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The singer will make his debut for the reserves after signing a non-playing contract last August

Houllier gets off to a winning start at Villa

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Indomitable Davies defines the task ahead for Houllier

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Houllier raises the prospect of Owen reunion at Villa Park

Frenchman tempted to make January move for United forward he used to work with at Liverpool

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

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Europa exit for Aston Villa unacceptable says Petrov

Skipper Stiliyan Petrov branded Aston Villa's failure to qualify for the Europa League as "unacceptable" after Rapid Vienna again defeated them in the final qualifier.

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>

Next two games will seal MacDonald's fate at Villa

Former manager Brian Little backs caretaker to make job his own ahead of tonight's decisive Europa League tie

MacDonald would relish Aston Villa chance

Aston Villa caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald has admitted that managing the club on a permanent basis would be a "great opportunity" for him.

MacDonald's youth brigade soak up Rapid's response

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Bannan goal justifies MacDonald's gamble on Villa youngsters

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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 says 'gifted' Ireland will offer Villa more invention than Milner

Kevin MacDonald hailed the signing of Stephen Ireland last night as a "great boost" for Aston Villa, although the £8m makeweight in James Milner's £24m move to Manchester City will not be eligible for tonight's Europa League revenge mission against Rapid Vienna in the Austrian capital.

Club guide: Aston Villa

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Young will wait for O'Neill successor

Ashley Young will wait to discover the identity of Aston Villa's new manager before deciding on his long-term future.

Highly rated MacDonald thrust into Villa spotlight

Up till now Kevin MacDonald has been content working away behind the scenes at Aston Villa, responsible for the early tutelage of fledgling talents such as Gabriel Agbonlahor, Nathan Delfouneso and Marc Albrighton. During his successful period working as reserve-team manager at the club he has generated a reputation as a talented and forward-thinking coach by leading his side to three successive Premier League reserve finals.

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