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Borrell in particular was held in huge esteem by the Academy players, who were left shocked by the dismissals

Aston Villa not rushing Gerard Houllier decision

Aston Villa will await the results of medical tests before deciding on the future of manager Gerard Houllier, Press Association Sport understands.

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.

Thierry Henry urges Aston Villa midfielder Robert Pires to join MLS

Aston Villa midfielder Robert Pires revealed he has received a plea from former Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry to join him in Major League Soccer next season.

Houllier could be well enough to attend Villa's final match of the season

Gerard Houllier could make a surprise appearance for Aston Villa's final match of the season at home to Liverpool next Sunday.

Aston Villa have let fans down admits Stiliyan Petrov

Skipper Stiliyan Petrov admits Aston Villa's players have let the fans down this season and not lived up to expectations.

Nigel Reo-Coker considering Aston Villa future

Nigel Reo-Coker insists the next step in his career will be made for footballing reasons and not financial gain as he set his sights on winning an England spot.

Heskey's blow-out tells of Villa pressure

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Aston Villa will fight to retain Ashley Young says Gary McAllister

Gary McAllister admits the lure of Champions League football may make it difficult for Aston Villa to keep hold of Ashley Young after this season.

McAllister grateful for tactical help from recuperating Houllier

Gary McAllister admits Aston Villa manager Gérard Houllier is still making some contribution to team planning while he recovers from his heart problem. McAllister, Houllier's assistant, expects to remain in charge as caretaker for the remainder of the season.

We are closer as a team, says McAllister

Gary McAllister believes Aston Villa manager Gérard Houllier's health problems has led to a "pulling together" of the players after a traumatic season. Members of the Villa squad visited Houllier in hospital yesterday and he is expected to be discharged today.

Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier set to leave hospital

Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier will be discharged from hospital in the next 24 hours, the club have confirmed.

Chelsea's cardiologist tells Gerard Houllier to quit

Gerard Houllier has been advised to walk away from football by a leading sports cardiologist.

Houllier to return home in 'a few days'

The Aston Villa manager Gérard Houllier is expected to be discharged from hospital within the next three or four days, according to a club statement.

Chelsea always the main threat, says Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson has said that while Arsenal possessed the more talented footballers, Chelsea's greater depth of experience meant that they, rather than Arsène Wenger's side, were always likely to be Manchester United's main title rivals.

Downing aims to boost Houllier recovery

Aston Villa winger Stewart Downing has targeted three points against Stoke tomorrow in a bid to provide a boost to absent manager Gerard Houllier.

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