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Aston Villa F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 28 Oct 00:16

Gabby Agbonlahor granted permission to travel with Aston Villa to derby against Birmingham

The Villa striker has been out of contention due to fitness but is responding well to Steve Bruce placing him on a six-week programme and will be welcome on the team bus across town.

ESPN FC - Aston Villa News 27 Oct 18:03

Manchester United 'noise' no distraction to Burney boss Sean Dyche

Former Man United defender Paul Parker feels Man United's EFL Cup win over City will surely boost their confidence. Burnley manager Sean Dyche has said he will not be distracted by the "noise" surrounding Manchester United ahead of Burnley's trip to Old Trafford on Saturday. United go into the game on the back of a 1-0 EFL Cup win over neighbours Manchester City on Wednesday after their 4-0 thrashing by Chelsea. The Red Devils have won four of their nine league games under Jose Mourinho and are seventh, but Dyche does not buy into suggestions that they have problems. "For all the noise that's been made about...

ESPN FC - Aston Villa News 27 Oct 17:22

Birmingham defender Jonathan Grounds will miss Aston Villa clash

Birmingham City Aston Villa 12:00 PM UTC Game Details Home: 9/5  Draw: 23/10  Away: 6/4  Odds from bet365 bet365 GameCast Lineups and Stats Birmingham boss Gary Rowett will be without left-back Jonathan Grounds for the derby clash with Aston Villa on Sunday.Grounds picked up his fifth yellow card of the season against Burton last weekend and must serve a one-match suspension.Grounds' absence is likely to mean a chance for Bournemouth loanee Rhoys Wiggins, who is yet to start a game for the Blues.Paul Caddis (shoulder) and Robert Tesche (foot/ankle) are Birmingham's other absentees, with the latter now expected to be sidelined until after...

Aston Villa F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 27 Oct 17:08

Birmingham City fans may call Steve Bruce something stronger than Potato Head, says Gary Rowett

Gary Rowett has jokingly warned Steve Bruce he may regret telling Birmingham City fans to get creative with the chants they hurl his way when the second city derby kicks off.

Aston Villa F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 25 Oct 20:12

Liam Ridgewell arrested and charged after Portland Timbers defender drives under the influence of alcohol

Former Birmingham City defender Liam Ridgewell has been charged with a drunk driving offence. He and his Portland Timbers team-mate Jake Gleeson were arrested late on Monday in America.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Aston Villa | BBC 24 Oct 14:06

Bruce has restored confidence - Gollini

Aston Villa goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini says new boss Steve Bruce is restoring confidence at the Championship club.

Aston Villa F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 24 Oct 12:17

Manchester United aren't putting the yards in and Jesus Navas is headed for the Manchester City exit door - 10 THINGS WE LEARNED

Sportsmail's Ralph Ellis looks back at 10 big talking points from a huge weekend up and down the country...

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Aston Villa | BBC 22 Oct 19:52

Aston Villa 1-0 Fulham

Steve Bruce earns his first home win as Aston Villa manager as his side edge past Fulham in an poor game.

Aston Villa F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 22 Oct 18:41

Kodjia's late volley earns second win in a week for Steve Bruce's Aston Villa against Fulham

Jonathan Kodjia came to Aston Villa's rescue with a vital 80th-minute goal to earn the midlands club a crucial 1-0 Sky Bet Championship home win over Fulham after a mundane game.

ESPN FC - Aston Villa News 22 Oct 18:31

Aston Villa 1-0 Fulham

Aston Villa Fulham 1 0 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Jonathan Kodjia came to Aston Villa's rescue with a vital 80th-minute goal to earn the midlands club a crucial 1-0 Sky Bet Championship home win over Fulham.The mundane game had previously been drifting to a goalless draw but the win gives Villa a massive boost and means they have collected seven points from three games since the recent appointment of Steve Bruce.Kodjia's third goal in successive games also inflicted Fulham's first away defeat of the season and gave Villa their first back-to-back...

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Aston Villa | BBC 19 Oct 12:52

Grealish 'hard done by', says Bruce

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce believes Jack Grealish may have been punished harshly by the FA because of who he is.

ESPN FC - Aston Villa News 19 Oct 11:40

Steve Bruce hails Aston Villa supporters after win at Reading

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner feels Steve Bruce would be a safe pair of hands to be England's next manager. New Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce praised the club's vast army of travelling fans after a late penalty from Jordan Ayew secured a 2-1 win at Reading. More than 4,000 supporters made the trip to Berkshire and were rewarded with Villa's first away win in 14 months. It was also their first win in 11 Championship matches and Bruce's first victory, in his second game, since he succeeded Roberto Di Matteo. "You have to make a special mention of the supporters,'' Bruce said. "They've travelled down here...

ESPN FC - Aston Villa News 18 Oct 23:18

Reading 1-2 Aston Villa

Reading Aston Villa 1 2 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Aston Villa won for the first time under new manager Steve Bruce - and the first time since August - as a late penalty from Jordan Ayew gave them a 2-1 victory at Reading.Villa took the lead towards the end of the first half through Jonathan Kodjia's deflected effort but Reading equalised early in the second half when Yann Kermorgant headed in the rebound after Danny Williams' penalty had been saved by Pierluigi Gollini.But substitute Ayew was fouled by Liam Moore in the penalty area in the 90th...

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Aston Villa | BBC 18 Oct 22:58

Reading 1-2 Aston Villa

Steve Bruce secures his first win as Aston Villa boss, with a late Jordan Ayew penalty giving them victory at Reading.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Aston Villa | BBC 18 Oct 18:55

Villa's Grealish given three-match ban

Aston Villa's England Under-21 winger Jack Grealish gets a three-game ban for a "stamp" in Saturday's derby with Wolves.

Aston Villa – 18 Oct 12:26

Yorke: Racism a reason I can?t get a manager?s job

Dwight Yorke believes he is still waiting for his first job in coaching or management because of racism in football.

Yorke retired from playing in 2009, and soon completed his Level B coaching badge after previously serving as assistant manager at both Sunderland and for Trinidad and Tobago.

However, the 44-year-old, who has also served as a pundit following his retirement, has found it difficult to come by any further coaching positions.

He has previously expressed his interest in taking over at former club Aston Villa, but he believes that his lack of opportunities can be attributed to his race.

“I’m still looking to get in,” told beIN Sports. I’ve done all the coaching badges at St George’s and the one thing I find very difficult, let alone get a job, is to even get an interview. I’m finding it very, very difficult at the moment.

“Yes, you are doing all your coaching, all your badges, but then when it comes to getting a job, you are not even getting an interview.

“It’s all about who you know as well, that has to play a role.

“Despite all my experience of being a player, I’ve never had the experience of being a manager which is a different concept from being a coach.”

Dwight Yorke: Former striker signed by Ferguson in 1998

Asked specifically whether he felt his race or his inexperience was more to blame for his lack of chances, he replied: “I think there’s a bit of both there. I genuinely think there’s a bit of both.

“It’s often been discussed, no-one has really taken it up, but I do have a tendency when I speak to everybody, certainly black players who are trying to break into managerial department are coming up against the same concept because of your race.

“You keep constantly hitting a wall, keep constantly not getting anywhere and even with all the noises that I’ve made, I’ve even tried to get in at Villa at this point.

“OK, maybe you will never get a chance to be a manager but it would be nice to go in there, present yourself, get to know that person and [have them] say, ‘OK, Dwight, we like your concept, but you’re not experienced enough. Go away and do this or do that.’”

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Aston Villa – 16 Oct 14:18

New Aston Villa boss Bruce eyes January deal for Rhodes

New Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce is hoping to lure Jordan Rhodes to Villa Park in the January transfer window, according to reports.

Rhodes joined Boro for an undisclosed fee on transfer deadline day last mid-season transfer window and scored six goals in 18 appearances to help them to promotion to the Premier League.

However, the Scotland international has struggled for games this season, having only appeared twice for Aitor Karanka’s side since the beginning of the campaign.

And, according to The Sun, former Hull City manager Bruce is keen on taking Rhodes on a loan deal until the end of the season, with Boro receiving a bonus if Villa go up.

Ross McCormack and Jonathan Kodjia joined Villa in the summer for a combined £27million when ex-boss Roberto di Matteo looked to revamp the newly-relegated Villa side, but the report says that Bruce will still get the green light to bring Rhodes in.

Meanwhile, Boro assistant manager Steve Agnew – who is Rhodes’ uncle – won’t be joining Bruce at Villa Park as he is happy at the Riverside.

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Aston Villa – 12 Oct 20:32

Aston Villa opt for former Birmingham boss Bruce

Former Birmingham City boss Steve Bruce has been appointed as the new manager of Aston Villa, the Championship club have confirmed.

The 55-year-old, who left Hull City in July following a row with the club’s owners, replaces Roberto Di Matteo at Villa Park after a disappointing start to the season that sees Villa ten points shy of the play-off spots.

“It is one of the big clubs of this country,” said Bruce. “To be given the opportunity to manage it is terrific.

“I relish the challenge of trying to take the club where it wants to go and needs to be – and try to turn around the misfortune we seem to have had over the past few years.”

Bruce, who becomes Aston Villa’s sixth boss including caretakers in the last year, starts his tenure with a game at home to Wolves on Saturday, with a highly-anticipated local derby against former club Birmingham scheduled for October 30th at St Andrews.

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Aston Villa – 12 Oct 08:19

Steve Bruce to be named Aston Villa manager today

Steve Bruce is “expecting a phone call” from Aston Villa on Wednesday morning as he is primed to take the managerial hotseat at Villa Park.

Villa have been seeking a replacement for Roberto Di Matteo, who was sacked last week following a poor start to the season which has left them 19th in the Sky Bet Championship.

Former Birmingham and Hull boss Bruce had been considered favourite for the post and the 55-year-old is now poised to be confirmed as the new Villa manager.

He told ITV Sport while acting as a pundit on Tuesday night: “All I can say is I think I am in the frame. I’m expecting a phone call tomorrow and we’ll see how it goes. It is not agreed as such.”

Villa owner Tony Xia revealed on Tuesday night that Di Matteo’s replacement should be unveiled in the next 24 hours, although he did not name any names.

Xia wrote on his official Twitter account:

Scheduled to announce the new manager tomorrow! Time for all to stand together and back the team! Believe we’ve made the best try! #UTV

— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) October 11, 2016

Villa, relegated from the Premier League last season, host Wolves on Saturday.

Bruce has been out of work since leaving Hull in July, though was interviewed for the England job when Sam Allardyce was appointed.

Prior to his four-year spell in charge of the Tigers, the ex-Manchester United defender managed the likes of Sunderland, Wigan and Crystal Palace.

His longest stint as a manager so far came with Villa’s city rivals Birmingham, who he was with between 2001 and 2007 and twice helped win promotion to the Premier League.

He’ll be the second manager to boss both clubs in recent years with Alex McLeish enjoying a decent spell as Birmingham boss before a less-successful switch to Aston Villa.

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Aston Villa – 7 Oct 21:01

Villa target Wagner ?would never leave for another Championship club?

Huddersfield manager David Wagner will not be moving to Championship rivals Aston Villa, according to club chairman Dean Hoyle.

Terriers chairman Dean Hoyle has said Wagner has told him he will not leave the John Smith’s Stadium for any other Sky Bet Championship club.

Huddersfield have made a superb start to the 2016/17 Championship season, winning eight out of their first 11 games, including all five at home to sit atop the table.

Wagner had been linked with the vacancy at Villa Park which was created by the departure of Roberto Di Matteo earlier this week.

But Hoyle told the club’s official website: “The club doesn’t want to get into a situation where it has to comment every time David or a player is linked with a move away, but setting the position out once will help to set our fans’ minds at ease.

“Like everyone, I know David has aspirations to manage at the highest level – but I also know he wants that to be with Huddersfield, which we’re all working to make possible in the future.

“David has told me that he would never leave us for another Championship club, regardless of which club that is.

“We all feel like something is coming together here at Huddersfield and we’re fully committed to seeing that through.

“Hopefully this will help to put some of our fans’ minds at ease as we all aim to continue our good start to the season, with the game against Sheffield Wednesday on October 16 the only focus.”

Wagner, a former coach of Borussia Dortmund’s reserves, has made a huge impression since taking charge at Huddersfield last November.

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