Leamington Brakes: Back from Obscurity
Breaking news from Sky Sports today is that the Aston Villa board are keen on forging a link with lower league club Leamington Brakes. Brakes have had a fantastic season and are looking set to win the Blue Square North league, as well as promotion to the Blue Square Premier. Their manager, Jason Lippitt
, has often been compared to Villa manager David Beckham
as the "David Beckham of the lower leagues" in the sense that both are young and talented managers in different levels.
Before today, no one in the footballing world knew what Beckham knew about this particular lower league club, but our Sky Sports interviewers are determined to change that, with an interview with Beckham about the possible link-up already scheduled.
"Hello, David, you are live on Sky Sports News. In the press today there are reports your Aston Villa side might be becoming affiliated with Leamington Brakes. Who are they and what do you know about them?"
"They are a club in one of the lower leagues, the BSN, aren't they? They've done very well this season to get promoted and all. They also have a bloody good manager, that's my opinion. That's what I know about them."
"Yes, their manager is Jason Lippitt. They are looking set to be in the Blue Square Premier next season but why do the board at Aston Villa think this is a good move? Surely you would be better with, perhaps, a Championship or League One team?"
"Leamington Brakes are a club that's going places. Why would the board not want to be affiliated with such a club? This can only bring benefits for both sides and I think it's an easy decision, really."
Have you been following them and if so who has impressed you the most? Can you see Villa youngsters being sent there for experience?
"I have, obviously. I don't think anyone who has a real passion for football are doing the same. Leamington have been such an exciting club and a lot of my fellow coaches talk about it sometimes. I can't wait for us to link up. As for the youngsters side, I think it's a great way for them to get some experience, and I will definitely be looking to send my youngsters there if they can't get a game - as long as Jason wants them, of course."