Author: Kyle Cotter

Aston Villa in Championship driving seat to boost chances of promotion to Premier League

Aston Villa have struggled since their relegation to the Championship at the end of the 2015/16 campaign. The Villains endured a dismal season that year, accumulating a mere 17 points. Their fortunes didn’t change in the second tier the following season and despite aspiring for promotion, they had to settle for a disappointing 13th place finish. This season, however, the outlook is more positive at Villa Park as Aston Villa currently sits second in the Championship, one point ahead of third place Derby County. Manager Steve Bruce came in as replacement to Roberto Di Matteo in October 2016 but the ... Read more

Progress report for Aston Villa’s first four games of the Premier League season

Aston Villa have had a stop start beginning to the season but have made some astute signings and look like a side with some quality players, who should comfortably avoid relegation. They have a young enthusiastic manager and a squad with plenty of players who have a point to prove. Best starting XI: Brad Guzan, Alan Hutton, Micah Richards (c), Joleon Lescott, Jordan Amavi, Jack Grealish, Ashley Westwood, Carlos Sanchez, Leandro Bacuna, Rudy Gestede and Scott Sinclair have so far proved to be the best options for Tim Sherwood, and despite not playing yet this season Jack Grealish should walk ... Read more

Analyzing Ireland’s slump over the last decade

The Republic of Ireland football team have slowly but surely regressed over the last decade, a lucky qualification for Euro 2012 had covered up many cracks in the system but two consecutive (potential) fourth place finishes in qualifying and currently sitting 52nd in the somewhat flawed FIFA rankings isn’t good reading for the Boys in Green.  Youth system The youth system in Ireland is non-existent, there doesn’t seem to be any plan by the FAI for the best young talent in the country to develop their skills, instead these young players must go to England or Scotland to ply their trade. In ... Read more

What does goalkeeper Shay Given bring to the Irish national team?

The 38-year-old Aston Villa keeper retired from international duty, following a disappointing Euro 2012 but has since come back to the Irish set up under Martin O’Neill. Many of the Irish supporters were delighted at the prospect of the legendary goalkeeper returning, but does the veteran actually benefit the squad? In the aspect of bringing quality to the team and pushing for a start, the simple answer is no. Given is too old, not playing enough games and just isn’t the player he was a couple of years ago. Since he lost his place in the Aston Villa team to ... Read more

Is Tim Sherwood the right man for struggling Aston Villa?

Following the sacking of Paul Lambert last week, Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner has acted quickly and appointed former Tottenham Hotspur boss Tim Sherwood as the new man in charge at Villa Park. Tim Sherwood is known for his slightly unorthodox method of management and his willingness to give youth a chance, in this piece I am going to investigate whether he is the right man for the job at Aston Villa. Youth: As a whole, Villa have a young squad with the average age in the squad standing at a mere 26.8 years old and some of the younger ... Read more

YBIG Vent Anger at Football Association of Ireland With Failures And Lies Banners Against USMNT

At the recent Republic of Ireland friendly versus the USMNT a banner was erected, representing the outrage of the loyal fans at the Football Association of Ireland. On it was written “Failures and Lies”, the “FAI” in failures in bold. The ongoing battle between the association and the fans of the national team, has heated up to a point where boycotting the team for the 2015/16 season is becoming a real possibility for many fans. Members of the You Boys In Green (YBIG) fan group took part in an online poll and an emphatic 86.71% said they will not be ... Read more

Read Our Progress Report on Hull City’s Performances for October-November

What did you get right and wrong in your August-September progress report? At the beginning of the season I said that Hull City had strength in depth, something that came in handy in recent weeks. I also mentioned that Hull’s form would improve but it hasn’t, they have 11 points from 11 games, in my last report they had six from six. The side hasn’t benefited as much from the new signings as many would’ve thought, with a lot of the new boys have picking up injuries and struggling to nail down a place in the starting XI.  Best Starting ... Read more

Read Our Progress Report on Aston Villa’s Performances for October-November

What did you get right and wrong in your August-September progress report? In my last progress report I gave the defense massive praise and they’ve let me down in every game since. It’s been painful to watch at times, due to injuries and loss of form the back four is a shadow of the one we saw in the opening weeks. I correctly predicted that Brad Guzan would be vital to Villa’s hopes of a successful 2014/15. Add to this the fact I said that goals would be a problem and it has proven to be a huge one, they ... Read more