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Danny Blanchflower Posted - 10/26/2015 : 10:20:41
Who would you like to be the new manager of AVFC
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Euro Sport Posted - 10/29/2015 : 18:00:00
A lot of Blues fans wanted someone with more experience when Rowett took over and look what he has done there. At least JE has done his apprenticeship and came through non league & leagues 1 & 2.
Fred Biddlestone Posted - 10/29/2015 : 17:59:28
If Justin Edinburgh does not come to us, mark my words he will be managing in the prem within a year (2 at the most).

He is in the same mould as Rowett. Done his time in non league and learnt the hard way.

May be a bit too soon for him as I think he should finish what he started at Gillingham and get them into the championship alongside JFH's Burton.

But he is going places.
Frank Broome Posted - 10/29/2015 : 17:55:06
Have heard Justin Edinburgh, linked with Villa job.
Con Martin Posted - 10/29/2015 : 17:33:26
The board are taking a massive risk with the future of our club by such a risky & ridiculous appointment when common sense dictates that we are crying out for a manager with proven experience in the Premier League. Moyes, Pulis, Koeman, Laudrup, Rodgers to name just a few. Take your pick. UTV.
Frank Carrodus Posted - 10/29/2015 : 17:08:32
Main problem is our fans don't have any say in the next managerial appointment & no longer have trust in the hierarchy of our club to make the right call.

I & countless fans are screaming for them not to appoint Garde but our pleas & exhortations will fall on deaf ears. UTV.
Frederick Haycock Posted - 10/29/2015 : 17:00:47
Think with the number of new French players, he is a good option, will understand there thinking and speak their language. In reality would struggle to get a proven prem manager except Rodgers or Moyes, both of which i dont fancy.
Gareth Barry Posted - 10/29/2015 : 16:57:45
Look at Garde's history, not a bad option IMO - I would prefer him to Rogers, especially the number of French players we have at Villa park now!
Gareth Southgate Posted - 10/29/2015 : 16:56:02
Yeah wouldn't surprise me if we'd had him in mind for a manager for a long time. Long term in theory it's a brilliant move, following in Arsenal's foot steps. My only worry is if he does come - can he organise the team quickly enough to stay up. If he does I think he'll do really well for the future x
Frank Barson Posted - 10/29/2015 : 16:54:31
Arsenal outlined Garde as wengers successor, so ive read ??
Earl Barrett Posted - 10/29/2015 : 16:53:47
Ok if we do hire garde can I just say no one knew who the hell Wenger was before he came to premier league..........just saying

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Ron Vlaar still free agent, training with AZ Alkmaar

Ron Vlaar FootballRon Vlaar he left Aston Villa in the summer, hoping to find a new club is still out of work. Shortly after his contract expired the Dutch defender suffered an injury putting him out of action and putting off potential suiters, especially because of the amount of time he had on the sidelines while at Villa Park.

The dutchman is now on his comeback and is training with Dutch club AZ Alkmaar, who he bagin his career with as a young player.

Ron Vlaar is quoted in saying he thinks he is still good enough for the Dutch national team, but even if he does find a new club to prove himself and force his way back into selection, he will not be able to play in the europeans as they failed to qualify for the European championships.

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Transfer funds on hold

Reports suggest that all transfer spending at Villa Park is now set to be put on hold until the New Year at the earliest. No transfer action for Gregory

Aston Villa manager John Gregory had been hoping that his transfer plans would become clearer by the end of this month, when the EU were due to rule on the current transfer situation.

Gregory has now been told by Villa chairman Doug Ellis that a final decision is now unlikely to be made until the New Year.

That is a blow for the Villa boss, who has been keen for most of the season to bring in a big money striker to pep up the Villa attack, following Luc Nilis' horrendous injury.

He was tracking Celta Vigo's South African international striker Benni McCarthy, who scored three goals against Villa in the Inter-Toto Cup during the summer, but a 5 million bid was turned down.

Gregory can understand Ellis' stance and said: "The chairman now tells me that he thinks it will be January until we know what is happening with the transfer system.

"You cannot argue with the reasoning, but it is frustrating for the players and myself."

Gregory, who signed Sheffield Wednesday striker Gilles de Bilde on-loan last week, is not hiding from the fact that Villa need more of a cutting edge in the side. They impressed at Arsenal last Saturday, but slipped to a 1-0 defeat.

"We played well at Arsenal," said Gregory. "But we were flat out and it is hard for us to match up with a team whose bench is made up of senior internationals."

Ian Taylor's frustration

Midfielder Ian Taylor has revealed that he is just starting to get to grips with John Gregory's squad rotation system at Villa Park.

Taylor, and central defender Ugo Ehiogu, have been the biggest victims of the new squad system but, while Ehiogu has spent more time than he would have hoped on the bench so far this season, Taylor has recently been able to force his way back into the side.

Not being in the team at the start of the season was hard for self-confessed Villa fan Taylor to accept and he said: "At the time I took it personally that I was not in the side.

"I was not used to being dropped and I didn't feel that I deserved it, but I have learned to live with the fact that the manager has to rotate the squad.

"That is what the Premiership is all about. There are basically three of us competing for two positions and we have all had a game here and there.

"I think that if you ask any player, they will tell you that they want to play in every game. I just have to come to terms with the fact it is a squad game."

Taylor put pen to paper on a new three year contract last season which keeps him at the club until the year 2003, but the security of a long contract does nothing to ease the disappointment he feels when he is not in the side.

The former Port Vale and Sheffield Wednesday ace added: "It doesn't matter whether you have got a long contract or not. At the end of the day you want to be playing football. The fans have always been good to me and that has been one good aspect of it."

New-boy Gilles de Bild opens account

New-boy striker Gilles de Bilde opened his goal account on Monday night as Villa's reserves came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw at Sunderland.

The Belgian international hitman, who joined Villa on a two month loan deal from First Division basement boys Sheffield Wednesday last week, was given a run out in the reserves clash so he could work on his match fitness.

The move certainly paid off, as the former Anderlecht and PSV Eindhoven striker pounced to earn Villa a valuable away point.

De Bilde's goal may have been crucial, but it was the display of goalkeeper Peter Enckleman that kept Villa in the match, as he pulled off a series of stunning saves to keep his side in contention.

Villa fell behind to reserve League leaders Sunderland after 67 minutes, when Lloyd Samuel gave away a penalty that was converted by Daniel Dichio.

De Bilde secured a share of the spoils for Villa just eight minutes later, when he took full advantage of an error by goalkeeper Jurgen Macho to turn home the equaliser.

Striker backs boss

Following speculation linking John Gregory with the vacant England managers job, Dion Dublin says he believes the Villa Boss is going nowhere.

The striker has backed Gregory to stay at Villa Park, despite recent reports that he had been installed as third favourite to take the England post behind Terry Venables and Lazio coach Sven Goran Eriksson.

Dublin said: "I can't see him wanting the job."

"Maybe if it came up further down the line, when he's won a couple of trophies with Villa, he might decide to go."

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JJ in peace talks

Julian Joachim and John Gregory have held a peace summit at Villa Park with the striker confirming he had cleared the air with Gregory last week.

Joachim has revealed the duo met in the manager's office last week and they both made it plain no grudges would be held after Joachim's outspoken attack on the Villa chief during the summer. Joachim, who started his first game of the season at Arsenal last weekend, has also hinted he might well withdraw his transfer request that he submitted after blasting Gregory. Joachim slammed Gregory in a row over a new contract and he said: "The manager and I were not really talking at the start of the season. But he called me into his office last week and it was all positive. We agreed there should be no grudges. What I said in the summer didn't go down well, but things are getting better between us. The boss must rate me otherwise I would have been totally ignored this season.

I wouldn't rule out withdrawing my transfer request at some stage. If I keep playing well then I accept there is no way they would sell me if another club came in. But at the same time, I

am not going to rush into anything as questions have to be answered. Whenever I see the chairman he tells me to keep my head up, but I have heard nothing about my contract and that is the problem for me. That is the main thing which would have to come out of this all. The ball is in Villa's court and it all depends on them. I have got two seasons left on my contract with an option for one more, but I don't want this situation going on for two years."

Lee Hendrie told to grow up

John Gregory has told Lee Hendrie that he has to grow up after he was dismissed for two bookable offences at the weekend. Hendrie receives his second yellow of the game

What particularly infuriated Gregory was that Hendrie collected his first booking for throwing the ball away. Villa were up against it after Hendrie was dismissed for collecting a

second booking and Gregory has made it plain that he does not want to see a repeat of Hendrie's actions. Gregory said: "We have asked Lee Hendrie to grow up in so many ways and he has grown up a lot this season. But he has got this impetus streak in him and you cannot throw the ball away and pick up a booking for that. After that you are always going to be facing problems.

I would rather somebody got booked for kicking someone than for throwing the ball away. That is just childish in may respects and consequently it has ended up with him being sent-off. He is going to be out of the side now and he is going to have to deal with that. I am not happy with him being sent-off for the first offence really as that is where the problem started. He has got to rise above that sort of thing."

Gregory admits disappointment

John Gregory has admitted that he was left bitterly disappointed by Villa's 1-0 defeat at Arsenal last weekend.

The setback at Highbury brought to an end an impressive run of form that had seen Villa win three and draw one of their last four games. It is the second successive season that Villa left Highbury pointless. Last season they were beaten 3-1. But last Saturday, Villa dominated the game for long spells and it was the failure to get on to the scoresheet at a time when Villa were dominant that was really hard for Gregory to accept. Gregory said: "It is always hard to take when you feel that you deserve something from the game, particularly when you come to somewhere like Arsenal and do so well. We did well in the first-half and it is always difficult for me to comprehend when we don't come in leading at half-time. You know there will be some stage in the second-half when Arsenal might get a lucky break and as it turned out we lost Hendrie after about 15 minutes of the second half and we had a big job on our hands after that. We were always up against it after we found ourselves down to ten men."

Reserves in action

The Villa second string are in action tonight when they travel to take on Sunderland.

The FA Premier Reserve League game kicks off at 7pm.

Southgate speaks out

Gareth Southgate and John Gregory have been talking about the type of person they feel will be right for the England managerial hot seat.

Southgate has laid to rest the various rumours that were doing the rounds suggesting the England dressing room would rebel against a foreign coach.

He said: "Perhaps it should be an Englishman but if there isn't the right Englishman for the job then it makes sense to look abroad.

"All is I would suggest is that whoever is appointed has to be right for the job and command the respect of the players."

Meanwhile John Gregory, who had been touted for the post in the past before the job was given to Keegan said: "I was put forward then because we were at the top of the Premier League.

"However that was crazy, but after everything that has gone on since, I think I'm a much better manager now then I was then."

As regards the possibility of a foreign coach Gregory said he believes that talk is stupid as there are plenty of good English coaches and like many involved within the game he thinks the right man for the job is El Tel.