Date: 17th May 2012 at 10:10am
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I`m glad Mat Kendrick at The Birmingham Mail has published this!

I`ve tried to say it but hey, no bugger listens to me (even I ignore me!)

Villa aren`t and never have been after a director of football. I have known that for a fact because I asked! Quite an easy process really. No conspiracy. No blogging of twitter rumours by people who have no facts. No fibs!

The rumour a few weeks ago that became ‘twitter fact` was that former Spurs guy Damien Comolli had been entertained by Randy Lerner at the Spurs game. Trouble with that rumour is Randy wasn`t there!

People say, I have at times to be fair, that Villa need a football man at the Club. Two things to that though:

a) at what point do they become football people? The CEO works ‘in` football every day. Randy is far more hands on than most people think, because he isn`t visible at all games, people put 2+2 together and come up with a lack of interest. They work hand in hand, very closely and have done a great deal of good. YES, they made a mistake in this appointment. Fine. They`ve not set about correcting it and this guff that Paul Faulkner should go because he chose Alex McLeish is knee jerk and ill informed. He also has a boss. The boss decides.

b) The manager IS the football person. Do director of football work anywhere else in the UK? It isn`t something that is common.

I`d not mind a figurehead at the Club, but maybe they don`t want that? Maybe they don`t feel the need to ‘hide` behind a former Villa man or whoever?

For me the focus is and always – or usually – has been is getting the right manager.

It can`t be argued that they didn`t back Martin O`Neill. It can`t be argued that they didn`t back Gerrard Houllier. And on GH, some say he was a mistake but if he`d not been so silly, it might have been a very good move but he let himself and us down with his comments about Liverpool.

They`ve gone against what we wanted with McLeish and that has caused a rift. It is a rift that should be healed quite easily with a decent manager now. They have put IN £220m including buying the club. That is not a small amount of money. We aren`t paupers. There will be more money as the seasons progress, they just had to curtail some of the initial ‘mad` spending. They also NEVER said this was an Abramovich style takeover. Randy Lerner is a wealthy man, he isn`t ‘that` wealthy.

Just my personal opinion, the modern world wants everything yesterday. Doug brought in some great, some good and some absolute howlers of managers. This lot have brought in ONE howler AND they have corrected that. Alex wanted to stay, he`s not been allowed to. I think a lot of fans have forgotten what has gone into the club in the last six years and also just how big Villa is. It was big before they came, it is big now. We aren`t the giants of the game now, but that goes for most clubs. We can`t buy the league like Man City and Chelsea have.

I`m sure if a new manager came in and asked for help from above, then a DOF type would be sought out. But I`m also sure no manager worth his salt would want interference from the top, just a good scouting network and a boss that will back his requests, within reason, for players in and out.

Is that not the English football way?

As for the name calling to the CEO. I`ve found it pretty petty this year. Fine to look at someone`s record and debate, but the playground stuff, jeez, get a grip! Paul Faulkner has brought in the two biggest deals Villa have ever had. If not for the appointment of the last manager, most surely would have been congratulating?!

Flame away, I care not, we have good people running this club, they just made a very bad decision. That has been corrected and I hope and pray we get a manager now that we can all get behind.

And for those that say we have no money. With some of the guff the managers have asked to come in who have either left on a free or sold at a loss, would you, if you were Randy, not have wanted to have a re-think?

FIRST SEASON 2006/2007 :

Out


Kevin Phillips (WBA £700k )
Matthieu Berson (Levante £1m)
Ulises De La Cruz (Reading Free)
Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City £250k)
Eric Djemba Djemba (Quatar Free)
Juan Pablo Angel (New York Red Bulls Free)
Milan Baros Lyon (Swap)
Mark Delaney (Retired)

In

Stiliyan Petrov (Celtic £6.5m – £7.5m including add ons?)
Didier Agathe (Celtic Free)
Chris Sutton (Celtic Free)
Phil Bardsley (Manchester United Loan)
Gabor Kiraly (Crystal Palace Loan)
John Carew (Lyon Swap)
Ashley Young (Watford £9.65m)
Shaun Maloney (Celtic £1.1m)



SECOND SEASON 2007/2008:

Out


Gary Cahill (Bolton Undisc in region of £4m?)
Liam Ridgewell (Birmingham £2m)
Jlloyd Samuel (Bolton Free)
Lee Hendrie (Sheffield United Free)
Chris Sutton (Retired)
Didier Agathe (released)
Steven Davis (Fulham £4m)
Aaron Hughes (Fulham £1m)
Gavin McCann (Bolton £1m)
Robert Olejnik (Falkirk Free)

In

Wayne Routledge (Tottenham £1.5m)
Moustapha Salifou (FC Wil Undisc)
Curtis Davies (West Brom Loan)
Zat Knight (Fulham £3.5m)
Scott Carson (Liverpool Loan)
Harry Forrester (Watford £250 000 initial fee rising on appearances)
Eric Lichaj (Unattached Free)
Marlon Harewood (West Ham Undisc region of £3.5m – £4m)
Nigel Reo-Coker (West Ham £8.5m)

THIRD SEASON 2008/2009

Out:


Luke Moore (West Brom – £3.5million)
Olof Mellberg (Juventus – free)
Patrick Berger (Sparta Prague – free)
Thomas Sorensen (released)
Shaun Maloney (Celtic, £1million)
Wayne Routledge (undisclosed)

In:

Curtis Davies (WBA undisclosed but around £7.5million + add ons so total around £10m?)
Steve Sidwell (Chelsea £5.5million)
Brad Friedel (Blackburn, undisclosed but in the region of £2 – £2.5million)
Brad Guzan (Chivas US, undisclosed, starts at around £800k up to £2m on appearances etc?)
Nicky Shorey (Reading, around £4m?)
Luke Young (Middlesbrough, around £5m?)
Carlos Cuellar (Rangers £7.8million)
James Milner (Newcastle, around £12million?)
Arsenio Halfhuid from Excelsior (undisclosed)
Emile Heskey from Wigan Athletic (£3.5m)

FOURTH SEASON 2009/2010

Out:


Gareth Barry (Manchester City, £12million)
Stuart Taylor (Manchester City, free)
Zat Knight (Bolton £4 – £4.5million)
Martin Laursen (retired)
Craig Gardner (Blues in January, £3.5million)

In

Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough around £10m + add ons)
Fabian Delph (Leeds United – undisclosed fee – around £6m including add ons?)
Habib Beye (Newcastle, undisclosed but around £3m?)
Andy Marshall (free agent)
Stephen Warnock (Blackburn Rovers – around £6m + add ons up to £8m ish?)
James Collins (West Ham United – around £5m)
Richard Dunne (Manchester City – around £6m)

*Loan fees not included. Figures rounded up or down. Only a rough guideline!*

FIFTH SEASON 2010/2011

Out:


Andy Marshall (released)
Stephen O’Halloran (Coventry City – Free)
Wilfred Bouma (free)
Nicky Shorey (to the Baggies for around £1.5m)

In:

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Kevin MacDonald takes over as caretaker manager:

Kevin MacDonald transfers (sort of… although already in progress really)

In:

Stephen Ireland (£12m value – in £26-30m package for Milner)
Andy Marshall (free – returns having been released in the summer, one year deal)

Out:

James Milner (Ireland + £16-18million)

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Gerard Houllier Era :

In

Robert Pires (free)
Kyle Walker (loan from Spurs)
Omar Cummings (trial)
Jean II Makoun (from Lyon for around £5-7m depending on which report you read)
Darren Bent (from Sunderland for £18m rising to around £24m if paper talk is true)
Michael Bradley (loan until end of season, no rumoured fee)

Out

Steve Sidwell (to Fulham loan till contract end undisclosed but around £250k)
John Carew (to Stoke loan till contract end undisclosed by likely zero)
Curtis Davies (to Birmingham City undisclosed but rumours £1.75 to £3.5m)

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After Gerard Houllier`s departure:

John Carew (released)
Nigel Reo-Coker (released)
Brad Friedel (to Spurs free)
Robert Pires (released)
Isaiah Osbourne (released)
Moustapha Salifou (released)

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Alex McLeish Era

First Season 2011/2012

In

Shay Given (from Manchester City around £3.5million)
Charles N`Zogbia (from Wigan for around £9.5million)
Alan Hutton (from Spurs, undisclosed, around £4million?)
Enda Stevens (from Shamrock Rovers, £250k)
Jermaine Jenas (from Spurs on a season long loan)

Out

Ashley Young (Manchester United around £16m?) … to be fair, this was a done deal before McLeish arrived.)
Stewart Downing (Liverpool around £20million)
Luke Young (to QPR, undisclosed)
Jonathan Hogg (to Watford, undisclosed)

January 2012:

In

Robbie Keane (Loan from MLS doo dah)

Out

Shane Lowry (undisclosed – to Millwall)
Elliot Parish to Cardiff City (undisclosed)

Second Season 2012/13

In

Brett Holman (Free from AZ Alkmaar)

Out

Carlos Cuellar (free)
Emile Heskey (free)
Brad Guzan (free)