SPECULATION: Jack on his bike and Xia to offer a controlling share in the club?

The official word is that Jack Grealish knows nothing about any move and everything is being left in his advisors’ hands.
But does anyone else think that the above picture, that I think was sent via Jack’s Twitter account, is nothing more than a hint that he knows what’s happening and is indeed on his bike?

I’m still willing to believe he’s staying, but I have to admit, it’s not looking good.

When you add in that the Express are saying that Tony Xia is willing to sell a controlling interest in the club for £40 million, you have to guess that things are looking bleak.
Hmm, I was put onto this by “Hitchens60”, but had already seen the headline myself, early this morning.
It would seem the story has been pulled.
Which is interesting, but makes perfect sense to me.

I was wondering where this story came from, as even though it might well be true, I’m sure that this wasn’t intended to get out.
If indeed Xia sells a majority share, it’s an admission of total defeat and I don’t believe that’s the Chinese or indeed Xia’s game at all.

But if it does actually happen, we are indeed in major trouble.
I don’t see for one minute how Xia would be able to work with someone else calling the shots.

But I also don’t see anyone coming in with a decent enough offer to take total control of the club either.

What would be an acceptable offer?
Didn’t Xia pay around £80 million for the club?
Then add in maybe £50-60 million of his own money? (total guess, off the top of my head).

A £40 mill controlling stake would suggest Xia values the club at around £75-80 mill, which seems decidely rich if I’m honest, considering we’re about to start our third season in the Championship and don’t have a pot to do the proverbial in.

There’s no chance anyone will see that valuation as realistic and unless he comes up with some serious money quick, I’m wondering where the club has left to go?

As I type this, I have to confess that I’m pretty despondent.
I’ve always tried to think that it can’t possibly be true: that no way would anyone want to risk the future of the club on a 50/50 gamble that we get promoted.

But the Chinese are renowned for their love of gambling aren’t they?

Prove my suspicions wrong Dr Xia and get us out of this mess, which is frankly of your making.


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  1. badger123
    badger123 June 24, 2018 at 4:46 pm .

    Oh and no McCormack doesn’t play well.
    At least under the system Bruce plays.
    It’s why Hogan looks poor too.

    Which all makes me wonder who actually signs our players.
    As i’ve suggested before.

    1. Hitchens 60
      Hitchens 60 June 24, 2018 at 5:24 pm .

      If you believe reports Bruce wanted Jordan Rhodes but couldn’t ‘afford’ him. Hogan came instead – was it a Bruce choice – good question Badger.

      I feel we should keep Kodjia and offload Hogan if we can get most of the fee back and play Davies / Murphy and Green.

      I also agree no way should McCormack play again – we owe 6m on him and would be lucky to get a bag of scratchings for him. Even if he’s on £40k per week then we can’t afford to sell him for less than around £4m because we would immediately materialise a larger loss then is currently being accounted for although it would help the cash flow. Same with Richards- perhaps they should take a leaf out of Hutton’s book and take a pay cut!

      What is the going rate for a tea boy?

      I think we should do everything sensible to resolve the cash flow problem and worry about FFP later.

  2. nath
    nath June 24, 2018 at 5:43 pm .

    so what are you suggesting we continue to pay mccormack wages regardless, that may have been acceptable last season, when we had options in the forward department. but next season i can foresee less options,

    we need to tighten up our spending and use what resources we have, mccormack is a player who has score more championship goals than most. if the current manager can not work with him. its simple he should go seek life elsewhere. mccormack is a resource that needs to be utilized.

    personally i don’t rate him, but at fulham his record was impressive. enough for us to splash out the silly amounts we did. its the manager job to use the players available to him, to make a winning team. maybe its bruce thats the problem not mccormack

    i remember the gate but thats so last year, bruce has to suck it up. ideally somebody would come in and sign them both. but if nobody does then we have to use all the players we can. pull together.

    thou you say the money generated by season tickets and merch is only pennies. its how you look after them pennies, now we can’t afford to throw bundles of cash on the open fire. i guess we will need proper business men running the show. finally get the club spending only what we generate and not spending on dreams we might reach the promise land

    1. Hitchens60
      Hitchens60 June 24, 2018 at 8:44 pm .

      I believe it would be best if McCormack moved on; what your post suggests is, as. I was trying to articulate, that we are stuck with him because no one else will take him for a figure we could afford to let him go for and therefore we have to play him. That sounds like a recipe for disaster.

      I’ve not slated Hogan, I just believe Kodjia is the better option if we have to sell a high priced forward. Also Kodjia was injured most of last season which I believe will negatively affect his transfer fee.

      Di Matteo was an absolute disaster for our club.

      1. Hitchens60
        Hitchens60 June 24, 2018 at 8:45 pm .

        *Better option to retain

      2. nath
        nath June 24, 2018 at 8:55 pm .

        hitch i wouldn’t have bought him personally. but now the guys here and we are going to be lightweights up top. he has to be considered IF the guys still around. its called using all your resources.

        if the manager can not use hogan and mccormack then maybe its time he did move on. because the manager needs to be able to use all players and get the best out of all the players.

        its criminal how hogan and mccormack came to villa with impressive scoring records at much smaller clubs. but those that created better chances and their records shows how fruitless it is playing for villa.

        1. Hitchens60
          Hitchens60 June 25, 2018 at 7:11 am .

          Fair points Nath but players with good records move and then fail to replicate that form at their new clubs – it’s not just a Villa phenonomen.

          I think the other point you make is relevant – at smaller clubs – where perhaps (certainly in Hogan’s case) the team was built around them. I also think really good players can and should be able to adapt to the playing style of the club. As it happens I think Hogan’s performances have been hampered since he joined us, to some extent by a series of injuries – particularly the stomach problem he suffered.

          With McCormack I think there’s more to it than just his failure to show any real form and the last thing we need is a disruptive influence in the dressing room or around the club. If we can’t sell him then we need to try and loan him out again.

          If we could afford to keep Hogan and Kodjia then I would be very happy. I was only making the point that if we’re forced to sell one then it might be better to let Hogan go.

  3. nath
    nath June 24, 2018 at 8:13 pm .

    if we sell all our good players, i reckon it will be dark days indeed. you can take just chester and grealish to achieve them dark days. the rest are pretty much ordinary.

    look if i thought mccormack was a better player than x y and z i would suck it up for sure. its about the long game badger. we need to sell players like mccormack and banishing him to coventry will not achieve that.

    mccormack is a player who can pick out a good pass,he’s a dead ball expert. he has scores goals for fun and hes under contract. its a simple puzzle, while hes being paid with villa dough, he should be around if hes better than we have. if we sell kodjia and grealish he will be worth a place.

    if players fail to turn up for training then you should be able to sack them. seems the problem is with bruce and mccormack and they should be able to work things out. or bruce should do one. same with hogan sick of fans slating somebody because the team don’t play to his strengths,

  4. Holte66
    Holte66 June 24, 2018 at 8:58 pm .

    Regarding TV money in the championship, just read that last season every club received £6.4 million regardless of how many times they appeared. We received an additional £520,000 which equates to £100,000 for each home game and £10,000 for each away game. There were 4 home games and 12 away games we appeared on TV last season. The debate on McCormack and Richards is probably dependant on if Bruce is still in charge. I can’t see either being anywhere near first team under Bruce. Richards might be a good character around the training ground, but surely is motivation to want to play football is not as important to him as is extortionate wages. At his age knowing he has no future at Villa surely he should consider lower wages to get game time. If not then he is everything that stinks about modern day footballers. You can also blame the idiots at VP for the stupid contracts negotiated on him and too many others. Let our kids come in now and supplement them with a few experienced pros like Jedinak. Assuming Grealish goes we need to look to a long term plan combining that with getting our house in order.

  5. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson June 24, 2018 at 9:49 pm .

    Good call Holte 66, it now means use what you spent in training and reap the rewards, Villa has wasted money over the last decade by imploying second grade accountancy , the likes of Man utd and others had university students in to move the club into the future, we stood still, and its still going on at Villa, we are behind the times in many fields. Today its raised its head Villa are behind the times.

    1. nath
      nath June 25, 2018 at 6:48 am .

      totally agree in we villa stood still. we have lived on past success on and off field. look were its taken us. exactly were we belong. you may grumble, but look back at our record in recent years. we are a championship club now, but paying premiership wages to has beens. its ok to have experience which you need to blood in the youth of the team. show them the way in difficult times. but we now have amassed a squad of experienced pros all looking to retire here.

      off field scouting has been rubbish, managers that can not utilize the playing staff. creation of bombs squads. what do they expect. you send a player who cost you over 10 million to coventry. then expect other clubs to bail you out and give you 10 million plus for him. it doesn’t work like that. it never has done. mccormack was told by bruce to lose weight. thats how i recall it. he was carrying timber bruce claimed, but so has bruce during his career. mccormack has always been carrying that timber and he scores shit loads of goals.

      its unprofessional to sign players like hogan and mccormack and not use them, you are creating your own problems,even before you get on field. its not just the transfer fees of these two players,its their wages of their contracts.

      grabbon was brought in on loan last season, when hogan was finally showing some form. there was not much to choose between them both. but bruced fancied grabbon more. hence hogan was left pissed off again. his stock sinks further another10 million plus striker with zero esteem and sell on value

  6. nath
    nath June 25, 2018 at 7:51 pm .

    iran have really impressed me in the world cup.they are a limited team, but what they lack in ability they exceed in tactically astute. they were very unlucky against spain and nowsame with portugal. iran just lack something in final third. no lack of effort too and their fans never give up. they seem to coped well agaisnt two better teams in comp

    1. badger123
      badger123 June 25, 2018 at 9:17 pm .

      I watched Spain – Morocco.
      Good game and Spain really don’t look all that.
      But they’re the one’s you have to watch, imo.

      1. badger123
        badger123 June 25, 2018 at 9:19 pm .

        Oh, it’s worth watching the highlights for a Morrocan effort that bent both ways, but hit the corner/ stanchion.

        1. Pat57
          Pat57 June 25, 2018 at 9:28 pm .

          Great backheel flick from Aspas though. Still think that Spain will be there or thereabouts

  7. nath
    nath June 25, 2018 at 9:26 pm .

    iran could have knocked Portugal out, but they fluffed their finishing at the death. would have been a injustice but who cares. i also spilled my beer when they missed it what a sacrilege, my mate would have made me drink it up from the floor had he been here.

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