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Aston Villa's season verged on the disastrous, according to chief executive Paul Faulkner.

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Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has been sacked, just 11 months after taking charge at Villa Park.

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Slaven Bilic appointed as coach of Lokomotiv Moscow

Slaven Bilic has been appointed coach of Lokomotiv Moscow from next season after they beat off competition from the Premier League for his signature.

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Norwich captain Grant Holt scored a hat-trick for his side, his 17th of the season

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Striker Emile Heskey is resigned to leaving Aston Villa this summer after not being offered a new contract - and defender Carlos Cuellar's days at the midlands club could also be numbered.

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Alex McLeish says the players have let down their club and profession

McLeish grapples to regain control after trio's fracas

The Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has branded the actions of three of his players caught up in a nightclub fracas a "slur" on the club.

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Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish believes the behaviour of Fabian Delph, Chris Herd and James Collins in an incident at a nightclub earlier this week is a "slur on the club".

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Alex McLeish thinks there is little chance of Darren Bent returning to action for Aston Villa this season - but he could be ready for Euro 2012.

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Sporting and technical director Dan Ashworth has revealed that West Brom have contingency plans in place should they need to find a replacement for head coach Roy Hodgson.

Stiliyan Petrov, who has recently been diagnosed with acute leukaemia

Stiliyan Petrov voted Aston Villa's players' player of the year

Aston Villa skipper Stiliyan Petrov, who is currently sidelined because of acute leukaemia, has been voted the club's players' player of the year.

Defiant Richard Dunne can save Aston Villa

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