Sport Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos

English champions may have to wait to sign the German star

Paul Newman: Mackay makes the most of Watford's home-grown talent

The Football League Column: Mackay took charge 16 months ago and has had to work on a tight budget

Huth's late strike outlines scale of the task awaiting Houllier at Villa

Stoke City 2 Aston Villa 1

MacDonald: 'No Spurs bid for Young'

Caretaker boss Kevin MacDonald insists Aston Villa have received no bid or approach from Tottenham for Ashley Young.

Villa let tie slip as Rapid strike twice in three minutes

Aston Villa 2 Rapid Vienna 3 <i>(Rapid win 4-3 on aggregate)</i>

MacDonald's youth brigade soak up Rapid's response

Rapid Vienna 1 Aston Villa 1

MacDonald seeking talks with Lerner

Aston Villa caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald is hoping to speak to owner Randy Lerner over the next few days to find out whether there is any cash to spend in the transfer market.

MacDonald draws own blueprint for stylish Villa

Aston Villa 3 West Ham United 0

O'Neill quits over transfer budget and Milner sale

US coach Bradley is favourite for Villa job after Lerner refuses to back manager's spending plan

O'Neill angered by Milner exit talk

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has dismissed speculation linking England midfielder James Milner with a £24m summer move to Manchester City.

O'Neill and Villa back in harmony after testing week

Bolton Wanderers 0 Aston Villa 1

Petrov says Milner will be star of World Cup

Stiliyan Petrov believes Aston Villa midfielder James Milner will be a "star of the World Cup" with England if he maintains his current form.

Carew keeps Villa on course but Wolves look up for fight

Aston Villa 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2

Aston Villa ready for final push says Young

Ashley Young wants Aston Villa to learn from last season's fade-out as they chase FA Cup glory and a Champions League spot in the final two months of this campaign.

Carew vows to go all the way in Cup

Norwegian striker out to make up for losing the Carling Cup final to United
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