Sport Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane look set to become the new coaching staff of the Republic of Ireland national team

The pair have been confirmed as the new management team

Emile Heskey will be out of contract in the summer

Aston Villa put contract talks on hold

Aston Villa will put talks on the future of a trio of players out of contract this summer on hold until the end of the season, assistant manager Peter Grant has confirmed.

Brad Guzan is behind Shay Given in the pecking order

Aston Villa offer new contract to keeper Brad Guzan

Aston Villa have offered a new contract to keeper Brad Guzan but manager Alex McLeish understands the dilemma the United States international faces over his future.

Joleon Lescott celebrates after scoring the only - and winning - goal for Manchester City against Aston Villa

Man City return to top with win against Villa

Aston Villa 0 Manchester City 1

<b>10. Alex McLeish £6m</b>

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish vows to 'get it right' ahead of planned protest

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has come out fighting ahead of a proposed fans' protest before Sunday's home game with Manchester City and insisted: "I'll get it right at this club."

<b>10. Alex McLeish £6m</b>

Aston Villa supporters plans pre-match protest against Alex McLeish

Aston Villa supporters are being urged to attend a pre-match protest against manager Alex McLeish ahead of Sunday's home clash with Manchester City.

Papiss Cissé gets up and running for Newcastle with a blockbuster debut goal against Villa

Newcastle crown new No 9 as Cissé starts with a bang

Newcastle United 2 Aston Villa 1

Robbie Keane could join on loan from LA Galaxy

Aston Villa interested in Robbie Keane loan deal

Aston Villa are interested in signing Los Angeles Galaxy striker Robbie Keane on a two month loan, Press Association Sport understands.

Manchester United's Phil Jones celebrates after volleying his side in front at Villa Park last night

Hernandez blow mars United win

Aston Villa 0 Manchester United 1: Striker out of crucial Champions' League tie before Jones seals points with his first goal in senior football

Brilliant Given keeps Fulham at bay

Fulham 0 Aston Villa 0: Experienced keeper likely to prove the signing of the summer and provide breathing space for new Villa manager McLeish

Yorke predicts a troubled, trophyless season for Villa

Aston Villa will struggle to finish in the top half of the Premier League this season according to former striker Dwight Yorke.

Joe Hart signs new Manchester City contract

England goalkeeper Joe Hart has signed a new five-year contract with Manchester City.

Given hopes to make up for lost time at Villa

Pre-seasons are not supposed to count for very much but this time last year, as Manchester City decamped to the eastern seaboard of the United States, Shay Given knew his time at the club was nearing its end.

Aston Villa recruit Shay Given not concerned by age

Shay Given and his new manager Alex McLeish agree age is no barrier to the goalkeeper enjoying success at Aston Villa.

Shay Given will show quality at Aston Villa says Alex McLeish

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has backed Shay Given to "prove his point" after ending a frustrating spell on the Manchester City sidelines with a move to the midlands.

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