Friday 31 October 2014

Trapattoni's men fighting relegation

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Shay Given
Club: Aston Villa
Position: 15th
His Season: Glad to be back playing regular football after a frustrating time at Manchester City, but the Donegal native has been far busier than he might have anticipated. Sidelined with injury at the midpoint of the campaign, although he regained his place immediately. A few errors in recent weeks, but he's the least of Alex McLeish's worries.
What If They Go Down? Given was very thankful to Randy Lerner when he awarded him a five-year contract last summer and a weekly wage in the region of £60,000. That was a huge show of faith in a 35-year-old and the Donegal man would likely have to repay that loyalty in the Championship -- he won't get a better deal elsewhere.
Survival Prospects: Good

Richard Dunne
Club: Aston Villa
Position: 15th
His Season: Paul McGrath said last week that Dunne plays better for his country than his club and, certainly, his outstanding performances for Ireland in the autumn weren't quite replicated at Premier League level. Nevertheless, he is blameless for Villa's recent slump as it has effectively coincided with his absence.
What If They Go Down? On a similar wage to Given, but the difference is that next season is the final year on his contract. In the event that Villa were relegated, then it's likely that another club would size up the situation and offer a small transfer fee and a large contract.
Survival Prospects: Good
Stephen Ireland
Club: Aston Villa
Position: 15th
His Season: Another year in the life. The odd decent performance, the occasional strop, an ill-advised shisha session, and the comfort of knowing that his girlfriend will keep him in the Irish headlines.
What If They Go Down? New York Red Bulls are interested. What would this mean for his prospects of an Irish return? Does anyone care? The Cobh man has suggested he is open to a call from the FAI although, considering he retired from the international game, he appears to be confused about who should be lifting the phone.
Survival Prospects: Good

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