Vital Villa Summer 2011 Interviews: Tellamuir
Vital Villa Summer 2011 Interviews: Tellamuir
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1) When did you become a Villa fan and why?
Destiny. Going with my Dad probs 1971. Lived in Manor Road, the hustle and bustle of a Saturday in Witton, the stunningly pretty claret and blue rosettes selling on every corner, the AV floodlights, sheer majesty of VP, being allowed stay up late for midweek night games and drinking Bovril to stay warm v the likes of Hull City, the cavernous Holte, the Old Witton, the immense roar of the crowd, the shiver down the spine of feeling part of all that, something special, never leaves you.
2) Alex McLeish? Your opinion please?
I campaigned for a crabby jock but I didnt think for a second this would happen. Really brave decision, I can respect, by Randy. Randy obviously clicked and hit it off with him and it is his money afterall, so why not, am fully behind him, even if I do question our ambition. Think Big Eck is a good man, was chuffed to see how proud he was at his VP unveiling, think he will surprise a few. Absolutely anyone is better than Houllier. Just hope he gets the backing to do the job properly and get us back up there and challenging top six. Dont really care about the history, anyone who got blues relegated twice is a massive hero. Think he will do ok, needs to get off to a good start with some inspired signings. Really hope it doesnt go belly up for Randys sake, it could get very ugly very quickly.
3) Best and worst moments of last season?
The ying to the yang.
Best. Liverpool at home, finally found myself playing on the hallowed turf in VP and the day got even better with GK telling me Houllier was leaving. What a truly wonderful day.
Worst, Liverpool away, coming firmly to the conclusion Houllier was a hopelessly doddery old so and so, this was not going to be any fun and we were going nowhere fast until we got rid. Clueless unmitigated disaster from the off.
4) Your opinion of Randy Lerner?
From a big fan, I am probably now Randy neutral. Have met him, lovely warm, friendly, modest bloke. His judgement seems naive and we need to hear from him occasionally. Gave MON too much power then undermined him in the bid to snatch it back. Being fooled by a blustering Houllier. McLeish is a gamble I hope does not backfire. I certainly respect what he has done overall and even understand why we have cut back on the ambition, but as a fan I want him to think bigger, but I can appreciate thinking bigger has become way too expensive and dangerous. Fear we will just do enough to stay top 10 and become Fulham. Another Bent like signing (or two) should get me back on board. Selling Bent would bring it to a head.
5) Which player/s should Villa sign this summer?
Think we will sign Given, Hutton, Nzogbia and Dann. Maybe Bentley.
Prefer Foster. Prefer Gary Cahill. Think we will go much cheaper as above.
We also need to replace Petrov and Heskey with quality, would love Scott Parker but it wont happen as he will stay in London, would love Kevin Doyle or Sturridge, both certainly gettable. If, and when, Downing goes, punt on Adam Johnson would also cheer me up slightly.
6) Stewart Downing, if he really wants out, should Villa refuse to let him go or get shot?
Also believe he has been tapped up. If he doesnt want to be here after all we have done for him get rid, the ungrateful so and so, and stick to the 20m. But at the same time would be gutted to sell our two best players at the same time. Doesnt bode well.
7) Favourite current player?
Am really fast falling out of love with all footballers and the Premiership in general. But Albrighton and Clarke put a smile on my face. Also hoping to see much more of Gary Gardner.
8) Favourite all time player/s?
The usual suspects. Aitkin, Lockhead, Graydon, Gidman, Gray, Little, Evans, Mortimer, Sid, Morley, Withe, McInally, God, Platty, Saunders, Yorke, Taylor, Merson, Laursen.
9) What do you expect us to do/finish this season?
Premier: A season floating around mid table finishing 8th
FA Cup: Winners
10) You can ask yourself any question you want to about Villa and what is your answer?
Should Randy bust the bank for CL glory?
As he is down to his last billion, probably not, can see why we need to do it right and build something sustainable. Pains me as a fan but its a reality.
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 – not into celebrities but would destroy Kate Middleton and her sister just for the heck of it.
thump – Simon Cowell and Loius Walsh both deserve a good kicking.
Stephen Jay Hawkings