Things are hotting up – and I’m not referring to the vastly improved weather we are experiencing! It’s already been an interesting summer for Villa – with a lot more to come, it seems. The club has already revealed both the home and away strips for the forthcoming season, with the away kit in particular having a retro feel about it and reminding us of that glorious night in Rotterdam. Lambert has already signed two new players. Both signings have been greeted by very mixed reviews from the Villa faithful so far but I would like to welcome both Philippe Senderos and Joe Cole to Villa Park as I believe all our players deserves a chance to prove themselves before they are judged.
The World Cup began last night, with the hosts defeating Croatia, and most of us are now waiting in eager anticipation for Saturday, when the England players kick off their World Cup campaign. Whichever team you will be supporting at the World Cup over the next month, I’m sure that, like me, you’ll be keeping one eye on the performances of Brad Guzan, Ron Vlaar and Philippe Senderos while they play for their respective countries this summer.
This weekend there is also Aston Villa’s kit launch festival at Villa Park to look forward to. Unfortunately, I’ll be unable to attend but I’m sure many of you will be taking advantage of the beautiful weather and heading down to Villa Park to get your hands on the new home kit and enjoy the wide variety of entertainment that is on offer.
On top of all that, of course, is the current Roy Keane saga, which will hopefully be resolved by the end of next week. It is widely tipped that he will be joining Villa as Paul Lambert’s assistant but, like everything with Villa, nothing is guaranteed just yet. With the Republic Of Ireland finishing up their summer campaign this week, we should get a definite yes or no next week. I’m still undecided on whether Keane would be a good appointment or not but, as I said about Senderos and Cole, I am willing to give him a chance. He couldn’t make matters any worse that what we saw at the end of last season, surely?
Once all that is over, it will be time to look at our Premier League fixtures for the 2014-14 campaign, prepare for a busy pre-season schedule and, with a bit of luck, add a few more signings to the ranks. Aston Villa Football Club may be up for sale but, as the club is showing, it is business as usual at the minute. As fans, no matter how hard it may be, we need to forget about last season and the possible sale of Villa, enjoy the World Cup and get behind the club in every way we possibly can, even if that means supporting questionable signings.
I have a feeling that it’s going to be a very hot and interesting summer, with lots going on at Villa Park. With World Cup fever now gripping the nation, I can’t wait to see what the next couple of months bring before the start of the new Premier League season.