Aston Villa

Heroes & Zeros

It’s been a rollercoaster of a week and it’s only Thursday. I’m struggling to recall an occasion when a decisions made affecting one club were so universally despised by fans of virtually every other club.

Here’s this week’s movers and shakers. Do feel free to add your own…

Ray Wilkins scored full marks in his phone interview on Talksport yesterday. Many men recently fired wouldn’t speak so amiably about their ex-employers, but Ray was nothing short of respectful in all matters CFC. Maybe he’s a true gent, maybe he’s subject to a gagging order. We may never know.

Roy Hodgson has been under siege literally since the ink dried on his contract. But even the most cynical Liverpool fans can’t ignore 3- wins against West Ham and Aston Villa. ‘Premiership Manager In Needs Time’ shock?

Roberto Mancini is a swan. A big, graceful magnificent Italian swan. On the surface he appears serene, but beneath the surface he is not just flapping feet, but a referee and childminder to  multimillionaire brats. His style has been knocked, but it’s working.

Carlton Cole has to be one of the worst strikers ever seen by mankind. He’s been on the ‘brink’ of doing something of note for longer than anyone can remember. He’s so bad he makes Darren Bent look like Pele. West Ham are doomed and Cole is a major nail in their coffin.

Gerard Houllier has to be the single most duff signing this season by anyone so far. Up until this week you could have been forgiven for not realising he was back in the country so anonymous was his contribution. But all that changed when he announced to Villa fans how good it was to get thumped by Liverpool.

Mike Ashley is many things. But what will be his single greatest achievement before one more Masala washed down with 8 pints induce the stroke that finally kills him? The fact he let Alan Shearer relegate Toon, or that he gave Alan Pardew a 6 year contract?

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