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Rebuilding Aston Villa

Started on 21 February 2013 by Hortensius
Latest Reply on 24 February 2013 by Hortensius
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Breaking News

With a considerable squad reshuffle at villa park it was always expected there would be some teething problems at the beginning of the Paul Lambert era. However Skysports reports of a shocking training ground bust up, with a unnamed player punching the manager as he was forced out of the club.

the player, who shall remain nameless was escorted off the premises by security and Paul Lambert was seen leaving Bodymoor Heath soon after in a great hurry.

Speculation ranges from searching for an emergency dentist to handing in his resignation.

Mr Lambert reeling from the shock.

As always SkySports will bring you the breaking news as it unfolds

Sky Sports can now confirm the Paul Lambert has stood down from his post as manager of Aston Villa citing irreconcilable differences between himself and the squad leaving him not choice but to part with reputation and most of his body intact.

We can now bring you an exclusive press conference with Aston Villa Chairman Randy Lerner who can hopefully shed some light on the clubs future direction and prospects of bringing a new manager in so soon before the new premier league season.

Randy Lerner
Assorted Journalists

To begin with i would like to thank Paul Lambert for his efforts in his stint as manager of this football club. Alas things where not meant to be and Paul felt that his talents would be better served elsewhere and due to his dispute with a member of the playing staff he felt his position was untenable. Remarkably i am pleased to announce we are able to announce his successor. We Have just concluded talks with Mr Laudrup and he has accepted our offer to become the new Manager of this storied Club.

How did you manage to sway him to leave Swansea as he himself was recently Appointed as their manager?

ah... i meant Brian. Brian has accepted the post and im sure he will have as much or greater success in management as his brother and will prove an astute appointment for Aston Villa FC.

So His brothers success is your criteria for hiring Brian Laudrup?

Not at all Brian was interviewed for the position and expressed brilliant insight into how this club could move forward and we felt that he would be able to fulfill these promises

Do you think the appointment of an untested manager will prove wise considering the task at hand and rumors of dressing room unrest?

Whilst Brian has not managed before i feel he is more than capable of succeeding at this club and i will not be dealing with rumors and hearsay in this interview.

The new Boss

Morning all, lets get this press conference started. First things first, i'd like to say a quick thanks to Mr lerner for appointing me to this position. It's a great honor to be appointed to manage such a storied club as Aston villa and whilst i know the club experienced a disappointing season last year i am sure we can get this club back up the right end of the table and in the near future be back competing for European qualification in the near future. So lets start with sonme some questions.

First off Brian congratulations on the new post.So What are your thoughts on the squad you have inherited and will you be looking to strengthen in any key areas?

Its an interesting team. There is a lot youth and talent in this squad but i will be looking to bring in some experienced players down the spine of the team. We are currently targeting a back up centre-Half a more experienced set of full-backs. and a new holding midfielder beyond that we will have to have a look at what is available in the market.

Wow. thats quite a set of transfer targets, will you be looking to move any players out during this window?

There are a few players who do not fit in with how i plan to structure this club whether this is the wages they command or the position they play so there will definately be some movement in that regard.

This approach landed the last manager in a spot of bother, how do you plan to deal with a further exodus of players?

I'm booked in to take some self-defence classes, but seriously it wont come to that i have every intention to keep relations between myself and the squad amicable.

You did mention about some players not being positionally suitable for your plans, would you care to expand on what these plans consist of?

Well i'm not going into the exact tactics right here you'll get to see that on the pitch but broadly speaking attractive attacking football is the objective and whilst i will be encouraging this style, it won't however be the over-riding philosophy, that in football has to be winning football games.

The Press conference has ended.
Definitely looks interesting. Got an Aston Villa story up as well on my own so maybe you can take pointers from there. Jason Connolly's Aston Villa story is also pretty inspirational, if you can be bothered to search that up.

Hopefully you do better than me. Currently in January 2013, in 17th place in the table. :/

Will be following.
Pre season summary

Pre-season will be taken by my assistant manager with the purpose to test the new formations, get used to them and finally to separate the wheat from the chaff.


Aston Villa 2-4 Blackpool

A shoddy result, especially as taylor-fletcher got a brace poor performances from derek williams and edna stevens backed up my initial assessment that they are unlikely to become regular players at villa park.

Aston villa 2-0 Cambridge

a worse team but a better performance a brace from bent in a pedestrian match was a pleasant sight, regrettably young ciaran clarke picked up an injury that will keep him sidelined for a few weeks.

Aston Villa 1-1 Roma

Much tougher opposition and a relatively strong performance ( and no new injuries which was a nice change)

Aston villa 4-1 forest green

simple win, bit of a pick me up to get morale high before the premier league season starts.

Team is now fitter, ive got rid of a few youth players and morale is good. in short pre-season has fulfilled its purpose
Transfer summary


It has to be said parts of this squad looked like it belonged in the championship and some the champions league. it has a strong spine in bent,guzan, vlaar, dunne and clarke but i felt it was in need in of reinforcement.

Goal Keepers

I am looking to get rid of shay given due to his considerable wages so a cheap number two is in order.

Craig Gordon - free transfer 12k p/w 3 year contract

solid if injury prone i dont expect him to see too much action bar the odd cup game again the guy is on low wages plus i can sell him for a profit in a year

3 good centre halves so im in no great need but i fancy another to act as a back up, finding somebody good enough and cheap enough left one candidate

John Mensah - free transfer

A player with a good pedigree and valuable premier league experience he joins a a 3 year, 13k per week contract.

The full backs at my disposal are not of the calibre i'd like so i dipped into the Italian market and found a pair of more suitable fellows.

Paulo de Cegilie- transfer (1.9 million)

whilst not the star he was once forecast to be, he is still a formidable wingback and full back who will play a key role in making my away tactic tick.

Mattia cassani- Loan

a similar player to de cegilie, an experienced right back who has played for a host of big Italian clubs. he provides strength in defense and in attack. i was tempted to sign him permanently as i feel he will be a major asset but at 29 i felt a loan was the most prudent course of action.

Ayila Yussuf- Loan

A versatile centre back who is comfortable in midfield (where he will be playing for me) he also has the marvelous characteristic of being very cheap. whilst out of favour at his home club i decided to give him a chance and hope he will provide a return on that trust.


Anderson £4.6 million transfer

aging and out of favour he wasn't a transfer target but injuries made the decision for me in a deadline day swoop and i have a feeling he may surprise me when you consider his past clubs and a surprising 21 england caps.


Not an area i had thought to improve but a late deadline day departure made it necessary to recruit some reinforcements

Kevin Gameiro -loan

out of favour at psg due to the mighty ibrahimavic kevin was available for a loan move, a player who once commanded a £10million fee should make a valuable addition (loan soon terminated)

Guillaume hoarau

Another out of favour psg striker, will provide a good backup to benteke in the target man role and bent as a poacher , in essence another versatile player.

Soon to follow, who left to fund this transfer splurge[/spoiler]

A slightly more condensed approach

Ashley westwood & Gary Gardener - loaned out to Sheffield Wednesday
Gary is a player who potentially has a future at this club so will be gaining valuable first team experience, ashley on the other hand will likely be let go in the summer.

Andi Weimann -loaned out to Bolton
unsure about this fella hopefully a loan spell will provide an answer.

Shay Given 350k to Chelsea
Whilst a good keeper his 50k wages and advanced years i felt it was time to thank him and wish him well + 350k is better than i thought i would receive.

Nathan Baker - loaned to Nottingham Forrest
Another player i was 50/50 about this loan spell will hopefully shed some light however i feel i will be forced to sell him in the end.

Other players loaned out- Enda stevens, Jordon Bowery, Daniel Johnson, Daniel Devine, Derrick williams Eric Lichaj.

Permanent Transfers

Barry Bannan 4.7Million to wolves
Stephan Warnock 2million to southhampton
Chris Herd 3million to celtic
Gabby Abonlahor 10million to tottenham

Total funds Brought in 20 Million.
Squad analysis

this is just the part of the squad i will be using for i.e holman,albrighton and N'zogbia do not fit into the tactic but i was unable to get rid so they are in the reserves until i can ship them out.

Goal keepers

Brad Guzan
Craig Gordon


Ron Vlaar
Cairan Clark
Richard Dunne
John Mensah
Paulo De Cegilie
Mattia Cassani
Matt Lowton
Joe Bennett

ayila yussuf
Jermaine Jenas
Stephan Ireland
Fabian Delph
Karim el Ahmadi


Darren Bent
Christian Benteke
Guillaume Hoarau
Kevin Gameiro
You have already started to do some rebuilding which in my opinion Aston Villa do need.

Hopes for your first season in charge?

Good read so far, keep it up!

I remember reading Jasons story when i first joined up on this site and he did a great job & it was a top read as well. that is before you get round to his impressive 7th place finish and the capital one cup. I have also read your story and from what i have seen you had the cruelest start possible and i'm glad your starting to turn it round.

as far as the rebuilding goes it is a start but i am hoping that Clark and Benteke show some quick improvement as i don't want to hinder their growth but they are currently looking like weak links.

For the season targets i have set a top half finish as the official target but i am hoping a good run in the league or cup could land me in europe.
Good read so far keep it up enjoying following this.

Paulo de Cegilie, Anderson & Gameiro are 3 good signings in my opinion.

Hope they shine for you Good luck

My first month in charge had some very winnable fixtures and i was keen to get some points on the board asap. Unfortunately injuries to Anderson and yussuf really stretched my resources in midfield (leading to the signing of jenas) on the positive side delph and Ahmadi really stepped up.

Aston Villa 4-2 Sunderland
Benteke(2), Delph, Ahmadi
Christian Benteke

Q.P.R 0-1 Aston Villa
Ciaran Clark

Ipswich 0-3 Aston Villa
Benteke(2), bent
Christian Benteke

a set of confident performances. Benteke was on fire and Clarke, after only a month has improved which is brilliant. Player of the month with 5 goals in 3 appearances is the awsome christian Benteke


A tougher Month Playing A number of strong teams but there is always the chance of the odd upset.

A tougher Month Playing A number of strong teams but there is always the chance of the odd upset.

Fulham 3-0 Aston Villa
Crash back down to earth an awful performances against a team that prior to this game was struggling. honestly quite frustrating.

Aston Villa 0-1 Manchester United
Ciaran Clark

United where flying and whilst i dislike loosing 2 on the bounce i had expected to lose this one by a cricket score + ciaran gave the performance of a titan.

Aston Villa 1-0 Arsenal
Ron Vlaar

Top result the score line doesn't do credit to the domination we showed in the game.

Cardiff 2-1 Aston villa

whilst there was rotation in the squad for this game i am disappointed about how this game turned out. its doubly annoying that we have been knocked out as this was a competition we could of won.

Liverpool 0-0 Aston villa

Nothing to be said really, quite game not a bad point in the grand scheme of things.

As far as the month goes its been an odd one. three good performances and 2 bad however i would of liked to of come away with more than 4 points and knocked out of the cup. Hopefully things pick up soon.

Player of the month is tricky as nobody really stood out but Ron Vlaar just edges it i think.

Your signings make your squad look much more than a bunch of kids(which Villa look like in real life imo). They are one of the hardest teams to manage in the Prem because of their budget and players. (Evidence of that is Glenn struggling in his story. :P) Good luck. :)

Hopefully this month we can improve on September and get some solid points on the board . Fortunately players are now coming back to fitness and we have 3 fixtures we can get positive results in.

Stoke 1-2 Aston Villa
Darren Bent

A good confident performance against a solid team. No complaints.

Aston Villa 2-0
Bent, Ireland

good performance again never looked like it would be anything but a home victory however it is of note that tomkins was marvelous against us.

Aston Villa 6-3 Norwich
Bent (4) Benteke (2)
Darren Bent

well on the one hand shoddy defending on the other the most devastating performances from the two strikers. this win moves us into the hunt for European qualification and if bent and benteke keep the goals coming then there is always a chance.

As the month goes it was excellent. 3 wins are not to be sniffed at and that's all there is to say really. With 7 goal in 3 games darren bent is the player of the month he was so good i wanted to write a poem... but i wont.

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