I am in the act of writing a book on the Villa that has called upon a great deal of newspaper research on-line, and the downloading of many articles in their pristine state, requiring scanning and processing through Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software, and subsequent correction. Many of these articles will not be included ‘verbatim’ […]
Dr. Xia is talking about money. Is he the second coming of Randy Lerner? No. Not yet, anyway. Demanding that Steve Bruce fashion a real team from what appears to be more than adequate talent is completely reasonable.
Aston Villa sent Newcastle down once, and now they’ve helped Newcastle to a championship by digging in a man down to claw back a well-deserved 1-1 draw against league-leading Brighton and Hove Albion. Maybe it will smooth over some of the rancor with the barcodes. But where’s the fun in that?
So here we are. Last game of the first season following relegation. And we’re not going back up. Yet. As Villa host league-leading Brighton to see out the season, can they give us an encouraging sign that next year will be different?
I don’t know how this turns out, but I do know that if Villa don’t put in a truly credible performance against Brighton, I wouldn’t be surprised to be writing about Bruce’s departure in the days or weeks following.