Curbs, not catch 22 and time gentlemen please

There is a rumour doing the rounds that former Charlton and West Ham manager Alan Curbishley is 'in the frame' to become the next Aston Villa manager. Don't worry, it won't happen.

We know who will be the next manager of Aston Villa for the reasons we told you. So there is no need to get all flustered - the club are not going to appoint a manager with a Premier League win record worse than the previous incumbent.

So, moving on, we named our squad yesterday and while we could have had 25 players, we only named twenty-two but when you think that Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton also named less than the 25 limit - it doesn't make things that much of a concern.

Aston Villa 22 man squad


The squad named by the club was Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan, James Collins, Carlos Cuellar, Curtis Davies, Habib Beye, Richard Dunne, Eric Lichaj, Stephen Warnock, Luke Young, Stewart Downing, Jonathan Hogg, Stephen Ireland, Isaiah Osbourne, Stiliyan Petrov, Nigel Reo-Coker, Moustapha Salifou, Steve Sidwell, Ashley Young, Gabriel Agbonlahor, John Carew and Emile Heskey.

The reason why the likes of Albrighton and The Fonz are not on the list is because they do not need to be. They are home grown players under the age of 21. Funny isn't it, we all thought this was going to be a challenge and open up the league - it won't. To some extent, it just pushed up the price of certain players.

New manager please

You don't need to be a rocket scientist to figure out what is going to happen next, but I suspect you do need to be a football man, which is the reason why I suspect it is taking so long to confirm MacDonald but I fancy it could be down to the negotiations.

Someone raised a point yesterday about players on £50k a week walking over MacDonald and that maybe he was too friendly with them. Well, I've been told that he isn't frightened to shout at them and I'd like to believe that if he were to get the job, he'd start to get paid a lot more money and that the club should put him on a salary comparable to that of the top earners at the club.

You think I'm mad, but for all parties, it makes sense and for a bizarre reason, to counter what was suggested yesterday, it has to happen. You can not have players earning more than the manager.

Time gentlemen please

That is it for today, there is nothing else Aston Villa that you want to know. The new shirt comes out this month and the club have kept the price at last seasons price. All things considered, that was the least they could do.