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  1. Have to agree and one of the main reasons I wanted us to get rid of Steve Bruce as manager. We never had a consistent style or system, we just relied on having better players than the opposition. Now under Smith we have that. We lose mings and Grealish against you and play the same. We lose tammy yesterday and play the same way. Look at wolves last year. This league is so difficult, you have to be able to consistently put wins together to get out of it and for me that comes from a good manager with good coaching.
  2. As a villa fan, i'm over the moon we moved on from the 'proven' championship manager. The 'proven' manager failed to get us up with an incredible squad last year and left us in a mess. I have no doubt he will do decent at Wednesday but there has been a real difference since we moved on from him. I don't watch lots of Bristol but I get the impression Johnson is one of the progressive forward thinking managers in the league.
  3. I wouldn't be too heart broken. These last two years have made me enjoyed following us again. I think this is a great league and I love being one of the better teams in it. Now i'm sure the longer we remain here the more that will change but I won't be heart broken if we fail this year. Gutted to lose Jack but think that would happen eventually anyway.
  4. I believe between 2.5 to 3.5. Ridiculous value and we will certainly make a profit on him.
  5. Without getting all defensive on another teams forum. We do have the highest average attendance in the league, which is higher than 11 premier league teams and that's with the top tier of one stand closed for the majority of games. I can also assure you that this particular chant is sung, like most chants from away fans, to wind up the opposition. We also sing that villa are the greatest team the world has ever seen and that mcginn is better than zidane. We also don't sing these because they are 100% believed facts. Although the mcginn one is getting there. I do get it. Lots of teams I can't stand for no real reason, I guess we are becoming that for a lot of you guys Always fun to have more rivalries in the division if we fail to go up.
  6. It certainly does. The whole thing seems a mess, with clubs looking for ways to find loop holes. I don't fully understand it or fully agree with it. I think the idea behind making sure clubs don't go bankrupt is good but then it prevents clubs that have money to spend and gives huge advantages to relegated teams. I have no idea how we will get round it, but I doubt we would have been bought by 2 really wealthy guys if they felt we'd be in serious bother 12 months later. Having said that, the message from the club is that we won't be spending like we have the last two years. I'm glad, i think we need to be a lot smarter with our money. Our midfield 3 of mcginn, hourihane and grealish cost a combined £5 million and have been superb. Compare that to spending nearly £30 million on scott hogan and ross mccormack. I'm all for a sensible approach, with a few loan players in the mix.
  7. For 4/5 years we were on a serious decline in the premier league and ultimately were relegated as probably the worst team in premier league history. We've had some awful players and managers in that time and I can tell you the atmosphere at villa park became toxic and negative. I'm not one of them, however I can understand why some of our fans have got a little big time attitude. Its the first time in years that we feel like a big club again and who doesn't want that feeling? Our attendances are good, we go into every game feeling we can win and we have a squad and manager the whole fanbase is behind. I guess what i'm saying is don't judge us too harshly. We came out of a very abusive relationship and yes, at times, we may act a bit of a dick because its the first time we've been able to really enjoy being villa fans in years.
  8. Its certainly an interesting one with our situation. I'm not sure what will happen but all noises out the club seem to suggest no one is worried. I doubt we would have been bought by two multi billionaires in the summer if 12 months later they knew the club would be a mess with ffp and potential docked points. Our CEO Christian Purslow was part of the team that wrote the rules on FFP, so while not morally correct, this will probably help us. There's rumours of derby style accounting, compensation from HS2 running through our training ground and of course the safety net of selling Grealish. I feel confident based on the messages from the club but I'll be a little nervous if we fail to go up.
  9. Villa fan coming in peace. Not sure where the hostility between us both comes from, guess its the fact both of us are aiming to go up. My view of the match, for what its worth, is that is was an incredibly close first half, we both missed a sitter and then your wonder keeper made an incredible save. I don't know how either side can be so confident on the offside, for me its way too difficult to tell. I liked that Andi wasn't going to celebrate. The penalty was soft as anything and i'd be furious if it was given against us. From that point we dominated and could have scored four or five. In my probably biased opinion i feel we probably would have won without it. We are in amazing form and have some quality players performing right now. In terms of our home support noise, it has been average for a good few years. Its getting better but we had a few years of being a horrendous footballing team, with players and managers the fans couldn't stand and an owner we all wanted rid of. I believe those years have had an impact and its taking awhile for it to get back. A lot of negativity surrounded us for consecutive years. Our stadium is certainly outdated in a few areas but i absolutely love villa park. I've heard a few fans describe us as arrogant and think we should win because we are aston villa. To be honest i think our expectations are high because of the money we've spent. Its why Bruce was under pressure to deliver and why we expect this squad to seriously challenge for promotion. Most reasonable fans know the mess we became. In my opinion the team that relegated us is the worst team in premier league history. Good luck for the next few games. I have a feeling we will meet again.
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