It is gearing up for Thursday now.
No question by the time the players return on Thursday we will have Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa in the backroom and we may have two more as well. Added to this we may have another player I suspect as clearly more work in that areas has to be done.
So we are bouncing into the season with renewed optimism and the season ticket sales are reflecting this. From a couple of sources I have heard we have sold 22,000 so far. This represents a near full renewal of tickets and a fair few new ones. I have been told that we may reach 24,000 and say we brought a ‘top signing’ who knows. To put this into context at the peak of ST sales under MON we sold 28,000. Those figures alone say a lot about the impact of Lambert after Mcleish.
So when the players come back they will see a different club from the last game of the season. For some they will thrive in this, they will grasp the chance and progress further. It may be surprising names who love the NEW Villa and maybe other surprises who will hate it. It will be interesting in pre season in how long Lambert gives players to prove themselves before making any decision.
From the fans point of view the optimism is palatable and pre season game trips are being arranged. I hope to get to the Forest one myself and may see 5/6 new faces and a new manager. So much different from the last couple of seasons and that is all we asked for.