Villa – Bournemouth; Who will start? Is anyone really bothered?

Sorry if I’m struggling to put much enthusiasm across, but we all know relegation is a foregone conclusion.
Most of us have known for weeks if not months, but it seems that the fact that if Norwich do better than us tomorrow, we’re mathematically 100% down. And hence it seems it’s a reason for supposed news.

That I’ve already hinted we’re much closer to not getting another point this season, as opposed to winning all our remaining games, says it all really, doesn’t it?

And sadly the theme continues, as I see another home loss tomorrow.
I had a conversation with a Man United fan today, where I suggested that we’ll go the rest of the season without a win and his response was to suggest the law of averages says we’ll have to get the odd point.
I asked him if he wanted to bet.
He declined.

The big news on our part is that Gabby has supposedly cried off with some virus.
In fairness, this is actually a valid excuse, as I know a few people who have been hit by a bug in the last couple of days, which has seriously wiped them out for a day, although it improves rapidly.
But I’m not convinced I believe it’s why Gabby won’t be playing.

I think he’s been found out and is now perceived within the club as a trouble-maker.
Eric Black has said he’s performed well in training, but I’m not convinced by that PR either.
I don’t think he’d have been picked anyway. Indeed, I suspect Gabby just doesn’t fancy it, as he knows he’s going to get abuse.
It’s terrible how things have worked out with Gabby, but my opinion says much energy on the board’s part should be spent on getting rid of the bloke.
There’s going to be a cut in his wages, but if we guess it’s going to be around 50% (and that’s a big cut), he’ll still be on around £30k a week. And that’s way too much for a player who, however useful his pace might be in the Championship, moans about having to work hard in training.

The only other speculation is about what team Eric Black will pick and this will prove interesting.
Given that all reports I’ve read and people who actually went to the game have commented/told me, we were an absolute disgrace when it came to effort against Chelsea, you would have to think the manager will change the team up.
There’s no excuse to be had about us being accused of playing a weakened side, as we’ve only won 3 all season.
Hence Black can play who he wants, without any repercussions.
He could put the Under 18s out, if he wanted.

But he won’t do it and I’d expect the same tripe will start, albeit maybe with the odd change.
Which I find worrying, as I’ve hinted before.
I’ve often said that we shouldn’t subject the kids to what’s a toxic atmosphere at VP these days.
But it seems there is a consensus on all the Villa sites I’m reading that anyone who at least tries will not be targeted.
Hence there’s no excuse again.

But if Black still chooses to go with the same old suspects, that’ll be how many managers who seemingly don’t rate the kids as better than the elder eleven?
Can they all be wrong?

As for who turns out for Bournemouth, I don’t really care.
They’ll beat us.
Because they’re Pros, who do what they’re supposed to do and play to win the game.

We’ve lost before we kick off, which makes the new, more fierce Lion on the badge look like a sick joke at the moment.
I’ll go for a 1-2 loss.

Which is a terrible attitude, given that we’re only playing Bournemouth.
But that’s what this season has done to me, I’m afraid.


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  1. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson April 9, 2016 at 4:05 pm . Reply

    Some angry fans at Villa park, I wonder how Sir Earl getting on with the kids? Hope he’s got some ear muffs with him. Well big day for Villa in going down but i bet all will be forgiven in a a few weeks when we say a new manager been signed, then players getting the big shove out the door, seats will stay the same price, not for me they can stick it up their where the Sun don’t shine.

  2. little8
    little8 April 9, 2016 at 4:27 pm . Reply

    hear hear Bill.

    1. CA Villan
      CA Villan April 9, 2016 at 4:34 pm . Reply

      2-0 and Bacuna and Richardson are still on the field, go figure?

  3. Hitchens 60
    Hitchens 60 April 9, 2016 at 4:37 pm . Reply

    We’ve all had enough but Villa gets into your blood. Championship it might be but a new dawn brings (false) hope and we’ll all be wishing for a quick return to the PL.

    We can shovel the players, the directors and managers out the door – pity we can’t do the same to the owner.

  4. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson April 9, 2016 at 4:44 pm . Reply

    Bloody he’ll we’ve score, Ayew.

  5. originallondonlion
    originallondonlion April 9, 2016 at 4:55 pm . Reply

    I watched the opening day fixture at Bournemouth then listened to the radio report on the way home, the pundit saying ‘For both sides it would be a long hard season’. Wrong on both counts, both teams know their fate before the Grand National starts.

    Yes Bournemouth have a great manager, but look behind him and behind the managers at Villa and Newcastle for the difference. Howe is backed by a passionate chairman and an enthusiastic owner. Villa by Fox and Lerner, Newcastle by Ashley.

    I am not optimistic until Lerner departs, I am just hopeful Hollis and King can find him a buyer.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath April 9, 2016 at 5:24 pm . Reply

      Time for fans to boycott the club until Lerner goes. Anyone renewing next season is playing right into lerners hands. We will be lucky to stay up next year never mind promotion we’ve no chance

      1. originallondonlion
        originallondonlion April 9, 2016 at 5:42 pm . Reply

        Agreed Oohah. Both the manager and the players we need will be put off by coming to a blighted club. However,every player we retain with few exceptions (Ayew Amavi, Traore) will increase the risk of a double drop.

        1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
          OohAhPaulMcGrath April 9, 2016 at 8:23 pm . Reply

          Agree OOL but it’s going to get much worse than this before it gets better. I think we will drop down next season and it will be at least 10 years before we see the premier again possibly longer.

  6. nath
    nath April 9, 2016 at 4:59 pm . Reply

    anybody see the villa fan waving his white handkerchief, that sums up our season and the players. another loss, we offered more of a contest = but was that down to bournemouth only playing at half speed. looks like magpies are coming with us

  7. pat57
    pat57 April 9, 2016 at 4:59 pm . Reply

    Lost 1-2 and we’re still not relegated!

    Never thought I’d ever be wishing for us to go down but I find I just can’t wait to get it over with.

    Just hope we can hang on to Ayew next season.

  8. little8
    little8 April 9, 2016 at 5:00 pm . Reply

    They should cancel the end of season player of the year awards cos every one of them is 0 out of 10 ,fucking rubbish

    GIDDYVILLAN April 9, 2016 at 6:19 pm . Reply

    And we still pay these players wages?????!!!

    1. Turv32
      Turv32 April 9, 2016 at 8:34 pm . Reply

      Not me giddy!!! So so sad!!!
      We are a great club, and will rise again.
      But like you come on you warriors…
      Now there is true fighting spirit!!!

  10. VillaAwayInDiv3
    VillaAwayInDiv3 April 9, 2016 at 11:39 pm . Reply

    Ever since Dion put him down hes been gunning for Villa…….well done to Marilyn (Villa fan) for showing him up………..

  11. originallondonlion
    originallondonlion April 10, 2016 at 12:21 am . Reply

    One more Gripe!

    No not about the last 100 players, the last 4 managers, 3 CEOs and even Lerner.
    Bournemouth’s first goal was a well worked corner routine, Howe said it was nice to see something worked on the training ground come off.

    I reckon I have to think back to Ron Atkinson’s time for the last occurrence at VP of something like that – worked out on the training ground. Perhaps the late arrivals of Mellberg and Laursen coming up to score from corners was practiced under MON but I am not sure. WTF do they do at BMH now, and for years back?

    1. Jvillan
      Jvillan April 10, 2016 at 11:19 am . Reply

      With Coco the clown in goals every time we are attacked it’s panic stations,nobody trusts him,one simple save yesterday he scooped it up into the air leaving a chance begging
      Second goal yesterday simple throw to wastewood he did his normal instead looking to go forward straight back to thrower,wastewood doesn’t realise it’s only rugby you have to go back with passes

  12. little8
    little8 April 10, 2016 at 12:46 am . Reply

    aaaagh did savage say blues were bigger than villa ,did i hear him right ?fuckin fool who cant handle live brodcasting
    Maralyn should step into his shoes as she was well cool.

    1. originallondonlion
      originallondonlion April 10, 2016 at 9:15 am . Reply

      An ancestor of Robbie’s invented the fairground carousel. The horses go round and round, up and down for five minutes, then you are back where you started and realise you’ve been taken for a ride. A century later and the Savage’s have perfected the same trick on radio. He has forecast the Villa drop 4 years in a row and been right once.

      1. Stubbs
        Stubbs April 10, 2016 at 4:22 pm . Reply

        In that case oohah should also be classed as a fairground carousel” based on the fact he has predicted us to go down for the past 5 seasons. Inevitably he has been right….once, yet claims to be never wrong.

        I therefore predict that within the next 500 years (with a lot of luck) AVFC will reach the heights that they reached in the early 1980s.

        Happy end of season everybody. (remaining fixtures are pointless unless the kids are played………….)

        PLAY THE KIDS!!

        1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
          OohAhPaulMcGrath April 10, 2016 at 10:48 pm . Reply

          I predicted we would never be more than a bottom 5 team under Lerner and we would go down if it continued. So effectively I was right 🙂

  13. Bum Bum
    Bum Bum April 10, 2016 at 9:18 am . Reply

    Spoke to a Blues fan last night who was genuinely gobsmacked about how Lerner has destroyed Villa. He wasn’t gloating, just speechless on how one man can destroy an institution like our club…

    GIDDYVILLAN April 10, 2016 at 9:54 am . Reply

    Lerner scum legend

  15. nath
    nath April 10, 2016 at 10:12 am . Reply

    nigel kennedy on sunday bunch wearing his colors :))

    watch mofd highlights this morning, west ham supply carrol with some peaches of crosses. we have a similar player in gestede u could argue not as good . but we haven’t once supplied the correct balls.

    the end is near lmao thanx god

  16. TED
    TED April 10, 2016 at 7:04 pm . Reply

    Vital Villa promoting Bruce. Is that a coincidence or a result of yesterday’s meeting with the club?
    My observations being a representation of yes men/women were called into the boardroom to promote the clubs properganda What a disgrace.
    If Bruce ends up Villa manger It will show the club has no respect for fans.
    If Vital Villa think I’m alone, they have no understanding of Villa fans which is confusing.
    No way Bruce.

  17. JD
    JD April 10, 2016 at 10:13 pm . Reply

    Lerners one o them slum Lords as an ownerat the minute.On the other hand Hollis seems to pressing the right buttons for me.Get this managerial appointment right and I think Hollis might just do that with the help of his jowelled faced chums we will be OK for the chumpionship yes chump not championship.Bernstein says English manager so has to be Pearson as Fatty bent nose just will not cut the mustard because of his gypsy connections utv

    1. JD
      JD April 10, 2016 at 10:16 pm . Reply

      Excuse my cacky grammar guys lol utv

  18. Hitchens 60
    Hitchens 60 April 11, 2016 at 7:04 am . Reply

    Sorry guys, I just don’t get this ‘if he managed the Blues he can never manage us’ attitude. Sir Ron went from us to managing Blues and West Brom so why hasn’t his stock fallen? Peter Withe played for the Blues before joining Villa but I don’t hear any complaints.

    As it happens, I didn’t want McCleish primarily because I never rated him as a manager and I would put Pearson and Moyes in front of Bruce but not because he used to manage the Blues.

    Roll on the dislikes 🙂

    1. Bill Pearson
      Bill Pearson April 11, 2016 at 7:26 am . Reply

      Hitch, I’ve just opened my tablet to find you have said the very thing I wanted to say , Hitch whats all this hate, I’ll go for rivalries but hate no, if you was fighting a war would you ask the bloke in a trench are you a blue nose piss off, there’s bigger things in life than hate of a man because he’s been at blues, i have to say hes not my choice to have but if it comes about so be it, we have bigger problems at Villa , and that’s our board, our owner, and our system of selection of players, I don’t get this hate thing.

      1. Hitchens 60
        Hitchens 60 April 11, 2016 at 8:05 am . Reply

        I don’t know Bill; maybe it’s part of the whole bad feeling at Villa Park for the last few years and the appointment of McCleish provided a focal point for the simmering unrest.

        Notwithstanding we dislike the ‘hate’ element, the board have to be careful not to provide further ammunition by making a devicisive decision over the new manager which probably rules out Bruce (not that there is any evidence he’s under consideration or would come). Personally, he always seemed to me to be a pretty honest bloke and I think he’s a decent manager – bit unlucky to get relegated last season IMHO.

      2. OohAhPaulMcGrath
        OohAhPaulMcGrath April 11, 2016 at 1:08 pm . Reply

        Eddie Howe anyone? That’s the sort of guy we need back him to the hilt to get us up then the him up long term to take us up the premier and build a title winning team. Would he come to us though. Probably but we would have to offer him whatever he wants and sign it in blood

        1. Andrew
          Andrew April 11, 2016 at 5:59 pm . Reply

          No, he can’t work outside of Bournemouth. That’s beyond well known.

          1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
            OohAhPaulMcGrath April 12, 2016 at 6:26 pm . Reply

            Says who

        2. turv32
          turv32 April 12, 2016 at 7:06 pm . Reply

          I would take Eddie Howe. done a great job.

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