Aston Villa received a major boost with the news that captain and midfielder Fabian Delph was snubbing the offer from Manchester City to stay at Villa Park.
The England international has been linked with a move to City for around £ 8 million – the release clause in his contract. Delph only signed a new contract only back in January and he stated that he was going to be part of the club for a long time. However, there were rumours that the midfielder was undergoing a medical at City after the Manchester outfit activated the release clause. This rumour appears to have had some truth.
Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood says that he is feeling sick after watching his team suffer a 4-0 humiliation against Arsenal in the FA Cup final.
Villa were hoping to finally into the run of several decades without a FA Cup title by beating the gunners. They have not managed to win this title since the success in the 1956-57 campaign. The closest they have been since then was being runners up at the turn of the century and now against Arsenal. Despite being in a relegation battle for much of the campaign, Villa were hoping to create a major upset at the new Wembley.
Aston Villa might be experiencing a change in ownership within the upcoming months as the owner of the English club is believed to be interested in selling the club and Randy Lerner has been having meetings with a UK based group and a deal is edging closer but there is something that can turn into a roadblock for this transaction and it depends on whether or not Aston Villa remains competing in the Premier League for another season.
Aston Villa is only a few points away from the bottom relegation zone and if they do get relegated, the price of the English club will be slashed and cut down.
When the performances of a Football team happen to be poor over a long period of time, it’s the manager who takes the most of the flak, but, in Aston Villa’s case, it’s the hierarchy too which seems to be a tad responsible.
Randy Lerner, who bought Villa 8 years back in 2006, has never tried to get involved that much into the cub activities.
He does not even spend a lot of time in UK and many experts reckon that’s not the way to run a top class Football club.
Lerner might say that he has done things which people expect a good owner to do. He spent as much money as anyone else, brought in a young, creative manager and also gave him his full backing.
But, spending money and employing quality people does not mean that your duty as an owner is completed.
The heat was on big time at Villa Park yesterday and it had got to be that way. Aston Villa and Chelsea were taking on each other and both had a lot to play for.
It’s not that the result of the game was going to change the positions of the two teams significantly in the points table, but the game had its own importance.
Chelsea had not earned a win in the last 5 games that they had played at the venue. So, they were desperate for win.
For Villa, it was about getting a goal. They had not been able to shake the net for the last 7 games and they were starting to get a bit restless about it.
During the previous season of the Premier League, Aston Villa managed to avoid getting relegated as they had an advantage of 5 points which kept the team of Paul Lambert safe.
The manager of Aston Villa believes that this season should be easier to avoid being pitted in the bottom spots of the Premier League if his squad continue performing in the way that they have been doing up until now.
Aston Villa has claimed victories against Crystal Palace, Leicester City, Liverpool, Stoke City and Hull City which has helped the club in maintaining a fairly comfortable spot in the middle section of the Premier League standings.
Paul Lambert, the man in charge of Aston Villa, has denied that he is afraid of being axed.
According to Lambert, he is encouraged by the way Sam Allardyce has turned things around at the Boleyn Ground. He believes he can also do the same.
The previous 6 matches that the Lions have played in the English first division, they have lost each one of them which has resulted in them moving down to the 16th position in the table.
Their start was decent actually. With 3 wins in the first 5 games, they were sitting quite high in the table, but, there has been a sudden deterioration ever since.
There are rumours that the Villa owners have started looking beyond Lambert and he might be sacked soon. But, that isn’t worrying the 45-year old Scottish manager.
Aston Villa have made a strong start to the Premier League season despite three consecutive defeats. Up until the first 3-0 defeat a few weeks ago, Villa were flying high in the table in the second place. They suffered another 3-0 defeat, this time against Chelsea – before losing 2-0 against Manchester City before the international break. These defeats have lowered their expectations for the season once again. Villa are 10th in the table after seven matches. Scoring goals has been a major issue for the club. It seems that no improvement since been made in this regard over the last few years.
Aston Villa’s strong start to the season has seen manager Paul Lambert rewarded with a new contract extension, which will see him stay at the club until 2018. The former Norwich City manager has been facing a lot of pressure in recent seasons following his failure to get Villa closer to European qualification positions. One of the few British clubs to have won the European cup, Villa are no longer challenging close to the top of the table due to the budgetary constraints. The club were almost relegated in the last two seasons only for an improvement towards the end of the season.
Chris Coleman has said that if he makes the Wales national football team qualify for the Euro Championships of 2016, it would be the biggest achievement that he can ever have in his career as manager.
Coleman, who has had stints as manager at clubs like Fulham and Real Sociedad, reckons that even if he wins the European Cup with some club in future, he would not get the same kind of satisfaction that he would get if Wales makes it to the Euro 2016.
Speaking in a programme, Coleman said, “Even Champions League glory would not give me as much happiness as Wales’ qualification for Euro 2016 would.”