It was a mixed week for Aston Villa on the pitch but the good news keeps on coming. Two friendlies resulted in a win over Peterborough United and a defeat to Nottingham Forest - our first of the pre-season - but there were positives to take from both performances. Randy Lerner has sold his Cleveland Browns NFL outfit as was reported last week, and James Collins has gone. Gone, I tell you.
On this week's AVR, Chris and Steve discuss the two most recent friendly matches and also ponder the cultural importance of new signing "Concrete" Ron Vlaar, who was quick to position himself as the emotional replacement for the likes of Olof Mellberg, Martin Laursen and John Carew. How important a hole was the lack of a fan favourite last season?
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