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Aston Villa: Stalking Horses For Relegation?

The gloves came off at Villa Park last night. Leading by a goal and having dominated the match at half-time against Bolton Wanderers, Alex McLeish’s team threw their lead away and now sit just three points above the relegation places with three matches of the Premier League season left to play. And with this defeat,…

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April 25, 2012

Aston Villa’s Financial Performance Reflects An Inert Season

The haste with which football clubs dispose of their managers has been discussed in depth on here before. It has long been a peculiarity of this particular sport that managerial positions have been treated so frivolously by clubs, and the folly of doing so has been shown up in fairly strong terms over the last…

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February 29, 2012

Match Of The Week 3: Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Aston Villa

With seven wins from eight games and twenty-two points from a possible twenty-four, the sun is rising over the white and navy blue corner of North London at the moment. This evening’s match against Aston Villa was one at which Tottenham Hotspur might, in other years, have chosen to fluff their lines, and Spurs supporters…

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November 22, 2011

The Twohundredpercent Premier League Previews: Aston Villa

They are amongst the pillars of the English game. They were amongst the first bastions of professionalism in the game, were founder members of the Football League in 1888, and their name immediately conjures up something almost unfathomably romantic about the history of football in this country. That said, though, Aston Villa can occasionally give…

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July 20, 2011

Alex McLeish’s Honeymoon Period Ends Before It Begins

When Mark Hughes walked out on the Fulham manager’s job – the popular narrative still holds that he did so the full expectation of being offered the managerial position at Aston Villa – it was, as has become abundantly clear since, as massive miscalculation. There were noises at the time that Villa called off talks…

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June 19, 2011

The Mark Hughes’ Career Path Turns Into A Cul-de-Sac

The end of the domestic football season can be a tough time for anybody that works in the game. As contracts expire, many players are left with their livelihoods hanging by a thread and, for the adulation afforded to Paul Scholes upon his recent retirement, there will be dozens upon dozens that slide from view,…

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June 3, 2011

Match Of The Week: Aston Villa 1-0 Newcastle United

A feeling of nervousness hangs heavy in the air at Villa Park this afternoon. The four teams below Aston Villa have already lost this weekend, but home supporters may already point to their primary concern being that there are as few as four teams below them in the Premier League at this point of the…

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April 10, 2011
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