If Aston Villa are to have just the slimmest chance of survival the visit of Norwich, who have lost five on the bounce, is a must-win game. However, injuries to Rudy Gestede and Libor Kozak have left Rémi Garde with just Gabriel Agbonlahor as his only fit striker. Norwich welcome [...]
Benik Afobe could sink his former club's title tilt, Charlie Austin may leave David Sullivan red-faced, and January's two biggest signings go head-to-head“I don't hold any grudges or think about what might have happened,” said Benik Afobe this week, but Arsenal fans may not be able to stop themselves from [...]
Fans of struggling football club will be happy to hear they finally made a signing – disappointment may follow that it is not someone to transform team on the pitchFormer Bank of England governor Mervyn King has joined the board of struggling Premier League football club Aston Villa.King, a lifelong [...]
• Striker banned for three games over elbow on Aaron Cresswell• Premier League's basement club now without three strikersJordan Ayew has apologised for his red card at West Ham which deepened Aston Villa's relegation worries.The striker was dismissed after just 17 minutes when he elbowed Aaron Cresswell as Villa slipped [...]
It's been a difficult campaign for Wolves, Albion and Aston Villa, while Walsall have been the only shining light. Is the future bright or is it time for a managerial change at your club next season? [...]
This week, the club appointed Mervyn King to the board of directors in what seems to be another strange move by the board. The calamitous decisions that the board members have made this season and over the last few years are well documented and they don't seem to help themselves.
Having just had a glance at our remaining fixtures, you have to say this is probably the most winnable game we have left.
But is it a “must win”?
I personally don't think it is really.
Not in a sense of league position anyway, as I think we've all pretty much come round [...]
It's been a very tough week. First, we were humbled by a second string Manchester City side in the FA Cup. Three days later, we were beaten once again, this time by West Ham United. Despite a good opening spell, Jordan Ayew's ridiculous red card meant that the result was [...]
Aston Villa v Norwich 2016 After a decent start to the game at Upton Park on Tuesday, a moment of madness effectively cost us the game. There's no time for Villa to feel sorry for themselves however, and Saturday really is a must-win game (hasn't every match been?!). Norwich meanwhile [...]
If Aston Villa lose Saturday, they'll be 13 points from safety with 13 to play. A win is necessary if anyone at Bodymoor Heath still harbours thoughts of a miracle. It's Villa's last stand! Or something like that. Norwich City in town.
What to know about Villa
Well, Libor Kozák has [...]
As I made my way to East London the other night, I had time to ponder a transfer window where the club failed to deliver either of the two strategies it could have deployed. They could either pursue Premier League quality and try to pay over the odds at a [...]
It has been quite a week at Villa. No new signings, Ayew's idiotic antics, another defeat, a director appointed & now just one fit striker. And that's Agbonlahor.As I've written repeatedly, given the absolute disarray at the club, we are by some miracle just 10 points adrift. [...]
When it rains, it pours
I don't know who to feel more sorry for at present, Remi Garde, who so desperately wanted another striker in January; or Libor Kozak, who has suffered his third bone break in three years.
Remi Garde confirmed in his pre match press conference this morning that [...]
Take a break from reality by checking in on the 7500toHolte fantasy league First off, a huge thank you to user DalianAtkinsonsUmbrella for giving me an excuse to not write about Aston Villa this week. DAU, as he or she shall now be known as for the rest of this [...]
Episode 79 of the Holtecast sees Aston Villa return to their losing ways. Jack and Robert are back, and it's safe to say that neither of them are too happy after what Aston Villa have done in the past week. After a glorious five-match unbeaten run that saw hope [...]
What a week!
We are now down so it got me thinking about kind of shape we will take next year.
I'm thinking particularly about which players will leave this summer. I think there could be quite an exodus.
Most of the players I have on my list to go are foreign and [...]
Aston Villa's brief five-match unbeaten run – halcyon days in the wider context of the season – came to an end in ignominious fashion at Upton Park on Tuesday night as Jordan Ayew's elbow condemned Remi Garde's side to a 2-0 defeat to West Ham after a positive start. Here's [...]
So why do I call him Merv the swerve?
Well, my opinion says he did a very decent job of getting around any serious questions when defending bankers in the crisis, whilst actually achieving very little in the scheme of things, the obvious QE stuff which any mug could have overseen, [...]
Villa announced today that Mervyn King, marmite former banker & lifelong Villa fan had joined the board. Influential in finance, opinion dividing throughout his career and now an Aston Villa director.At the very least King is a Villa fan.I do think it is a challenge analysing King's career and [...]
Aston Villa take on Norwich City in the Premier League Alright. We're hitting the point where hope is nearly gone. But... uh... if we win on Saturday, and then never lose again, we could survive!
In all reality, the window for saving Premier League status is rapidly closing. If Villa can't [...]
Disappointing is the word I would use to describe this week of football. I'm not really sure what has happened to our great club. After an unbeaten run of five games sparked some home, the fate of Aston Villa Football Club is now almost certain. I believe most fans have [...]
Two more games to forget knocking Aston Villa out of the FA Cup and edging the club closer to the relegation trap door have disheartened even the most blinkered fans, already down after the lack of new players in January. What can fans take from yet more disappointment? WINDOW: CLOSED [...]
Real Horrorshow You may think that Villa played twice in the last few days but you would be wrong. That wasn't the real Villa, it was just a ghost. The fans rightfully let their feet do the talking against Man City and Villa Park has become a forsaken place. The [...]
Deadline day and the January transfer window as a whole were an embarrassment for Aston Villa Football Club. With the club rooted to the bottom of the table, January was an ideal time to bring in reinforcements to try to help the club avoid relegation. At the very least, fans [...]
There has been an outpouring of anger on social media the last 48 hours over the lack of activity in the transfer window and the result last night. And while I'm actually quite surprised we didn't bring anyone in, I also think that we've had enough changes this season, so [...]
Idiotic Jordan Ayew saw red for an off the ball elbow on Aaron Cresswell to guarantee that Villa never had any hope of getting anything at Upton Park.Just when you think that our season can't throw up any more self inflicted disasters, another one rears it's head. Jordan Ayew, [...]
Call me deluded or mad and take a shot, I don't care because tonight is what many will refer to in years to come as the night we fought back and things turned good for Aston Villa. Tonight, will be the night you tell your grand kids about in a [...]
The press headlines tell it all, don't they?
“The only signing Villa have made this month is a new chairman”;
“Are the lights still on at Villa Park? If so, could they please illuminate us.”
Indeed, the last quoted headline reminds me of the vainglorious installation of the illuminated Aston Villa Football Club [...]
So after all the lack of activity in the transfer window, it seems we have a game tonight.
Does anyone really care?
While the immediate response might be to say “no”, it's still a game in a league where we're trying to survive and it's still important, I suppose.
I could rattle on [...]
Well, here we are again. Collectively sighing after another shambolic transfer window. The arguments for action and inaction abound, but the fact is that Villa head to West Ham with no new faces to lift spirits or raise hope.As many have referenced in considering the clubs lack of [...]
So that's it then, not a single player signed in a window that has to rank as the worst ever for Aston Villa FC.
And while most of us knew we wouldn't be pushing the boat out because it doesn't make financial sense, I doubt anyone thought we wouldn't sign anybody.
West Ham v Aston Villa 2016 Garde has recently praised the spirit of Villa, but they didn't show any of that in the FA Cup last weekend. While a repeat of last season's run to the final is no longer on the cards, a near-futile battle against relegation still has [...]
It wasn't that I wasn't interested in the FA Cup, it was that I had a feeling that it wasn't going to go the way we would have liked and when watching, not live I have to admit as we had people round, nothing really surprised me. When I saw [...]
Jack and Robert are back, and it's safe to say that neither of them are too happy after what Aston Villa have done in the past week. After a glorious five-match unbeaten run that saw hope revived, Villa managed to get curb-stomped by Manchester City in the FA Cup and [...]
Aston Villa's brief and slight resurgence ended with a bump on Saturday afternoon. A 4-0 home defeat by Manchester City ended Villa's FA Cup involvement until next January and the nature of the loss was difficult to stomach. Chris and Steve discuss the game in this week's Aston Villa Review, [...]