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My Old Man Said - Award-nominated Aston Villa existentialism that keeps it real and tells it as it is. Subscribe to make sure you get the show every week to get a unique and entertaining insight into the Villaverse. Featuring David Michael, Chris Budd and guests. Support this show

My Old Man Said - Award-nominated Aston Villa existentialism that keeps it real and tells it as it is. Subscribe to make sure you get the show every week to get a unique and entertaining insight into the Villaverse. Featuring David Michael, Chris Budd and guests. Support this show


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My Old Man Said - Award-nominated Aston Villa existentialism that keeps it real and tells it as it is. Subscribe to make sure you get the show every week to get a unique and entertaining insight into the Villaverse. Featuring David Michael, Chris Budd and guests. Support this show






Aston Villa's Growing Pains on the Pitch Assessed

Without a win in their first four games back after the Premier League restart, Aston Villa are now starring down both barrels of an instant return to the Championship. After a 1-0 loss to Wolves, we look at Villa's increasing on-field problems. Can Villa find any bite going forward to threaten their next two opponents - Liverpool and Manchester United - games they surely must get something from, if their relegation rivals begin to pick up points. We also look at the end of W88 as Villa's...


Message to Dean Smith After Villa Show Lack of Urgency

Despite a close looking 2-1 scoreline Aston Villa were unceremoniously swept aside by Chelsea at Villa Park. Is there scope for Dean Smith to make tactical changes to get a tune out of this crop of players? We may have one solution. In a bolt-on podcast to episode 107, we catch up on events at Villa Park, as the team show little desire in the final stages of a game they some how still had a chance to rescue something from. Enjoy UTV GET EXTRA SHOWS and JOIN MATCH CLUB If you want extra...


Aston Villa Restart Against Blades Lacks Cutting Edge

Aston Villa kicked off the Premier League start against Sheffield United with a 0-0 draw...thanks to Hawkeye. Will it ultimately be seen as a missed opportunity or a useful exercise to give them a fitness advantage for their next game against Chelsea? The game and surprises in the line-up are discussed. Also in the show, FFP is iced Were Arsenal 'jet lagged' against Manchester City? And Fan Supporter Europe demand for supporters to be involved in dialogue about getting fans back into...


The Road Ahead for Villa Fans Returning to Stadiums

Since episode 106 of the My Old Man Said podcast, MOMS attended a Football Supporters' Association meeting with Premier League Executive Director Bill Bush and got some valuable insights into the road ahead for football fans returning to stadiums. As well as Stage 5 of Project Restart (the return of supporters to games), we share the considerations of the Premier League starting the season up again, questions of how TV broadcasters will show games, supporter refund issues, what happens if a...


Aston Villa's Premier League Restart Advantages Discussed

Before the 2019/20 season was suspended Aston Villa boss Dean Smith bemoaned Villa having “too many training-ground players”, who only turn it on at Bodymoor. With the Premier League restart on the horizon, will this now be an advantage for Villa? We look at this phenomena in light of Villa's remaining 10 games being behind closed doors. What other advantages will Villa have? How big a plus will the return of John McGinn be too? Also, the podcast looks at the Villa Women's team's promotion...


Premier League Training Begins as Villa Prepare for Summer Football

As Premier League clubs return to training to prepare for the possibility of the commencement of the 2019/20 season, we look at the realities of football in the near future - from ghost stadiums to South Korean sex doll fan replacements. With the EFL recently announcing that a Points Per Game format - with promotion and relegation - will be undertaken, if the season doesn't commence, Aston Villa will be concerned that the Premier League will follow a similiar path. In other Villa-related...


Aston Villa Principles vs Project Restart Motives & Behind Closed Doors Madness

As the media tries to frame Premier League clubs against each other, as 'Project Restart' talks try to find some kind of momentum and direction, we look at Aston Villa CEO Christian Purslow's task in hand and what actually is integrity of competition? As well as discussing what Purslow has said in the past week, we also appraise the words of Head Coach Dean Smith and midfielder Conor Hourihane in their interviews of recent weeks. Beyond that, there's the US Woman's national team's on-going...


Void or Not to Void: The Premier League's Money vs Morality Conflict

As Aston Villa announce their intention to defer 25% of first team player wages for four months, the response of European leagues to the Convid pandemic increasingly shine a spot light on the Premier League's plans to try and end the 2019/20 season. On top of the Villa news of the club's reaction to the Covid crisis and Villa player end of contract issues, MOMS takes an in-depth look at the impact of the global pandemic on football and the possibilities left open to the Premier League, and...


Aston Villa Life in Los Angeles With Danny De Lillo

Before the lockdown and during Aston Villa's winter break, MOMS took a trip to Los Angeles, USA, and recorded a couple of shows with stateside Villans. In the second of these shows, MOMS visits downtown LA to speak to Aston Villa supporter Danny De Lillo. Having lived in LA for seven years, while working at both Screen International and the New Filmmakers festival, following Villa has entailed many early morning rises to watch games. Back in 2015, Danny infamously walked down the Hollywood...


Aston Villa Player Top 10 Power Rankings 2019/20 Season (Part Two)

To void or to continue the 2019/20 Premier League season? That is the question. Whatever happens, My Old Man Said with votes from the MOMS Patrons have decided on their Top 10 Player Power Ranking for the season (so far). Are there any surprise Top 10 entries? Listen to the first part of the podcast to get an update on what's been happening in the Villaverse and to provide a bit of context going into this Top 10 Power Rankings part of the episode. Stay safe and smart. Enjoy! UTV Watch...


The Trials and Tribulations of Jack Grealish (Power Rating Episode: Part One)

As the pandemic begins to ramp up in the UK, lockdown fever already seems to be gripping some people, including Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish, who committed a massive hypocritical faux pas mere hours after pleading to fans to stay home to help the NHS. Due to the lengthy nature of the discussion on Grealish, in what was supposed to be an episode focused on the Top Ten Villa Player Power Rankings for the season, the episode has been split into two parts. In this part, David, Chris, Max...


An Unprecedented Twist to an Aston Villa Season

With Aston Villa players in self-isolation like the rest of the world, as the Corona virus changes society in an unprecedented way, we look at the implications on Villa's season, as the Premier League tries to find a way to close the 2019/20 season satisfactorily. While football is very much secondary to life as we're currently experiencing it, there's still plenty to discuss. Is it possible for the season to end with integrity, as the April 30th date the Premier League has proposed seems...


The Quest to Transcend Being Gallant Losers to Beat Top Teams

After a decent spirited display saw Aston Villa come up short against Manchester City at Wembley in the League Cup final, what can Dean Smith do to turn Villa from gallant losers into winners against the Premier League's top six teams? As Villa need wins over them to survive. With Villa almost overcoming giving away two cheap goals in the final to force extra-time, David and Chris discuss what adjustments need to be made from the Wembley line-up and performance, to get some purchase from...


Wembley Hope, Blueprints and a Tactical Masterclass to Beat Citeh

It's 4am before the League Cup final between Aston Villa and Manchester City, but who needs sleep anyway, when you've got to get out episode 100 to preview the big game. David, Dan and Chris look at ways in which Villa can complete mission impossible. Does City losing 22% of their League games offer hope? Is Henri Lansbury the key? Would Chris's tactical masterclass actually work? Should Villa have recalled the free-scoring Scott Hogan? It's going to take a minor miracle for Villa to bring...


Aston Villa Life in Los Angeles With Bob Stephenson

During Aston Villa's winter break, MOMS took a trip to Los Angeles, USA, and recorded a couple of shows with stateside Villans. In the first of these shows, over a few beers on Sunset Boulevard, we speak to actor and writer Bob Stephenson about all things claret and blue...and, black and gold. During our chat with the Villan of over 20-years, we find out about being soccer buddies with Tom and Colin Hanks, the intriguing rise of his other team LA FC, US academy development, his hatred of...


Relegation Alarm Bells Ring as Villa Seek Momentum

After Aston Villa's woeful performance at St Mary's against Southampton, it's swear box time on the My Old Man Said podcast, as we pick through the bones of the Saints defeat and profile the relegation picture. As well as questioning the Villa player's heart for the fight ahead, we look at how the upcoming League Cup final fits into the relegation battle, as we break out The Rasmussen Diagram to chart where Villa stand in terms of their potential for safety at the end of the season. Looks...


Aston Villa Seek Cushion From Precarious Position

Aston Villa returned from their winter break to display the full spectrum of what they are capable of - from decent attacking football to foolish school boy errors. The injury-time loss against Spurs was a bitter pill to take, yet they some how still sit in 17th position in the Premier League. David, Chris and Phil discuss Villa's latest game, as well as discussing the latest insights of Villa CEO Christian Purslow on Villa's Youth Academy development and Carabao Cup opponents Manchester...


Winter Break Calm Before Wembley & Survival Storm

It's not only Premier League players that can have a winter break... MOMS returns to catch up on the latest happenings in the Villa-verse, as Villa prepare themselves for an end of season relegation battle via a trip to Wembley for the League Cup final. As well as looking back at Villa's cup semi-final win against Leicester City and the trip to Bournemouth that followed, we cast an eye on Villa's chances against Manchester City in the Wembley showcase, the 'Jack Grealish to Manchester...


Villa Show Stomach for Relegation Fight / Samatta's Challenge

After a decent enough start to 2020 against their relegation rivals, Aston Villa lift themselves out of the bottom three, as they look ahead to the second leg of a cup semi-final. Will the arrival of Mbwana Ally Samatta spark both survival and a Wembley trip? David and Chris are joined by Max Stokes (Villa on Tour) to discuss the relegation picture and Villa's rivals in it. Talk also turns to the January window, the incoming Eniola Aluko, Jack Grealish's young replacement and other...


What's Samatta Deeney? Villa Grab Season-Defining Win

It was a dramatic and potentially season-defining night at Villa Park as Watford came seeking to do the double over their relegation rivals. A six-point swing to the Hornets would have seen Villa growing roots in the relegation zone, but alas after an injury-time 2-1 win, they escaped the drop zone. In a bonus MOMS show, David and Chris look back at a Villa Park night that travelled a full spectrum of emotion. Along the way, we contemplate the enigmas that are Douglas Luis, Danny Drinkwater...