Genting Casino to sponsor Aston Villa

It has been all change at Aston Villa in recent weeks and it seems as though the club are never out of the newspapers. The deal to take big Eck McLeish from city rivals Birmingham City is still causing debate and discussion across the land but the deal is down now, it is time to get down to looking forward to the next season. A lot of this will be focussing on players coming in and out of the club but most fans take an interest in items like new kits for the new season and the sponsor’s name that will be splashed across it.

Aston Villa will be entering into an interesting tie-up for the 1011/12 season with Genting Casino, a Birmingham based casino operator. The group is part of a multi-national organisation that has sectors in retail, leisure, power, oil, property and even biotechnology. It is probably this last aspect that will be of most interest to fans because let’s be honest, football fans cannot get enough of biotechnology chat. It was discussions around this topic that led to Andy Gray and Richard Keys being sacked from Sky Sports, before they ended up on a small radio station spouting their ill-informed views and opinions.

Can a firm be global and local?

However, that has nothing to do with Aston Villa and their relationship with Genting. Many fans will be pleased to see a tie up with a global company but a global company that operates in the local area. The company has offices in the Star City complex in Birmingham and they run over 40 casinos across the United Kingdom.

Some will say that big Eck has taken an almighty gamble in coming to Villa but it is not as big as the gamble that Mr Lerner, the American owner of the club has taken in appointing him. Unsurprisingly, McLeish has been heavily linked with players from a former club but at the moment, this is not Birmingham.

Is Greegsy set for an Ibrox exit?

Villa are said to be interested in Rangers keeper Alan McGregor who could be interested in a move out of the goldfish bowl that is Glasgow. Salacious rumours have dogged the goalkeeper in recent years and it is fair to say that he has an eye for the ladies, which has got him into trouble at times. It may be that a move away from his current girlfriend, Leah Shevlin, as opposed to his current club would be better for Scotland’s number one goalkeeper.

However, for the moment, the rumours are just that rumours and the future of McGregor is undecided, even if new Rangers owner Craig Whyte has emphatically said that the keeper is not for sale. Given the bizarre comments that have came from the Whyte camp in recent weeks, it wouldn’t be the biggest surprise to see that McGregor had in fact been sold by the time you next pick up the morning papers.

It’s all a gamble in football but with Aston Villa tying up with Genting Casino for the next two seasons, at least it is one gamble that the Midlands club can bank on.

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