Aston Villa's new owner wants them to be one of the world's ‘top three clubs'. It sounds fanciful, but 34 years ago today they became European championsBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports Blog, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkWinning the European Cup, or the Champions League as it is [...]
Assessing the accounts of 2014-15's top-flight clubs – and what the figures say about their financial health • The 2013-14 accounts: full club-by-club breakdownFinancial figures for the 2014-15 financial year, for the 20 clubs in the Premier League during the 2014-15 season. All details from the most recently published annual [...]
Everything has come to a standstill at the club, it seems.
We're officially managerless, our ownership is in limbo and even the players don't have a clue as to what's going on.
Which all sounds fairly similar to how the last season went, if you ask me.
So nothing's changed and we shouldn't [...]
Stiliyan Petrov's announcement last month that he intended to resume his football career was greeted by the whole football community as an impressive and positive signal of his recovery following a heart-warming victory in his battle with leukaemia.
Various attempts to integrate Petrov back into the football environment within the club [...]
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Jack Grealish has been linked with a return to the Premier League, which would be a really bad thing for everyone involved, probably. Oh, stupid transfer rumours. How I didn't miss you — at all.
You see, the latest idea is that a number of Premier League clubs are interested in [...]
Silly season has begun for transfer rumours and inevitably Aston Villa players are a target. The Telegraph is reporting that several Premier League clubs are monitoring Jack Grealish with Stoke City the main suitors, while Everton and Tottenham Hotspur might also be interested.
While it's always good to be cautious about [...]
The takeover of the club by Tony Xia and imminent announcement of Roberto Di Matteo as Villa's next boss, had taken the post season discourse away from the subject of transfers.
It is also a reflection of quite how little substantive news there is about Aston Villa at the moment that [...]
The rumours have hit fever pitch, with all roads leading to former West Bromwich Albion coach Roberto Di Matteo being appointed as the next Aston Villa manager.
The Italian is no stranger to the Villa faithful after he scored the winner for Chelsea in the FA Cup final in 2000 to [...]
I always remember feeling proud of my team as a kid, when I read a small match report in the newspaper detailing that Aston Villa had beaten England 3-2 at Villa Park on May 18th 1982. Eight days later after beating a decent England team, Villa went to Rotterdam and [...]
Embed from Getty ImagesWinter has been coming. Coming for a long time. It has been a worsening creep upon the horizon, edging closer year on year. The warning signs have been visible for all to see but they have never been heeded.It culminated in a disastrous campaign [...]
After a disaster of a season, if you want to turn things around and fire up the focus on the season ahead, you have to make a gesture to supporters and get them on side again. One way to do it is a proper gesture on ticket prices and Villa's [...]
I know I shouldn't believe everything I read on Twitter but it's not as if I've not suspected this from the moment the news came out. And I don't know who Matt Scott is, but he's saying he's hearing from high up places that Tony Xia is struggling to raise [...]
The likelihood of Roberto Di Matteo becoming the next Villa manager appears increasingly certain with a number of reports detailing that the Italian will be unveiled imminently. As with most things concerning Aston Villa of late, until the deal is confirmed and Di Matteo has been forcibly carried into [...]
Oh no, not the dumb American advocating instant replay again! What's next, a commercial break every 15 minutes? Wait no, that's not a real idea, please don't take that seriously. So, yesterday afternoon, I watched the Champions League Final because, well, what football fan doesn't? It was a pretty drab [...]
Xia Arrives A week ago, a new owner for Aston Villa finally arrived. The club revealed to us that the ownership had changed hands and Tony Xia was now the new man to lead the Chinese revolution in claret and blue. The Guardian reported on how the young entrepreneur had [...]
Xia and Villa have money to go big, but they must do their research first. After a terrible season, Aston Villa have been brought by Tony Xia
Villa are said to have a transfer budget north of £30 million, which is an extremely tempting amount to splurge on whomever is interested [...]
There is a reason they call it silly season. And I have to find a word or phrase for some of the people I see on social media. I'm sorry and I shouldn't bite and I should just ignore, but I'm not going to.
I mean, is nobody asking why [...]
The 2015-16 season may not have gone to plan but over the years Aston Villa Football Club has had plenty of skilled footballers who pleased the fans with affecting tricks and goals.
You probably have your favourite player and may even have put some money on him. If you didn't do [...]
Nigel Pearson has signed on for Derby then and that's disappointing on my part as I was convinced he was the man that was needed for our current situation.
We all know there seems to have been a massive lack of discipline down the Villa for a while and my thinking [...]
Waiting for Doctor Xia as the king-elect of Villa Park (er, Lotus Park) to be crowned is a little stressful, as is the appointment of a new team manager, but surely the stress of the last 6 years has been greater!
Perhaps, therefore, it may relieve some of that stress by [...]
After the last five seasons Aston Villa supporters have had to endure, it's easy to understand that some fans wanted the new Tony Xia ownership narrative to run something like – Lerner is gone, a rich owner is in, everything is ok now. DO NOT QUESTION THIS! Xia Jiantong (aka [...]
With Tony Xia's purchase yet to be ratified by both the Premier League & Football League, still without a manager & The Championship season a matter of weeks away, this is the new uncertain life of a Villa fan.Having been arguably the most downtrodden fans, humouring ourselves through the teams [...]
Providing the owners and directors test proceeds with no hiccups, Aston Villa Football Club has a new owner in Chinese businessman Dr Tony Xia. Some journalists suggested yesterday that there are issues regarding some of Xia's prospective board members. If that is the case, they will have to be cast [...]
Making Plans for Nigel Nigel Pearson seemed to be a shoe-in for the Aston Villa manager job. He was the man seemingly best suited for the task ahead – to turn losers into winners, to instil effort, spirit and graft, and to get Villa promoted ASAP. He had backers too. [...]
It's been a very busy week for Aston Villa Football Club with Dr Tony Xia awaiting official approval of his bid to buy the club through the ‘owners and directors test'. Many believe Roberto Di Matteo is within days of signing a deal to become our new manager. We know [...]
The Telegraph have run an article which seems to indicate at first glance that Roberto Di Matteo is definitely Dr Xia's favoured choice as our next manager.
Here's his wording, as quoted;
“That is maybe the reason that a lot of people say that I am favouring Di Matteo” he said.
But again [...]
No sooner had we packed our bags and headed off on our Bert & Ernie-style summer holiday together than the one piece of news we'd been waiting for came to pass. Just days after the end of Aston Villa's dismal relegation season in the Premier League, it was announced that [...]
Aston Villa's season from Hell is finally over, and there's finally some good news too! Tony Xia has purchased Aston Villa Football Club from Randy Lerner, and it sounds like a new manager will be in B6 shortly. 7500toHolte's Jack Grimse and James Rushton talk about everything Villa to start [...]