Date: 10th October 2006 at 12:56pm
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Reports in The Mirror today say that Newcastle have joined the race with Manchester City and Aston Villa for Reading midfielder Steve Sidwell. 24-year-old Sidwell is out of contract at the end of the season and has a clause in his current deal apparently allows him to speak with any club who offer more than £2.3m.

Martin O’Neill has said he doesn’t know what will happen in relation to a possible return for James Milner in January. The Newcastle winger was a late target for O’Neill in the summer and it was only a last minute re-call by the Magpies Chairman Freddy Shepherd that prevented a permanent move for Milner. Full article: Click Here

Our latest poll asks if Martin O’Neill should return for Newcastle’s James Milner.

In a poll asked by Ulster Villa, Vital Villa asked ‘what is David O’thinggermigig thinking now? 55% said ‘is this my 3 iron or driver’!
Full results: Click Here

Scans have confirmed that Thomas Sorensen hasn’t broken his collarbone in international duty for Denmark. Stuart Taylor is on standby to deputise on Saturday. Taylor last played in the first team 11 months ago in the 3-1 loss to Manchester City.

Villa are set for a bumper crowd on Saturday as we face Tottenham Hotspur at Villa Park. The official site says ‘the Ticket Office staff have reported a surge in sales, with over 4,000 tickets snapped-up last week and demand shows no signs of easing up.’ For other ticket news:

Villa fans will recognise one of the faces in the Croatian squad who face England on Wednesday night as non other than our £6million flop Bosko Balaban is back in the frame for his country. Full article: Click Here

Martin O’Neill has challenged Chris Sutton and Didier Agathe to impress him and force their way into his plans. Full article: Click Here

Gabby Agbonlahor could add to his single England Under-21 cap tonight against Germany. Gabby’s dream season continued on Friday when he came off the bench to feature in the European Championship Play-Off first-leg, (England won 1-0 advantage) and now he is looking for more! Full article: Click Here

Thought for the day: If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?

 

12 Replies to “The Villa Times – 10/10/2006”

  • Sod Sidwell, we want European experienced players, or at least those with a chance of being drafted by the natinal team. How about Wayne Routledge – young, fast, fit and probably really hungry after being the perfect buy for Spurs but messed about by thei

  • Joey Barton from Man City? Dream signing. Quality player and writing his own exit obituaries at the moment – clearly wants a move – wasted. Bring him here and offload McCann.

  • what do you mean offload McCann!! he has been quality, Barton is nothing but trouble like lee Hendrie.Barton is overrated.

  • Barton – great player (or potenial to be great) but total &&^^%% of a person, looks like he is nothing but trouble?

  • We’ve just got rid of one little ***** in Hendrie, we don’t need another. He is the sort of player we need, but McCann is proving that he can really cut it at the moment. No to Luke Young. Has looked average to me and we don’t really need a right back. Si

  • Quote: Sod Sidwell, we want European experienced players, or at least those with a chance of being drafted by the natinal team. How about Wayne Routledge – young, fast, fit and probably really hungry after being the perfect buy for Spurs but messed about

  • SWP is a great call, but talk of people like routeledge is ridiculous. He can’t get a game for spurs, he only managed a few sub appearance while on loan at portsmouth last year. He’s the sort of player we now need to start looking away from, going for the

  • Shopping List –
    One Right Sided Midfielder (preferably SWP or Milner brands);
    One target man (such as an Alan Shearer rip-off brand);
    One central midfielder (only a cheaper brand to provide a bit of back-up for present stock);
    One world-class left-ba

  • Guys if were honest how far can this current squad take us? Not far enough I’m afraid that’s why we need players who will take us on to the next level. Players required are a quality left back. Chelski were raving over Bridge until Cole came along. A

  • Totally agree with a lot of the above,put simply we should be thinking about Great players coming to our team we don’t need bench warmers.The squad/rotation thing does not work unless you have players willing to be rotated-vis Liverpool.I think we could n

  • Sidwell would be a good signing. He’ll prove his worth in the premiership this season, and is the type of midfield battler that we are crying out for.

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