Villa Hope to Taye up Taiwo to Replace Want-away Warnock

March 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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According to reports from the People Gerard Houllier is keen to stave off interest from Newcastle and beat their Premier League rivals to the signing of Nigeria international Taye Taiwo. The left-back is seen as a direct replacement for Stephen Warnock who is destined to leave the club come the summer having had a major fall out with the French boss. Houllier’s ties in the French game should stand him in good stead in any potential move for the 25-year-old who is available on a pre-contract having turned down a contract renewal from the Ligue 1 side. The defender is likely to attract wide interest if he does become a free agent at the end of the season so Villa will need to move quickly to ensure a deal for Taiwo, who featured in his nation’s disappointing World Cup campaign last year. The athletic full-back offers more of an attacking threat to Villa’s current left back reserves and has impressed in France since signing for Marseille 6 years ago. An experienced international, Taiwo has appeared 44 times for Nigeria scoring 4 times. In Ligue 1 this season he has played 21 games, scoring 3 and picking up 3 assists and he also impressed in keeping Nani quiet against United in the Champions League of late. In an impressive return for a defender, Taiwo’s career at Marseille reads; Played:240, Scored: 21, Assisted: 18.

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Serrano Caps Goal-den Debut with New Villa Contract

March 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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After netting in his first outing for the Aston Villa reserves 2-1 defeat to Everton last week, 17-year-old Spaniard Juan Serrano penned his first professional contract with the club and youth team coach Tony McAndrew is touting big things for the midfielder. Having signed from Espanyol at the start of the season the youngster had been eased into the Villa youth set-up before scoring on his debut for the second string last week. Serrano has now sufficiently impressed the clubs coaches to earn a new deal at the club and McAndrew claims he is settling into the style of play at Villa very well. To read McAndrew’s opinions on Serrano click here

Ireland Finds it Impossible to Stay Under Radar

March 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Aston Villa’s Stephen Ireland, out on loan at Newcastle, has not taken long to attract more negative attention from the press after a photo of himself and team-mate Leon Best was leaked of the pair with their tops off at a nightclub on the Friday before the Toon’s 4-0 defeat to Stoke. Although the two players were both ruled out of the game, the club have urged them to release an apology to their fans for the ‘inappropriate behaviour’ which they showed on the eve of their sides crucial game away to the Potters. Ireland constantly frustrated fans and management alike at City with his frequent ridiculous outbursts in the media but it is his actions rather than words which have let him down this time around. Upon joining Villa the midfielder showed little signs of mellowing and fell out with manager Gerard Houllier before leaving for Newcastle on loan. The 24-year-old is yet to play for his temporary club through injury and won’t have endeared himself to boss Alan Pardew with his latest misdemeanours. Read the pair’s joint apology here

Quoted: Krulak on ‘Kicking the Crap Out of Opponents!’

March 22, 2011 by · 3 Comments
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After Paul Faulkner publicly aired his support for the manager, stating: “Our best chance of staying up is with Gerard,” General Charles Krulak has urged the fans to get behind the manager on Villa Talk and encouraged the side to ‘kick the crap out of the next teams we play’.

“When my Marines put on their uniforms and the emblem of the Corps and went into battle and things got tough, they did not fight for their Commander, they fought for their brothers-in-arms, the men wearing their uniform and emblem.

“When a player puts on a kit and wears the club badge, I would expect the same. We have very good lads who know how to play with passion. We have all seen them do it and have cheered them on. They are professionals who have given 110 per cent in many games.

“What we need now is to quit pointing fingers and everyone look at the Claret and Blue of our kit and the badge they are wearing and go out and kick the crap out of the next teams we play until the end of the season!”

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Quoted: Gabby Speaks to FIFA of Commitment to Villa

March 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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When asked of the secret behind the success of the Villa academy Gabby stated:

“The attitude of the players, the coaching staff and the youth development team has been pivotal in the success of our academy.

“We are just beginning to see the next batch of players coming into the first team now with the likes of Marc Albrighton, Ciaran Clark and Barry Bannan, so long may it continue.”

When questioned on his biggest influence during his upbringing at Villa he added:

“Steve Burns, who is the assistant academy director at Villa. He has been at the club since I started and he helped me a lot during my time in the youth team.

“Steve was also the one who spotted me when I was playing junior football, so I have got a lot to thank him for in terms of my career.”

Gabby on his development, England hopes and career aspirations

Quoted: Bent on Formation Struggles and Survival Chances

March 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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“It was difficult against Wolves, especially against those two (Berra and Stearman) as centre-halves.

“But, at the same time, the manager wants the system and, as professionals and players we’ve got to respect that. If he wants to play one up front, then that’s fair enough.

“As you said, the fans wanted to see 4-4-2 but this 4-5-1 seems like quite a common formation now. We have to try to make the system work.

“It’s always difficult when you’re the only striker trying to compete in the air against two centre-halves but the main thing is the manager is not going to change it.

“He wants us to play this way and we’ve got to get on with it and adapt to it.”

Bent on Survival Chances

Random Stats vs Wolves

March 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Aston Villa Stats:

Top tacklers – Carlos Cuellar (4/5) 80%, Chris Herd (7/12) 58.3%

Worst tacklers – Jean Makoun (1/5) 20%, Marc Albrighton (1/4) 25%,

Best passer – Nigel Reo-Coker (28/33) 84.8%, Jean Makoun (52/66) 78.8%

Worst passer – Marc Albrighton (11/25) 44%

3 Shots on target all game, 1 of which hit the bar. Darren Bent had just 1 shot (blocked)

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Quoted: Houllier on Survival Chances

March 21, 2011 by · 1 Comment
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“We need 10 points (to be safe) and we will get them. I am confident about that.

“Everyone is concerned about the fact we are going through a tough period. We are all worried. The players are worried and that is part of the nervousness we showed at times against Wolves.

“I didn’t feel the team was as free as it used to be. The first goal played a part and affected the morale and confidence of the team. We know we have some players who are suspended or injured and at some stage they will come back.”

“We have quality players and I think we will (survive). I am convinced we have everything it takes. It will be a fight but ‘game on.’ I would love to have something different to aim at but that’s what it is.

“Let’s be realistic. I am not a dreamer, by far. We have quality in the team but at the moment it looks as if it is an unlucky period. We hope that will stop very quickly. At Bolton last weekend, we should have won. There are a few games we should have won.”

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Pros and Cons of Houllier Regime: There are Some Pros Honest

March 21, 2011 by · 1 Comment
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Hoards of Villa fans were chanting ‘Houllier out’ during the sides home defeat to local rivals Wolves at the weekend, with banners erected in the same vain before the game had even began. Various fan polls suggest that around 2/3’s of the fanbase want the manager out now but would that really help? Either way the club have backed the manager, an not for the first time, after a run of three straight defeats has seen the club drop out of the FA Cup and fall just 1 point above relegation and more worryingly, 3 off the bottom club Wigan. So just how much of the blame, for what has been a dire season (there’s no way around it), can be placed on the manager, whose 32 game reign has seen just 10 wins, of which just 6 have come in the league. Of the remaining 22 matches that Houllier has overseen, the club has lost 13 including the weekend’s derby defeat. What can we salvage from this campaign if we stay in the league and what positive changes has the manager made to the setup which may well have kept him in a job this long? Read more

Dunne Emulating Evra’s Deadly Duverne Gripe?

March 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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A source close to the club has supposedly revealed that Richard Dunne and James Collins’ recent misdemeanors came about due to the pairs dismay with regards to the increased fitness sessions and grueling workouts enforced by Robert Duverne, the former French fitness coach who infamously came to blows with then national team captain Patric Evra. Gerard Houllier brought the feisty Frenchman to the club in a bid to boost endurance levels at the club after the team had been accused of fading in the latter stages of matches, and indeed seasons. Dunne’s Duverne Dislike

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