Date: 14th July 2011 at 4:25pm
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Vital Villa Summer 2011 Interviews: Villa Verde

Vital Villa Summer 2011 Interviews: Villa Verde

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

I became a Villa Fan on 2/5/71 when I was born and my dad put me in a Villa baby grow. We live in Ireland & my dad and all his mates have supported Villa having decided to have a (home made cardboard) subutteo tournament in the 1940s when they were kids and to support the eventual winners. Thankfully Villa beat Carlisle on penalties and a local Villa community was born. We now have some 3rd generation members but unfortunately some sons of the founding members have deviated from the true path and support the usual suspects of a distant fan base. Nevertheless, we still have a small committed diaspora of Villains keeping the faith.

2) Alex McLeish? Your opinion please?

Being removed from Birmingham’s local rivalry means his baggage doesn’t affect me as much. If he can bring us relative success I don’t care about his background. Easy for me to say, I know. My fear is that he will have to over achieve to placate concerns and that is unlikely given our recent history and the probable failure to do so will likely result in further upheaval and stagnation at best. He has my full support as our manager until he disrespects the club or under performs continually.

3) Best and worst moments of last season?

Best moment – beating Liverpool on the last day – so many overseas fans choose the easy option and support the high profile teams (see 1 above) and it means more to us to get a result against the likes of Liverpool / Man U or Chelsea to remind those who have deserted our cause of their fickleness and the error of their ways. Thankfully, zero blues fans over here!

Worst – MON leaving just before the season started and getting tanked by Newcastle

4) Your opinion of Randy Lerner?

He seems focused on putting the right things in place re infrastructure and reducing our imbalanced wage to income ratio. His legacy, good or bad, may ultimatley be how A McL performs which probably does him a injustice unless we win loads lol

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

Shay Given, Scott Parker, Charles N’Zogbia and Craig Bellamy would leave me much more confiident than I am at present. If only…….

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

Let him go. We need to ensure that playing for us is not a means to an end in moving somewhere else but is the be all and end all whilst a player is at Villa. Distractions are not acceptable and any ambiguity should be categroically clarified by any player concerned if playing for Villa means anything to them. Back to basics please.

7) Favourite current player?

It was Ashley Young and is now hopefully going to be Darren Bent for some time. Although, I suspect Given will take that title if we get him based on his likely workload and ability.

8) Favourite all time player/s?

Tony Morley, Gordon Cowans, Paul McGrath, Steve Staunton, Gareth Barry, Juan Pablo Angel & James Milner

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

Assuming we don’t sign all at 5 above
Premier – 10
FA Cup – Quarter F
Carling Cup – Quarter F

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

Q: Why cant we buy fewer journey men and instead invest more in recruiting young talent with potential?

A: – Of course we can – just do it…they cant be any worse than some of our almost annual trend of bad buys

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!?!

Hmmm – I wouldn’t kick Carmen Electra out of bed on a wet Wednesday for farting. I’d am often tempted to thump some of those who have fosaken family heritage and genetic love for Villa for transient commercially acquired success and profile with the likes of Chelsea et al (see 1 above – I do seem to have issues)

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V111A DR
Draig Cymraeg
Plastic Villain
Blackcountry Villa
Stephen Jay Hawkings
Virginia Villan
Jon Law
Mr Saxon

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