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    Sidforever October 18, 2019 at 7:06 pm .

    BFR and Badger

    What a fantastic position to be in! I believe the sum of team is greater than the parts and will only grow. The likes of Grealish, McGinn and Mings have the potential to be long term heroes. And yes, it is great that pundits and currently higher placed clubs cast an envious look at our players.

    Last time Villa had real quality players the piranhas descended on us. Learner decided the time had come to cash in on his investment. Barry to Man City, Young to Manure, Milner to Man City and Downing to Liverpool.

    Today, we are in my opinion, still at the start of a new era, please excuse the analogy, a Phoenix from the ashes. Credit must go to our owners. I read another £40+m investment into share capital taking their investment to approximately £250m and none of it loan capital.

    The appointment of a Villa fan as manager who believes in attacking football. This truly reflects the spirit of the club we love.

    A captain who is a Villa fan. With the manager these two are the glue to hold the club together. These are individuals who believe in and love the club, not here today off for the cash tomorrow players. Their values will mean new players into the club will have a greater affiliation.

    Villa now buy up and coming players not clapped out last big pay check ones.

    Now add in 28,000 season ticket holders; 7000 fans in waiting list for season ticket, average crowd 41000+, redevelopment of the area behind North Stand – hotel and museum. Likelihood for stadium to increase to 50000.

    What a time to be a Villa fan! In fact I don’t know about you, but our Vila have lifted our spirits.

    UTV

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    Big Fat Ron October 18, 2019 at 7:23 pm .

    Can we win the league, Sid? That is the question. Obviously not this season. But with this regime – owners, Purslow, Smith, Grealish and an improving squad, who believes we can do it?

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      Sidforever October 18, 2019 at 7:39 pm .

      BFR – why not!

      Leicester showed what is possible. And before them, oh, it was us under Ron Saunders.

      Football has always had a cycle. Prior to Premier League and Liverpool’s dominance late 70’s to early 90’s ( combination of good management and financial backing of Littlwoods via Moore’s family). It appears the Premiers initial king pins are descending Man Utd and Arsenal. Chelsea’s position is linked to UK / Russia relations. Spurs team has reached its cycle end and in short term no great amounts of money to reinvest, as spent on stadium ( the Arsenal model). I am hoping Pep will bow out at the top based on his track record. And Liverpool, well things can change.

      So to answer the question. A combination of astute signings and continued owner backing it is possible.

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        Big Fat Ron October 18, 2019 at 8:15 pm .

        My thoughts exactly, Sid. I hope the owners, CEO, manager, and players have the same mindset. Put it this way, Smith says he plays every game to win, which he does. So quite simply, win enough games and you win the league. It’s the psychology part that needs to be worked on. I.e. Aston Villa should be challenging for the league. I can win the league here. It’s not OK to be also-rans. Just because the neutrals and media don’t expect Aston Villa to win it, doesn’t make it so.

        These are two awful words, but in a way, I think somewhere along the line, champions need indoctrinating and brainwashing in some ways. I don’t think Pep gets the results he does by having a laissez-faire attitude, do you?

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