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Villa are relegation candidates

When Aston Villa lost 1-0 at home to Crystal Palace on Boxing Day, their manager’s reaction was telling. At least, said Paul Lambert, they had worked hard. Given that last season Villa had the seventh-highest wage bill in the league, owner Randy Lerner may feel entitled to more than hard work. After a lucky 1-1 draw against Swansea, Lambert said: “We are not in a relegation fight”. As they are four points off the drop zone and averaging less than a point a game at home, others may feel differently.

Birmingham to sue if McLeish takes rival job

City plan to demand £5m compensation for manager and threaten to involve Premier League in dispute

Martinez says no to Villa to give Wigan one more year

Roberto Martinez appeared last night to have decided against a move to the Aston Villa managerial seat, despite the prospects of a vastly greater budget in what would have been a significant new step in his already meteoric career rise.

Arbitration panel to meet over Martin O'Neill departure from Aston Villa

A Premier League managers' arbitration tribunal will meet today to consider the circumstances that led to Martin O'Neill's abrupt departure from Aston Villa, Press Association Sport understands.

Arsene Wenger expresses sympathy for Chris Hughton

Arsene Wenger feels Chris Hughton's departure from Newcastle does not appear "rational".

Mike Ashley wants swift Newcastle appointment

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is hoping to appoint a replacement for sacked manager Chris Hughton by the weekend.

Alan Curbishley: 'Englishmen getting raw deal in top flight jobs'

Finding a home-grown national manager will be tough as the number of foreign coaches increases.

Houllier expresses pride as he takes over at Villa

Gerard Houllier was last night confirmed as the new manager of Aston Villa, completing an unlikely return to the Premier League for the former Liverpool manager at the age of 63.

Villa confident of Houllier appointment with new role for MacDonald

Aston Villa hope to appoint Gerard Houllier as successor to Martin O'Neill in the next 48 hours. Houllier is spending the weekend deciding whether to return to Premier League management after a six-year absence.

Houllier in pole position to take sole command of troubled Villa

Gerard Houllier would not be interested in a director of football role at Aston Villa and neither are the club intending to implement a two-tier style of management that would incorporate such a role.

Houllier may team up with MacDonald

Gerard Houllier could work alongside current Aston Villa caretaker boss Kevin MacDonald in a director-of-football-type role if he links up with the midlands club.

Curbishley in Villa frame

The former Aston Villa player Alan Curbishley has emerged as one of the candidates to succeed Martin O'Neill as manager of the club.

Curbishley in frame for Aston Villa job

Former Aston Villa player Alan Curbishley has emerged as one of the candidates to succeed Martin O'Neill as manager of the midlands club, Press Association Sport understands.

Snodin backs Curbishley for Villa post

Alan Curbishley has been backed as the ideal choice to replace Martin O'Neill at Aston Villa by Glynn Snodin.

Sven eyes up Villa

Sven-Goran Eriksson would be interested in making a return to the Barclays Premier League with Aston Villa, according to sources close to the former England coach.

Fulham have not approached Jones say Cardiff

Cardiff insist they have not received any approach from Fulham for manager Dave Jones.

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