but not playing wingers to supply him. he said its pointless giving him the ball outside box. he needs the crosses inside the box. but RDM isn’t playing to his strengths.

    we are a shambles, got to start forming a way to play. which gets the opposition under pressure. the passing the ball one side to the other working a opening. isn’t the style for gestede, you need a murhpy or ayew somebody that can move.

    if gestede is in the team, i want us to use him and cross the ball. blackburn got 20 plus goals a season from him doing that.

    1. Villain1
      Villain1 August 13, 2016 at 9:24 am . Reply

      Gestede shouldn’t be in the team though, he’s crap and destroys attack after attack.
      He’s had one season in his entire career where he’s scored goals (the one at Blackburn) other than that his record is woeful for a striker. Another for the scrap pile

      1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
        OohAhPaulMcGrath August 13, 2016 at 10:26 am . Reply

        Agree but we have no width so what’s he supposed to do

  12. Villain1
    Villain1 August 13, 2016 at 9:30 am . Reply

    We should win today, Rotherham are a poor side overall who will almost certainly finish in the bottom 5.
    The biggest problem would be if we fell behind as we all know how fragile the confidence and mentality is, hence it is absolutely imperative we start on the front foot and look for an early goal to settle the nerves/ unease.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath August 13, 2016 at 10:25 am . Reply

      Problem is they’ve nothing to lose. It’s their cup final. So won’t be easy

  13. nath
    nath August 13, 2016 at 9:56 am . Reply

    i agree rotherham will be bottom 3. iam worried the crowd will be quick, to climb on their fragile backs. if we don’t get a goal straightaway, or like you said rotherham score shit will hit the fan. this game could be the kickstart we need and really should be,

    can anybody tell me if chester signed in time to play this game

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath August 13, 2016 at 10:24 am . Reply

      Even a scrappy 1.0 win is good enough today we can build from that

      1. South coast villan
        South coast villan August 13, 2016 at 11:49 am . Reply

        Yeah a wins a win mate! I’ll take that to
        Especially on home soil. Just what we all need!!!

  14. David Buckley
    David Buckley August 13, 2016 at 2:17 pm . Reply

    still can’t believe we are facing a shower of shite team like this in a crap league like this. I can’t ever accept this fate. how you can even get your heads around discussing these games is beyond me. the shame of this situation. the embarrassment. I’m disgusted with our plight. this is not my villa. I will not accept this team. spit in it all 😢

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