Shennanigans re Hoolahan

The Mirror have reported that Norwich City have formally written to the club complaining about the way Paul Lambert has been courting Wes Hoolahan.
In return, the club have replied confirming the receipt of the letter/e-mail and duly noted the contents of it.

It’s pretty obvious that Hoolahan has been tapped up in some way, which is nothing unusual, as we all know it happens throughout the game, but I do wish the Norwich board would grow up and get over the way Lambert left, as it’s starting to get boring.

That said, do Norwich have a point?
I’m not convinced they do really, as as far as I know, Lambert has only said something along the lines of “he’s a player I know well and have worked with successfully, but he’s Norwich’s player and we’ll have to see.”
Unless I’ve missed something, all pretty innocuous and run of the mill stuff.

If anything, it’s Hoolahan Norwich ought to be having a go at.
After all, he’s the one who put in a transfer request and after having it refused, went on to say that he wants to come to Villa, as he’s fed up of not playing.

I personally don’t care if he comes or not, as his signing has nothing to do with the “project” and is basically an admission that the plan of buying cheap, low quality players has failed miserably, to my mind.
I mean, many of us asked for experience, but we wanted quality too.
And while Hoolahan might well be decent for us, he’s not really what I had in mind.
Still, he’s cheap, isn’t he?
Except he probably won’t be as cheap as we’d expect, as Norwich will want their pound of flesh before they agree a deal.

Just get it done and out of the way, so we can go back to dreaming about £10 million class players that we’re about to get in, I reckon…….
Who am I trying to kid?


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    GIDDYVILLAN January 24, 2014 at 8:11 am . Reply

    Ive said before that hoolahan wants to leave & norwich are standing in his way.he has handed in a transfer request a couple of weeks ago which was refused by the club.yet they stated no request has been handed in.personally i don’t believe a word norwich are spouting the usual bollox most clubs feed the media.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath January 24, 2014 at 12:49 pm . Reply

      He will sign on the final day at one minute to 11 and the club will say look what we pulled of in the minute Wes fucking hooligan arnt we great signing a world class player like that. Ffs

        GIDDYVILLAN January 24, 2014 at 2:13 pm . Reply

        I suppose iniesta would be a better target then as we’ve now got this thing going on with more realistic ffs,we’re dealing with a tight fucking fisted yank atm.

      2. Lionheart
        Lionheart January 24, 2014 at 3:05 pm . Reply

        Oohaah which world class player should we be signing.. can you please let me know.. and would he come to us..

        It is ground hog day on here again i see..

        1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
          OohAhPaulMcGrath January 24, 2014 at 4:16 pm . Reply

          im not asking for much but messi and ronaldo for a couple of £100m would be a start. Why? because the amount of merchandise and publicity for the club would be huge. We would attract the biggest sponsers to the club and our profile would be raised to a different level. Other players would then give their left bollox to join us. We would keep players like benteke, we would be virtually guaraneed CL with those 2 and then we could flog them get most of our money back and build from a position of strength. Simples

          1. GIDDYVILLAN
            GIDDYVILLAN January 24, 2014 at 4:45 pm . Reply

            Lmfao iv heard it all now get fucking real ffs.

            1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
              OohAhPaulMcGrath January 24, 2014 at 8:52 pm . Reply


          2. #HELENIUS
            #HELENIUS January 24, 2014 at 4:54 pm . Reply

            Messi wont come here, the leagues too difficult.

          3. Colonius81
            Colonius81 January 24, 2014 at 10:07 pm . Reply

            messi and ronaldo? never heard of them

            1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
              OohAhPaulMcGrath January 24, 2014 at 11:59 pm . Reply

              Ha ha bet uv heard of tonev and Bowery though!! Great world class flops to add to our other world class flops

              1. Colonius81
                Colonius81 January 25, 2014 at 2:55 am .

                nonsense .. both future ballon d’or candidates

  2. Foxy
    Foxy January 24, 2014 at 8:28 am . Reply

    Lambert is just shoring up where we need it on the cheap with a bit of experience he knows from working with them will do the job in hand. For six months. Please just six months (unless either Hoolahan or Holt turn out to actually be good).

      GIDDYVILLAN January 24, 2014 at 8:40 am . Reply

      Foxy exactly that mate,i’d love to see the bloke at the club.he’s cheap & should hopefully do the job for us.

  3. DSVilla
    DSVilla January 24, 2014 at 9:35 am . Reply

    Just a thought. How about a loan move for Kagawa once Mata arrives?

  4. Bencey83
    Bencey83 January 24, 2014 at 10:59 am . Reply

    Would snap your hand off for Kagawa!

    1. Astonb6
      Astonb6 January 24, 2014 at 11:46 am . Reply

      We can’t do no more loan moves from teams in this country only abroad unless you have a deal to buy the player after loan is finished. I think !

      1. DSVilla
        DSVilla January 24, 2014 at 1:05 pm . Reply

        Think that’s right Aston. I believe it’s only 2 domestic loans at any one time. Any others will need to come from abroad. Apparently that’s unlimited. Someone made the point about Dongou being ineligible due to nationality and status as an international. I really don’t know if that applies to a loan as he is effectively then just working in the UK for a specific short term. Could all be bollock anyway!

  5. nath
    nath January 24, 2014 at 11:51 am . Reply

    norwich are just pissed. they don’t av a point ~ a player they own wants 2 leave big deal ~ they keep him and refuse 2 sell, then thats there business, but sour grapes they need 2 poach a player from a smaller team than them and shut up.

    p.s i thought weimann played the role behind the striker very well against pool. the lads struggled this season but i have faith he will come good , i think the lad has a excellent positioning play 2 his game, he knows the areas 2 attack and when 2 get there, plus iam never wrong lmao

  6. steve
    steve January 24, 2014 at 12:50 pm . Reply

    Weimann has been playing wide nearly all season. He is best in and around Benteke.

    1. Foxy
      Foxy January 24, 2014 at 1:35 pm . Reply

      Wiemann is number 10, I had hopes he’d be playing there this season but it seems the manager has preferred him on the right.

    2. Morgan Villa
      Morgan Villa January 24, 2014 at 1:59 pm . Reply

      Wiemann has not done it for me this season, he had a lot of chances wasted this season.

      No where near the same player as last year, another player in his position for competition would probably help him up his game

  7. Morgan Villa
    Morgan Villa January 24, 2014 at 1:57 pm . Reply

    Hoolahan is a decent player, he gave us no end of problems at VP last season. Give the guy a chance.

      GIDDYVILLAN January 24, 2014 at 2:23 pm . Reply

      Agreed morgan not a bad player at all plus he adds that bit of experience.until we spend decent wedge on here guaranteed the whingers will be out in force.he’ll be good for the money imo mate.

  8. Kerryvillan
    Kerryvillan January 24, 2014 at 2:21 pm . Reply

    Hoolahan is a good player and is 10 times more creative than any of our midfielders but there are other players out there that are way better and younger but of coarse the reason we are after him…he is cheap and that’s all that matters to our manager and lerner and i am sick of it, defoer is available and stated he would like to play for villa supposedly would cost around the 5 mill mark but no that’s too much for a club like villa! Bollox we need to sign players like this to improve the team not 5 bench warmers ffs

      GIDDYVILLAN January 24, 2014 at 2:32 pm . Reply

      Agreed kerry it’s not if 5mils going to put us in serious debt,we can see defour would be a good addition but that fucking yank doesn’t & wouldn’t consider it.fucking disgusting

    2. Morgan Villa
      Morgan Villa January 24, 2014 at 4:18 pm . Reply

      I think Defour might be too much of a risk in this window, he has not played in the Prem before and we need prem experience players to see out the rest of this season. Defour would be a great addition long term but it would take him a while to settle in and the way we as fans are atm it would prove to be imo a bad move in this window

        GIDDYVILLAN January 24, 2014 at 4:30 pm . Reply

        Couldn’t see it happening anyway,i think hoolahan & thats your lot.

  9. nath
    nath January 24, 2014 at 4:00 pm . Reply

    i am also a hoolahan fan, around 2 mill with creative edge and experience 2 boot its a win win 4 instant return 4 us ~ plus i agree he caused us loads a problems last year and i av seen enough 2 confidently say he will definitely add 2 the squad in many ways instantly ~ i do think weimann might av found his mojo u watch him go ~ being played wide 4 most of the season is hard on him ~ he took up some good positions against pool arriving late which is also a pain 4 defenders

  10. geoff
    geoff January 24, 2014 at 4:31 pm . Reply

    dont want him norwich can keep in bring in drfour and lescott i will be happy wes crap holo hoopno thanks

    1. nath
      nath January 24, 2014 at 4:40 pm . Reply

      do us a favour pay their wages and 9 more like um and ur rite we will av a team

  11. nath
    nath January 24, 2014 at 5:57 pm . Reply

    unrealistic views totally ~ i av a idea instead of buying messi why don’t we give up on the villa and support barcelona ~ again iam left choking on my dinner at some names u guys wish we buy keep it up laughter is the best medicine and opoo u keep taking urs please

      GIDDYVILLAN January 24, 2014 at 6:41 pm . Reply

      Nath have you been on the party poppers mate. 😀

    2. Kerryvillan
      Kerryvillan January 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm . Reply

      Come on nath nobody is asking for players that cost 20 mill, i tink hoolahan would be a decent player for villa finally a hint of creativity but why shouldn’t we be hoping to sign players in the 5-10 mill range? We are aston villa ffs not a team playing in the championship gettin players on loans and free or not paying over 1 mill for a player! All i want is a player that actually improves the 1st team not more squad players which is how i see hoolahan after the end of this season or will he still be the best number 10 we will have next season or in 2 seasons time? I would fuckin hope not because that would surely dispel this building for the future bullshit! Sign some quality players Lambert, prove your a good manager that can work with quality players not just players over the hill or lookin to make a name for themselves, he will never be considered a good manager until he can prove that.

      1. Langfordvilla
        Langfordvilla January 24, 2014 at 7:10 pm . Reply

        So how does Lambert buy quality players with no money…..thats down to someone else? So…….fuck off Lerner, Red Bull and any other twat that wants to change our name, our ground or our colours…..just fuck off, because the Villa is OURS

        1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
          OohAhPaulMcGrath January 24, 2014 at 8:49 pm . Reply

          Lerner can stump up a couple of hundred mill

      2. nath
        nath January 24, 2014 at 7:33 pm . Reply

        hoolahan is not the answer if u want long term 🙁 but as u said its about improving wot u av and he will almost certainly improve not just the squad but the starting 11 this season and nxt wot more can u ask 4 ???

    3. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath January 24, 2014 at 8:51 pm . Reply

      Well they play in similar colours to us. If only we could swap our players for theirs. Imagine going to vp and watching iniesta and Messi in a villa shirt lol

  12. nath
    nath January 24, 2014 at 6:50 pm . Reply

    y u ask 🙂 i av been on form all day and thats with a one almighty hang over

      GIDDYVILLAN January 24, 2014 at 7:21 pm . Reply

      Get it down yer nath then you never get hungover,works for me mate. 😀

  13. nath
    nath January 24, 2014 at 7:28 pm . Reply

    hair of the dog lmao think of ur liver man 🙂

    just cos we aren’t preparing 2 spend this January or spend big ur heads drop, we seem 2 be adding experience 2 wot is a very inexperience squad. summer recruiting seems the way most top teams go about their business.

    relax support the team and lets see / wot happens b4 we cry ~ i am back 2 feeling good about villa i nearly cried after the palace loss, but u watch us canter 2 the finish line with a top 10 finish

      GIDDYVILLAN January 24, 2014 at 7:35 pm . Reply

      Lol what liver? 😉

  14. nath
    nath January 24, 2014 at 7:38 pm . Reply

    try liver and onions 🙂 and mash 🙂

  15. Colonius81
    Colonius81 January 24, 2014 at 10:16 pm . Reply

    Would agree that there must be far better and younger AM out there somewhere for under or around 5m
    Hoolahan is not the answer long term at 31.

    at the same time if he is cheap .. sign him on a 2 and half year deal low wages and he may make a big impact for the rest of this season.
    i think perhaps Lambert money or no money dislikes the January window full stop.
    I think he wants a new face to freshen it up but probably hates the idea of spending even the paltry amounts he usually does in the summer.

    I am not a big fan of loans but in January in an area where we need it .. i don’t see the problem.
    the summer is a better time to do business.

    But if he is a long term signing for Villa then yes it doesn’t bode well for us. We won’t really know that till the summer though.

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