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VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Villa fan on Young, silverware and no goals/assists Downing

Poor Aston Villa. After assembling a half decent squad with some top youngsters ready to make their way through, they only go and employ the hapless manager who relegated their biggest rivals, plays dull football and dragged them down the table.

Damian Dugdale, from The Villa Blog, has looked ahead to the coming season.

Scott the Red: What would have to happen this season for you to class this as a successful one?

Damian Dugdale: A successful season would be silverware. Finishing higher than last season or in the top half will be seen by some as success, but for me you count success with silverware. I’m that desperate, I’d even take the League Cup.

STR: How do you feel about your club’s business in the transfer window this summer?

DD: It feels like the owner is getting ready to sell. He seems more interested in getting his house in order and seems unwilling to push the boat out. The players in however were picked by the new manager and they look dependable. Dependable is good and we do have some quality at the club – will be interesting to see what happens.

STR: What did you make of Ashley Young and Stewart Downing’s first season away from the club?

DD: Webcam (as I like to call Ashley Young) did as expected and it was unlucky he just seemed to be injured so much. He took some flack for diving, but that is part of his game but I think Sir Alex will get that out of him. I think most Villa fans would have him back tomorrow. As for Downing – well, what can you say about an attacking player that doesn’t score or create one goal all season; red mug.

STR: If you could pick one United player to have in your squad who would it be?

DD: A 19-year-old Ryan Giggs or maybe even Paul Scholes. But from your current squad; Vidic.

STR: Who do you think will be your most important player this season?

DD: I want to say Darren Bent. If the manager can play to his strengths he will score goals. It all comes down to creating opportunities for him.

STR: How do you rate your manager’s ability to take your club forward?

DD: Not sure yet. You often see a manager do well in his first season in the Premier League only to not do so well the second time of asking. This season isn’t really a test for him – he has a solid group of players that will want to play for him and he has the fans support, but taking the club forward is a big task and only time will tell.

STR: Who do you think will win the league this season?

DD: You lot. Or I hope anyway. I really don’t like the way Manchester City have done it.

STR: Cheers mate.

Follow Damian on Twitter and read The Villa Blog.

About Scott

Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. CedarsDevil says:

    Villa are another team I have nothing but full respect for……Back in the day they had a great team, won the league and also the European Cup. Proper club, great stadium as well.

    I miss the days of the FA cup semi being played at Villa Park

  2. Costas says:

    Red mug. :lol:

  3. Atin says:

    Cedars – #20 for your son! Takes Ole’s old no. :)

  4. CedarsDevil says:


    Has it been confirmed? That is double orgasmic pleasure if true!

  5. Clint-Iamyourpapii says:

    :lol: Fuckign stop scott :

    At least do break in between ;)

    Well done, RoM is alive and kicking

  6. Eric keane says:

    Well in this rvp signing no one noticed that our and city’s ex player hargreaves has been dropped after his medical at qpr..

    RVP20 now get us the 20th

  7. Eric keane says:

    Cedeic – presser on now… R20bin

  8. Eric keane says:

    Okay horrible typo there.. Cedars i meant,

  9. Clint-Iamyourpapii says:

    Kanchelskis -

    Have Bayern paid the £34m buy out clause?

    If not, everybody has a chance of signing him


  10. Atin says:

    Yeah – someone pooped up at the press conference and showed it :lol: RvP and SAF held his jersey up backwards and was visible. If you have access to MUTV log in!


  11. CedarsDevil says:

    New thread confirmed it. STR is on fire!

  12. Red Van Nistelrooy says:

    StR showing what it takes to run the best football blog!! StR = Star!! :D

  13. dood says:

    Scott the Red: What would have to happen this season for you to class this as a successful one?

    Damian Dugdale: A successful season would be silverware.

    So Downing’s season was a success and Young’s wasn’t?

  14. Giggs12Gerrard0 says:

    when you make a big decision I like to listen to the little boy inside me, and that little boy was screaming Man United.

    Robin Van Persie 17/08/12

    I swear I just got wood.

  15. 50 Shades of WillieRedNut says:

    Tough season ahead for the Villa. Good manager in there, though. Mid table, methinks.

  16. leo the lion says:

    Sad but true, a lot of villa fans will be hoping man utd will win the league, gone are the days we were in with a chance, even of 4th.


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