First match in 18 days, players to arrive at Aston Villa very very soon

I don't know what to tell you. We've been linked to Senderos again, Campbell again, Owen again and Wheater again. None of them, for me anyway, are any better than what we have, so it is very difficult for me to get excited.

Sure, if you could guarantee that Owen would be fit for a season then naturally I'd have him start week in week out, but you can't and the prospect of Owen coming, to sit on the treatment table, doesn't excite me. Not when we are one of only five teams not to have made any signings yet this summer.

I should also apologise for this getting put up late but I've written this blog post a few times now and it has, every time, turned into a rant, which I don't want it to, but with the players coming back any day now and our first pre-season match 18 days away, you sort of have to be a little concerned.

Things have to change. We need more quality and more players, so I am going to hope that Lerner isn't doing an Ellis and I'm going to trust O'Neill brings in the quality, what else is there for me to do?

So, unless something spectacular happens today, this is your lot. I'm going to go refresh the club site a few more times hoping for news, but why do I think we won't get any?