Date: 14th July 2011 at 4:37pm
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Vital Villa Summer 2011 Interviews: Crosswesleyanchapel

Vital Villa Summer 2011 Interviews: Crosswesleyanchapel

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1) When did you become a Villa fan and why?

Became a Villa fan around 1987-8. Believe it or not I had turned up to football practise after school and forgot my kit. A friend in my class collected kits and basically had loads, even though he was a Southampton fan. He had the whole Villa kit in his bag, that was me sorted up to the present day, along with 3 Villa tattoos. The Umbro Mita Copiers kit around the time of Mountfield, Birch, Daley to be precise. Loved it. A few weeks later I asked for the whole kit for my birthday and my parents did not disappoint ! I got it for Christmas, two weeks before my birthday.

2) Alex McLeish? Your opinion please?

Alex McGleish – Where to start ? Well, its a funny one. I was horrified and still am to be honest. Most people here on VV seemed to be the same but the general concensus is now something of a cooled nature. I cannot see how appointing him is a step forward. His record isnt exactly great is it ? I mean he’s got the filth up the road relegated twice in three years (thats a positive but not the point) and he won the title in Scotland. Lets be honest, thats not great is it ? All of us on this board could sign someone like Kevin Kyle for 10p as manager of Rangers and win the league convincingly. Its a terrible league. Couple this with the fact its not long till the start of the season and we haven’t signed anyone yet, same old story there and some of the names we’ve been linked with aren’t great either.

Downing shone last year and since when could you compare N’Zogbia to him ? We need an injection of life and positivity into the team and I really don’t believe McGleish has the flair or personality to do this. His football at Blues was awful and boring. I know people stated you only have what you have to work with but surely its the managers job to change the way players play ? I feel personally the only way he could sway my opinion is if he brings in players available such as Defoe, Parker and Given. They all want moves so why not ? They could improve the team massively and the icing on the cake could be a big name player such as Diego. Hes been mentioned alot and that sort of signing would boost the fans morale no end. Its a shame Kyle Walker wont come back as he looked decent, just ask the Spanish. Sunderland have signed 9 players so far, to compete in the top ten this year we need to do the same so its going to be a huge task for McGleish to prove me wrong. Hopefully he can give Ireland a kick up the arse and get him back to what we know he is capable of. Bringing Milner back would be good aswell. We shall see…

3) Best and worst moments of last season?

Best/Worst moments from last year – To be honest I was brought down with Houlliers tinkering and the fact that HMS Villa didn’t have a Captain I can’t really think of anything that interesting to say. I was impressed with Darren Bent though. He’s not a great footballer, infact he’s below average. BUT….. he knows where the net is and thats all we can ask for. He’s come in, got his head down and continued where he left off at Sunderland. Worst would have to be summed up with Houlliers appointment itself. Great decision there Mr Lerner.

4) Your opinion of Randy Lerner?

Randy Lerner – Gone downhill massively this summer so far. When you consider we’ve had the chance to offer the job to managers such as, yes I’ll say it again… Jol, Hiddink or even Benitez he’s just shown his vast wealth and knowledge of football by appointing someone less than mediocre, in my opinion. Benitez must have asked for s stupid amount of money to spend on players each year, thats obvious. The other two I cannot understand why he didnt approach them. Technically very good and could have got us to the top four. I think it hit home to Lerner when MON spent alot of money on average players and won nothing. Its seems to have frightened him financially.

5) Which player/s should Villa sign this summer?

Player/s to sign – All of the following if Villa expect me to do a 166 mile round trip every home game. Given, Defoe, Parker, Milner and Diego. Charlie Adam would have been good aswell but yet again being proactive in the transfer market has never been our strong point. Dann, Foster, Shawcross and N’Zogbia simply aren’t good enough for us.

6) Stewart Downing, if he really wants out, should Villa refuse to let him go or get shot?

Stewart Downing – If he wants to leave and sign for the Bin Dippers then let him. Letting Young go bothered me at first but then I thought if Man Ure want a one trick pony that clearly isnt as good as Nani or as hard working as Valencia thats their lookout. Its not me being bitter, I just think we had one quality year out of him under O’Neill and defenders then became aware of him. I digress, if his mind is elsewhere its of no benefit to us. However, given his performances last season how they justify 15 million as suitable I think is just plain old penny pinching Scouse mentality. If Henderson is worth 20 million then whats Downing really worth ? Or Modric to Spurs ? Get with the real world Mr Dalgliesh/Henry.

7) Favourite current player?

Favourite current player – I like the look of Albrighton, hopefully we can get more out of him this year.

8) Favourite all time player/s?

All time favourite – Tony Daley. Was a winger atschool till the age of 16 when I joined Swindon as a trainee then growth spurts took me to centre half and full-back. His trickery and pace was great to watch. His goal away at West Brom in the FA Cup around 87-88 season was quality. Not to mention the Villa fans behind the goal.

9) What do you expect us to do/finish this season?

This season – Premiership = Bottom half,
FA Cup = 5th round defeat at home to Man Ure,
League Cup = possibly quarter finals.

10) You can ask yourself any question you want to about Villa and what is your answer?

Dont understand that ??? Am I thick ?

{yes… Fear!}

11) Right, lets lower the tone… which celebrity would you most like to bang and which (male I would think) celeb would you most like to thump!?!

Celebrity shag ? Well….. I’ve always maintained Liz Hurley but if you could throw Pamela Anderson in aswell then that would be world class. Pure filth 🙂

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