Date: 11th July 2011 at 8:21am
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Vital Villa Summer 2011 Interviews: slaycj

Vital Villa Summer 2011 Interviews: slaycj

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

1993/94 – My grandfather is a Birmingham boy (born and raised and was always fond of telling me stories of him climbing under the turn styles as a young boy, getting in free to matches to watch his heroes like George Cummings and Frank Moss.) He was watching Villa during this season (1994) and I sat down and watched with him and after that I was hooked. My memories of that season are of course the coca cola cup final where I got my prized possession which I still have today, my first (and still my favourite) Villa shirt, the stripy Muller one!

2) Alex McLeish? Your opinion please?

Honestly I`m a ‘give him a go` type of person. Not my first choice by any means, but he is our manager now and I`m going to support him fully. I have been told (by my Dad mostly) that he is a good solid manager who will work on Villa`s defense and that can`t be bad based on our goal difference last season. He has a half decent record and when Birmingham were in the top half of the table in the 09/10 season and finished a respectable 9th, he was getting praise from all around him. I`m hoping he will at least make us difficult to beat and I`d be happy with a top 8 finish in his first season with a view to progress in his second.

3) Best and worst moments of last season?

My best moment of last season was Darren Bent`s debut against Manchester City. We had been going through a bad run and hope had been restored by unexpectedly signing Darren Bent. Watched the match on the TV and was cheering like mad when the ball fell to Darren inside the box and he coolly slotted home on his debut, couldn`t ask for more and hope had been restored!

My worst moment, same opponents completely different match, 3-0 defeat in the FA Cup, the less said about that match the better!

4) Your opinion of Randy Lerner?

Personally I like Randy Lerner and would always be the first to defend him. We have to remember that he is first and foremost a businessman and a Villa Fan second (albeit a new one I still believe that he has become a fan). I like his style and he has proved that he is willing to back managers with cash if we need it. Martin O`Neil was given significant funds and although couldn`t get the final push to the Champions League, I don`t believe that Randy didn`t give him all he could money wise. As I have said Alex McLeish wouldn`t have been my first choice of manager, but I trust Randy has the best interests of Villa at heart and I genuinely hope that he has made the right decision.

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

For me I would sign Shay Given (I know we have been strongly linked), Charles N`Zogbia, Scott Parker, Thomas Hitzlsperger and Adel Taarabt. My scouting knowledge is limited but I would like to see Alex go for a few unknown overseas players, perhaps we can finally pick out a bargain gem. English Premier league players are way over-priced and I think with a decent scouting system we can get something outside the Premier league or perhaps an up and comer from the Championship.

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

If he does want out then get the money for him and re-invest into players that want to play for Villa. We are not a team that should have to force players to stay and Downing (who I do like) has so far shown little desire to stay. However if all the talk is just rumour, I would like to see him step up and make a statement.

7) Favourite current player?

Currently my favourite player is Gabriel Agbonlahor. Didn`t have the best year last season, but I have faith in his ability and am confident he can get in on the goals this year. I think he is a valuable weapon, especially on the break and has shown a degree of loyalty to the club so far (something severely lacking in the current game).

8) Favourite all time player/s?

My favourite all time player is Ian Taylor. Loyal to the bone and an excellent footballer and professional. Would love him back at the club in some capacity (working with team) and think he is the type of player all young Villains should look up to.

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

Premier : I will be optimistic 5th
FA Cup: 4th round
Carling: Winners! 2 in a row for Alex though this one will be sweeter!

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

Should Villa ever have a female manager? Yes (and I would be a great addition!)

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 – Naya Rivera, Ryan Reynolds

Thump – Justin Bieber (the reason is obvious)

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