An unusually quiet for Villa news in papers in the past week as there were no controversial Gabby tales or Nigel Pearson stories this week. If you compare it to the last few weeks, it’s certainly been silent, which worked to the advantage of Villa supporters, in terms of the Villa fan protest taking centre stage for claret and blue news.
Should I Stay or Should I Go?
The popular topic of conversation that Villa fans have recently debated is which players should stay and who should go in the summer. The Metro wrote a good summary on which players we should strive to keep, but might not be able to and which players should pay the price for their incompetence all season. The article was spot on in my opinion but some might argue that the likes of Libor Kozak and Jed Steer’s should be given a place in the squad next season.
It’ll no doubt be the busiest summer in our entire history as our current team definitely doesn’t have the talent or attitude to get out of the Championship.
Players we’ve previously loaned out and deemed surplus to requirements now seem a lot more precious. The one man I certainly think deserves a place in the squad and it’s likely he will stay is Rudy Gestede. The big striker scored 20 goals in his last championship campaign and his superb aerial ability is a nightmare for defenders in the lower leagues.
FA Probe Pair
As Villa fans we couldn’t be completely isolated away from drama for a whole week as some trouble came out of the Watford away game the other week. Jordan Ayew and Idrissa Gana were both apparently caught up in some sort of conflict with the Watford home supporters. They could face some punishment but Eric Black has just played down the questions associated with the pair’s rumoured actions.
The Express and Star reported on how the FA will assess any evidence and whether they’ll choose to take any action or not. I haven’t heard much about the apparent incident and I think it’s probably just a usual flare of emotions after the two late goals. Hopefully there isn’t any real problem to report, but if you saw or have heard anything, leave a comment explaining what happened.
The club released another statement on Friday as Steve Hollis provided us with an update on the current stage he’s at with regards to the sale of the club, which is a positive sign in two different ways. Firstly, it’s nice to feel included and actually given some information on what is currently going on at the club, and secondly, it seems to be a ‘real takeover’! Hopefully the business will be wrapped up quickly and we can be rid of Randy Lerner sooner rather than later.
The Evening Standard speculated that in addition to Chinese interest and a seemingly perpetual rumour of Oracle founder Larry Ellison’s interest, a new US consortium led by ice hockey chairman and venture capitalist David Freeman was in the fray.
Do we have a serious bidding war happening for Villa?
The club also revealed that after discussing the matter with fans, they felt that a lap of honour wasn’t appropriate after such a turbulent season. I certainly agree with them and so did 84% of over 4,500 fans in a poll MOMS held in order to gauge the majority opinion of supporters on the matter.
In the end, Villa supporters took centre stage against Newcastle and the Villa Park send-off to the season was perhaps one of the best for a while in terms of good spirits and enjoyment, despite the reality of the season.
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