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Aston Villa winger Ashley Young has re-iterated any talks over his future will not take place until the summer.

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The Aston Villa chief executive, Paul Faulkner, has backed manager Gérard Houllier to keep the club in the Premier League. The Frenchman has been criticised by Villa fans after failing to impress since taking over early in the season following the departure of Martin O'Neill.

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Aston Villa have opened talks with veteran keeper Brad Friedel over a new contract, according to his agent.

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Gerard Houllier admits Aston Villa are facing eight games which "are vital for our future" as he wants to draw a line under previous events in a topsy-turvy season.

Gary McAllister denies player mutiny at Aston Villa

Gary McAllister has rubbished speculation there is a players' mutiny taking place at Aston Villa.

Aston Villa must 'kick the c**p' out of opponents claims director

Aston Villa director General Charles Krulak has urged the team to "kick the c**p" out of their opponents as they bid to avoid relegation.

Aston Villa players must adapt to Gerard Houllier tactics says Darren Bent

Record signing Darren Bent insists Aston Villa's players have to adapt to the formation and tactics under-fire manager Gerard Houllier wants to employ.

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Gerard Houllier has again been assured about his future as Aston Villa manager despite fans repeating their calls for him to be sacked.

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