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MOMS #61: Nevermind - Aston Villa's Start to 2019

The Old Man Said podcast is back for 2019 in what has been a winless year for Aston Villa so far. David Michael, Dan Rodgers and Chris Budd discuss the foundations of Dean Smith's 2018, the FA Cup exit and the stuttering recent form and Villa's mid-table limbo. The episode discusses Villa sans Grealish struggles, the steep dip in form, current defensive woes, the returning loans, the January transfer window, and the key recent non-Villa issue of Manchester United switching from Jose...


MOMS #60: Aston Villa - The Rise and Fall of a European Champion

My Old Man Said's David Michael interviews Richard Sydenham, author of Ticket to the Moon: Aston Villa - The Rise and Fall of a European Champion, to discuss the book which charts Villa's golden period and rise to the pinnacle of European football and then why it went so wrong, so quickly. The interview includes Sydenham's experiences of talking to many of Villa's players from the period, a trip to the late Doug Ellis's house, winning the trust of the Ron Saunders and Tony Barton...


MOMS #59: Behind Enemy Lines, Total Football and Handballs

Aston Villa are now on an impressive six-games unbeaten run, yet they've actually lost ground on the automatic places during that period. My Old Man Said's David Michael, Dan Rodgers and Chris Budd take a look back at recent events in the Villaverse. There's the injustice of the Baggies handball-winning point, with Dan returning from going deep undercover at the Hawthorns. We focus on El Ghazi and Nyland, and conclude whether the Baggies game should have been wrapped up before the...


MOMS #58: Aston Villa's Magical Goal Machine Fires Up Promotion Hopes

After a week of goal crazy madness, where Aston Villa hit 12 goals in three games, we reflect on what's making Dean Smith's goal machine tick and are there any weaknesses in the team that could trip up a promotion push. David Michael and Dan Rodgers are joined by Max Stokes from the Youtube channel 'Villa on Tour' to discuss the Nottingham Forest 5-5 madness and the controlled 3-0 win at the Riverside against Middlesborough, that took Dean Smith's recent record to four wins in the last...


MOMS# 57.5: The City is Ours...Again - A View From the Balcony

A somewhat alternative take on the latest Second City Derby. From Rio to Moseley, from shadowing the police to discovering away fan cabbages, and viewing Villa's glory on the pitch from an iron balcony overlooking the Holte End, we look back at an eventful Second City derby. My Old Man Said's David Michael is joined by Dan Rodgers and Chris Budd to discuss a true turning point in Aston Villa's season, as Dean Smith's team proves their resurgence is for real. And, as usual, there's plenty...


MOMS# 57: Dean Smith's Revolution Begins Big Test and Purslow FCG Meeting

The Second City derby marks the start of a long hard winter for Dean Smith's Aston Villa team, that has showed real evidence of potential before the international break. The My Old Man Said podcast looks ahead to the derby and beyond. Also, the main points from the recent Aston Villa Fan Consultation Group meeting with Aston Villa CEO Christian Purslow are discussed - everything from FFP, naming rights, tannoy systems, social responsibility, the club's media output, to the January...


MOMS #56.5: Positive Villa Vibes to Nyland Nightmares

My Old Man Said's David Michael and Chris Budd bring the podcast up to date by looking back at the Derby game as the potential catalyst for the season, while also tackling listener questions in MOMS Question Time. As well as answering a bunch of questions on Orjan Nyland, we look at the potential impact of Yannick Bolasie, question whether James Bree has a role to play this season, look at Neil Taylor's improvement, and ponder whether Jack Grealish is up to scratch yet this season? Also,...


MOMS #56: Dean Smith's Progress and His Upcoming Tough Winter Test

After maintaining his 100% record at Villa Park with a 2-0 victory against Bolton, the fixtures now get serious up until Christmas for Aston Villa Head Coach Dean Smith. In order to get his team on the promotion path, he must overcome the main Championship promotion contenders in back-to-back games. My Old Man Said's David Michael and Chris Budd look at the progress so far under the Villa boss and the players that have benefited the most. Plus, they look at the potential issues that may...


MOMS #55: Movin' on Up With Dean Smith

The My Old Man Said podcast team of David Michael, Dan Rodgers and Chris Budd discuss 'Dean Smith's claret and blue army', as it begins to take shape. As well as spotlighting the Head Coach and his two assistants, John Terry and Richard O'Kelly, we look at Villa's new sporting Director and discuss a host of subjects such as the UEFA League of Nations, the manager that got away and his new job, plus, the policing issues around cabbages, drones and streakers. There's also a new section...


MOMS #54: Ron Atkinson Interview Remix Special

My Old Man Said goes back in the archives for our newer listeners to put together a special on former Aston Villa boss Ron Atkinson, who played a brand of football, present Villa boss Dean Smith will be looking to emulate. As well as discussion on Big Ron between David Michael and Chris Budd, we revisit an improvised 'Big Fat Ron Claret & Blue Army' podcast segment set in 1991 and also rerun the MOMS interview with Ron Atkinson from two seasons ago that took place at Villa Park. The...


MOMS #53.5: Dean Smith Reaction - Beyond #OneOfOurOwn Hype

A bonus two-part episode first of all reacts to Aston VIlla's appointment of Dean Smith as Head Coach. David Michael and Chris Budd give their first impressions and play the devil advocate at times to make sure it's not just a hype job. Brentford fans, as well as being happy with Smith's style of play, have often raised concerns about their gaffer not being able to kill teams off, so can he add a more ruthless mentality to his make-up at Villa? As he'll need to beat his career best 9th...


MOMS #53: The Reality of Steve Bruce's Sacking & Who's Next?

After one win in his last 10 games, the Aston Villa boss, Steve Bruce, has been given the Villa Park guillotine. My Old Man Said's David Michael, Dan Rodgers and Chris Budd discuss the reality of the situation, considering all the mitigating factors and whether it was the right decision and why. Also, as well as looking at what went wrong for Bruce, we also digress to look at the issue of Jack Grealish, the current problems he's having on the pitch and how he could improve. Events of the...


MOMS #52: The Mad Few and Intelligent Questions

After the Rotherham win bought an end to a five-game winless run, Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce got bullish calling out Villa fans for voicing criticism about his management. Labelling them "the mad few", he went on to say that intelligent people understood what he was doing. According to a MOMS Twitter poll of over 1500 Villa fans, 77% considered themselves the mad few, as opposed to being the 'intelligent people'. Against this context and recorded before Villa's Sheffield Wednesday home...


MOMS #51: Bruce Out? Really?

Despite only one league loss, so far this season, only three wins out of eight in fairly soft fixtures has made many Aston Villa supporters question whether it's fools gold continuing with Steve Bruce as Villa boss. My Old Man Said's David Michael, Dan Rodgers and Chris Budd return to discuss the 'Bruce Out?' debate and the major issues that have triggered the growing impatience with the Villa manager. Is Villa's goal of promotion already in danger? Are we now a Championship outfit for...


MOMS #50.5 Listener Questions Right Here, Right Now

In a bonus show recorded in the early hours straight after Episode 50, David, Dan and Chris tackle MOMS podcast listener questions sent in via Instagram. There's questions from Blues fans to all the current concerns of the Villa faithful. A guillotine pops up for some reason and at least one of us is drinking gin and tonic from a non-Birmingham post code... Show highlights Enjoy & UTV SUPPORT THE SHOW! If you want the show to continue and be more frequent, please do support the show by...


MOMS #50: Will the Real Aston Villa Please Stand Up

Within barely the space of a week, Aston Villa go from 100% to unbeaten to winless, despite improving their overall footballing style. Once again, last minute goals determine their results. While it's been three draws in a row, help is at hand, with two new recruits in Yannick Bolasie and Anwar El Ghazi, who hopefully will bring more cutting edge to the team to aid its the promotion goal. My Old Man Said editor and host David Michael is joined by both Dan Rodgers and Chris Budd to discuss...


MOMS #49: Aston Villa's Search for Style, Snap, Crackle & Pop

In the second show of the week, David Michael is joined by Chris Budd, for an impromptu show discussing a wide range of matters from, Villa kits and Lego Villa Parks to a full assessment of the current Aston Villa squad and a look at the shortfall in Bruce's tactics. Into the third Championship season for Villa and Steve Bruce still seems to be going game-to-game relying on player's quality to pull them through, rather than having any team style or identity. Is he in the progress of...


MOMS #48: Super Jack - The Show Goes On!

It's been a busy couple of weeks or so in the Villa-verse, as the new Aston Villa owners have started to prove their worth. They've took Financial Fair Play by the horns, got in some unexpected signings before the transfer window shut and also fended off Spurs and their attempt to get a cut price Jack Grealish. Flying solo on the podcast for the first time (normal service will be resumed on the next episode), MOMS David Michael discusses keeping Super Jack, meeting the new Villa owners...


MOMS #47: How Many Billionaires Does it Take to Save a Football Club?

Recorded shortly after the Bass Vase pre-season victory vs Burton , My Old Man Said's David and Dan discuss the new Aston Villa owners Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris, Jack Grealish's situation and a bunch of other issues going into the 2018/19 season...a dreaded third in the row in the Championship. Listener questions sent in via Instagram are tackled from the serious to the dubious. Stay listening post the end credits for the burning question of dressing room nutsacks. MOMS has actually met...


MOMS #46: The Wizard of Xia - Aston Villa's Humbug?

The play-off final is lost and Aston Villa FC go into financial meltdown. What happened to the big promises to Villa supporters of Dr Tony Xia? The Chinese chairman sacks the CEO Keith Wyness and tries to organise a rudderless club for a third season in the Championship via conference calls from Bejjing. My Old Man Said's David and Dan pick through the bones of Villa's fiscal woe and farce, while trying to have some laughs along the way in the face of adversity. There's 'Twitter With Tony'...