Unoial Villa News…
Martin O’Neill has told The Times that the FA should go for Jose Mourinho for the England job. When asked the Villa boss said: ‘Let’s just say I think Jose would be an excellent choice, simple as that.’
Gabby Agbonlahor has nailed his colours to the flag saying he is gunning for a call up to the England senior side: ‘Anyone who is born in this country would want to play for England. At the moment I’m concentrating on Villa, but, if the call comes from England, I would love to take it. Doing well in the Premier League is bound to give you a chance at international level. International football is a lot different to club football but I feel I could adapt because I’ve played quite a few games for the Under-21s.’
Five of Villa’s players have been named in the Actim team of the week. Scott Carson, Martin Laursen, Zat Knight, Ashley Young and John Carew are all there, lets hope we get even more next week as we crush Pompey! Magnificent Martin O’Neill
Talking of Pompey, here is an interview with the Vital Pompey site editor: Click Here and mine with them: Click Here
Villa v Pompey preview by Murph: Click Here
Martin O’Neill has said Villa need to stay lucky with injuries up to the transfer window. ‘We need to stay lucky. We have a really decent medical team here and have been lucky with injuries although this can change almost overnight. I have been delighted with the players but if we had the same problems as this time last season with injuries, it would have been hard for us to cope at the moment. We’ve still got six more games to go before we can even think about strengthening and we have to keep our fingers crossed.’
The Villa boss has also been talking about The Hulk John Carew: ‘John has made a big difference to the side. He has scored a couple of important goals for us but, more than that, he has given us a bit of presence upfront, which he has always given us. Even when he hasn’t played well in matches, he has still been a handful in terms of causing problems to the opposition. He has done all of those things. He feels fitter and has got a bit of confidence from scoring a goal or two. I think he has been a big boost for us.’
Martin O’Neill has questioned why Man City boss Sven Goran Eriksson has been touting one of our players, Olof Mellberg, to other clubs. Seem Sven can’t keep his mouth shut when it comes to Villa, I’m sure we all remember him talking about managing Villa to a fake Sheikh not so long back! Full article: Shut It Sven
Martin O’Neill has been praising the Villa fans again. He’s just like David O’Leary in the praise of us isn’t he?!?!?!?! Ok, maybe not! With the attendances up and the atmosphere rocking at Villa Park (and of course our fantastic die hard away support) Martin O’Neill has not been slow to mention and thank the fans. Full article: Click Here
Aston Villa have announced that they have taken up the one-year option on striker Luke Moore. Full details: Click Here
A YouTube clip and BBC journo’s blog on the FA Cup draw and the 24 or 25 ball ‘scandal’ ! FA Cup Shambles? 24 or 25? The General has said that Richard FitzGerald and Phil Mepham are currently dealing with this issue.
Adam McGurk has returned to training 8 months after picking up a terrible knee ligament injury and he has already set his sights on catching the bosses eye in 2008. The 18 year old striker was impressing just about anyone who saw him last season and was on the fringes of a first-team call up, having been invited along to a training camp in Spain.
By Murph: Martin O’Neill has praised on-loan keeper Scott Carson for showing great character in the wake of his England debut disaster. Full quotes: Carson Showing Great Character
By Murph: Marlon Harewood has vowed to continue pushing for his first team opportunities following his first league goal for Villa last week. Harewood has made just 6 appearances in a claret and blue shirt since his move from West Ham, largely ignored for the shining talent that is Luke “shrugger” Moore. This hasn’t however effected Marlon, who has admitted he is more determined to do his best for the club, be it first team or for the reserves. Full article: Harewood Ready for a Fight
The transfer window must be close because a paper – this time the Daily Mail, are linking Shaun Maloney with a return to Celtic. The report says the striker will be offered a return to Parkhead but will have to take a ‘massive’ cut in wages.
In a report in the Birmingham Mail Villa left-back Wilfred Bouma has said he would love to extend his contract at Villa after finding his form under Martin O’Neill. The Dutch international has a one year option on his contract, if Villa don’t take up that option by April he can walk on a free in the summer. NO CHANCE, Shrek must stay! Full quotes: Click Here
31-year-old former Villa right-back Mark Delaney, who was forced to retire due to a knee injury, will be returning to Villa next year on a voluntary basis at the Academy as he looks to get his coaching qualifications. Mark told the Birmingham Mail: ‘Some players just want to cut themselves away from the sport when they finish, but I had eight great years and want to keep involved. I’m very grateful for any chance I get of putting something back. It’s always something I have wanted to pursue.’ Hopefully he’ll get a chance to come and say hello to the Villa fans as well as we’ve never had the opportunity to give him the send off he deserved.
Thought for the day (aka the only bit of this you all read!) The harm caused by sibling rivalry is relative.