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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 7:56 pm 
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Tony Jiantong Xia’s takeover of Aston Villa has moved a step closer after he claimed he has passed the English Football League’s fit-and-proper-person test.

The Chinese businessman agreed to buy the Championship club from Randy Lerner in May but still needed to get it rubber-stamped by the League before taking full control. He was due to meet with the Football League on Monday and has now written on his Weibo account, China’s version of Twitter, that his proposal had been a success.

He wrote: “13.6.2016, London, 11:30, the formal completion of the Football League proper test! The beginning of a journey unknown but worth the challenge!”

Villa have already appointed Roberto Di Matteo as their new manager, with his former Chelsea team-mate Steve Clarke as assistant. Xia and Di Matteo are expected to hold a joint press conference once the takeover has been officially ratified.

Xia is prepared to give the former Chelsea manager between £30m and £40m for new players as he looks to rebuild a side that was relegated from the Premier League last season, winning only three matches during a wretched season for the Midlands club.

Villa are expected to lose several players, including Jordan Ayew and Jordan Amavi, this summer while Charles N’Zogbia and Kieran Richardson will leave when their contracts expire at the end of the month.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 12:46 pm 
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Stiliyan Petrov made his first Aston Villa appearance in more than four years as Roberto Di Matteo’s team defeated the Austrian side Gak 1902 8-0.

Petrov, 37, played the full second half as Villa cruised to victory against their Austrian sixth-tier opponents, stepping up his remarkable comeback since beating leukaemia.

The Bulgaria midfielder last turned out for Villa in March 2012, before retiring due to his illness. He confirmed his plan to return earlier this year, and joined Villa’s first team for pre-season training last week.

After his first training session last month Petrov tweeted: “I’ve put in a lot of hard work to get to this stage. The last hurdle will be even tougher, but I’m physically and mentally prepared to jump over it.”

A Jordan Ayew double and goals from Micah Richards and Libor Kozak put Villa in total control, leading 4-0 at the break. Di Matteo then changed the entire team at half-time, with Joe Bennett and Rudy Gestede completing the scoring.


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Aston Villa have signed the Fulham striker Ross McCormack for £12m. He has agreed a four-year deal and will link up with Roberto Di Matteo’s squad before the Sheffield Wednesday game away on Sunday.

The fee is the second-highest transfer in the club’s history, with Darren Bent being Villa’s record signing at £24m in 2011.

Di Matteo told the Aston Villa website: “I’m delighted to bring Ross on board. He’s a player with proven track record and plenty of experience in the division.

“He is a player whose goalscoring record has been excellent everywhere he has been and we feel he can be an important addition.”

McCormack, 29, who joined Fulham in 2014 from Leeds United for £11m, scored 23 goals for the Cottagers last season and leaves having bagged 42 in his two-year spell.

Norwich had been interested in the 29-year-old Scotland international but failed to agree a fee with Fulham, who accepted Villa’s bid on Wednesday.

McCormack becomes Di Matteo’s fourth summer buy after Tommy Elphick, Aaron Tshibola and Pierluigi Gollini as the club prepare for their first season outside the top flight since 1987.


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Reports that former player Dalian Atkinson has died at his home in Telford.

Police responded to an incident at his home in the early hours of this morning during the incident they used a taser on a 48 year old man reported to be Dalian Atkinson who died as a result.


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Aston Villa have completed a deal for Mile Jedinak from Crystal Palace. The midfielder has signed a three-year deal having watched Villa’s 1-1 draw with Huddersfield on Tuesday. The Australian had lost the captaincy at Palace after four seasons, with Scott Dann replacing him.

Jedinak becomes Villa’s sixth signing of the summer but will not be available until his English Football League and Football Association registration is complete, which is subject to the issuance of the relevant UK visa and immigration documents. Villa travel to Derby on Saturday with four points from their opening three league games since relegation from the Premier League.

The 32-year-old made 179 appearances for Palace and scored 10 goals after joining from the Turkish side Genclerbirligi in 2011.

His final appearance came in the 1-0 defeat to West Bromwich on the opening day of the Premier League last weekend. Villa’s manager, Roberto Di Matteo, is also expected to allow players to leave, with the defender Joleon Lescott close to a switch to Rangers and Gabriel Agbonlahor not featuring in his plans.


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Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish is subject to an internal investigation by the club following reports of his involvement in an all-night party, manager Roberto di Matteo has said.

At 07:45 BST on Sunday, police were called to a Birmingham hotel as guests complained of a rowdy party, which the Daily Mail reports Grealish attended.

No arrests were made and Grealish, 21, was not one of up to 12 people ejected.

"We are aware of an incident at the weekend," Di Matteo told BBC WM 95.6.

"We started an internal investigation about it, which is still ongoing. When we finish the investigation, we will see what disciplinary action to take."

'Grow up quickly'

Grealish was warned by former boss Tim Sherwood in 2015 after he was pictured apparently taking nitrous oxide.

He also previously spent time training with Villa's youth team as a punishment when Remi Garde was in charge at Villa Park, after reports he visited a nightclub following a 4-0 loss at Everton.

"Unfortunately it has happened again. We expect our players to behave in a professional manner at all times, so it is something that we don't tolerate," added Di Matteo.

"It's important that he understands what he has, and he needs to grow up very quickly."

The Solihull-born former England Under-21 player signed a new four-year deal with the Championship club on 7 September.

Villa owner Tony Xia contacted Grealish directly via the social media platform Twitter on Wednesday, saying: "As I said before, focus every minute, on and off the pitch, choose the right people to be with."

Xia added: "It's not a warning but just elder brother's talk. I trust Jack can really learn and be a man."


21 year old has night out with mates that goes a bit to far isn't really a juicy headline.

Got to question why his mates are laughing gas in a hotel room get some proper drugs you pansies.

The press are obviously out for this kid and he maybe needs a few of the more senior lads to show him the places to go to keep his head down as his mates are probably getting him into trouble this is why footballers often stay within their own little circles and don't mix with the public because when they act like normal people the press are all over them.

It was after a game I'm assuming he had the next day off it only becomes a problem if he's missing training and things like that just let the kid live his life how he wants to live it.


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Little tool should have stayed an ROI international. This fauxtrage wouldn't be happening if he did!

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Roberto Di Matteo is already fighting to save his job, with the Aston Villa manager facing the prospect of the sack unless he can win one of his next two matches. Villa travel to Barnsley on Tuesday night then Preston North End on Saturday and failure to pick up a win in either of those fixtures may lead to the Italian’s dismissal, less than four months after he was appointed.

Villa, who were relegated from the Premier League last season, now languish in 17th place in the Championship after winning one of their opening nine matches, leaving the Midlands club well off the pace and prompting growing concern within the club that Di Matteo can turn things around and mount a promotion challenge.

Aaron Tshibola’s late goal salvaged a point at home against Newcastle United on Saturday, with Di Matteo speaking afterwards about the importance of turning draws into victories to climb the table. The 46-year-old will be given the opportunity to do that but only for so long, with the club’s board frustrated after envisaging that Villa would be around the play-off positions at this stage.

Tony Xia, Villa’s Chinese owner, is hugely ambitious. He sanctioned more than £50m of spending in the summer and told the Guardian in May that it was his hope to secure an immediate return to the Premier League as he embarked on an extensive revamp at the club.

Di Matteo, who guided West Bromwich Albion to promotion to the top flight in 2010, was given a two-year contract in June with that objective in mind and spoke at the time about “looking forward to the challenge of taking Aston Villa back to its rightful place”, yet patience is wearing thin after a hugely disappointing start to the season.

The former Chelsea and Schalke manager’s only win since taking over as manager was against Rotherham more than six weeks ago. Villa have drawn six of their past seven matches and despite spending heavily on bolstering their attack, scored only nine goals in as many Championship fixtures. Something needs to change at Barnsley or Preston for Di Matteo to buy himself some time.


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Aston Villa have sacked Roberto di Matteo as manager after just 124 days in the job.

Villa are now looking for their fifth boss inside a year after deciding to replace the Italian, who won just one of 11 Championship games in charge.

Former Chelsea player and manager Di Matteo, 46, was appointed shortly after Chinese businessman Dr Tony Xia took over Villa, on 2 June.

Di Matteo's assistant Steve Clarke will take over as caretaker manager.

A club statement confirming the exit of former West Bromwich Albion boss Di Matteo said: "The club decided to act following a run of disappointing results which has the left the team occupying 19th position."

Former Birmingham City boss Steve Bruce, who still lives in the Midlands, and ex-Wolves manager Mick McCarthy are among the early favourites to replace him.

Ex-Walsall manager Dean Smith, now in charge at Brentford, has already dismissed speculation about taking charge of the club he supported as a boy.

Villa were booed off by their fans after Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Preston - Di Matteo's final game in charge.

Former Villa striker Garry Thompson, who was the radio match summariser at Deepdale, told BBC WM: "Once you lose the support of the travelling fans and they turn on you, you're in trouble."

Di Matteo, whose major success as a manager was winning the Champions League with Chelsea in 2012, also enjoyed success at Championship level when he won promotion with Albion in 2010.

He is succeeded in the short term by his Villa assistant manager Clarke, his former Chelsea team-mate, who also spent a year and a half in charge at West Brom.

Villa under Di Matteo

Since Tim Sherwood left on 25 October 2015, Villa have also had Remi Garde and caretaker boss Eric Black, for the final seven games of last season, in charge prior to Di Matteo's appointment in June.

Following his arrival, Villa signed nine players for a combined outlay of around £50m, while 17 players have left for a combined income of about £16m.

But, since beating Rotherham United at home 3-0 on 13 August, his only win, Villa have gone nine games without a victory.

In five of Di Matteo's 11 league games at the helm, Villa conceded a goal after 85 minutes.


Always felt he was an odd appointment that club needs one of the old school types who can put a structure in place there doesn't appear to be anything behind the scenes at Villa probably a consequence of the previous owner and even the one before him the lack of long term planning and structure has killed that club.

Allardyce is the obvious choice but will he want to take a job that quickly after the way he's lost the England job


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Expected to announce Steve Bruce as new manager today.

Exactly what they need to get out of that division probably a shame they couldn't get him at the start of the summer and give him the money that Di Matteo spent.

Obviously has ties to their cross city rivals Birmingham but on paper he's the best man for the job.

That club like many of those former great clubs does feel like it's rotten to the core always felt to me like a club stuck in it's ways that has refused to modernise because of the luxury of Premier League money made them lazy.


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Is there a better manager at finding their way out of the Championship than Bruce (there probably is, but Bruce must be up there)? Warnock might also be up there but he's unavailable.

Bruce is a very good appointment for Villa.

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He's certainly part of that clan with the likes of Allardyce, McCarthy & Warnock who've got a few clubs promoted from the championship but apart from Allardyce they've all struggled keeping them up the following year.

Villa looks to me like a club without a proper structure behind the scenes so it requires one of these old school type managers who should be able to function without that support network.

The main thing for them is make sure that they don't do the double dip relegation they have to stay up this year and if they can get momentum they might make the playoffs.


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no one is willing to touch Giggsy, at the moment :ohmy:

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Not surprised if I'm honest Giggs has no proven track record as a manager he also has no playing experience outside of Manchester United apart from his international career.

Being manager of Villa in the championship is totally different to being a player at Utd under the greatest manager in history.

Apart from the Utd job it's hard to pick a job for Giggs he might have to wait until Coleman finishes with Wales then take that over and use that as a starting point like Hughes did.


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Steve Bruce said he will refuse to pick Ross McCormack until the striker’s attitude towards training improves after leaving him out of Aston Villa’s 2-2 draw with Preston. The striker, a £12m signing from Fulham in the summer, has been linked with a loan back to Craven Cottage, but Bruce denied any deal was close. Instead, he questioned the 30-year-old’s commitment to the cause.

“In my opinion he is not fit enough to play and he will not play unless his attitude towards training and missing training improves. If it does I’ll reconsider but if he continues to miss training, as he has done, that will be the situation.”

Bruce claimed that McCormack excused himself from training last week by saying the electric gates on his property would not open. “He said he couldn’t jump over a fence that was four feet six inches high …

“There has been too much indiscipline here at Villa. Not in 20 years in management have I ever gone down this road [of shaming a player] but I feel I have to make a stance because I will not put up with it on my watch. How can I pick him when he doesn’t come in? His failure to turn up has happened more than once. Everyone can have an excuse but when it is more than once I will not accept it.”

Bruce also struggled to explain how his side lost the half-time lead to allow Preston to salvage an unlikely draw, which leaves Villa nine points adrift of the play-off places. Albert Adomah scored twice for Villa in the first half before Jordan Hugill scored twice after the break.

“We had a really great opportunity to put them to the sword and didn’t take it,” said Bruce. “The light at the end of the tunnel was that the first half was the best we have played.”


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