Heroes And Villans

20 Jul 19
Under A Gaslit Lamp

We take a look at the few days in which the Villa faithful took over Minnesota. Words by Mark Jirobe | @VillaMarkPGH ______ Aston Villa traveled to the United States this past week for a pre-season friendly against Minnesota United and the storied travelling Villa supporters did not disappoint in numbers or passion. Villa supporters […]

20 Jul 19
Heart of the Holte

It’s been a productive few years for British sport, and an interesting one for English sport in particular. From the zenith of Super Saturday at London 2012 through to the ignominy of England’s exit at Euro 2016. From Gareth’s Lions rising from the flames only to ultimately fall short, Sir Andy proving his worth in […]

16 Jul 19
The Hardboiled GMshoe's Office

<+TroyEndGameGaming> Hello everybody! <+BrianEndgameGaming> Hello everyone! I am Brian Henson, Co-Creator of all things endgame gaming. <+TroyEndGameGaming> My name is Troy. Also a co-creator <+TroyEndGameGaming> Brian is going to take the floor and talk about our gamebooks <+BrianEndgameGaming> Our 1st gamebook was labyrinth the lich lords lair. we had A LOT of fun bringing it […]

14 Jul 19
Tomas, the wandering dreamer

In this post, I’m returning to the topic of character death. This time, I’ll focus on the impact a character’s death might have on the story.

10 Jul 19
Annlyel Online

Two years ago I wrote my first post highlighting my ranking of the Marvel movies. At the time there were only fourteen films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. To think that a simple two years would add so many movies to the list is truly mind-boggling. Here’s a look back at how I ranked the […]

10 Jul 19
News Archives Uk

squad numbers Aston Villa has added six new faces to its squad ahead of the new Premier League season – and plans are underway to add more before the transfer window closes. The Villans have brought Matt Targett, Wesley Moraes and Jota, and they have also permanently signed the contracts for Tyrone Mings, Kortney home […]

09 Jul 19
Retreon Media Alliance

The Year Of The Villain continues. “The Batman Who Laughs” extended to a 7th and final issue.

04 Jul 19
Frank Lampard has completed his return to Chelsea to succeed Maurizio Sarri as manager. The Italian left west London in somewhat acrimonious circumstances, taking over the vacant Juventus role despite leading the club back to the Champions League and to a Europa League win in Baku. Frank Lampard is expected to make an emotional return to Chelsea this summer But the fans were never able to form a bond with the stoic former bank manager, with his style of football alienating Chelsea fans. In his place, Stamford Bridge legend Lampard has taken over after leaving Derby County in the Championship. The 41-year-old’s imminent appointment is part of a growing trend amongst top-flight clubs in the modern era. When Rafael Benitez was relieved of his duties as Real Madrid manager in 2015, the club turned to the inexperience yet universally-liked Zinedine Zidane to steady the ship. [article-rail-section title=”LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES” posts_category=”221″ posts_number=”12″ query_type=”recent” /] Zidane was an instant success as Los Blancos boss The France legend ended up winning three Champions League trophies back-to-back during his first spell at the Santiago Bernabeu and other clubs duly began to take note. Manchester United sacked Jose Mourinho in December and replaced him with one of the heroes from the treble-winning season in 1999; Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Despite speculation the club could move for Mauricio Pochettino, the Red Devils board decided to stick with the Norwegian. So here at talkSPORT.com it got us thinking about which other legendary former players could return to manage in the Premier League. Scroll down to see who your club go for in the not-so distant future! [bc_video video_id=”6052885545001″ account_id=”6023583704001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Joey Barton Says Chelsea are making the right decision with Frank Lampard “] AFC Bournemouth – Carl Fletcher Carl Fletcher has worked with Bournemouth’s academy players in the past The Wales international made 193 appearances for the Cherries, scoring 19 goals before moving to West Ham United. Upon his retirement, Fletcher took charge of Plymouth Argyle in 2011 and was later given the job on a permanent basis until 2013. Since then, the 39-year-old has won the regional EFL Youth Alliance Cup final with the Bournemouth Under-18 side, before stepping up to manage the Under-23 side. He now manages their loan deals. Given his extensive knowledge of the club’s youth team programme, the natural succession would be for Fletcher to take over as first team coach in the same way current boss Eddie Howe did. Arsenal – Patrick Vieira Arsenal’s current crop of players would be whipped into shape by Vieira Although currently linked with the Newcastle United job, the former Arsenal captain is in charge of Ligue 1 side Nice and impressing in France. A box-to-box midfielder who took no prisoners, Vieira won the Premier League title in 2004 at Highbury after leading the team to an entire season unbeaten. While there is no suggestion the 43-year-old would be capable of performing such miracles again, his spell at MLS side New York City suggested he has the potential to go to the very top. Adopting a free-flowing, attacking, high-press system, it may not be long before the World Cup winner is linked with a return to the Emirates. Aston Villa – Gareth Southgate The former centre-half captained Villa during his spell in the West Midlands While football may well be coming home in 2022, Southgate’s role as England manager will not last forever. The former centre-back captained the club during his six-year spell there and he has continued to display incredible leadership qualities as a manager. He took charge of the England Under-21 side in 2013, before stepping up to manage the senior side where he guided the Three Lions to a fourth-placed finish at the 2018 World Cup. Dean Smith has done an incredible job getting the Villans back to the Premier League, but the club are backed by wealthy investors and getting a marquee name like Southgate in one day remains a possibility. Brighton and Hove Albion – Bruno Bruno is now part of the Brighton coaching staff When Graham Potter took charge of Brighton after Chris Hughton, the former Swansea boss insisted on appointing Bruno to his coaching staff. After 234 appearances for the Seagulls across a seven-year spell, the 38-year-old will now take on the role of senior player development coach. His retirement after the final game against Manchester City was not a surprise given his age, but the loyal fans will still miss him. Provided he can excel in his first coaching role, it may not be long before fans begin to clamour for their hero to return to the Amex as boss. Burnley – Graham Alexander Graham Alexander was a loyal servant to the Clarets With his Copa Mundial boots, his rough stubble and steely glare, Alexander was the ultimate throwback footballer. At the age of 37, he played in all of Burnley’s 61 Championship and Cup games that season ending with the 1–0 play-off final victory over Sheffield United at Wembley which took the Clarets back to the top-flight of English football for the first time in 33 years. A consummate professional and a fan favourite for his uncompromising displays at right-back, Alexander was loved at Turf Moor despite his spells with local rivals Preston. The current Salford boss has the managerial pedigree as well, taking charge of Preston, Fleetwood and Scunthorpe. Sean Dyche has made a huge impression at Burnley with his honesty and insistence on hard work. Few characters within football better embody such traits than 47-year-old Alexander. Chelsea – Frank Lampard Frank Lampard has taken charge of his former side The appointment of Lampard as Chelsea boss could well be a masterstroke from Roman Abramovich. A transfer ban for two windows means the former England midfielder cannot fall victim to the same mistake of previous managers; being judged on his signings. With Sarri, it was Jorginho and with Conte it was Morata. Both ended up being scapegoats for the failures of the men who signed them. The 41-year-old can instead focus on promoting younger players through to the senior side and developing an ethos at Stamford Bridge. The pressure on Lampard will be minimal and he is likely to be given time and support from the adoring Chelsea fans. Crystal Palace – Chris Coleman The former Wales boss is available after being sacked by Hebei China Fortune Coleman’s last few stints in management have been failures. After just six months in charge of Sunderland, Coleman was ‘relieved of his duties’ following the club’s relegation to League One. And he incurred the same fate as manager of Hebei China Fortune, losing his job last month. But anyone who knows football will tell you those two jobs are not a true reflection of a manager’s capabilities. As the Wales manager, Coleman lead his country to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 – managing to get the best out of Gareth Bale. At 71, Roy Hodgson may not have long left at the top and Coleman could well be in line to replace him. It would certainly be a popular move, he was voted into the Eagles’ Centenary XI in 2005. Everton – Mikel Arteta The Spaniard is currently Pep Guardiola’s number two at Man City Mikel Arteta arrived at Goodison Park after spells with Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Rangers, and Real Sociedad. So it was fair to say fans were not sure what to expect when the midfielder arrived on loan in 2005. But David Moyes found a gem and, for just £2million the following summer, Arteta made his move permanent. The Toffees went from relegation candidates to European contenders and much of that success was down to the attacking midfielder. Since retiring, the Spaniard has taken his coaching badges and worked extensively with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. He is highly-rated, with former side Arsenal agonisingly close to appointing him last summer. Just as in 2005, Everton could move quickly and shrewdly to appoint the 37-year-old as boss if Marco Silva does not work out. Leicester City – Steve Walsh Steve Walsh literally put his body on the line for Leicester on plenty of occasions Steve Walsh is truly a Foxes legend after his 14 years of service to the club and embodied what the club was about to supporters; with his combative, never-say-die approach to the game. Walsh literally put his body on the line for Leicester during his 449 games for the club, and he is paying the price for his commitment now. He may not have been born in Leicester – he was born in Fulwood, Lancashire and began his career at Wigan Athletic – but he is an adopted son of the city and still lives in Leicester, working in an ambassadorial role while running the Advanced Football Development Academy with former team-mate Muzzy Izzet. Should Brendan Rodgers ever decide to leave, the popular move for fans would surely be appointing Walsh. The former centre-half loves the club almost as much as them. Liverpool – Steven Gerrard Steven Gerrard has started his managerial career at Rangers Although it would be virtually impossible for Liverpool fans to think of anyone more suited to the Anfield hot seat than Jurgen Klopp right now, football works in mysterious ways. The German has taken the club from struggling to qualify for the Europa League to winning the Champions League. But Klopp is unlikely to stay with the Reds forever, and Gerrard may well be a ready-made replacement. The former Liverpool captain is establishing himself as a progressive and no-nonsense manager up at Rangers an there could hardly be a more popular appointment. Owner John Henry has shown in the past he is willing to make sentimental choices to appease the fans, appointing Sir Kenny Dalgleish as boss after sacking Roy Hodgson. Manchester City – Vincent Kompany Vincent Kompany left City in the bets way possible After more than decade with City, Vincent Kompany bowed out as captain of a treble-winning side, whose 25-yard screamer against Leicester City to help seal it, will be forever etched into the club’s history. His return to Anderlecht is not entirely sentimental however, with Kompany acting as a player-manager. Given how well the centre-back lead the Citizens during his spell at the back, his leadership qualities will surely translate into management easily. After back-to-back Premier League titles, City will want to carry on Pep Guardiola’s work at the Etihad. And who better than his former captain? Manchester United – Roy Keane The Irishman would have no problem laying down the law at Old Trafford once again Although his managerial career is nowhere near as glittering as his playing days, Keane has the necessary ‘X Factor’ which United could really do with. The former Red Devils captain literally dragged his teammates to victory at times at Old Trafford and, despite not being the most technically-gifted player, Keane had an insatiable desire to win. His previous comments about members of the current United squad would have to be addressed, but he would fear no man in the dressing room and could instil a real winner’s mentality which has been missing for too long. After leaving Nottingham Forest last month, the Irishman is targeting a return to management and there would surely be plenty of supporters who would love to see him barking orders from the touchline. Newcastle United – Les Ferdinand Ferdinand is rated extremely highly within the world of football Back in the 90’s, Newcastle were renowned for their swashbuckling-style and Laissez-faire attitude to defending which made them a joy to watch and serial Premier League contenders. England striker Les Ferdinand was a key part of that, with his goals for the Magpies made him a cult hero in the North-East. Since retiring, Ferdinand has worked closely with QPR and was appointed to the Director of Football role. He is extremely highly-rated within the game and there was talk of him succeeding Dan Ashworth at the FA. The Geordies could desperately do with cheering up after Rafael Benitez’s departure and, given how frugal owner Mike Ashley can be, appointing the 52-year-old could prove to be more cost-effective. Norwich City – Russell Martin Martin spent nine years at Carrow Road Known as the ‘Norfolk Cafu’ for his rampaging displays at right-back, Martin quickly established himself as a fan favourite amongst Norwich City supporters. After joining from Peterborough on a loan deal in 2009, the Scotland international filled in a variety of roles and became a dependable member of two promotion-winning sides to the Premier League. In 2018, he signed for Walsall in a player-coach role before moving to MK Dons where he is still plying his trade. During an interview with The Canary Magazine, published April 2013, Martin revealed his desire to take up management after the end of his playing career, stating, ‘I would eventually love to come and manage Norwich.’ Sheffield United – Phil Jagielka Jagielka shot to fame while playing for Sheffield United, before making a name for himself at Everton Phil Jagielka is currently training with Burnley after his release by Everton, but do not be surprised if he moves into a coaching role in the not-too distant future. The centre-back started his career with Sheffield United, cementing his position as a legend when he featured in goal for 34 minutes against Arsenal in 2006 and kept a clean sheet at Bramall Lane. A consummate professional, Everton fans have called for the 36-year-old to be brought back to Goodison Park as a defensive coach to help Marco Silva. But if the Toffees fail in their attempts, there is no reason why the Blades should not consider their former hero i some sort of coaching capacity to start. Southampton – James Beattie Beattie has worked at Birmingham, Middlesbrough and Leeds as a coach While Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney were undoubtedly England’s best striking options after the turn of the Millennium, Beattie was firmly on their coat tails. The Southampton striker struggled with injuries on the south coast, but was still revered as one of the most dangerous strikers in the top flight and almost lead the Saints to an FA Cup win in 2003. Since retiring, he has spent time working as a coach for Swansea, Middlesbrough, Leeds and now at Birmingham. Ralph Hasenhüttl has done well thus far at Southampton, but bringing Beattie in to his coaching staff would be a popular move with fans and could pave the way for him to succeed the German in years to come. Tottenham Hotspur – Jurgen Klinsmann Klinsmann enjoyed two spells in north London It wasn’t just Spurs fans who fell in love with Jurgen Klinsmann when he arrived at White Hart Lane, the striker endeared himself to the public as well. The German was Public Enemy No.1 when he arrived in 1994 for his role in England’s World Cup exit in 1990. But Klinsmann’s humour and self-deprecation (as well as his clinical prowess) made him a hero and he was even inducted into Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. His work with both the Germany and USA national teams focused on building legacies and playing expansive and attacking football. Developing youth players and developing a strong sense of unity are two key qualities Mauricio Pochettino has tried to instil. Watford – Troy Deeney Troy Deeney taking on a player-manager role would appease plenty of Watford fans Although his managerial experience is limited, Deeney would have no problem getting the best out of players. A powerful striker plucked from Walsall, the Englishman is a certified legend for the Hornets with his brutally honest assessment of himself and opposition teams a refreshing listen for fans. The 31-year-old is by no means getting towards the end of his career, but a move into a player-coach role could be on the cards. Much like Kompany with Anderlecht, Deeney would be respected and feared in equal measure by his teammates and would have no problem laying down the law. West Ham United – Michael Carrick Michael Carrick is a product of West Hams academy Often criminally underused and underrated, Carrick may well get the recognition he deserves as a manger. The Geordie came through the famed ‘Academy of Football’ at West Ham before a spell at Tottenham convinced Sir Alex Ferguson to part with more then £18m to bring the midfielder to Old Trafford. A cultured midfielder with a superb array of passing, the 37-year-old possessed an aura about him on the pitch,. It is clear to see he has taken this into coaching as well, he has worked alongside both Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the Red Devils. If he can sharpen his tools at Old Trafford, a role for the Hammers to replace Pellegrini could be in the offing. Wolverhampton Wanderers – Robbie Keane Keane made his name in English football scoring goals for Wolves Keane may have only spent a brief part of his career at Molineux, but he made an impact. The 38-year-old started his career with Wolves before joining Coventry. A succession of moves across the continent followed (including Inter Milan) before he found his calling at Tottenham. A sharp and clinical striker, Keane was a nightmare for defenders with his energy and inventive style of play – he could make goals out of virtually nothing. Currently the assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland and involved in the coaching set-up at Middlesbrough, there would be no reason why the Tallaght-native could not move into club management. Where to better to start it than the very same place he began his playing career?
29 Jun 19
News Archives Uk

The Dane had a bright spell at Villa Park in the 2000s. A number of Aston Villa fans have taken to Thomas Sorensen's photo of himself and fellow B6 legends Olof Mellberg and Martin Laursen, which retweeted the club. The Scandinavian trio may have been reciprocated by the Villa faithful, a feeling which is very […]

28 Jun 19

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13 Jun 19
News Archives Uk

Targett-ed Aston Villas was reportedly finding a new left-back on a new Targett. The Sun claims Dean Smith wants to get Matt Targett from Southampton into the club to improve his defense. (Image: Getty Images) They say that the 23-year-old is Smith's first choice to challenge Neil Taylor on the left side of Villa, and […]

12 Jun 19
Sport Archives

The date was May, 15, 2016. The venue was The Emirates Stadium, North London. This was the final day of Aston Villa’s long stay in the top flight, coming to an unceremonious end as Arsenal smashed the sorry Villans 4-0. Read More What’s happening at Aston Villa? An Olivier Giroud hat-trick and a Mark Bunn […]

07 Jun 19

Over the years, the Championship has proven to be one of the most exciting, unpredictable and competitive leagues in the world. This season alone, we’ve had ‘spy-gate’, food-banks and players being attacked by rival fans. The most interesting stories however, have been the successful promotions of the 3 clubs returning to the Premier League: Norwich […]

02 Jun 19
Muse By Method: Being more awesome, together.

(Robin Hobb’s) books are subtle and masterful. They’re not Hobbit/LOTR rip-offs, nor cheesy D&D campaigns sprinkled with plot holes. They’re books about real situations with real people, neatly wrapped into worlds you could almost step into. With dragons and magic, of course

27 May 19
The Sun
DEAN SMITH cemented his place among Aston Villa royalty in front of the future king as he led his boyhood club back to the Premier League. Goals from Anwar El Ghazi and John McGinn had Prince William rocking as a 2-1 win over Derby booked a return to the top-flight and with it a £180million promotion bonanza. Aston Villa celebrate after winning the Championship play-offs Jack Grealish and Dean Smith hold the trophy aloft John McGinn wheels away after scoring the second to leave Villa on the brink Anwar El Ghazi stoops to nod Villa in front at Wembley Now Dean Smith can claim to be the Royal Highness of the Holte End he stood on as a kid after guiding the club from midtable when he arrived in October to the promised land. You have to feel for opposite number Frank Lampard, who has implemented his own exciting style of play into his youthful County outfit. But in truth some of his kids were simply bullied on Wembley’s hallowed turf as his attack offered little until the introduction of Jack Marriott and Martyn Waghorn set up the nervy finale. Lampard’s Rams looked more like rabbits caught in the headlights early on as they struggled to get out of their half. And his goalkeeper Kelle Roos almost gifted Villa the perfect start when his miscued clearance fell perfectly for McGinn to feed Grealish. The skipper took a touch before driving towards the box but he spurned the effort wide despite a clear view of the target. McGinn then tried his luck twice, once with a volley another a dink from the edge of the area, as Smith’s men began to turn the screw. [bc_video video_id=”6041699934001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Henri Lansbury shares video of Aston Villa fans welcoming their heroes home after play-off win”] Rams stopper Kelle Roos was beaten to the ball by McGinn in a costly blunder We are Aston Villa… And we are back!#AVFC pic.twitter.com/LC8uAIdJ3H — Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) May 27, 2019 The Rams gave everything until the end, but the Championship Play-Off Final ends in defeat at Wembley. #AVFCvDCFC pic.twitter.com/OjMJQwOJ8A — Derby County (@dcfcofficial) May 27, 2019 He led us back to where we belong, in front of royalty. 👑 Arise, Sir Dean Smith! 💜#AVFC pic.twitter.com/kZAKXSdXBQ — Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) May 27, 2019 We see you 👀 Welcome to the Premier League @AVFCOfficial, @NorwichCityFC and @SUFC_tweets — Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) May 27, 2019 John McGinn to Sky, when asked if he’s staying at Villa. “Absolutely. It’s a massive club. I just need to try and convince this guy to stay (taps Grealish). You’re not going anywhere!” #avfc pic.twitter.com/NWEQI7wJwN — Jacqui Oatley (@JacquiOatley) May 27, 2019 😬 Hopefully you performed better than @dcfcofficial! See you next season! #StopCrying https://t.co/YHYJciXGvg — Leeds United (@LUFC) May 27, 2019 Another chance came and went as Tammy Abraham, marshalled well by his fellow Chelsea loanee Fikayo Tomori at the back for Derby, finally got an opportunity just after the half hour point. The towering frontman dropped deep to receive and spun as the opposition defence failed to close him down quick enough, but his curling shot floated just past the upright. The best hope for Derby appeared to be catching Villa on the break with their best effort of the first half being a powerful drive courtesy of Mason Mount straight at Jed Steer. That looked to have spurred them into life as captain Richard Keogh sound headed over from a corner. But finally Villa’s pressure told in the final moments of the opening half as El Ghazi pounced with a combination off his head and shoulder to break the deadlock. They hit Derby on the counter as Albert Adomoah rolled the ball back for Ahmed Elmohamady to bend it towards the back post for the stooping Dutchman to divert it past Roos. The Villans took the lead just before the break Frank Lampard came up just short in his debut season as a manager The leap of delight from Smith on the touchline said it all as his dream edged closer while the Prince punched the air with joy up in the stands. But they must have both known it was about to become reality when McGinn doubled the advantage on the hour. And speaking of punching, Lampard probably felt like landing one on his goalie as the stopper allowed McGinn to nick in and head home despite looking favourite to catch the ball after El Ghazi’s cross was deflected. Martyn Waghorn flicked home to give Derby some hope at 2-1 Derby mustered a brave fightback but the Villans held on But as this fixture has shown so many times in the past, you just never know what it will throw up and this one was exactly the same as the Villans were made to sweat. Lamaprd threw on forwards Waghorn and Marriott in a desperate attempt to get back into it. And the two both had a huge role to play as they Derby pulled one back. The Rams’ lifeline came courtesy of a ball over the top to release Waghorn. Tyrone Mings was able to clear, but only straight into the path of Florian Jozefzoon. [article-rail-section title=”Most read in football” posts_category=”339″ posts_number=”12″ query_type=”popular” /] His cross was headed back in by Jayden Bogle, and Marriott showed his coolness to rifle home from close-range. The nerves and excitement swept around Wembley as Derby fans began to believe in the impossible. But despite throwing everything at Villa in the seven minutes of injury time, they were unable to claw it back as Villa ended their three-year top-flight exile.