Villa to spend in January? Friday footy coming back, Keane again and match thread

Where to begin?

Well, there’s an interesting article from $ky, who quote Tom Fox in suggesting that Randy Lerner might spend some dough in the winter window.
The headline is great at first glance;

“Aston Villa chairman Randy Lerner gives the go-ahead for January transfers.”

So what does that mean, apart from the opposite that we won’t be bringing anyone in?
Hmm.
I want to have a closer look at this, as to me, the article is really poorly written, because it doesn’t emphasise who we’re talking about.
Have a read for yourself;

Villa’s chairman is understood to have found a new ambition for Paul Lambert’s side, despite putting the club up for sale over the summer.

Paddy Reilly has been drafted in as the club’s director of recruitment with the full backing of Lerner, who is willing to provide cash with long-term goals in mind.

“Randy is very realistic,” said Fox. “If there’s someone in January we think can benefit us in the short term and the long term, then the owner is prepared to fund that.

“If there’s someone in January we think can benefit us in the short term and the long term, then the owner is prepared to fund that.”

Tom Fox

“I think he’s much more confident in the process around identifying who that player would be and how that player would fit into the long term planning of the squad.

“The club had some success early in Randy’s time here but actually it was playing in a bit of a false position because the league was already changing back then.

“Randy was spending money then but what he didn’t have then was a line of sight as to ‘if I spend that money how is it going to pay back in the future?’

“We didn’t really have the set-up to really help us capture our commercial value at the time. That’s different now.”

Now while that briefly mentions Paddy Reilly, I get the impression we’re talking about Lerner.
If that’s the case, I’m wondering who’s actually making the decisions about which players we bring in.
You have to at least wonder, given that somewhat surprisingly, the manager isn’t mentioned at all.

Again, Hmm.
While the article mentions short term and long term benefit, I read it as concentrating on the long term.
IE, cheap and young.

Feel free to discuss that one.
The full article is here

Next up is that I’ve just heard on the Beeb news that Friday night footy is coming back from 2016-17.
Which will only mean less games on a Saturday avvy.
BOOOOOOOOOO!

There’s another reference to Roy Keane being toxic

Which suggests there’s no smoke without fire, given some previous articles and regardless of the BS that Lambert came out with.

And then, the important stuff.
The game against the Baggies tomorrow.

I’m struggling to see how I can get to watch the game at the moment.
Work has gone ballistic, so I’d appreciate it if you guys can keep me updated with line-ups etc.

Of course, if I can wangle a way out, I will do.

In the meantime, I fancy a draw.
1-1.

UTV!

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    Bill Pearson December 13, 2014 at 4:33 pm .

    That’s done it, knew it was to happen, what’s next Man utd, shite

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      OohAhPaulMcGrath December 13, 2014 at 4:34 pm .

      Burnley winning as well ffs. Forget utd match we always lose to them anyway not beaten them at home for nearly 20 years and that was when we had a decent team.

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      Simon James Mills December 13, 2014 at 4:36 pm .

      Lambert cost us this game with section putting Richardson and nzog on was a bad move

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    Andrew December 13, 2014 at 4:36 pm .

    Weimann and Vlaar? What? lol…

    Weimann and Grealish I could see, as we have nothing to lose now. Unless Cissokho is injured now too.

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    GIDDYVILLAN December 13, 2014 at 4:37 pm .

    I’ve just seen 2 attempts 0 on target.hmmmmmmm

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      OohAhPaulMcGrath December 13, 2014 at 4:40 pm .

      Wtf has he put a centre half on and took a midfielder off. We’re supposed to be attacking not defending ffs.

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        Andrew December 13, 2014 at 4:41 pm .

        Vlaar would be for Cissokho… Not Sanchez.

        Weimann’s for Sanchez. So it is attacking minded.

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          OohAhPaulMcGrath December 13, 2014 at 4:54 pm .

          Fair enough

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        GIDDYVILLAN December 13, 2014 at 4:42 pm .

        Braindead???

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    GIDDYVILLAN December 13, 2014 at 4:40 pm .

    I’m having a fucking sicky Monday.

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    Andrew December 13, 2014 at 4:40 pm .

    Benteke yards offside… And we could’ve had a penalty if he learned the rule when the ball is shot, you still can’t be behind the last defender.

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      OohAhPaulMcGrath December 13, 2014 at 4:55 pm .

      Sick to death of Benteke being offside every game. He’s been doing this since he joined us why hasn’t anyone worked on him on this.

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        Andrew December 13, 2014 at 5:08 pm .

        Full on agree. It’s amazing how many times he’s offside a game. He should be smart enough to learn the rules, but the fact Lambert has done nothing to fix it shows pathetic management. But then that’s attacking so that’s not really his style/side of the coin that he knows anything about.

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          OohAhPaulMcGrath December 13, 2014 at 5:34 pm .

          Agree Andrew. Every striker gets offside occasionally but Bentekes the worst Iv ever seen at vp for getting caught offside. Also with his pace he can give most defenders a half yard start so no need to get caught so often

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    Andrew December 13, 2014 at 4:46 pm .

    Officially found a worse crosser than Cissokho. Delph… My god 2 chances with no pressure and he hits the first defender both times, on his stronger foot.

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      Simon James Mills December 13, 2014 at 4:54 pm .

      Well back on the losing streak probably be another 9 games until we win again Lambert out

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        OohAhPaulMcGrath December 13, 2014 at 4:56 pm .

        He’s got a ready made excuse we had 10 men. We wouldn’t beat utd next week anyway no matter who is manager.

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          Andrew December 13, 2014 at 5:05 pm .

          He’ll claim we were excellent in the first half, which we looked very comfortable, even with only 10 men, and then somehow claim he’s proud of the boys for holding on with 10 men until they scored, which too be fair was fortunate for Gardner for it to come to him like that. Still nowhere near good enough and why he persists on garbage like Richardson and N’Zogbia playing… It’s awful.

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            GIDDYVILLAN December 13, 2014 at 5:09 pm .

            With NZOG on the field we were basically down to 9 men.

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            Andrew December 13, 2014 at 5:12 pm .

            9 v 12 as he gives the ball to their team more often than his own.

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            GIDDYVILLAN December 13, 2014 at 5:24 pm .

            Yes someone should of told him we play in claret & blue.

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            OohAhPaulMcGrath December 13, 2014 at 5:38 pm .

            For me Lambert has to go he’s lost the support of fans and possibly dressing room as well. He only has a plan A park the bus and mug em on the break no matter who we play. Yes he will keep us up but the crowd want to see entertaining football if nothing else. We will get a close full house v utd so a rare chance to play entertaining football and get crowd coming back. We won’t beat utd anyway so may as well go all out attack and lose 3.1 then park the bus and lose 2.0

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            Andrew December 13, 2014 at 5:49 pm .

            There’s that. We do seem to be on possession a lot lately, but that’s largely between Okore, Clark and Guzan, maybe Sanchez, the only player who actually is moving. There’s a reason why he loses the ball a lot, because he hates looking backwards and that’s all he has as when we move the ball slowly, every player on the opposition team gets back, and the likes of Gabby, Benteke aren’t moving enough. Weimann tries but at 4’2 he’s not exactly out-muscling anyone to get free.

            This is why I loved our young and cheap style, because they were entertaining the fans, played football and got results still doing that. You’re not gonna get that from experienced players because they don’t do the running, movement and such the youth style we had. I feel we’re again just bringing in players to make up numbers because they’re experienced and instead should be bringing in players, even at 100k per player, because of the style they play. Which is why I hate fans recommending players, because most don’t actually think outside the box in terms of style, they just pick names they’ve heard of. It’s far more difficult being a manager than most do give credit for, other than Lambert who is simple-minded.

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              OohAhPaulMcGrath December 13, 2014 at 5:59 pm .

              Bottom line is Lamberk is more about setting us not to lose than win like Mc’leish did. Next week he will park bus and go for a 2-3.0 defeat instead of attacking utds shit defence. The guy is a clown and has to go

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            Andrew December 13, 2014 at 6:17 pm .

            I 100% agree he’s a clown and needs to go.

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    GIDDYVILLAN December 13, 2014 at 4:57 pm .

    I expected at least a point against them so I’m pretty fucked off not to mention work Monday only manure next LOL

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      OohAhPaulMcGrath December 13, 2014 at 4:58 pm .

      Thought we’d get a point even with ten men

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    GIDDYVILLAN December 13, 2014 at 5:01 pm .

    The only positive to come from today is Richardson will be unavailable for the next 3 matches I’ll raise a glass to that.

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    LAMBERK December 13, 2014 at 5:02 pm .

    I,m not livid anymore… knew you wouldn’t let me down.
    merry xmas
    LAMBERK

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    billys boots December 13, 2014 at 5:07 pm .

    cleverlys yellow means he will miss the next game also being as its the mancs does that mean hes got a two week holiday coming?

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      OohAhPaulMcGrath December 13, 2014 at 5:32 pm .

      Thank fuck for that he’s shit anyway.

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        Andrew December 13, 2014 at 5:50 pm .

        He’s not great but he’s far from shit.

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      OriginalLondonLion December 13, 2014 at 5:54 pm .

      That is a good question Billy. The suspension has to be for a game for which he would have been selected, and if his loan has the standard terms he is not allowed to play against Manure, therefore Cleverly is suspended from the following game.

      Baffled by Lambert’s starting of Richardson and N’zogbia. Both players have shown they are “GONE” as premiership players now, their ability has waned below the minimum standard. The most they should be selected for is 3rd sub.

      Delph was likely to have gone backwards during his lay-off, and the weight he put on balls today was atrocious: firing cross-field passes at waist height and failing to clear the first defender with crosses. Richardson’s deserved red card probably ended it as a contest. Guzan who has had 3 great games on the bounce was bound to produce a bungle in this one. I think he could have got to the centre he came for, but he missed it by a yard and it cost us.

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        OohAhPaulMcGrath December 13, 2014 at 6:02 pm .

        I’m no fan of Delph tbh and really don’t care whether he stays or goes. In fact none of our midfielders are any good imo and we havnt had a good midfield for years. Even under MON it wasn’t great the last decent midfield we had was under BFR with Townsend, Richardson and houghtin. If we had those 3 a few years earlier we would have won the league imo.

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