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Posts posted by Rocky

  1. Great start at Home, but Wilson missed an easy chance, have to watch that......Ings scores a worldie and Ramsey playing with an edge to his game.

    John McGinn back to form.

    It was good to be back and the atmosphere was well missed, the players seemed to wallow in it.

    Focus on Brentford now and let the juggernaut roll.

  2. On 4/3/2020 at 11:58 AM, avstu said:

    Premier League

    Just wondering what people think the Premier League should do in regards to the remainder of this season?


    Should they just void the season and plan to hopefully start again in August/September?

    I think there are so many associated factors to consider it is difficult to predict.

    I guess until the progress of this pandemic unfolds in to clearer waters, we can only speculate.

    The state of the nation obviously comes first and only when we can establish that.....will football have a look in.

    I think your last line has so many financial implications, but it might come to that.

  3. On 3/21/2020 at 1:52 PM, dorset lion said:

    It wasn't just Xia though, half of our recently published annual losses of £60 odd million was money owed to Lerner.

    When I say irreparable I mean no quick fix, that this is going to be a long process. You can only sign what is available within your budget and as no signing is guaranteed to succeed and every club signs numerous flops then having to sign a dozen in one summer was always going to see us struggle.

    There is not going to be a quick fix,granted, but the pace of that fix will be determined by our ability to sign good players......that does not mean cheap signings or expensive signings, it means good signings.....John Mcginn was a good signing, for the money, there is more than one four leaf clover in a field.....we have had periods in our time, when we was much better at it than this.... we must work harder and smarter, in finding players.

    We must also be clear with ourselves what type of players will make a difference....we have too many lightweights in application....we need a few heavyweights in character and desire to win.

    Lerner proved to be a poor owner, but until MON started wasting his money, he was better than he turned out to be.....if there is one way to p*ss off an owner its squandering money on poor signings....martin signed about half a dozen decent ones out of 38....then when he realised, he wanted more money......as they usually do....the drawbridge came up, and the rest is history


  4. On 3/12/2020 at 12:14 PM, dorset lion said:

    Send him back if we can, if we can't put him on gardening leave until we can, just keep the pr*ck away from the club.

    He was a gamble that somebody thought was worth taking, let's be thankful for small mercies...in the past he is just the sort of waster we'd have given a 3 year contract to.

    but we keep doing it.

    we finally get rid of one and sign another.............we should loan everybody to be less risk, such is our judgment.


  5. On 3/11/2020 at 9:22 PM, freddy said:

    whats happened to the "we need to stick together" i keep reading from several players?

    a club struggling to stay in the Premiership sure dont need this---if its true he should be sent packing back to Chelski,right away!!

    That has always been a red herring in any era.

    one thing creates unity.........Winning.

  6. On 3/12/2020 at 12:00 PM, dorset lion said:

    I also think a lot of these players show promise and that there are similarities to the last time we went down but several of those players are now doing well elsewhere which is why I think patience is required.

    As for the released players, who was worth keeping ? I think we had to do what we did and decided to take a punt with an eye on being in a strong position to come straight back up should the worst happen this season.

    Ultimately a manager is only as good as his players, we wouldn't be talking about selection or tactics but for a multitude of individual errors that a manager can do nothing about, other than sign a better player and that takes time.

    I've made a similar point on numerous occasions, if we keep sacking "clueless" managers we are likely to be having this same conversation in 2030.

    but the same could be said, if we keep signing players riddled with errors.....we will never rebuild.....No the answer is the people who appoint them need to sharpen up and stop dropping clangers....and show evidence that they know what to look for.

    The manager is responsible for the signings, if he is allowing others to force players on him, more fool him.

    We have to face up to things......If the required standard is not being achieved with anyone, they have to go. and furthermore if there are no signs of improvement, even more so.

    If a table maid in the corporate, keeps dropping plates and cutlery, would she be given time?

  7. On 3/11/2020 at 7:18 PM, Villaforlife77 said:

    Sorry but I can’t agree 

    jt is undermining dean smith. Jt got Danny Drinkwater in  also pitchach and Suso have failed dean smith. . He has got players in based on money ball and they are not good enough. , get shot of jt by the way our defence coach that refuses to budge on zone marking that does not work. Also Suso and pitchach should go. . Dean smith will stay and rebuild us in championship with his players. . IMO 

    are they going to sack Suso twice?

  8. On 3/17/2020 at 7:57 PM, markymark said:

    Peter Whittingham

    English footballer and fan favourite Peter Whittingham has passed away at the age of 35. 

    Reports state he was in intensive care after falling down stairs at his home.

    The winger started his career at boyhood club Aston Villa making 56 appearances in the first team before spending 10 years at Cardiff City.

    His last team were Blackburn Rovers in 2018.


    35 that's no age.

    So sad....RIP Pete.

  9. On 3/17/2020 at 4:32 PM, dorset lion said:

    I just googled the squad that got us promoted, 17 players that we had signed, one or two of them still on our books and not one of them either able to get into our team, any other PL team or start regularly in our Championship team. All released on a free, for a nominal fee or will be when their contracts finally expire.

    They were the recruits of our 4 previous managers, all draining club coffers and under FFP restricting our ability to sign the sort of players that other PL clubs want to sign.

    Basically I think this club was damaged beyond repair, it was in need of a complete rebuild and the biggest mistake Smith made if your only viewing this as a footballing problem was in getting us promoted.

    The flip side of that though is wherever we are next season we will have PL cash, very little deadwood within the squad and a youngish squad of potential talent.

    If Smith is still here in 12 months and we are mid table in the Championship then I think he has failed.

    The club has no doubt gone through a tough time with Xia.....and lucky to be alive.

    but, i don't see the irreparable damage, you mention....However, i do see a long drawn out rebuild, if we keep getting the signings wrong.....or miss out on player opportunities, we should and could be signing.

    sure in theory, it should get better as we sign players that give us something as opposed to duds.

    but the bottom line  is our ability to sign prudently will  be our salvation...or destruction, if we get it consistently wrong.


  10. On 3/16/2020 at 9:23 PM, dorset lion said:

    If we aren't careful in another couple of seasons we'll have in place the man who replaced the man who replaced Smith and another squad full of McCormacks, Hogans and Lescotts. Panic buys done more in hope than with any kind of plan.

     I'm not convinced by Smith but I think at some point we just have to give somebody time.

    The argument for time is a vaid one....but not unconditionally....and the next question is time for what? time to improve? he has had 18 months and we look no better, in fact worse.

    Things do take time, but equally, pockets of incremental improvement along the way, should be noticable, other wise we are just waiting in vain.

    In theory, we should be getting progressively better.....i will leave that for folks opinions.

    we can't give every manager 3 years, to discover that the powers that be have made the wrong decision.

  11. On 3/12/2020 at 12:08 PM, dorset lion said:

    What would you do ?

    You've just bought Aston Villa off Tony Xia, you're a multi billionaire but hamstrung by FFP and a club up to its eyeballs in debt.

    How are you going to get this club back amongst the top 6 ?

    The simple answer is sign the right manager.......that is central to any clubs success.

    and then sign the right players to meet that challenge, that means players who are familar with the " Dark Arts" too, not just champagne players.

    It really isn't that hard.....but its made hard if we follow the wrong path.

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  12. On 3/10/2020 at 12:40 PM, B6! said:

    I agree matey, 

    Can you tell me what John Terry  does for the team ? I am struggling to find an answer.

    I understand the point......However, I have never known any  team to go in to free fall and folk blame one of the coaches.

    I have no idea, what John Terry's specific involvement is.....maybe he is not being listened too,maybe he is rubbish ,maybe he's not, just saying.

    but If John Terry is the problem.....why is the manager, not dealing with it?

  13. 4 hours ago, B6! said:

    After watching that shower of shite at Leicester last night smith has lost the dressing room in my opinion.

    Even captain Jack looks like he’s signed for manure already and doesn’t want to spoil his future.

    p*ss poor tactics, no effort and time to go smith.


    I don't know what the club is waiting for....... Divine Intervention.

    His post match comments was as baffling as the teams performance.....he's lost it. if he ever had it.

  14. 3 hours ago, Dublin Villain said:

    This was criminal and how they failed to punish us for it I don't know, though Leicester were very poor themselves despite the scoreline. A struggling team like ours should never be using zonal marking, it seems a lose system based of it anyway as how could this pair up happen. A well drilled team who know what they're doing then perhaps zonal can work but not here, it's crazy.

    We should have gone back to basics a long time ago but our failure to adapt has cost us. Comparing us to everyone else around us I really can't see anything other then another embarrassing last place finish. 


    Its funny, because, I too thought Leicester was far from special....they just have some pacy players that we can never cope with.

    I have been here before like many fans have and I see the signs.....the failure to address things months ago, has landed us here and too much is wrong now, McGinn will not reverse this its a collective shambles.

    We were never set up right for this league, in terms of personnel and approach.....and its all come home to roost.....We are toast.

    ps I would suspect that performance last night has given every team in the bottom 6, heart.....its beyond belief, he is still there.

  15. 5 hours ago, Ron Launchbury said:

    Hi. Thanks for your reply. Woeful again last night. Didn't turn up ,yet again. Defence looks very shaky. Set pieces, especially corners,woeful. I honestly thought with Terry on board, we would be rock solid. Wrong. I know Smith is a Villa fan but this system in all areas isn't working. Time to go  I think. Didn't want to say this  but being realistic on what I've been watching. 

    I don't know how we CAN preside over this.....something is clearly wrong, its the same every game.

    The full backs are about as much use as a chocolate fireguard c 20 mill for that pair.....we have some job on.

    I think the club should be trying to preserve confidence for the championship and make the decsisons now, because we as sure as hell ain't getting out of this.

  16. 13 hours ago, Dublin Villain said:

    Whether it be Norwich, Watford or whoever goes down with us at least they're fighting hard.

    Completely unacceptable that we're not showing up match after match.

    You know you're f*cked when your most experienced player does that but to be fair it could have been any number of others who's errors weren't punished. Apart from Grealish and Samatta every Villa player was an accident waiting to happen.

    Grealish looks tired and like the strain of carrying the team has finally caught up with him.

    Not acceptable tonight, the way I'm feeling now I'd give Terry a shot. Going down with no fight isn't good enough, the way we're going Norwich will finish ahead of us. 

    we are the worst of the bunch....just nothing there.....and the crime is, its got gradually worse, not better.

    I am not sure, what the club is waiting for.

  17. 3 hours ago, freddy said:

    Blimey it must have been real bad in the flesh then man!

     Do they want to go down?it sure looks that way!cos this motley bunch sure wont bring us back up!!

    No one is learning and thats dam frightening! They want time and space thePremiership DONT GIVE THAT!!!

    look at Albrighton he destroyed us and is just the creative winger we are crying out for now!!

    Ndidi scared the hell out of our midfield and Barnes and Albrighton ran us ragged-- we are so dam poor!i can imagine Franky boy wringing his hands in anticipation of saturdays visit-i just hope Tammy dont play he will have a ball especially when marked by Elmo at corners!!!!!


    spot on....and I haven't seen any work on that from game to game all season.......this Horror show has been coming,for months and its not over yet....the sharks smell blood.

    Dean has no idea how to reverse this and we are just treading water waiting for the inevitable.

    We need decisive leadership, in all parts of the club.

  18. On 3/2/2020 at 4:06 PM, freddy said:

    Hi Ron, and welcome aboard,

      what you say is bang on, we commented only yesterday how much time Foden had time and time again during both halves, he was initially the cause of both goals and apparently was awarded  MOM,,yes it happens every dam game--but who is to blame?? players?coaches?  both??----but one thing for sure it needs addressing!!

    Spot on.

  19. On 3/2/2020 at 7:39 PM, dorset lion said:

    We have tinkered with the system and line up, none of it has worked and it is now clear that players gelling or acclimatising to this league isn't the issue.

    There is no way Smith hasn't considered two up top, it is the one thing he hasn't tried. I just hope he has the balls to give it a go because we are going down if he doesn't do something different.


    I agree with the 2 up top, but he is obsessed with wingers.....we are already light in midfield, so I think, he thinks, we can't sacrifice a midfielder for a forward.

    However, I agree with you 2 up top..... 2 wingers is too many in our predicament..... 1 would suffice, with licence to roam and change flanks, like Morley did.

  20. Many aspects of our defensive capability is woeful....and I am talking whole team here, not just the back line, albeit they are poor positionally too.

    If we go down....this will be the area, we have failed in.

  21. On 3/2/2020 at 12:55 PM, Ron Launchbury said:

    Defence issues

    😒 I watch and wonder why we dont tighten up the opposition wingers. We give them far too much room and time to cross the ball into our six yard danger area. Our left and right back guys should be hot on their heels and prevent them from having time on the ball. This issue is the same every game ,which is why we are conceding too many goals. I can see it ,why cant our coaching staff see it and address this big issue before it's too late. I do hope the coaching staff read these comments. This is my very first post on this forum.

    May I say, a very apt post too Ron.

    when I was a kid playing full back for the school team, (we won the league for the first time in 35 years) my master used to say to me, before a game....." don't get doing anything fancy, all I want you to do, is stop their winger from crossing the ball" I said is that all, He said just do that and I will be pleased.....I did, and he was.

    The amount of crosses I see coming in at Villa Park, is criminal.

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