Premiership Season Preview 2006/07 - Aston Villa 3142

Aston Villa

Odds: 750/1

Final 5 Seasons

2005/06 - 16 (Premiership), 2004/05 - 10 (Premiership), 2003/04 - six (Premiership), 2002/03 - 16 (Premiership), 2001/02 - eight (Premiership).

2005/06 Cup Progress

FA Cup Fifth Round (replay) vs Manchester City (a) - lost 2-one.

Carling Cup Fourth Round vs Doncaster Rovers (a) - misplaced three-.

Prime Target Scorer 2005/06: Milan Baros (striker) - 12 objectives.

Gamers Out

Jamie Ward (Torquay United - Free)

The activities surrounding Aston Villa have given the press lots to write about this summer season - with manager adjustments, achievable get over bids and participant mutiny all component of the entertaining and video games at Villa Park.

Martin O'Neill took around as manager on a 12 month rolling contract and replaced David O'Leary who was sacked in July. O'Neill has been out of the game for a lot more than a yr when he made a decision to depart his post at Celtic, exactly where he had won the Scottish Premier League three occasions, to appear soon after his unwell wife.

O'Leary left the club by mutual consent subsequent an inquiry by the board into a statement which criticised chairman Doug Ellis and was supposedly issued by the enjoying squad. O'Leary appreciated a effective initial season at the club and took them to a sixth location finish but points quickly turned sour, with the Midlands facet finishing tenth in 2004/05 and then sixteenth final season.

The arrival of O'Neill has lifted spirits with both Gareth Barry and Olof Mellberg ready to commit their futures to the club. The two players were believed to be disillusioned beneath former manager O'Leary.

Villa has been the subject of extreme takeover speculation this summertime, with regional businessman Michael Neville, American billionnaire Randy Lerner, Nicholas Padfield QC and a consortium lead by Sven-Goran Eriksson's agent Athole Nonetheless all displaying an curiosity in purchasing the club.

Villa turned down a £four.5 million bid for Gareth Barry from Portsmouth. The midfielder joined the club in 1997 and built over 300 appearances. He has also worn the captain's armband for won 8 England caps.

However, there could be a return to former club Sunderland for striker Kevin Phillips, following Niall Quinn taking more than the North East club. Phillips loved a prolific spell at the Black Cats in between 1997 and 2003, scoring 115 targets in 209 league appearances.

Verdict

The arrival of Martin O'Neill as manager is a good step as Villa had been touted as achievable relegation fodder this season. The 2006/07 campaign is possible to be 1 of transition for the club, with no transfer funds obtainable until eventually a takeover is full. Till this time, O'Neill will have to get the greatest out of the gamers at his disposal and tough for a top rated ten spot is not past their capability. More info of Bet365 Free Bet

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