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The rumours will not go away. My mates who are Villa fans are convinced not only that he is the right man to bring glory days back to their club, but staggeringly that a deal has in fact been done. With the managerial ins and outs today, anything is possible.

One pal, who called the Darren Bent signing before it happened, reckons Lerner has a real hard on for Moyes and has been speaking to him since June 4th and this despite the bookies making McLeish odds on favourite for the hotseat at Villa park.

Personnally I honestly couldn't understand it if DM left us for that lot, money to spend or not. I would see that more of a failure on his part that he hasn't delivered in 10 years at the club, rather than excuses to lack of resources. Perhaps its all just rumour mill garbage, but there is no denying Moyes' increasingly disinterested and resignated look on his face in the last few seasons.

So who do we get in to freshen things up and keep us moving forward? I think we need a new strategy, perhaps a foreign coach. Ranieri? Either way I foresee a major change ahead at Goodison...
Conor Waters, Ireland     Posted 12/06/2011 at 19:40:06

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Mark Hill
1   Posted 12/06/2011 at 20:01:15

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it just isn't going to happen, why would the manager of this club go to Villa, when in reality they are 'probably' in a worse situation than us? - their owner though granted does have money, but he isn't spending it, so it just doesn't add up for me.

Joe McMahon
2   Posted 12/06/2011 at 20:02:25

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Don't thnk Moyse will go, only because ther will be more expectations at Villa, due to there actually being a transfer budget. Learner splashed out 26 million on one player alone, he will have expectations for the next manager. Moyse will be for-ever comfortable at Everton due to the chairman having no expectaions only survival, due to thee being no transfer budget. I also think (IMO) that Moyes has become institutionalised at Everton.
Brian Williams
3   Posted 12/06/2011 at 20:12:41

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Well if your mates reckon it's a done deal then it must be true :-)
Conor Waters
4   Posted 12/06/2011 at 20:13:26

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A bloke down the pub just confirmed it...
Tony McNulty
5   Posted 12/06/2011 at 20:16:48

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Conor, I think you call it "ball hopping" in Ireland - making an outrageous suggestion, listening for people's reactions, and then making a judgement as to whether the suggestion might have legs. This sounds like bollocks hopping to me.

Nevertheless nothing ever really surprises me in life any more. However I feel this one is unlikely.

Incidentally, I have never heard of a "resignated" look before, but I think I know what you mean.

Aodhan O'Faolain
6   Posted 12/06/2011 at 20:30:52

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If Martinez would not leave Wigan then why would anyone go to Villa.
Martin O'Neill is a great coach and for him to walk away from Villa should speak volumes............
If Moyes did go then Hughes or O'Neill are the ideal choices. But that is just speculation !!!!!!
Jamie Connor
7   Posted 12/06/2011 at 20:37:18

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Can't see it and doesn't worry me in the slightest. Moyes us still on holiday in Barbados where he's been hob nobbing Wayne Rooney and journo phil mcnulty tweeted an hour ago that he has it from someone who knows that moyes isn't leaving efc for anyone.
Conor Waters
8   Posted 12/06/2011 at 20:36:28

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Sorry Tony, a look of resignation. Is that grammatically better? Also I have no fucking idea what you mean by 'ball hopping'. If you are referring to Gaelic Football, fine, but your point is irrelevant. Next thing you'll be referencing potatoes and the bloody famine...
Marcus Kendall
9   Posted 12/06/2011 at 20:41:45

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Ranieri? are you kidding me? hes appalling!

if Moyes does leave (not happening by the way) then Poyet is the only manager I'd consider to replace him

young, dynamic and he'll get us playing good stuff, a gamble but I prefer the younger ype of manager rather than the older short-termist ones
David Hallwood
10   Posted 12/06/2011 at 20:43:53

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If Moyes does stay...It'll be like a new signing
John Daley
11   Posted 12/06/2011 at 20:48:12

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"My mates who are Villa fans are convinced not only that he is the right man to bring glory days back to their club, but staggeringly that a deal has in fact been done "

I find it more staggering that they think he'd actually bring back the 'glory days' to be honest.
Joe McMahon
12   Posted 12/06/2011 at 20:50:47

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Marcus, didn't Ranieri take Chelsea to the Champions League semis?, before the Abramovich money arrived?
Declan Brown
13   Posted 12/06/2011 at 21:20:07

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Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm....

Moyes decides he can take the club no further and seeks a fresh challenge at Villa.

Meanwhile Mark Hughes and Alex McLeish are available and waiting in the wings as the manager merry go round goes for another spin...

Plenty in there to start all sorts of rumours...
Marcus Kendall
14   Posted 12/06/2011 at 21:20:21

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Ranieri spent a fair bit, and that season you talk about was with Abramovichs money (it was the first season of Abramovichs reign) he royally screwed up that semi final against the mighty Monaco!!!!

What has Ranieri actually achieved?

ohh and Grant took Chelsea to a Champions League Final, my point is made
Brian Waring
15   Posted 12/06/2011 at 21:19:10

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If Lerner has been speaking to Moyes since June 4th, and has a real hard on for him, why was Martinez offered the job and not Moyes?

IMO, Martinez must have been Lerner's first choice, to be offered the job before anyone else.

Jeff Armstrong
16   Posted 12/06/2011 at 21:00:16

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I think it might be a good time for Moyes to go, it would be a gamble as to who we get next, and what he could do with this squad of players,
but we all know what we are going to get from Moyes with this squad of players,
negative tactics, what we have(a point), we try to keep' terrible performances against the clubs below us, home and away
then hey presto 7th/8th place finishes.
Think it would be interesting to see what O'neill could do with this squad of players, think he would be more offensive than Moyes.
I think it would be a benefit to everyone, including Moyes if he where to move on now, he's treading water here, both parties are not progressing and I think it would be interesting for him and the club/us if a parting came this summer.
The predictability if he stays, is palpable, and the whole club and indeed Moyes, need stimulating, but like I said earlier it would be a gamble for him and the club, has he got the bottle to leave his comfort zone.
Marcus Kendall
17   Posted 12/06/2011 at 21:31:59

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O'Neill? again no thanks, he had money to spend at Villa and didn't exactly outshine Moyes who had less resources at his disposal
Geoff Edwards
18   Posted 12/06/2011 at 21:46:28

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for the sake of speculation, if Moyes were to leave, I would be happy with the following (in this order):

1. Thomas Tuchel, Mainz
2. Paul Lambert
3. Roberto di Matteo
4. Gus Poyet
5. Mark Hughes

Marcus Kendall
19   Posted 12/06/2011 at 21:48:48

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decent list apart from Di Matteo
Lewis Morrison
20   Posted 12/06/2011 at 21:44:39

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What about Moyes saying he wasnt interested in the Villa job when asked about it at the end of last season???
Geoff Edwards
21   Posted 12/06/2011 at 21:53:03

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The 2 I'd like least would probably have to be O'Neill and Curbishley. We'd probably end up with one of them if Moyes left.

Marcus Kendall
22   Posted 12/06/2011 at 21:56:37

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we'd end up with Dave Jones I think *shudders*
Trevor Mackie
23   Posted 12/06/2011 at 21:45:50

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Looked on a Villa forum yesterday and out of 550 votes he had around 50% with "others" maxed out at 10% - he is the fans fave though some dissenting voices don't rate him.

Be amazed if he went, but I'm amazed Martinez stayed and Mcleish left Brum.

Moyes looked the most relaxed and settled I've ever seen him at the end of this season - if he goes I suggest somethings changed in the last 2 weeks between him and uncle Bill.
Marcus Kendall
24   Posted 12/06/2011 at 21:59:56

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I hope Villa go for McLeish, another garbage manager to hinder a potential rival (same with Bruce at Sunderland and dare I say Dalglish at Liverpool)
James Flynn
25   Posted 12/06/2011 at 21:47:57

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SInce his father died and Lerner took over the NFL's Cleveland Browns in 2002 "the Browns are a combined 33-63, with 10 of those wins coming in Derek Anderson's "miracle" season of 2007". That's a 23-57 for the other 9 years, in the one league where every team gets an equal cut of an annual multi-billion dollar pie.

Nuff said.

Moyes might go there, but Lerner the Younger (and Dumber. The classic case of the idiot son inheriting the father's fortune) has a history of being "hands-on" (another classic case of an owner who thinks he's the smartest in the room just because he signs the pay checks and who'll dare tell him different). Can't see DM going for that.

Stay put Davey. We're getting there and as long as Lerner owns Villa, you'll always have a rich club you know you'll finish higher then.
John Ford
26   Posted 12/06/2011 at 22:49:57

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So Moyes has looked miserable at times over the past few years and someones mate reckons he's going.......and by the last paragraph theres an assumption its a done deal. Jeeeezus it must be summer. Im off, see you in August
Roberto Birquet
27   Posted 12/06/2011 at 22:52:22

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Aodhan O'Faolain

O'Neil produced a worse team than Moyes with far more money, and then left them in the lurch a week intop the season when he was denied more dosh.

He did not once finish above those that were able to spend more than him (Man U, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool), and in 2010, Man City. He usually finsihed below us with a fraction if his resources.

Why would we want him?

We've no money, why would he want us?

Villa fans are truly full of crap, seeing interviews saying, Moyes has done well here, time to move to a "bigger club". What a laugh! what a bunch of deluded souls!
Tony J Williams
28   Posted 12/06/2011 at 22:52:23

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Why would Moyes go to a club that has already started to sell off its assets to other clubs?
Tim Spring
29   Posted 12/06/2011 at 22:53:16

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Can't see it happening, Villa are not going to offer Moyes the longevity he has at Goodison.

Hypothetically if he did go then Owen Coyle or Paul Lambert would be good, as would Poyet. Unfortunately the only managers I could see us getting are from the free market... O'Neill or Hughes are the best of that bunch!
David Price
30   Posted 12/06/2011 at 23:12:20

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Watched Jenson Button win the Canadian Grand Prix and at the end he said on the team radio, "great win lads and has Moyes signed for Villa?"

BS over for tonight boys..
Roberto Birquet
31   Posted 13/06/2011 at 01:07:10

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Just heard Phil Babb on Talksport, discussing the Villa job. First why they are struggling getting someone, "we hear that not much/nowt of a budget will be available".

Then on discussing other names, reaches Moyes. "Yeah, Moyes has done a good job at Everton, but will be frustrated at never having a budget, so it could be the right move for him."

I mean, fuck me, do these guys get paid for this rubbish?
Alex Kociuba
32   Posted 13/06/2011 at 01:34:28

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Talksport is complete garbage.
Brendan O'Doherty
33   Posted 13/06/2011 at 01:36:03

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No chance.

I was reliably informed by a Villa STH recently that O'Neill walked because he was told to trim the wage bill, which means selling players at the end of the day. OK they splashed out for Bent in January, but that was when they were staring relegation in the face.

Now we have a situation where the FSW was turned down/turned them down because he wanted £30m to spend and was told where to get off. They wanted Martinez but he turned them down. Now it could be Grayson, Mc Leish, Hughes, the list goes on.

The bottom line is that they are having difficulty securing a new manager because they have no or very little money to spend. Which is always why they wanted Moyes in the first place, having observed him working with no money for us. Why in the name of Dixie would he want to go there ?

It will not happen.


Chad Schofield
34   Posted 13/06/2011 at 01:37:07

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If it happens I would hate to see Hughes even considered given his actions around the Lescott payout. It's not the fact that they bought him (twice over), but his complete lack of respect for not only Moyes but Everton, a club who paid him in the twilight of his playing career.

McLeash had money at Birmingham didn't he... but choose to stick witht he players who got relegated - so why would we want him... oh yeah, we might be able to pay his wages, unlike O'Neal's.
Tony Rice
35   Posted 13/06/2011 at 02:54:42

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I guess the two times that the man himself has refuted the rumor is not good enough for you !?
Seriously...step away from your keyboard...come back in Aug.
Thanks
Don Kiddick
36   Posted 13/06/2011 at 04:33:20

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My mate works for the gas board and yesterday he told me that his brothers next doors neighbours wife as a cousin who apparantley was out walking her dog when she got talking to another dog walker who also as a cousin the cousin works as a house maid and she over heard the owners talking about a girl who is a hairdresser she was cutting a clients hair and got into the usual petty talk and it was the client who mentioned about Moyes going to Villa.....so it must be true because the client as a cousin who....................
Jason Lam
37   Posted 13/06/2011 at 05:26:19

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Can't see Moyes going for Villa. They are just a club targeting mid-table with no money or ambitions to fight for top4 places. So no changes there.
Matt Traynor
38   Posted 13/06/2011 at 06:30:38

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It seems events have conspired to overtake this speculation, with Alex McLeish, despite having been given job security for at least a year to get Brum back up to the PL, he decided to resign.

By email.

Now, I know there are those on here who have in the past claimed that Lerner wanted to buy Everton, and was given the knock back, and others who have said he was the kind of owner to aspire to, being seen as not too meddling, but if it's true that he listened to dissenting voices about appointing McLaren, then he really is an impediment to the club.

I can see why McLeish would not want to stay at Birmingham. They look like the classic case of an owner biting off more than he could chew (if the protracted nature of the takeover was anything to go by), but if he really is crossing the divide, then expect the dissenting voices to become a crescendo.

So, OP Conor Waters, if all of this does pan out, ask your Villa mates how they feel about it. I bet that hard on of Lerner's is a bit more flaccid now? Do let us know! A whinging Brummie is an awful thing to have to hear, but I've always found a fuming mad one to be almost entertaining...
Marc Williams
39   Posted 13/06/2011 at 07:03:58

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I now live in the west mid's & know loads of fans, a few stewards & admin' staff at all the Birmingham & Black Country clubs.
I normally get to hear any rumours about them. All the Villa fans are of the opinion that Moyes will be their next manager... "whim gonna get yowr gaffer" etc
BUT... & it's a BIG but, none can provide any credible evidence to back this up.
To be honest I thought Moyes would be Lerner's first choice, so all that Martinez business was a shock.
I bet it was for Moyes too eh, if Villa came in now he'd publically be 'second choice', can't see this sitting well with the opinion he has of himself !!!
Karl Jones
40   Posted 13/06/2011 at 07:22:58

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I would think that he would be giving it serious consideration, and at this moment pushing Kenwright to commit funds to rebuild Everton.

If he does go, it says more about our chairmans failure to attract investment after ten years.

Moyes is loyal to Everton, but the realisation that Kenwright just cant deliver would force any manager with a fierce ambition to walk away.
Gary Heywood
41   Posted 13/06/2011 at 07:34:53

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Moyes will only go to Man U,Chelsea,Arsenal,Man C or top European side or Scotland it's as simple as that..
Neil Steele
42   Posted 13/06/2011 at 07:56:21

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Any more caveats you'd like to add Gary?? :-)
Jonathan Tasker
43   Posted 13/06/2011 at 08:38:01

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Anyone who adds weight to these silly rumours ought to get a yellow card
Eugene Ruane
44   Posted 13/06/2011 at 09:33:28

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Not sure what will happen re Moyes and Villa......so here are pictures of Phil Thompson pre and post shitty-arse perm.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-2YTFAxG2UeA/TcpiQw6xGJI/AAAAAAAADj8/tcK4jGh7Iuw/s1600/Before%252Bafter+tommo.jpg
Sam Morrison
45   Posted 13/06/2011 at 09:45:07

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Thanks Eugene. Do you have any of a turd curling out of Ian Rush's bum?
James Hollister
46   Posted 13/06/2011 at 11:07:29

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Is villa really a step in the right direction?
Umm hardly, since lerner is trying to recoop as much money as possible.

Most of their best players have been and gone, with Young possibly going to Utd or one of the other clubs.

There is a lot of unrest at Villa presently...but career wise how in the fuck is moving to that shower better than staying with us? If anything is a downward step, Villa are happily imploding, and if I was Lerner i'd try to sell the club to first idiot that would buy it.

Saying that though Moyes as repeatedly categorically stated he is going nowhere, and its almost the same story year in and out...is he going to villa? what fuckwit makes these stupid stories up in the first place when there is zero basis in any fact what so ever?

This story is almost as much as a non starter as we are at the beginning of the season
James Hollister
47   Posted 13/06/2011 at 11:14:39

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Marcus Kendall
Id take Di Matteo over that shit eating gob shite Mark Hughes any day of the week...he will never be good enough for this club..ever
Andrew Fair
48   Posted 13/06/2011 at 11:32:06

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http://www.talksport.co.uk/sports-news/football/premier-league/8280/3/exclusive-moyes-will-not-quit-everton-villa

Hopefully this will put an end to it. Leaving Moyes to get on with buying us some players.
Eugene Ruane
49   Posted 13/06/2011 at 11:36:26

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Sam, How about this - a picture of Rush wearing a facial expression that says "I am literally, right this second, having a shite"

http://cdn.pocket-lint.com/images/zSl4/john-barnes-ian-rush-talk-tech-2.jpg?20110324-130157

(sigh, I hate the summer break......AND the football season!)
Sam Morrison
50   Posted 13/06/2011 at 11:40:25

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Good one Eugene. Especially considering the URL. 'talk-tech' indeed...
Marcus Kendall
51   Posted 13/06/2011 at 11:47:56

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James, no problem with your assessment of Hughes, I'm not overly keen on him either but Di Matteo is quite frankly not Premiership quality as a manaager whilst Hughes can do a job for a mid table side.

I've made it clear numerous times that Poyet is the only manager I'd want to replace Moyes but I know if Moyes was to leave then we'd end up with a free agent like a Hughes or even worse Dave Jones.
Marc Williams
52   Posted 13/06/2011 at 12:31:41

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Di Matteo ? ..... NO THANKS !

This is one West Midlands link where I am confident from 3 different sources who work in & around West Brom'. One guy I know is a friend of one of their scouts & all tell the same story..Di Matteo was apparently aloof, unapproachable & not at all liked around the club. Apparently he lost the ddressing room & the club suits were rumoured to question his committment & work ethic.
This is all heresay & rumour but comes from those around the club, who would know.
Marc Williams
53   Posted 13/06/2011 at 12:43:26

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Apparently though Hodgson ( Ex - 'Woy of the Wedshite' ) is the gent the media say he is & a real "breath of fresh air" around the club since taking over from Di Matteo.
Matthew Mackey
54   Posted 13/06/2011 at 13:12:03

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Moyes wouldn't last the preverbal five minutes at Villa Park. Not because he doesn't have the know how but simply because Villa's fans would crucify him if things don't go onwards and upwards straight away.
The one thing you can say about Moyes's relationship with his current Chairman is that his current chairman has given him time and allowed him to make mistakes and recover from them. Randy Learner might be the same but the Villa fans are fickle, impatient and in many cases a bunch of knob-eds. Some of the shit they come out with and how they believe they are entitled to success is just astounding. They do my head in. I know this because now livin in the WM I am surrounded by them, at work, in the pub, at the side of my kids football pitch on a Sunday morning. Knob-eds 90% of em, and arrogant with it. Some of the shit they deal out to the Birmingham blue noses sounds very familiar to what we get from the RS. Roberto Martinez didn't turn the job down because of what Wigan could offer him, he turned it down because he knows perfectly well that if he didn't hit the ground running at Villa Park then he would be crucified within 12 months. So my advice to Moyes ........stay away from the Villa park hotseat,- the grass isn't always greener on the other side.
Matthew Mackey
55   Posted 13/06/2011 at 13:28:28

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Additionally to my previous note (#52), if Moyes was to go then I would like to see Alex McLeish considered for the vacancy at our place.
With a better squad of players than what he has been working with this season I think he is certainly a manager who can get a team to finish in the higher positions of the PL. A gritty, determined Scot who is is very ambitious and also has a good eye for spotting young local talent.
I certainly wouldn't write him off if Moyes was to jump ship.
Tom Astley
56   Posted 13/06/2011 at 13:31:22

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Been confirmed this morning Moyes is going nowhere. This 'rumour' seemed to have been started on some messageboards, and as it is silly season (and with the advent of Twitter), stories run.

Moyes is staying!
Trevor Mackie
57   Posted 13/06/2011 at 16:15:44

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The one thing clear about this managerial roundabout is how shite the options are - I'm a Martinez fan myself but the Hughes, Benitez, Mcleish, Mcclaren deadwood leave me cold.
Richard Dodd
58   Posted 13/06/2011 at 19:24:49

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Moyes has already told us he`s not going to Villa and he`s always been a man of his word.The B`ham Post says the job is worth £2.5 M a year and whilst I don`t think he`s motivated by money,who would sacrifice a million a year just to work for Aston Villa?
Marcus Kendall
59   Posted 14/06/2011 at 02:07:17

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Alex McLeish???????

I despair!
Mike Iddon
60   Posted 15/06/2011 at 17:19:30

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Good article in today's Guardian that calls our position about right on the back of the Villa managerial debacle. I don't expect everyone will agree though...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/blog/2011/jun/15/alex-mcleish-aston-villa-birmingham

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