Meltdown update; What (we think) we know.

Well, it’s all happening, isn’t it?
That’s if you believe what’s being said in the media.

First and most important, is that we’ve done a deal with the tax man.
There’s no surprise there, as his only aim is to get the money. It doesn’t suit anyone to close the club down.
Whether we can meet the tight payment dates is a different story and Xia has apparently had to get a loan, to give us a brief respite.
What we have to pay tax for is a question in itself, given that we’ve lost millions for years, But I don’t do the books.
You’d have to assume it’s VAT.

Next, there’s the rumour that because we will have to sell everyone, we might be forced to bring Gabby back.
I nearly wet myself laughing when I read that one, as you might as well sign me.
Hence that one is totally ignored, although I do appreciate someone’s sense of humour.

It seems we have six clubs interested in signing Jack Grealish.
While I’m not at all convinced that we’ll let him go, so I’m also convinced that we might not have a choice.
The word is that Jack is willing to give us another chance and will stay for the next season.
To which, I say fair play.
That’s the true Villa fan in him coming out and is pretty much what I’ve asked of him.
If we fail next season, he’d be fully entitled to walk away, with my blessing.

Steve Bruce is apparently being chased by Leeds.
Their fans apparently don’t want him, but it seems it doesn’t matter anyway, as the club are now close to agreeing terms with Bielsa.
Was that one designed to make Bielsa’s agent get a move on? Probably.

Chester is also being chased at around £8 million, which I’d say isn’t too bad a deal.
I’d be disappointed if he left, as I think he’s been excellent for us, but if needs must etc….

Bjarnason is also wanted and if he’s not going to feature regularly, that’s a good thing too, although I’d rather see Jedinak leave if it comes to cutting costs.

I think there are rumours that Southampton want to totally take the mick, in wanting our kids on the cheap.
I’ll bet money that it won’t happen and I didn’t even bother looking past the headlines.

Oh, we might sell the car park on Tame road. There was planning permission granted for housing a while back, but we didn’t do anything about it.
That might bring in a few million, but it won’t happen quickly, so would have to be forward-sold again, if we truly are that desperate.
From memory, we had about £25 mill worth of land we could possibly flog off, but I wonder if at least some of it might be contaminated?
There was a rumour that we might sell BMH, but if we do, I’d guess that would be more down to HS2.

Whatever, as I suggested in the last post, we haven’t gone boobs up just yet and I don’t think we will, at all.
Something will happen to prevent it, trust me.

If the Villa were to go bump, it would be a massive admission that the whole game is ruined, after all.
The Mirror said basically the same thing, albeit from a totally opposite point of view.;

We’ll be okay.
We aren’t quite asking the fans to paint the stands, as happened with our last crash, just yet, are we?


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  1. marvin
    marvin June 13, 2018 at 6:21 pm .

    The hits keep coming today… EFL is now stepping in and is trying to assist the club in any “appropriate” way and Spurs have offered 15m for Grealish (a slap in the face).

  2. nath
    nath June 13, 2018 at 9:17 pm .

    i said spuds would sign grealish before the carnage started. but i don’t believe that villa should sell him to them. in fact this one transaction could well determine our future and path we are heading down.

    i know many love chester and i do like him, but if we can get 10 million for him at his age then he should be sacrificed, grealish while he needs to go for his own career. i think with him we have a chance next season to finally get promotion.

    we just need to flog some old players like adomah chester whelen kodjia surely we could sell these and replace them with green murphy doyle hayes / chester would need replacing with a decent loan. but with the utd player returning to younger mobile defenders. our whole game can be more offensive.

    if we could sell kodjia and dare i say mccormack or hogan we could try to loan Tammy Abraham who done good in championship replacing kodija at bristrol. but key to next season is grealish 15 million is waste of time. you should sell chester.

    1. CAvillan
      CAvillan June 14, 2018 at 3:11 pm .

      Looks like Hutton has signed for another year, on reduced wages. Fair play to him…

  3. Holte66
    Holte66 June 14, 2018 at 4:52 pm .

    I’m pleased that Hutton has signed a new 12 month contract on massively reduced wages. He said our fans was the biggest reason for staying on. It also makes me wonder if the cash flow problems have been exaggerated because we could have just let him go without any reaction from fans. Maybe it also means Bruce will be staying on because he said that he wanted Hutton to stay. The first promising day we have had since play off final. Hopefully we won’t hear much more doom and gloom now till new season starts. Next thing I want to hear is a shove it in the direction of Levy, and Xia tweeting that Grealish is going nowhere.

    1. Hitchens60
      Hitchens60 June 14, 2018 at 5:44 pm .

      Apparently taken a big pay cut to stay – maybe not all footballers are mercernaries. Are you listening Richards, McCormack etc.?

    2. Hitchens60
      Hitchens60 June 14, 2018 at 5:46 pm .

      Oops – sorry Holte – missed that you had picked up wage cut in your first sentence! In Madrid at present; one of my favourite cities – too much vinho!

  4. Hitchens60
    Hitchens60 June 14, 2018 at 5:13 pm .

    This is an interesting development and welcome news I think (other than for OLL!) – according to the Brum Mail, Hutton has signed a further year’s contract with Villa.

  5. Hitchens60
    Hitchens60 June 14, 2018 at 5:18 pm .

    See Fulham are interested in Jordan Ayew – hope he goes there and secures a hat trick – three relegations in three seasons!

  6. nath
    nath June 14, 2018 at 8:46 pm .

    hutton signs extension hmmmmm interesting, should be a sign to leeds and spuds two wanna big clubs that we are not as desperate as they thought. maybe we should bid for spuds players like ali must be worth 1mill

    elphick is on his way to reading, leaving us with one centre back chester who himself could be off soon. at least better signs about villa today.

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