I’ve been keeping an eye on the site, but it’s only just dawned on me how long it’s been since I last posted anything, hence I thought I’d better comment on something.
To be fair it seems like you lot have done a pretty good in keeping the conversation going anyway.
Perhaps I’m not really needed?
I watched bits of the Newcastle game and while what I saw didn’t look great, what struck me most was how we did generally seem to be really trying. I also remember wondering whether maybe Gabby’s not being involved might have had something to do with that?
I’m not going to dwell on it though, although the fact that we didn’t beat our previous record of consecutive losses pleased me.
The big story lately has been about a takeover and you probably know my views about this, which quite simply are, it isn’t happening until one of the involved parties says it is.
That said, I know some of you like a juicy bit of speculation, so I’ll give my views.
Forget Ellison, for a start. Why this one keeps cropping up is beyond me.
If he wanted to buy us, he would have done two seasons ago, when he was first rumoured to be interested.
Then there’s the much vaunted Chinese venture capital group, where while I saw a fairly reasonable argument for the Chinese wanting to invest in the English game on a fellow Villa site, I’m not convinced. Even though they’ve been reported as being at the game on Saturday.
More realistic for me is the third party, that I’ve seen vaguely mentioned, but no-one seems to know anything about. They’re the ones to watch, I reckon.
If indeed Lerner has even decided to sell; something I’m not convinced about either, especially if it’s at a measly £50 million.
There’s a difference between cutting your losses and cutting your own throat and even the lesser club down the road sold for £82 million.
I know times are tough, but £50 million?
I don’t see it, as that’s another £18 million lost at a stroke on Lerner’s investment.
Still, it is Lerner we’re talking about and he’s messed up pretty much every other decision over the last five years, hasn’t he?
More immediate news then and the U-21’s lost to a very strong Arsenal side, after the Gooners fielded a few first team players.
Which begs the question of why the hell didn’t we do the same?
Mind you, which of the first team would we want to play in the U-21’s?
I’m sure there must be someone.
And then we’ve released Kinsella.
I’ve heard decent things about him, but that’s all.
It seems Sherwood considered him, but no-one else did and you have to wonder if he just wasn’t up to it?
I certainly don’t see that it would have been a money thing.
Then there’s the news that Milan want to buy Amavi.
Hmm, I’ll bet they do. Probably at yet another loss on the £8-9 million we paid for him.
He’s been one of our highlights in this rubbish season and if we let him go cheap, I really will come close to wondering what’s the point in trying to support the Villa lately.
And no, selling him to fund incoming players won’t cut it, with me.
We’ve seen that selling our better players only leads you down one road and the club has to draw a line somewhere.
Expect him to leave then, I suppose.
Then there’s the very latest story, where Roberto Di Matteo will be the next manager.
You really couldn’t make it up, could you?