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History Indicates That West Ham Chairmen Will Keep Faith With Sam Allardyce

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While West Ham's form and the seeming disinterest of a number of players would indicate that Sam Allardyce may be headed for the sack, West Ham United joint-chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan have in the past shown remarkable patience with managers. When the duo owned Birmingham City, they gave managers time to sort out issues with the club.

Why the Time is Right for Roberto Di Matteo to Return to Management in the Premier League

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Despite sources in Italy saying that Roberto Di Matteo may not be interested in the Sunderland job, Sunderland's Director of Football Roberto De Fanti is recommending Di Matteo for the manager position, but Ellis Short and the Sunderland staff have their work cut out for them if they want to hire the former Chelsea manager as the man to replace Paolo Di Canio.

Top 10 conclusions: Premier League weekend, 15-16 December

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1. There were some unbelievable Bentekkers on display in the Liverpool vs Aston Villa match. Two goals and a crazy backheel assist for Villa's young Belgian striker. 2. Kolo Toure has finally come clean and told Roberto Mancini that he's a footballer, not a car salesman, and is promptly flavour of the month.

Reds To Speak With Martinez

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Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has confirmed that Liverpool have been given permission to discuss their managerial vacancy with Roberto Martinez.
The Reds took the decision to part with Anfield legend Kenny Dalglish on Wednesday.
He helped the club to Carling Cup glory in 2011/12, but paid the price for a disappointing eighth-place finish in the Premier League.

Aston Villa

The LinkedIn profile of ex-Birmingham and Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish

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Presumably this is a spoof (we really hope not), but if it is someone has gone to a lot of effort to create a pretty decent LinkedIn profile for out-of-work football manager Alex McLeish. The profile on the corporate social networking site is fairly up-to-date, making mention of McLeish's recent brief stint at Nottingham Forest.

Clubs hit panic button as eight Football League managers depart in February

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February may be the shortest month of the year but there was still more enough time for the Sack Race merry-go-round to gather pace. As the business end of the season draws closer, plenty of chairmen and owners were clearly getting twitchy during February, with a number of managers finding themselves out of work entering [.

Benteke the Inspiration for Improving Villa

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Aston Villa and new boss, Paul Lambert endured a difficult start to the Premier League season but there are real signs they are on the up, and fans looking for betting tips should expect a much better second half to the campaign.
When the amiable Scot left Norwich - a job he had excelled in - over the summer to take the reins at Villa Park, he was expected to lead the side up the table after a difficult previous 12 months under old boss, Alex McLeish.

TTB: MUFC 3-2 Aston Villa- Beware of Villans

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Aston Villa faced the league leaders with a positive game plan, a big change on the negative style that Aston Villa fans were forced to suffer through last season under Alex McLeish. They looked to play solid defense, pressing United's midfield and denying space for Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney, while striking quickly on [.

Interview: Alex McLeish on Aston Villa, Birmingham, Everton, Rangers and those Scotland rumours…

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As part of their association with the League Managers Association (LMA), internet corporation Yahoo! sent over a transcript of an interview with former Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Glasgow Rangers and Scotland manager Alex McLeish.

2012/13 Aston Villa Shirts

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It was a disappointing 2011/12 season for Aston Villa, they finished 16th on the table and only accumulated as many points as they had played games just two points clear of the relegation zone. They could manage four home wins in the entire season.

Summing up the summer: Aston Villa

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Arguably the biggest shake up at Villa Park over the summer was the sacking of Alex McLeish and hiring of new boss and ex Norwich manager Paul Lambert . Lambert's goal: to return the villains to the heights of European qualification that they reached under Martin O'Neill not so long ago.

Villa's transfer dealings have seen them restructure their entire defense.

The 200% Pre-Season Previews: Aston Villa

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For the supporters of Aston Villa Football Club, last season ended forty-eight hours after everybody else. Nine months of purgatory under the managership of Alex McLeish had resulted in the team finishing in sixteenth place in the Premier League, two places and two points above the relegation places, and it wasn't until the clubs senior management and bowed to the inevitable in getting rid of McLeish that their season could truly begin.

Hometown Heroes Lichaj and Guzan help Aston Villa knock off Fire

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- They may not have the same draw as the Chicago Fire's marquee international opponent last year (it's kind of hard to top Manchester United), but Aston Villa is a club that has a certain charm to it. The club had been remarkably consistent, typically finishing in the top ten of the English Premier League until a 16th place finish this past season led to some changes.

Lambert predicts big season from Bent

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Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert believes star striker Darren Bent will have a major part to play in the club's plans this season.

The new Villa chief will be able to unleash the England striker from the start of the new Premier League campaign after Bent recovered from the ankle injury that kept him out of Euro 2012.

Villa skipper predicts successful season

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Aston Villa captain Stilian Petrov has tipped new manager and former Celtic teammate Paul Lambert to revive the club's fortunes next season following a forgettable 2011-12 campaign.

Former boss Alex McLeish was relieved of his duties the day after last season's conclusion and Lambert, who guided Norwich to an impressive 12th position last season, was subsequently chosen as the replacement.

Aston Villa unveil Paul Lambert as new manager

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Paul Lambert has been unveiled as the new manager of Aston Villa.

The 42-year-old former Colchester boss has enjoyed a remarkable rise after guiding Norwich into the Premier League and keeping them in a safe, mid-table position this season.

He replaces fellow Scot Alex McLeish, who was unable to rescue a slump for the Villains, after relative success under now Sunderland chief Martin O'Neill.

Aston Villa Name Paul Lambert Their New Manager

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Paul Lambert has become Aston Villa's fourth manager in two years after walking out on Norwich City.

A Villa club statement read simply:

"The Board of Aston Villa are delighted to confirm that Paul Lambert has been appointed Villa manager."

Norwich prohibited Lambert from talking to Villa earlier this week and refused his resignation in light of not being allowed to discuss a move to Villa.

What Are The Prospects For Aston Villa?

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What Are The Prospects For Aston Villa? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Aston Villa on Monday sacked Alex McLeish. You can hardly blame them for sacking him. McLeish is so negative magnets in his presence never attract and only repel. He could fall on some tube tracks and not be electrocuted.

2012/13 Pre-Season Schedules: Tottenham, Liverpool, Real Madrid and more

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Despite the 2011-12 season just drawing to a close and Euro 2012 and the Olympics on the horizon, a raft of leading European teams are planning their warm up games for next term. With an increase in popularity in the game across in North America, it has been the trend for pre-season friendlies to be played in the United States and Canada, and this summer it will be no different.

Real Madrid, Juventus, Chelsea and more heading stateside for 2012-13 preseason

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Despite the 2011-12 season just drawing to a close and Euro 2012 and the Olympics on the horizon, a raft of leading European teams are planning their warm up games for next term. With an increase in popularity in the game across in North America, it has been the trend for pre-season friendlies to be played in the United States and Canada, and this summer it will be no different.

Aston Villa sack manager Alex McCleish

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Aston Villa have fired manager Alex McCleish after a disappointing 2011-12 English Premier League season. Villa, who have recently been a team finishing in the top half and contending for a Europa League spot struggled and nearly were relegated. The club released their following statement on the website about the decision.

Alex McLeish Sacked As Villa Manager

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Not really surprising the news coming from Villa with manager Alex McLeish being sacked following a very disappointing campaign for the Birmingham based side. McLeish had been locked in talks with the Villa board since this morning in what was seen as serious talks regarding his future with the club, and it appears as though these talks didn't amount to the future that McLeish had hoped for.

Aston Villa Sacks Manager Alex McLeish; Will Randy Lerner Try Again For Roberto Martinez?

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Alex McLeish has been sacked as manager of Aston Villa Football Club. "The club has been disappointed with this season's results, performances and the general message these have sent to our fans," said a club statement. "The board wishes to ...

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Alex McLeish shows the lack of self-awareness that got him the sack while talking about his Aston Villa future

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"I'm expecting the board to back me. I have no reason to think I won't be (Villa manager next season). We've got through a really tough season. I've won lots of trophies as a player and manager and I haven't turned into a bad manager overnight." Alex McLeish, Aston Villa manager, May 13, 2012 "Aston [.

Alex McLeish is an ex-Aston Villa manager

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The season from hell is finally over and Alex McLeish's Aston Villa career has, as expected, been terminated.

Nottingham Forest

Alex McLeish’s 40 Days Crowns Nottingham Forest’s Seven Weeks Of Madness

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At least, Alex McLeish might have pondered as he left The City Ground for the last time this morning, he was there for long enough to get Christmas paid for. It's a small consolation for the now former manager of Nottingham Forest, but small consolations are as much as many Forest supporters can take succour from after the club confirmed this morning that McLeish had left the club after just forty days in charge.

Alex McLeish Sacked As Nott’m Forest Manager After 40 Days In Charge

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By Chris Wright

40 days go by in the blink of an eye

It should come as n surprise to anybody that, after 40 long days in charge, Alex McLeish has been sacked (by mutual consent of course) as manager of Nottingham Forest.

Pallid performances, boardroom-level interference, general friction and a farcically botched deadline day eye test have put paid to Eck's brief tenure and Forest's meddling Kuwaiti owners are now looking for their fifth manager in 20 months.

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Mood of Optimism Precedes Aston Villa's 2012/13 Campaign

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I asked my friend, sports writer and Aston Villa supporter Peter May, to give us his take on what we can expect from Aston Villa as an opponent this Tuesday. Thanks Pete!

Aston Villa conclude their pre-season tour at Portland Timbers on Tuesday with a mood of genuine optimism prevailing around the squad and back home.

England Ticker: Three Lions down Belgium, Cahill to miss Euros, and more

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The England national team were outplayed for stretches, and Belgium certainly provided a good test, but Danny Welbeck's game-winning goal provided the difference in a 1-0 England victory at Wembley.

Both sides saw goal-bound chance hit the woodwork, but Welbeck's beautiful finish off a pass from Manchester United teammate Ashley Young provided the difference in England's Euro tuneup match.

USA vs. Scotland Primer: On Scotland’s Xavi, Barry Bannan

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Barry Bannan stands out.

RJ Sepich is an ardent Aston Villa and USMNT Supporter. Sepich is the Sports Editor at The Pitt News, the daily student newspaper at the University  of Pittsburgh. This is RJ's first piece for TSG.

Like many Aston Villa fans and players, Villa midfielder Barry Bannan was probably happy to see the end of a miserable season for the West Midlands side.

OTP Podcast: Episode 38 – Noisy Neighbours

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Ep.38 Noisy Neighbours by Off The Post on Mixcloud 10 months. 380 games. 1,066 goals. And yet Man City still waited until 5.52PM on the final day of the season to somehow re-hang the title race door back on its battered hinges and slam it in the face of a Manchester United team who thought [...]


Tuesday Kickoff: Balotelli to return to City, Villa begins coaching search & more

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

It looks like Mario Balotelli isn't going anywhere.

In a complete reversal from barely a month ago, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini confirmed that the unpredictable Italian striker will return to the Etihad next season. Mancini had suggested Balotelli would be sold in the summer after being sent off against Arsenal in April, but rumors over a swap deal with AC Milan for Zlatan Ibrahimovic were quickly squashed and now Mancini says Balotelli is "101 percent certain to remain with the club.

Randy Lerner

Paul Lambert appointed Aston Villa manager

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Paul Lambert is now the new manager of Aston Villa in a widely anticipated move. The Villans can now hope to return to the free flowing, attacking football of the Martin O'Neill and Gerard Houllier days. Under Alex McLeish, Villa was a one note defensive grinding machine playing anti-football.

Wednesday Kickoff: Drogba has Shenhua talks, Solksjaer passes on Villa & more

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Didier Drogba is reportedly moving closer toward making China the next stop on his career path.

The former Chelsea striker, who confirmed Tuesday that he was leaving the Blues after eight years and just delivering a UEFA Champions League title, has entered into negotiations with Shanghai Shenhua, according to the Chinese club that also employs his former Chelsea teammate, Nicolas Anelka, as a player/coach.

Friday Kickoff: Monterrey salvages late draw, Villa talks to Solskjaer and more

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Santos Laguna was on the verge of a momentum-seizing victory in the first leg of the Mexican clausura final before a familiar foe struck for some late heroics.

Humberto Suazo scored on a stoppage time penalty kick following a foul from Felipe Baloy to cancel out Oribe Peralta's second-half goal and salvage a 1-1 draw for Monterrey at Estadio Tecnologico Thursday night.

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Budweiser: Coach the Coaches

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How do you improve grass-roots football?

One of the best ways to ensure that is to train the coaches at lower levels, and when you have so little money available for the game at the lower level, personal time spent by elite coaches in grassroots football is very helpful.

The managerial merry-go-round steps up a gear in January

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The managerial merry-go-round has gone in to overdrive recently with no fewer than 11 managers across all four English divisions leaving their positions in the past five weeks. Nine of those were sacked whilst two resigned to fill vacancies elsewhere, making it a total of 13 clubs who have been searching for a new manager [.

Scotland: Strachan SOS?

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An unusual consensus has settled over Scottish football.

The disastrous start to the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign has made minds up: Craig Levein can't continue as Scotland manager.

A few dissenting voices remain.

Billy Dodds was one of them on Tuesday night.

Weimann eager for Villa chance

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Andi Weimann has admitted he is hoping to be given a chance to prove himself at Aston Villa under new manager Paul Lambert, who took over from Alex McLeish at the end of last season after impressing with Norwich.

The young striker emerged as an exciting prospect towards the closing stages of a dismal season for Villa, scoring two goals that proved instrumental to the club avoiding relegation

He was given a chance in the first team following a number of injuries to rival forwards as the club struggled their way over the line at the end of a season they'll want to soon forget.

Champions League Final (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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So much to discuss on this pod. Hiring and firing in the league. Natural or should we be shocked? Two managers who barely fulfil their role get cut from the team. Kenny Daglish and Alex McLeish. The Scottish population in ...

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