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I'm reliably informed by my mate Rob McCaffrey (ex Sky Sports but now presents the Premier League coverage on Star Sports throughout the Middle East from Dubai) that the Villa (and Pompey) boys will be met with beautiful sunshine on their break in the United Arab Emirates.


The sale of Emile Heskey and Wilson Palacios and the injury to Antonio Valencia may have weakened the Wigan side that travel to Villa Park this afternoon but the Latics showed against Liverpool midweek that they remain the most resilient of sides and Steve Bruce would, alongside Martin O'Neill and David Moyes, be my choice for potential Manager Of The Year.

Local boy made good veteran singer Tony Christie visited the Doncaster Rovers training ground bedecked in Red & White this week for BBC's Football Focus which can be seen this afternoon.

Happy New Year. Hope you had a good one and that your resolutions are going better than mine. Unfortunately I fell from grace (don't know what she was doing there) and watched two episodes of The Gilmore Girls on Wednesday which I know is not good for my blood pressure, but there are days when I insist one is just not enough. I have said it before but I have vowed to seek medical help/counselling.