News round up

There’s not really much happening, but I thought I might go through a few things, just to see if they raise some discussion points.

First off is the news that AVFC have banned eleven members of Brigada 1874 from the ground on the basis that they’ve ignored warnings about the ground regulations.
Now I know that there are mixed feelings about this group, but it strikes me as a shame.
Yes, I know they can be a pain in the backside in being rowdy and obstructing the view, etc, but my experience is that they do help to create a better atmosphere; something that has been desperately lacking at Villa Park at times, in my opinion.
Football grounds are already too sterile and while I know the club will say they have to follow the rules, I do suspect they go out of their way to make examples of this sort of thing and it just alienates those who run the club from the fans even more.
But then, perhaps I’ve got things wrong?
The club has been awarded the “best fan engagement” at the Football business awards.
I’m not sure what to think about that, but it’s probably another irrelevant KPI box ticked.

We’ve been linked to various players already, but I’m not even going to go into those stories, as I think they’re all total rubbish.
I very much doubt Remi Garde has had time to properly assess the players we have got, seeing as he only met them face to face for the first time just over a week ago, let alone have made up his mind about who he wants in.

Perhaps of more interest is the story that Tiago Ilori could be on his way back to Liverpool, as Jurgen Klopp wants to see all the available players.
That part might make sense, but what doesn’t, is the news that the player is supposed to be injured or at least not fit.
So why they’d want to recall a player who isn’t ready, when we’re paying his wages, doesn’t make sense to me. No doubt we’ll see.

Talksport (yes, I know) ran an article about some super computer that has run an algorithm that predicts the final league positions.
We’re predicted to come 18th. That’s possibly an improvement on last months prediction.
They also ran an article about the average height of teams, where a quick glance showed we were around midtable and the conclusion was that height doesn’t matter.
Talk about irrelevant subjects, but I do have to laugh.
I don’t think I’ll bother putting links up for them.

In better news, the under-21s whupped Genk 1-6 in Belgium. Hepburn-Murphy bagged a couple and that’s a great result at any level.


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  1. originallondonlion
    originallondonlion November 13, 2015 at 12:10 am . Reply

    So we need a left back with a bit of pace, to cover us for 7 weeks until we can buy somebody, preferably able to get forward occasionally and cross a ball – and he has to be at Villa now! Tough one that, but we do have a player not wanted elsewhere in the team who could do the job. Gabby.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath November 13, 2015 at 1:21 am . Reply

      Gabby at left bk seriously. Why is it are defenders are injury prone and what was he doing playing in a meaningless international when we need him. Joke

      1. Andrew
        Andrew November 13, 2015 at 1:21 pm . Reply

        That kind of injury doesn’t mean injury prone, it’s just a bad injury. And he wants to impress enough to make the senior France squad, he wanted to play that “meaningless” International. 99.9% of players do.

    2. mike
      mike November 13, 2015 at 8:04 am . Reply

      We don’t even know the extent of the injury yet. Do you work for the club ? Let’s not panic.

  2. Hitchens 60
    Hitchens 60 November 13, 2015 at 8:03 am . Reply

    OS (and France U21’s coach) being pretty cagey about the extent of Amavi’s injury.

    1. Bill Pearson
      Bill Pearson November 13, 2015 at 11:02 am . Reply

      Hitch, word is knee injury bad sprain or might be tissue damage unable to say out later. looking at the video hard to say, but you know how some players are, read between the lines.

      1. Hitchens 60
        Hitchens 60 November 13, 2015 at 1:23 pm . Reply

        Saw the update on the OS Bill – just have to wait. Whatever the result (of the scans) he’s likely to be out for an extended period just hope it’s not the rest of the season. Another test for Garde – one we could do without – but it will be interesting to see how he responds tactically. Let’s hope there are no more injuries in tonight’s games.

  3. pat57
    pat57 November 13, 2015 at 10:36 am . Reply

    Just wondering (no hoping really) whether Amavi’s injury is that bad?

    Nothing in the BBC site yet about it. (Mutters a prayer)

  4. Adam
    Adam November 13, 2015 at 12:51 pm . Reply

    My bet is 8 weeks out. Which means were stuck with Richardson ffs. I’d maybe get someone from the reserves give them a chance maybe, don’t know who though!?

    1. Andrew
      Andrew November 13, 2015 at 1:22 pm . Reply

      Best bet is Kinsella.

  5. Dave.C
    Dave.C November 13, 2015 at 6:25 pm . Reply

    Can we get Cissokho back, or is it a season long loan?

    1. Dave67
      Dave67 November 13, 2015 at 7:21 pm . Reply

      This is a big blow to Villa if our LB is out for a while. I was thinking about Cissoko can he be called back. I think he played under Garde in France

    2. Andrew
      Andrew November 13, 2015 at 7:27 pm . Reply

      Nope, neither him nor Bennett can come back due to neither being part of the 25 man squad so recalling them wouldn’t do anything. We’re stuck with Richardson or Kinsella.

      1. Andrew
        Andrew November 13, 2015 at 7:28 pm . Reply

        In fairness, Crespo was a left back and center back last season before we signed him. So he could replace Amavi for now.

      2. marvin
        marvin November 13, 2015 at 7:55 pm . Reply

        No ideal and he will be out of position, but how about Bacuna?

        1. Andrew
          Andrew November 13, 2015 at 8:03 pm . Reply

          Bacuna probably wouldn’t be the worst idea. Could always play Clark there too, and have Lescott next to Richards, which is far from ideal but Clark defensively would add stability to the back. Could also go 3 at the back and play with wingbacks.

          1. marvin
            marvin November 13, 2015 at 8:17 pm . Reply

            I would be open to a balanced 3 at the back, but it is still the same question though – who plays left, because I think we would still need someone to make an attempt to track back and I know N’Zogbia, Sinclair, and Grealish won’t be doing much of that.

          2. Andrew
            Andrew November 13, 2015 at 8:58 pm . Reply

            I think Gabby could work as a wingback as he’ll track back. Not as a straight up Left Back though. Sinclair might work for a couple games too. Or Bacuna on the left as a wingback.

          3. marvin
            marvin November 13, 2015 at 9:59 pm . Reply

            Credit to Gabby, he would play anywhere. I would love to see it.

      3. Dave67
        Dave67 November 13, 2015 at 7:58 pm . Reply

        Thanks for that info Andrew. I forgot about the 25 man squad

    GIDDYVILLAN November 13, 2015 at 7:16 pm . Reply

    January can’t come quick enough,I’d bet he’s out for the season.hopefully REMI can do his magic on Richardson LOL.

  7. badger123
    badger123 November 13, 2015 at 8:14 pm . Reply

    Blimey, Savage writes a very good article shock;

    And how average are England?

  8. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson November 13, 2015 at 8:30 pm . Reply

    Give Savage his due, he’s bloody right, take a look at this England shower on now, cannot control a ball, miss kicking a ball and to crown it cannot find a man. Yes its only a friendly but its what Savage means no skills in English football.

    1. Ardent Villain
      Ardent Villain November 13, 2015 at 10:07 pm . Reply

      Bill, you’re absolutely right.

      The difference in class was like watching a Pl side against a League 1 team – ecept that I find it hard to believe that even a third-division team would have been as embarassing in front of goal as England’s forwards were when they had opportunities to score.

      Usual story – we can go through an entire qualification campaign fooling everybody with wins, but the moment we face a ‘proper’ team [even in a friendly], the wheels come off…

      1. DSVilla
        DSVilla November 13, 2015 at 11:16 pm . Reply

        We are pathetic, and Hodgson just has no right to be England manager. We will be embarrassed in the Euros and then he will get sacked. Too late, and the same old crap will start up again. Reviews and committees before the next ridiculous appointment. The FA is a typical self serving old boy’s network. Not fit for purpose.

        1. Ardent Villain
          Ardent Villain November 13, 2015 at 11:25 pm . Reply

          DSV – not sure whether Hodgson is any better or worse than the likes of Sven, McLaren, etc. ?

          Sure, he’s boring, but ultimately I just don’t believe that England produce much in the way of good footballers these days, and obviously unlike a league manager he can’t just go out and buy foreign replacements. {& persuading Grealish to switch countries won’t change much either!}

  9. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson November 13, 2015 at 9:14 pm . Reply

    Brilliant goal from Spain, that Sterling absolute greedy sod plus gave the ball away to give Spain the goal, every time he went forwards lost the ball .

    1. marvin
      marvin November 13, 2015 at 9:48 pm . Reply

      180k a week only goes so far…

  10. Dave67
    Dave67 November 13, 2015 at 10:15 pm . Reply

    Clark put in a very good preformance tonight for the Rep of Ireland . May it continue .

    GIDDYVILLAN November 14, 2015 at 5:11 pm . Reply

    Festers a useless bastard offered absolutely fuckall,him & Sherwood was like the blind leading the blind.Sherwood can now compare notes with his good buddy Ramsey how to be a complete fuckup.LOL long live REMI UTV

    1. Dave67
      Dave67 November 14, 2015 at 5:46 pm . Reply

      There are a lot of pundits and British manager looking for Garde to fail I think there is a bit of jealousy toward overseas managers coming to the EPL. I honestly think we have the right man to take us up the table. Wilkins you failed.

      1. Hitchens 60
        Hitchens 60 November 14, 2015 at 6:16 pm . Reply

        Too true D67

      2. OohAhPaulMcGrath
        OohAhPaulMcGrath November 15, 2015 at 10:58 am . Reply

        Media are pissed off he joined us they want him at a sky 4 club. Garde will do for us what pochetino did for saints

    2. Hitchens 60
      Hitchens 60 November 14, 2015 at 6:19 pm . Reply

      Hey Giddy – stop pussyfooting around and say what you really think :-). πŸ™‚

        GIDDYVILLAN November 14, 2015 at 6:21 pm . Reply


  12. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson November 14, 2015 at 6:20 pm . Reply

    We’ve not had a manager at Villa for years, we’ve had nodding dogs that say I’m a manager, I’m inclined to think its going to change with this guy, I very much hope so.

  13. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson November 14, 2015 at 6:44 pm . Reply

    Thank you giddy and hitch.

  14. Dave67
    Dave67 November 14, 2015 at 7:21 pm . Reply

    Is there any update on Amavi s injury.

    1. Andrew
      Andrew November 14, 2015 at 9:40 pm . Reply

      Or so people claim they sit there.

  15. bencey83
    bencey83 November 14, 2015 at 11:02 pm . Reply

    Can’t we recall Sissokho from load – the lad is a solid defender.

    1. Andrew
      Andrew November 15, 2015 at 12:47 am . Reply

      Nope, he wasn’t registered in the 25 man squad so he being recalled doesn’t allow us to play him.

      1. Benno
        Benno November 15, 2015 at 3:32 am . Reply

        What about Bennett? Is that the same for him? He has to be a better option than Richardson!

        1. Andrew
          Andrew November 15, 2015 at 5:48 am . Reply

          Same for him, he wasn’t added to the 25 man squad. We’re stuck with Richardson or bringing up Kinsella.

  16. Hitchens 60
    Hitchens 60 November 15, 2015 at 7:11 am . Reply

    See the Adebayor rumours have resurfaced!

      GIDDYVILLAN November 15, 2015 at 7:59 am . Reply

      Hitch I was just reading that in the brum mail mate,I thought he was Sherwoods love child??

      1. Hitchens 60
        Hitchens 60 November 15, 2015 at 8:43 am . Reply

        He must speak French Giddy πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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