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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  1. nath
    nath January 24, 2014 at 5:57 pm .

    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 .

      Nath have you been on the party poppers mate. 😀

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

      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 .

        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 .

          Lerner can stump up a couple of hundred mill

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

        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 .

      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

  2. nath
    nath January 24, 2014 at 6:50 pm .

    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 .

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

  3. nath
    nath January 24, 2014 at 7:28 pm .

    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 .

      Lol what liver? 😉

  4. nath
    nath January 24, 2014 at 7:38 pm .

    try liver and onions 🙂 and mash 🙂

  5. Colonius81
    Colonius81 January 24, 2014 at 10:16 pm .

    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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