Villa’s PR machine in overdrive?

Hmm, I was going to write a post about how the Villa PR machine seems to have gone into overdrive today, but fair play, you lot have pre-empted me 🙂

I do have a few thoughts though;

1) I’m interested as to how Fox is going to increase our revenue.
We massively missed that boat when Deadly refused to invest in the Villa, in the same way Arsenal did many moons ago. I don’t ever see us catching them now, even though we were very much on an even footing at the time.
In short, I believe that statement about he is going to catch up with the top 4/5 is total rubbish.

2) We’re sticking with Lambert, regardless of what us fans think.
That to me, is a blatant order from Lerner, simple as.
That’s a big gamble.
Was the comment I saw elsewhere a short while ago, that we’ve won two in eighteen really correct?
If so, just wow! I didn’t realise it was quite that bad!
Which takes us back to point 1). Who will want to invest in the Villa, when we’re currently failing?
Only by seriously moving up the table will prospective investors be interested and how do we achieve that if Lerner won’t spend?

3) We’re possibly back in for Sinclair, who has apparently cut his wage demands.
Don’t expect any quality then, in this window at least.
And re-read the previous paragraph.

I believe everything that has come out from Villa/Fox today is just designed to deflect the flak from Lambert and Lerner.

This is the comment that actually made me laugh, though;

“I’ve been at his (Lerner’s) house watching matches together and both of us are standing up pacing around at various points of time – depending on what’s happening – so he know’s what’s happening here.”

That’s strange, as I’ve struggled to keep my eyes open more often than not over the last few months at least.

Total BS, the lot of it, in my opinion.


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  1. OriginalLondonLion
    OriginalLondonLion January 28, 2015 at 10:52 pm . Reply

    The regular bloggers on here are old enough to remember: when Leeds won everything; to be succeeded by Liverpool. At the time Ken Bates was fending of a personal bankruptcy investigation and had lined up a complete sale of Stamford Bridge for a Hotel and housing development, with a new stadium for CFC at White City. Later, when Ferguson was king, Old Trafford carried a banner stating how many years it had been since City had won anything.

    The lesson from the Chelsea and City resurgence is that it did not happened by gradual and sustained improvement, of the type Fox is touting. It happened when a Sugar Daddy took over like a bolt from the blue. Even in the case of Arsenal, there was a boardroom revolution, director by director, and massive Arab investment short of a take-over, to fund their new and enlarged stadium.

    So what do we see now? Liverpool falling just short of the big four, but a slim chance they can grow their ground to increase revenue. Pretenders in the next 3 or 4 places. Southampton, brilliantly managed on the footballing front trying to build a solid top 10 platform, something Everton have just given up. Spurs with just enough money to maintain a slot by consistently out-spending their 6 to 10 slot rivals. This season’s surprise package West Ham follow Swansea in assembling a good team which the big boys have overlooked to plunder, but a second good season will attract the vultures. Can Villa join in this group? Sure by improving to football side only. Can they rival Liverpool and Spurs? No not even in five years of gradual improvement ,if we have a star player they covet – they will bid for him, the reverse will not be true.

    Villa could springboard up into the Champions League slots, but only after a sugar daddy take-over. It is just possible that an American interested in technology might want Villa, but it is very doubtful. More likely places from which a saviour might emerge are Hong Kong, Thailand or Singapore.

    1. Ardent Villain
      Ardent Villain January 28, 2015 at 11:06 pm . Reply

      OLL – I’d question the Chelsea and Arsenal comparisons: if memory serves right,wasn’t it the late Matthew Harding [who was not exactly short of a few bob…] who really brought Chelsea back into the big-time, gradually, while Bates was still token chairman; well before Abramovich started putting the megabucks into the club?
      And again, weren’t Arsenal already one of the wealthiest clubs in the league under the Hill-Wood old guard, and then took another step up the finance table with Kroenke and Usamov?

      My point is that to get to the very top yes, it takes a billionaire or two [& weren’t we supposed to have one of our own already??] for the final step, but at least as far as these two clubs were concerned, they had a long period of relative wealth even before the billionaire benefactors came in.

      1. OriginalLondonLion
        OriginalLondonLion January 29, 2015 at 3:22 pm . Reply

        Harding stepped in when Bates ran out of both money and time. But Harding refused the further total sell out to Ambramovich, so it looked like that would not happen. However Harding very conveniently turned the fan off in his chopper.

        Arsenal were wealthy but stuck with a preservation order on the stands at Highbury which meant development would not generate nearly as much as they hoped, not enough for an enlarged stadium. They needed the outside cash to progress.

  2. Andrew
    Andrew January 29, 2015 at 3:38 am . Reply

    Jed Steer wants to stay on loan at Yeovil, his loan ends and Yeovil claims it’s due to injury. Unless Given is injured, that makes little sense.

  3. Darren
    Darren January 29, 2015 at 10:27 am . Reply

    Interesting news today, sounds like Sinclair is all but pictured in a Villa shirt and news on a potential Demba Ba move. Well if Ba came in everyone would have to agree it would be a successful transfer period but clearly this is most likely media talk and there isn’t a lot to it, we can only hope though.. imagine the villa line up

    Hutton, Vlaar, Okore, Cissohko
    Sinclair, Delph, Sanchez, Gil
    Ba, Benteke

    Or any one of our CB pairings

    Weimann, Gaby, Westwood, Bacuna, Kozak all good back up players

    1. nath
      nath January 29, 2015 at 10:35 am . Reply

      be careful your treading dangerous waters of positivity, i have seen ppl lynched for less lmao

      this ba interest confuses me somewhat, hes on massive wages and lerners running a tight as fook submarine, so can someone explain. how we can be supposedly interested in him

  4. Darren
    Darren January 29, 2015 at 10:38 am . Reply

    Would make sense that we wouldn’t spend money on high wages elsewhere, Sinclair, if Lambert has had funds tied in his eyes because he is after a striker. With Bent’s wages basically finished and Nzog… more wages will be freed up.

    1. nath
      nath January 29, 2015 at 11:07 am . Reply

      yeah put like that does seem doable, but bent and nzog are still here. i really doubt that derby will be paying bents pie wages. i heard martinez say no way would they be recruiting this window. even if they lose that former chelsea striker. don’t get me wrong iam all for premiership wages its about time, just this change in tactic thrown me

  5. Darren
    Darren January 29, 2015 at 11:19 am . Reply

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but Bent’s contract is finished at the end of this season?

    1. nath
      nath January 29, 2015 at 11:54 am . Reply

      yeah that’s spot on ,but not nzog his contracts got another 12 months

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