American businessman Randy Lerner has officially quit Aston Villa after the club’s sale to Chinese businessmanTony Xiawent through after clearance from the Premier League.
The club is now part of the Recon Group after owner Tony Xia went through various tests to determine his ability to run a football club. Lerner had been trying to sell the club since 2014 but without much success. One of those major stumbling blocks came in the form of the asking price of close to £ 200 million. Lerner had invested a similar sum of money since taking over the club in 2006.
There are reports that Villa Park regulars want a lot of changes at the club, after a very disappointing season in the last campaign.
They urge current manager Roberto Di Matteo to return the club to the top flight league after the Italian agreed to lead the coaching crew. Di Matteo was recently confirmed as the club's fourth permanent boss in about 16 months. He signed a deal for two years worth £35,000-a-week with a handsome £2m promotion bonus at the end of the season.
Despite having been relegated from the Premier League with their defeat against Manchester United, Micah Richards still have hopes that Aston Villa will be back at the top level.
This hopes lies in the quality of the Villa academy players.
Micah Richards recognize that this has been a miserable season not only for the players but also the fans. But he believes that the team should keep faith in the academy players and sooner or later they will be back in the top flight.
One of those players is Jack Grealish, and Richards has been amazed at the quality that the player possesses.
Mexico will be facing Canada in the qualifying games of the 2018 World Cup. The match will be held in Vancouver and Mexico will be keen to get all three points.
This will be an opportunity to assess the team assemble by the new Mexico coach, Juan Carlos Osorio, who was appointed in October. After a couple of friendly games, this will be the real test for Mexico and fans in the country will want to know whether the team has improved or not.
It is believed that Mexico will play their traditional 4-3-3 formation with Hernandez, Fabian and Corona in a three-man forward line. The important thing here is how the coach will keep the balance between attack and defense, and this is what we will be looking at in the game against Canada.
As the Premier League continues progressing, there are some teams that are making a genuine charge for the title and this is the case of Leicester City which has shocked Europe after having gone through a very successful and impressive season in the Premier League, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are all of the remaining teams that are located at the top of the English League.
There are some other teams that are just aiming and hoping that they can continue performing in the Premier League and avoid the bottom relegation zone, one of these clubs is Aston Villa which have only been able to win 2 league games from the opening 24 matches that have been played so far and are located in the very bottom of the Premier League with 13 points.
Micah Richards has delivered a controversial verdict on Aston Villa’s season by claiming that the players have simply not been good enough and he understands the frustration of the fans.
The supporters have been very vocal in recent weeks after seeing their team down at the bottom of the table on a continual basis. Villa were expected to be in a relegation trouble, but not in this position with just
Aston Villa’s league campaign began in positive fashion with a narrow victory against Bournemouth. Since then, however, the only positives for the team have come in the League Cup.
They have suffered three consecutive matches without a win in the league. Despite this poor form, Villa were able to turn around and secure a 1-0 win against archrivals Birmingham City in the third round of the League Cup. Manager Tim Sherwood says that the team must use this result as a boost in the coming games. Villa have flirted with relegation over the last couple of seasons and Sherwood will want to avoid a repeat of the same at all costs.
Former Tottenham defender Michael Dawson says that his former club should invest in a new striker to play alongside Harry Kane if they are to compete for a top four place in the Premier League.
The club decided to sell more of their high-profile names – Roberto Soldado – to Spanish club Villarreal. The former Valencia forward has been a major disappointment at White Hart Lane after managing only a handful of goals in the last two years. His confidence had hit rock bottom and there appeared no sign of revival. Manager Mauricio Pochettino has decided to place his complete faith in Kane.
Manchester City defender Micah Richards is widely expected to join Aston Villa on a free transfer when his contract expires in a few weeks.
He has taken one parting shot at his current club after saying that they should have retained Roberto Mancini as their manager. The Inter Milan boss led the club to their first Premier League title, but he was sacked from his job in poor conditions. For several days, Mancini was a dead man walking before City confirmed his departure. Apart from the way his exit was handled, Richards also says that the club should not have sacked him in the first place.
Manchester City defender Micah Richards says that he would have left the club a long time ago had it not been for the sudden investment from the Qatari owners.
The investment from the Middle East started to make the club one of best in the world after their arrival in 2008. Richards, who is currently on loan at Fiorentina, says that he could have joined either Chelsea or Manchester United after enormous interest from the duo. However, the sudden increase in wealth meant that City did not have to sell Richards to one of their rivals.