Aston Villa fan Q&A: A new goalkeeper is a priority in the summer

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HITC Sport has been speaking to Aston Villa fan Mitch Gooding, who has been a supporter for 26 years.

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Q: What have you made of your team’s start to the season?

A: Awful start. Went with the wrong manager from the get go and we've payed the price for it. 

Q: What are your opinions on your manager?

A: Still not 100% sure he's the right man for the job, but nobody can doubt Steve Bruce's record. We have to be up there next season or I think he'll go.

Aston Villa manager Steve BruceAston Villa manager Steve Bruce

Q: What are your views on the board?

A: Not a fan of the twitter tirades at all. I don't think it's professional and you don't see many other Chairman doing it. That being said, if he continues to back the club financially I'm not going to complain. We just need to be careful not to lose sight of our club amongst the money. 

Q: Who is your favourite current player?

A: Jonathan Kodjia. Frustrating to watch at times but can produce real magic.

Aston Villa's Jonathan Kodjia celebrates scoring their first goalAston Villa's Jonathan Kodjia celebrates

Q: Who is your favourite ever player?

A: Stiliyan Petrov. 

Q: What has been your best memory of the club?

A: Getting European football under Martin O'Neil.

Q: What has been your most disappointing moment?

A: Sacking Martin O'Neil. Club has gone downhill since then.

Q: What has been your most shocking moment?

A: Last season. Worst year of football I've ever seen.

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Q: Which ground is your favourite away day?

A: Elland Road (Leeds United).

Q: Who do you consider to be the club’s biggest rival and why?

A: Birmingham City. Went to this year's derby and the atmosphere was electric. 

Q: Who do you feel has been the club’s best and worst summer signing?

A: Best has been Kodjia. Worst was McCormack. 

Aston Villa's Ross McCormack reactsAston Villa's Ross McCormack reacts

Q: Who is your one player to watch out for this season?

A: Conor Hourihane. Top player at Barnsley and he's already improved us. 

Q: Is there a particular youth player that excites you, and why?

A: Andre Green could be a top player. Bruce will improve him.

Q: Where do you think the club will look to strengthen in the summer?

A: A new goalkeeper has to be a priority. 

Q: Finally, what are your aims for this season, and where do you think your club will finish?

A: Finish this season strong and push for promotion next season.

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