Gerard Houllier

Emile Heskey assured of Aston Villa role

Alex McLeish insists veteran striker Emile Heskey still has a major role to play at Aston Villa and that it would be "crazy" not to make use of his vast experience.

Aston Villa: potential summer transfer targets

It's been a turbulent summer for Aston Villa with the departure of manager Gerard Houllier, the controversial appointment of Alex McLeish as his successor and their rivals preying on their star players.

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.

Wigan chairman believes Roberto Martinez will stay

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan expects Roberto Martinez to make a decision on his future in the next 24 hours - and thinks the Spaniard will reject Aston Villa's overtures to remain as Latics boss for at least another season.

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Reo-Coker, Carew and Pires released in Aston Villa clear-out

Nigel Reo-Coker, John Carew and Robert Pires are among 10 players released today by Aston Villa. First-team squad members Moustapha Salifou and Isaiah Osbourne have also been allowed to leave Villa Park along with youngsters Durrell Berry, Ellis Deeney, Calum Flanagan, Harry Forrester and Arsenio Halfhuid.