Aston Villa were given the humiliation of having to go through the replay in order to beat League Two outfit Wycombe Wanderers in the third round of the FA Cup.
Even going out and creating a major shock would have been better for the Premier League team, who appear to be going downhill with every week. Frenchman Remi Garde was brought in as the replacement for Tim Sherwood, but his arrival has done little to improve performances.Garde has tried various managerial techniques in order to get his team going but in vain. He recently lashed out at his players after the 2-0 win against Wycombe.
The season is almost approaching midway, but Aston Villa have managed only one win in the league so far.
This disastrous form sees them already cut off from the 19th placed team in the Premier League – Sunderland. Remi Garde was brought into improved results, but almost no positivity has been experienced by the team since he replaced Tim Sherwood in November. It remains to be seen if any arrivals in January will help the team. For the time being, the manager has to place his belief on the existing group of players. One of the promising names in the squad is Ghana star Jordan Ayew.
Leicester City continued their unbeaten run with a 1-1 draw against title challenging Manchester United. As a result of this point, they have also kept their own position in the top four.
It would have been unimaginable only six months ago when Nigel Pearson had guided Leicester to safety in remarkable circumstances. The club appeared doomed for relegation at this stage last season, but an amazing run of form in the last three months of the season saw Leicester City stay up.
Scott Sinclair believes that the anger that Villa supporters showed the other day after the team lost versus Stoke City was understandable as they deserve a payback for all the love they pour on to the team.
Despite the odds we found on the Sky Bet mobile app pointing to to the probable result, the supporters were nevertheless absolutely furious to see the Villans suffering their 6th defeat in the season a couple of weeks back.
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.