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VMC Eight Deadly Sins: Q&A With A Villan


Vital Villa's "The Fear" - Jonathan, has taken some time out his busy schedule to face the VMC question and answer session ahead of Saturday's crucial game:

1) Only a week ago, Villa weren't even being considered as possible fourth place finishers. However, they've hit form at exactly the right time with wins over Hull City and your city-rivals Birmingham. Where's this form come from?

The press and pundits rarely mention Villa anyway to be fair but in this case, with a few disappointing draws pushing us seemingly out of the race, maybe the pressure went off the players and they were able to re-focus. Where did the form come from? Well, in all seriousness, we should be beating the likes of Hull, Portsmouth and Blues. That isn't meant to be arrogant and we rode our luck in all the games at times, just a fact, we have spent a lot, have some top players and shouldn't be dropping points. The draws v Wolves and Stoke might be what has put pay to finishing 4th but hey, we are still in the race and even 5th would be an improvement.

2) City legend Richard Dunne moved to Villa Park in the summer after being told that he was surplus to requirements by Garry Cook. How's he been this season and has he made many of his trade mark cock-up's?

He's been solid as a rock. There was a 'moment' v Blues between Dunne and Friedel, but apart from that he's not let us down and him with Collins in the centre have been great for us as long as we ignore the freak game v Chelsea where every player was to blame.

3) James Milner was named as the PFA Young Player of the Year earlier this week after an outstanding season that has seen his name linked to the likes of City and United. How key has he been to your success this campaign and do you think you'll be able to keep hold of him this summer?

He has been everything I expected him to be. He is a rock solid player, looks great in the centre and has booked his place on the plane to the World Cup for sure. Can we keep him? Well, we didn't let Barry go until we were good and ready. Thing is, if Manchester United come calling, it can be tough to keep a player because no matter how much we all hate saying it, they are the best. As for City, lot of time for the fans as much like us Lions, you've been with the club through all the ups and lets face it, downs! However the obscene money being pumped in will ruin the game so if you lot come calling with mad money, I don't know if we will be able to keep hold of him. Personally I'd say 50million or sod off. But that is me! lol As said, that isn't a rant against the very good support but I do think Man City could well now prove to be the final nail in the coffin of the Premiership. Chelsea distorted it, the Champions League have bastardised the pecking order and now your owners are going to spend immoral amounts.

4) Apart from Milner, who's been your other shining light this season?

I'm not telling you buggers, you'll try to buy them! (Ashley Young and our central defenders)

5) We've both failed to win any silverware this season, with you guys losing to Baconface's lot in the Carling Cup final and City failing to capitalize on a 2-1 lead at The Swamp in the semi's. But on the whole, we've both enjoyed successful seasons. However, what's been your most enjoyable moment as a Villan this season?

Every moment as a Villa fan is a joy. (Sick buckets?!) I honestly just adore being a Villa fan, loved the trips to Wembley if not the results and just thank the good Lord Paul McGrath every day I'm claret and blue.

6) With Villa currently one point ahead of City in the League having played an extra game, who do you think is going to finish in that coveted fourth position and why?

My mind changes with every passing minute. My heart says us but with games in hands for you and the Spuds, that will take some doing. All we need to do is beat you and Blackburn to guarantee 5th though. Honestly, no idea, I have a sneaking feeling the Spuds might do it but with you both still having to play, it is too close to call. For the sake of all things football, I hope you guys don't do it, just purely because it might slow down the ridiculous spending as you'll not be able to attract certain players without Champions League. Funny game where finishing 4th is success now isn't it?

7) Who is City's dangerman? And if you could have any player from the City team that isn't Carlos Tevez who would it be and why?

I'd take Tevez... DOH, you have blocked that one. Stephen Ireland, I think he looks a top prospect. Bellend and Tevez are the dangers.

8) And so your match prediction?

A Villa win, in off the arse of Gareth Barry in the 5th minute of injury time.

*Cheers again to Jonathan for some great answers.




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Writer: bigal84 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday April 29 2010

Time: 6:08PM

Your Comments

Did someone say "jealous". Nah, good interview and some good answers! Crackin'.
given_is_ironman
"However the obscene money being pumped in will ruin the game" How exactly? "Man City could well now prove to be the final nail in the coffin of the Premier League coffin" How exactly?
Bluedub
Bluedub - are you serious. You cannot see what money has dome to the game not only here but in the so boringly predictable CL! Apart from Jose's trick with Porto it's the SAME teams time and time again. The only thing that has made this season exciting is the vaguest change to the Sky 4 and that's only due to teh Yanks implosion at Liverpool. I'm a Villa fan and we've spent a net 20M a yearsince we were bought out by Lerner and that is nothing comapred to Spurs, Newcastle, even West Ham at times. I'd hang up my scarf if we dealt the way you guys (nothing personal mind!) or Chelsea are going/gone. You been to the Bridge and seen the non-support their? A Chelsea season ticket is just a current fashion accesory in West London. The money distorts the entire game and puts enormous pressure on less successful clubs to get into massive debt - you don't need me to list those clubs in trouble. Jealous? Nah. Never. Just would like to see a more even playing field so that clubs like Forest, Leeds can still give us something to gulp about. Nothing like that would ever happen nowadays. The money doens't filter down into the lower leagues anymore, just goes on more and more stupid fast cars and coloured handmade boots. JF is just stating the obvious about the final nail... It just so happens that that nail belongs to you guys... If I were in your shoes and we bought the PL next season I'd just see it as a hollow victory and it would means so much less...
ljkal
All the top clubs have been guilty of distorting the market over the years. More money = inflation, its simple economics. However, Manchester City being rich is not bad for English football, its good. We only have to look at the Champions League semi-finals to see that English clubs are not as strong anymore. A new 'Real Madrid' to drive up the competition is exactly what English football needs if we want to remain at the pinnacle of European football.
eighthsin
A cracking interview gents, thanks J.
Tudor
Good interview lads. On another note, all the jealousy and hatred to us is a joke, i know 100% the fans wouldn't hang up the scarfs etc if they had their own supreme financial backing. Jealousy is a terrible thing
Once a Blue
I still need convincing ljkal. I know what money has done to the game but that happened long before ADUG came along. I would suggest that owners of other clubs that are putting their club's into huge debt whilst paying themselves massive administration fees are the ones hammering nails.
Bluedub
Good read even if he does talk pap that Fear;p
Lando78
MON THE VILLA!!!!!!
Tony Rocky Horror
Oh dear, TRH has escaped again. Someone call a nurse.
fifthcolumnblue
Good interview guys and some nice answers 'Fear' - but i'd like to know what you'd do though if a multi billionare bought Villa and put 500m into the transfer pot? Say no thanks?
Thaibluefan
"In off the arse of Gareth Barry", brilliant!!
astonguerrilla
Great stuff from The Fear but the obscene money mantra is with us again in advance of the summer. The rags were breaking transfer records as long ago as Pallister and Yorke and did so repeatedly until the debt engulfed them with those transfer records becoming an accepted, established order in English football.
Johnny Baguette
No jealousy at all folks, think the Chelsea situation was obscene, think this situation is obscene but as I say in the interview, this isn't aimed at the fans, just the way football is going. If we were doing it, you'd feel the same as City has also always been a 'proper' club. I don't blame you enjoying the ride folks but I think the distortion is about to get ten times worse and that is not going to benefit anyone but the new order of the top four. We all talk about finishing 4th now. Remember when we used to talk about WINNING the league not being 3rd loser? Hey ho, I might take up knitting. UTV
The Fear
Thai much like you folks as fans, I'd have no say mate. However I was slightly 'involved' in the takeover at Villa having done protests re: Ellis for years + Chairman of the AVFC Shareholders Association and was actually worried we'd end up with an Abramovich making Villa a 'train set'. Was more worried when Gadaffi was linked mind you! lol

Johnny, agree, not saying you are to blame, just that you folks are the latest lot and it is going to further distort what Chelsea and the Champions League have managed to do. Enjoy it folks, I won't and there are many of my generation (40's) slowly going down leagues or away from football. Lets face it, the biggest winners are the agents and the playboy players who if you look at some of them aren't exactly the greatest role models in the world. Interesting times
The Fear
Couldn't agree more with your latest there The Fear!
Johnny Baguette
By the way, IT IS VILLAN .... NOT Villain :o)
The Fear
LMAO. Spotted!
Johnny Baguette
I'm Jealous ! To a point , Still rather be the best in the Midlands than second best in Manchester!
villan57
That's a bit harsh Mr Villan57, true but still harsh. We all remember Jack Walker at B'burn "buying" the prem, that was a one off but still managed to push the envelope of transfer fees. Then Chelsea, now ManCity, and heaven knows who next. Anyway, as Fear says; enjoy the ride. Good luck in the CL if you make it.
andy5759
Jealous? It's so difficult when you are on the outside looking in. I tell myself that I wouldn't want an Arab sheik to come calling and put in 500m to the Villa but until it happens I just don't know. Don't tell me you guys weren't complaining about Manure and Chelski and the money they spent before your Arab owners came along. So, is it best join Chelski etc or would it be better to structure things differently so that every club has a chance of winning? I'm not quite as certain as J F that money has ruined football but I am sure that if it is allowed to continue unchecked it certainly will. The love of money is the root of all evil.
chocolate teapot
Very good points 'teapot' and to a degree i agree with your post. As a City fan i am just enjoying the ride in first class.
Thaibluefan
www.astonvilla.vitalfootball.co.uk Scragg's interview on Vital Villa... top stuff. Lets hope for a top match today!
The Fear
U just don't get it do you OAB? Oh well...
ljkal
Ah, a lot has been said about Chelsea here- Well, we seem to be the axis of evil here also? You spend money to get top players. So do United, so do Liverpool, So do Man City. In what way have we "distorted" the league? Look at our spending- It's been lesser than United's and surprisingly Liverpool's over the past 7 seasons. I'd expect you lot to think with your own brains, rather than inhale the media tosh there is out there and talk "sense". Distorted the league, what bull*****e. Bitter, jealous fans. To you Citeh folk out there- This is exactly what you'll get fellas- Even if you stop the spending after a few years and stabilise the ship, so better brace yourselves for it!
JT_daniel
Gary Owen recently said that if you have the money to build a house you build it as quickly as you can.
Johnny Baguette
 

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