Sport Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

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

Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier taken to hospital

Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has allayed fears about his health after being admitted to hospital last night, Press Association Sport understands.

Bent on target to be Villa's 20-goal hero, says Heskey

Darren Bent is being tipped to score 20 goals for Aston Villa next season.

Ashley Young continues to delay contract talks

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

Petrov sure Villa will find old level again after 'strange' lapse in form

Stiliyan Petrov believes Aston Villa have "moved to the next level" in his time at the club despite their current relegation battle.

Gerard Houllier praises Aston Villa team spirit

Gerard Houllier praised the "fantastic team spirit" of his Aston Villa players as James Collins' header earned a vital win over Newcastle in the battle for Barclays Premier League survival.

Collins gives Villa some breathing space

Aston Villa 1 Newcastle United 0

Houllier backed to win Villa's fight against relegation

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.

Aston Villa open talks with Brad Friedel

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

Steve Bruce denies claims of racism

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has angrily denied claims that he is a racist after defender Marcos Angeleri accused him of overlooking him because he is not English.

Houllier admits relegation fear

Gerard Houllier admitted yesterday he is "concerned" about Aston Villa's Premier League position with just eight games left this season.

Gerard Houllier wants Aston Villa to move on from turmoil

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.

Gerard Houllier given assurance over Aston Villa future

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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