June 2012 Archives
So it seems Villa are on the verge of sealing another signing from the Eredivisie, this time in the shape of Feyenoord midfielder Karim El Ahmadi. The Dutch-born Moroccan international helped his side to a second placed finish last season and looks as though he could be new manager Paul Lambert's first signing at the club.
No sooner is the madness of England's EURO2012 campaign over than events closer to home force their way back to the forefront of our minds.
It was a pleasant change watching England - no worries about whether they can sign any new players, not a care in the world as to whether their owner was going to sell or not. Apart from the McLeish tactics, it was a breath of fresh air.
First up I'd like to apologise for my not-so-brief hiatus as designated Villa blogger for The Post. As you will all know by now I didn't get the job and I've just about come to terms with that. Apparently some chap called Lambert was the young manager the club were after, so I thought I'd have a little look at how the manager who many feel is merely a MON mark 2 might tick the boxes.
Well, now we know. After almost 2 months of deliberation and bookies making a fortune, we now have a new manager. To pretty much everyone, the choice was a surprise. The response from fans extremely mixed. Many see It as a huge gamble and can't understand how we came to the decision. If fans got a little overheated during the appointment process, it became a meltdown of Chernobyl proportions for some after the announcement.
As Chris Hughton sat in the Carrow Road press conference room this afternoon being unveiled as Norwich City's new manager, it all felt a little surreal. His blue-and-white striped tie had been replaced by the Canaries' gold shimmer and he was talking about his new club with an excitement and sense of purpose.
To me, it felt like seeing your wife with her new man - having left you the day before.
We like a bit of drama down the Baggies don't we? Summer wouldn't be the same without some stress attached to it. Seven weeks in and we are all pacing around like expectant fathers, hitting F5 every minute on Newsnow and trawling every media outlet available in an attempt to find out the latest information not to come out of the club. The Albion public are suffering meltdown.