April 22, 2014

Aston Villa Review: Episode 78 - the relegation run-in special that should not be

Aston Villa Review isn't really in the business of speculation. We don't talk about transfers until they're certain to happen, and the same is true of takeovers. So, while buy-out talk rages elsewhere, we give it a quick nod in this week's show and focus instead on the football. Yes, just like Randy Lerner asked.

Well, sort of. With Southampton's visit to Villa Park ending in a dire 0-0 draw, this week's show reluctantly embraces Villa's place in a relegation battle and ambles through the various run-ins of the teams around us.

We did this last year. We shouldn't be doing it again now.

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April 15, 2014

Aston Villa Review: Episode 77 - Lerner's Villa are back to square one

Since beating Chelsea, Aston Villa have lurched from embarrassment to embarrassment. The mood has rapidly deteriorated from the reserved optimism of that win to the point where the club's chief executive, Paul Faulkner, had to put his name to a limp and possibly insulting statement begging for unity.

Of course, the target of that statement was the supporters. The supporters who've been there in numbers come rain or shine. The supporters who've given Paul Lambert and his team consistent backing throughout a period in which Villa have lost 8-0, been knocked out of cups three times by lower league opposition and been drawn back into a relegation battle for four years in a row. Yes, it's us that needs to think about unity.

In this week's Aston Villa Review, Chris and Steve assess the wreckage of Randy Lerner's tenure and ask whether Lambert has now overseen enough shameful performances to be given his marching orders.

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April 8, 2014

Aston Villa Review: Episode 76 - Villa lose at home to Fulham and set a new record

Paul Lambert and Aston Villa might have reached a previously uncharted nadir in defeat to Fulham on Saturday, Villa's second loss to the hapless Londoners in a matter of months. Hugo Rodallega's late goal ensured that Villa wouldn't take a small step closer to mathematical safety from relegation, and gave supporters plenty to complain about as they left Villa Park defeated for the twelfth time this season.

In this week's show Chris and Steve assess the fallout from Villa's latest loss and look ahead to the team's visit to Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon with a significant trepidation. And, inevitably, we discuss Villa's ten home Premier League defeats at home and Lambert's future.

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