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December 19, 2011
Posted by Kevin Hughes on 12/19/2011

I have absolutely no doubt that it was an innocent slip from Marc Albrighton, but even so, the Villa winger was probably more accurate with his first tweet following the drab home defeat to Liverpool.

'Tough game!' he messaged. 'At least we only have 3 days to wait until we can't put right!'

Quite, Marc. Although he quickly realised his spelling error and tweeted, 'I did mean 'can' put it right!', Albrighton's unintentionally echoed what many Villa fans are feeling heading into Christmas.

December 7, 2011
Posted by Kevin Hughes on 12/07/2011

And so, with immaculate timing, Martin O'Neill is back in football, emerging from the shadows and pitchside Champions League chit-chat with Roy Keane and Gareth Southgate - two men who know plenty about managing north east clubs - to take over at Sunderland.

His decision to succeed Steve Bruce at the Stadium of Light could not have been more poignantly made in the hearts and minds of Villa fans.

We are approaching Christmas, after all, the traditional time of year to reminisce and indulge in nostalgia, and considering that discussion over O'Neill - his time as Villa manager, the manner of his abrupt departure and the legacy he left behind - has barely been far from the agenda since he walked away from Villa Park in August 2010, it has yet again sparked debate and counter-debate.

Kevin Hughes Kevin Hughes spent the best part of ten years working and writing for the football magazine Match; once (sort of) inspiring David Beckham to copy his shaved-hair look, getting lost in Paris after the 1998 France v Croatia World Cup semi-final and other such nonsense. As Deputy Editor, he launched and established Sport, the London-based free weekly magazine, before moving on to become a consumer magazine publisher, a position he holds today. Introduced to Villa by his father and grandfather, he attended his first ever match at Villa Park as a seven-year-old in 1982… and has suffered almost constant disappointment since. You can follow him on twitter @KevHughesie

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