Aston Villa star in WhatsApp wage drop discussion as Premier League return plans emerge


Return date

The Premier League is currently stuck in talks with the British government over plans to return football in June.

The Daily Mirror says the top 20 flight clubs have an agreement in place that could put them back into action in early June, based on the rest of the season being held behind closed doors.

At the meeting on Friday between the governing bodies of English football, the idea would have been discussed at length and an embryonic plan put in place provided that the peak of the coronavirus pandemic arrives in the coming weeks and that the curve begins to flatten beyond.

Aston Villa and Wolves are two of those clubs awaiting the return of football; the Lions, who currently rank 19th, have a game in hand against their relegation rivals and are looking to stave off the drop after only returning to the top flight at the start of the campaign.

The intensive details of the overall plan to return to football in June involve playing in stadiums without supporters and with measures in place to ensure that the environment in which the players and essential match day staff return is as sterile and clean as possible.

Because there are so many subscription holders who would miss an action that they have already paid for, the idea of ​​lifting the television blackout on Saturday at 3 p.m. has already been raised.

Missed red

Former Liverpool and Tottenham forward Peter Crouch recalled the day he became the target of Aston Villa.

Responding to questions on social media in a column in the Daily Mail, the former British international was asked about the first start of his career.

It was April 2001 when, at age 20, he played for the Queen’s Park Rangers in a league game with Crewe.

Crouch gave the visitors the advantage in the 15th minute and the Rangers led 2-0 when he received his marching orders.

Alexandra continued to level in the final seconds, but in the 55 minutes that the bean striker had spent on the field was enough to convince Villa manager Graham Taylor of his worth.

“My memories of this match are so vivid. It was in April 2001, I scored QPR’s first goal by going around a defender making a shot, “he said.

“I got a severe reservation before half time, then a second for causing an obstacle on a free kick. It was a pathetic decision. “We were leading 2-0 when I was kicked out and I remember staying in the tunnel in the shower watching the last five minutes.

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“Crewe scored in the 85th minute and again in the 90th minute. I knew I was going to be blamed for dropping points.

“Something good came out of this game at Gresty Road, however. Graham Taylor had come to watch and his photo was published in the newspapers.

“The speculation started that he came to see me and a few weeks later, it all happened when I signed for Aston Villa. “

But not initially, the Rangers sold Crouch for £ 1.5 million at Portsmouth in the summer of 2001 – where he excelled.

He had 18 league goals in 37 starts for Pompey and in March 2002 – just under a year since he saw him poached at Crewe, Taylor had £ 5 million.

Crouch would spend a few years at Villa Park where he scored six times in 37 Premier League games before David O’Leary flogged him in Southampton for just £ 2.5 million.

Cat group

Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish and Wolverhampton Wanderers ‘Conor Coady were among the 20 Premier League captains involved in a WhatsApp chat in response to Premier League players’ insistence on accepting salary deferrals.

It was according to our sister title The Mirror that gave an intriguing glimpse of Friday’s proceedings.

Among them, Premier League director Bill Bush explained to captains, managers and chief executive officer of the Professional Football Association Gordon Taylor the £ 1.1 billion black hole created by the financial crisis. coronavirus.

They were also told why players are being asked to take pay cuts and deferrals and that this could save £ 570 million.

A participant told Mirror Sport that there were so many people on the call that people had trouble getting their message across.

Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne was particularly eloquent, but pressure was put on the players to bail out football.

As a result, the 20 skippers created their own WhatsApp group and immediately after the official videoconference, all the players organized their own informal meeting and it was bombarded with comments.

The overwhelming message to come back was that they all know they are earning well, they are all ready to make financial sacrifices – but they want their money to go to the right place and not directly into the pockets of wealthy homeowners. clubs.

The WhatsApp group is committed to ensuring that all club staff are taken care of, they wish to make contributions to charities and community groups for people disadvantaged by the crisis, especially for children and the NHS.

But what bothered the players was how it happened, with the clubs going private to try to force them to accept pay cuts and deferrals.

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Exchange Agreement

Former Aston Villa star Andy Gray thinks it would be a no-brainer for Manchester United to sell World Cup winner midfielder Paul Pogba to sign villa man Jack Grealish in a deal that could worth £ 170 million.

Grealish has been repeatedly linked to a move to Old Trafford for a number of months after boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer realized he saw him as one of his main targets.

If Villa is relegated this season, it seems almost certain that the English international will leave Villa Park.

The same seems inevitable for Pogba of United, who has been further and further away from the first team throughout Solskjaer’s tenure.

“We don’t know how football is going to get through this crisis,” said Gray on Keys & Gray on beIN Sports.

“We don’t know if football will be the same again and if it will affect the values ​​of the players.

“But, when the dust settles, if I could sell Pogba for 100 million pounds and bring Grealish back for 70 million pounds.” “

He added, “I would do it in a heartbeat. It is obvious. “

Him again

Alfredo Morelos’ agent has warned interested clubs that they must commit to signing the Rangers forward before his value skyrockets.

Aston Villa has once again been closely linked to the Colombian international who has already scored 29 goals just for this mandate.

Newcastle United and Leicester City are rumored to want the move, with Brendan Rodgers looking for a long-term replacement for Jamie Vardy at King Power Stadium.

He is said to be valued at around £ 35 million after his impressive start to the season, and 23-year-old agent Theofilos Karasavvidis expects to see these fees climb and climb as he continues to hit the back of the net.

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Spoken too early

Kalvin Phillips will leave Leeds United despite recent comments from the midfielder about his future, said former Aston Villa forward Kevin Phillips.

Phillips was a summer target for Villa after Dean Smith’s team got promoted to the Premier League.

But Villa failed to get along with Leeds – by the way and signing Douglas Luiz and Marvelous Nakamba to increase their options in the middle of the park – and Phillips stayed put.

He has continued to impress in the championship with ties to Manchester United and Wolves most recently.

The midfielder seemed to speculate on the transfer to bed in a recent interview about his career plans, saying, “I want to spend my career in Leeds and see the club doing well in the Premier League. I’m enjoying every minute right now. ”

But the former Villa Park striker Phillips, there is no doubt that his 24-year-old namesake will move elsewhere sooner or later.

“It is credit for telling him that, but he is still a young boy,” he told Football Insider. “I’m not going to say he will regret it, but when you look at the Premier League, few players stay in a club for their all. career.

“Steven Gerrard comes to mind, but it is very rare, especially in today’s climate.

“If they go up and he does well, someone will make a huge offer. If a large club that is difficult for trophies enters, you will go there.

“It’s nice of him to say that and he will do it because he likes the club, but in my experience if he plays well he will not be in Leeds for the rest of his career. I can guarantee it. ”


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