Date: 4th August 2011 at 10:13am
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Vital Villa Summer 2011 Interviews: DrGonzo

Vital Villa Summer 2011 Interviews: DrGonzo

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

All along really, my first game was the Coca Cola cup semi final against Tranmere in 1994. I didn’t know much about football before then but once I’d climbed the steps for the first time and saw that beautiful bright green pitch and the lights I was hooked. Funny really as my mother is a Leeds fan and my dad supports Spurs, could have turned out very differently!

2) Alex McLeish? Your opinion please?

Like most he was nowhere near my first choice but now he’s in I’ll back him to the hilt, at least till it all goes tits up. His Blues connections mean nothing to me, it’s his dire record in the Prem’ that didn’t sit right.

3) Best and worst moments of last season?

Best – The emergence of Marc Albrighton and Ciaran Clark are two reasons to be cheerful and Darren Bent’s goal against Citeh had me celebrating like we’d just won a cup final, that was when I knew we’d be alright.
Worst – Newcastle away, Citeh away in the cup, Rapid Vienna (again) and Blues in the Carling Cup.

4) Your opinion of Randy Lerner?

Faultless up until lately. He’s restored a pride in the club that had been long lost under the previous regime. I know no board will listen to the fans when selecting a new manager but his lack of communication with us was shocking and borderline disrespectful. He has a history of bizare managerial decisions with the Browns but Scottish managers tend to do well in England so fingers crossed it’ll all work out and the ‘Lerner out’ brigade will slip off back under the rock they came from.

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

Aside from the two we’ve signed already I’d like to see a new full back, left or right. Perhaps a Brazilian, their full backs are hot property right now. I got very excited when I heard Vargas’s name mentioned and Der Hammer would be greatly welcomed back but I’m not sure any of those will happen now.

6) (changed question!) Stewart Downing, now he has gone, were Villa right to get shot of him or should they have kept him against his wishes?


We did the right thing, no question about it. That’s what football has always been about, we got a decent season out of him and took Liverpool to the bank. We’ve replaced him already and someday we’ll come to replace N’Zogbia, every club does the same in terms of knowing when to let a player go, he’s 27 and plays on the wing, he’s at his peak now if not already passed it.

7) Favourite current player?

Luke Young, Super Marc, Gabby, Bent and hopefully soon Jean II Makoun (he’s a regular name on my football manager shopping list)

8) Favourite all time player/s?

Shaun Teale, Paul McGrath, Ian Taylor, Savo (why not eh?) and Steve Staunton.

9) What do you expect us to do/finish this season?
Premier: 7th – 12th
FA Cup: 4th round
Carling: Quarter/semi final

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

Will we ever loose the Villa curse and stop choking at crucial points of the season?
Probably not, it’s been the same ever since I can remember and it’s never looked like changing.

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!?!

Bang – Melanie Laurent, google her, she’s amazing!
Thump – Well this could be a long list but if you’re pushing me for one name then I’ll go for Piers Morgan, I hope he chokes on his own smug gittiness.

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