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September 22, 2011
Posted by Kevin Hughes on 09/22/2011

That was brief. The champagne has gone flat, the suntan is already fading; the flight is boarding, a return to work is looming. If Alex McLeish has ever had a honeymoon period as the manager of Aston Villa, there's a growing feeling that it's drawing to a close.

It was okay, the honeymoon. Light on the romance and explosive lust, more about polite small talk, holding hands and vaguely interesting sight-seeing. But now it's time to come home, to return to reality, to confront day to day business. And to perhaps, quietly and secretly, to ponder the question that neither party wants to ask out loud: should we have actually gone through with the wedding in the first place?

June 15, 2011
Posted by Jerrad Peters on 06/15/2011

Aston Villa staff arrived at Bodymoor Heath to see graffiti sprayed on the red brick entrance of the club’s training ground on Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, club owner Randy Lerner was reportedly in London, meeting with prospective new manager Alex McLeish – the former Birmingham City boss who had resigned his St. Andrew’s post just three days earlier.

March 22, 2011
Posted by Jerrad Peters on 03/22/2011

These are nervous times at Villa Park. Saturday’s loss at home to Wolves has left the club teetering on the edge of the relegation cliff, and that banner strung from the Holte End prior to kickoff – reading “HAD ENOUGH; HOULLIER OUT” – represents the anxieties of a good number of the club’s fans.

October 21, 2010
Posted by Jerrad Peters on 10/21/2010

Curtis Davies made some interesting points this week when he criticized his handling under former Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill.

September 23, 2010
Posted by Jerrad Peters on 09/23/2010

And with that, the Gerard Houllier era has begun. Sure, it was only one match, and a Carling Cup contest at that. But the early signs are mostly positive, and you get the feeling the cloud is starting to lift from over Villa Park.

September 7, 2010
Posted by Jerrad Peters on 09/07/2010

Aston Villa will have to wait until Wednesday afternoon to find out if Gerard Houllier will be succeeding Martin O’Neill as manager of the Premier League club. After a summer that combined the tumultuous with the uneventful, the Frenchman’s appointment would be a welcome shot in the arm at Villa Park.

August 9, 2010
Posted by Jerrad Peters on 08/09/2010

The timing couldn’t have been worse. On Monday afternoon—just five days before the start of the Premier League season—Martin O’Neill stepped down as manager of Aston Villa. His decision took immediate effect, and the club posted a statement announcing his departure just after 4:00pm. It was an exit as hasty as it was unsurprising.

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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