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FA Cup 3rd Round: Stam returns to Old Trafford, Chelsea and Liverpool handed easy draws

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Championship side Reading will travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United, the defending champions, in the 2016-17 FA Cup third round.

West Ham will host Manchester City in the all-Premier League ties, while Everton will take on Premier League champions Leicester City.

Villa appoint Bruce as Di Matteo successor

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London (AFP) Aston Villa appointed Steve Bruce as the Championship side's new manager on Wednesday, the struggling second-tier English club confirmed.

Bruce, 55, replaces Roberto Di Matteo at the helm of a team who were relegated from the Premier League last season and who are now languishing in 19th place in the Championship.

Villa appoint Bruce as Di Matteo successor

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London (AFP) Aston Villa appointed Steve Bruce as the Championship side's new manager on Wednesday, the struggling second-tier English club confirmed.

Bruce, 55, replaces Roberto Di Matteo at the helm of a team who were relegated from the Premier League last season and who are now languishing in 19th place in the Championship.

Championship: Struggling Giants Aston Villa Appoint Steve Bruce As New Manager

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Championship strugglers Aston Villa have named ex-Birmingham City player and coach Steve Bruce as their new manager just over a week after Roberto Di Matteo was given the elbow at Villa Park.

The 55-year-old Bruce left Hull City in the summer after taking them back to the Premier League. Indeed, the former Manchester United defender has returned four sides to the top-flight in his managerial career, more than anyone else.

Troubled Aston Villa sack Di Matteo

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London (AFP) Roberto Di Matteo was sacked by Aston Villa on Monday after just 12 matches in charge of the troubled Championship club.

Di Matteo was hired by Villa's new Chinese owner Tony Xia in June and the former Chelsea boss was expected to lead his side into the Premier League.

Villa are playing in the second tier for the first time since 1988 following last season's relegation, but they have struggled to show any improvement under Di Matteo despite splashing out on several expensive new signings.

5 Premier League players that are the surprises of the season so far

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The big Premier League clubs get all of the attention. Between what matches are televised on important channels, and the players included in the PFA Team of the Year, the two Manchester clubs, Arsenal, Chelsea, & Liverpool usually dominate the limelight. Nevertheless, there are players from other teams in England's top tier that should receive high praise.

From Tottenham’s star youngster to Man City’s new boy: Grading our JF60 top 10 Premier League young players of 2015/16

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The #JF60 is our annual special feature on Just Football, scouting and reviewing the best young talent across Europe's major leagues. Later this weekwe'll be releasing our Class of...

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Need a low-cost left-back, Liverpool? Free agents: 13 footballers your club could still sign for free

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It's the stuff of nightmares – your star player gets injured in a friendly against Andorra and you've only got callow youth players as back up. After the scrapping of the emergency loan system, free...

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De Laet leaves Leicester for Aston Villa

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London (AFP) Belgian defender Ritchie de Laet has left Premier League champions Leicester City for a move across the Midlands to Championship side Aston Villa, it was announced on Tuesday.

De Laet, 27, has arrived at Villa Park on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee, having helped Leicester win the Premier League title last season as well as being a member of the Middlesbrough team that gained promotion to the top flight while on loan to the north-east side.

Report: Newcastle United and Aston Villa place £5m bids for DeAndre Yedlin

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Another round of rumors are swirling around the Deandre Yedlin.

It has been reportedthat both Newcastle United and Aston Villa of the English Football Championship have placed bids of£5 million for the Tottenham fullback, who is seeking regular first team football this season.

Giventhe deep depth chart of Tottenham at right back and following last year's successful loan spell at Sunderland, a move seems inevitable for the U.

Everton land Senegal star Gueye from Aston Villa

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London (AFP) Everton manager Ronald Koeman signed Senegal midfielder Idrissa Gueye from Aston Villa for £7.1 million ($9.4 million, 8.4 million euros) on Tuesday.

Koeman triggered Gueye's buyout clause last week and the 26-year-old has agreed a four-year contract with the Premier League club.

Everton land Senegal star Gueye from Aston Villa

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London (AFP) Everton manager Ronald Koeman signed Senegal midfielder Idrissa Gueye from Aston Villa for £7.1 million ($9.4 million, 8.4 million euros) on Tuesday.

Koeman triggered Gueye's buyout clause last week and the 26-year-old has agreed a four-year contract with the Premier League club.

Black leaves Villa after caretaker role

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London (AFP) Eric Black left relegated Aston Villa on Tuesday following the recent arrival of new manager Roberto di Matteo.

Black took over as Villa's caretaker manager following the sacking of Remi Garde in March, but the 52-year-old failed to win a single game as his team crashed out of the Premier League.

Black leaves Villa after caretaker role

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London (AFP) Eric Black left relegated Aston Villa on Tuesday following the recent arrival of new manager Roberto di Matteo.

Black took over as Villa's caretaker manager following the sacking of Remi Garde in March, but the 52-year-old failed to win a single game as his team crashed out of the Premier League.

Former Bournemouth skipper first signing for Di Matteo

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London (AFP) Former Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick became Aston Villa manager Roberto di Matteo's first signing, the relegated Premier League side announced on Monday.

The 28-year-old defender who skippered 'The Cherries' to promotion to the Championship and then their historic elevation to the Premier League in the 2014/15 campaign cut short his honeymoon to return for a medical prior to signing a three year contract with Villa.

Former Bournemouth skipper first signing for Di Matteo

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London (AFP) Former Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick became Aston Villa manager Roberto di Matteo's first signing, the relegated Premier League side announced on Monday.

The 28-year-old defender who skippered 'The Cherries' to promotion to the Championship and then their historic elevation to the Premier League in the 2014/15 campaign cut short his honeymoon to return for a medical prior to signing a three year contract with Villa.

New Aston Villa owner Xia passes first test

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Birmingham (United Kingdom) (AFP) China's Tony Xia completed his takeover of relegated former Premier League side Aston Villa on Tuesday after passing the English Football League's owners and directors test.

Xia, whose Chinese name is Xia Jiantong, purchased Villa last month for a reported $87 million (77.

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Aston Villa Settle Twitter Spat With ‘Social Media Grudge Match’ Against Virgin Trains XI (Photos)

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Having found themselves embroiled in a (very) minor Twitter spat a couple of months ago, Aston Villaopted tosettle their beef mano a mano by sending a represetative XI to square off against Virgin Trains' works team.

It all began in the wake of Roberto Di Matteo's sacking in October, when Virgin seized their chance to engage in some corporate-approved social media banter with Villa.

Aston Villa: Stiliyan Petrov Returns To First-Team Training Four Years After Leukaemia Diagnosis (Photo)

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Now for some real good news. For the first time since being diagnosed with acute leukaemia four years ago, Stiliyan Petrov is back training with the first team at Aston Villa.

The club had previously confirmed that Petrov was part of the squad they took to Austria for a fitness camp earlier in the month.

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Ex-Spurs and Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood invades Swindon dugout

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@MonsieurSavage So many retweets.. Here is Sherwood looking dejected on the bench. Swindon manager is in the hat on the left. #FACup...

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Tottenham’s DeAndre Yedlin linked with £3m move to Aston Villa

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Tottenham Hotspur right-back DeAndre Yedlin is a £3m transfer target for Aston Villa, according to the Daily Telegraph. The 23-year-old is reportedly...

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Report: Aston Villa considering move for DeAndre Yedlin

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Another club has reportedly joined the pursuit of DeAndre Yedlin.

Yedlin is reportedly attracting interest from Championship club Aston Villa, who is weighing a move for the 23-year-old Tottenham fullback, according to the Telegraph.The fee being reported is£3 million ($3.95 million) as Villa needs a new right-back.

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Villa’s Bruce has to settle for draw on Birmingham return

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London (AFP) Steve Bruce remains unbeaten as Aston Villa manager but his side were unable to get the better of one of his former clubs Birmingham City as their Championship match ended 1-1 on Sunday.

Bruce, who played for Birmingham and had a six year stint as manager before upping sticks in 2007, has so far guided Villa to two draws and a win since replacing Roberto di Matteo, who was sacked after a poor start to their second tier campaign.

Villa’s Bruce has to settle for draw on Birmingham return

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London (AFP) Steve Bruce remains unbeaten as Aston Villa manager but his side were unable to get the better of one of his former clubs Birmingham City as their Championship match ended 1-1 on Sunday.

Bruce, who played for Birmingham and had a six year stint as manager before upping sticks in 2007, has so far guided Villa to two draws and a win since replacing Roberto di Matteo, who was sacked after a poor start to their second tier campaign.

Random: Aston Villa and Virgin Trains Get Into Lighthearted Twitter Spat Over Villans’ Current Travails

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Poor old Aston Villa have endured a terrible start to the Championship season after being relegated from the top-flight earlier this year. Despite spending a huge amount of money on players this summer, the Villans find themselves 19th in the division, with a second successive relegation a definite possibility.

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Bruce starts Villa reign with draw; Norwich top Championship

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London (AFP) Steve Bruce began life as Aston Villa boss with a fortunate 1-1 draw at home to Wolves in their Championship clash on Saturday.

Bruce, who is Villa's fourth full-time manager since Paul Lambert was shown the door in January 2015, at least saw his side climb out of the relegation places but Wolves will be kicking themselves for not taking a hatful of chances.

Bruce starts Villa reign with draw; Norwich top Championship

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London (AFP) Steve Bruce began life as Aston Villa boss with a fortunate 1-1 draw at home to Wolves in their Championship clash on Saturday.

Bruce, who is Villa's fourth full-time manager since Paul Lambert was shown the door in January 2015, at least saw his side climb out of the relegation places but Wolves will be kicking themselves for not taking a hatful of chances.

Official: Roberto Di Matteo Sacked By Aston Villa After Disastrous Start To Life In The Championship

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After just 124 days at the helm, Roberto Di Matteo has been sacked as Aston Villa manager this morning.

It would appear that Saturday's 2-0 away defeat against Preston was the final straw, with Di Matteo departing with just one Championship win to his name in his 11 games in charge.

MANAGERIAL NEWS: @AVFCOfficial part company with Roberto Di Matteo >> https://t.

Chelsea legend rejects Aston Villa transfer speculation

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Just come out of training at @impactmontreal & a million messages & trending on Twitter saying I was in Birmingham today

‘Failed Manager, F**ked Pundit’ – Aston Villa Owner Tony Xia Absolutely Rips Into Ian Holloway Over Pessimistic Predictions

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Ian Holloway has incurred the wrath of Aston Villa's new owner, Dr Tony Xia, after predicting that his team would finish in the bottom half of the Championship this season.

In his guise at Sky Sports' in-house Football League analyst, Holloway bashed out a predicted Championship table for the 2016/17 campaign which came complete with a less than stellar forecast for Villa, who he had washing up in 16th place after struggling to adapt to life in the second tier.

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Video: Chelsea coach Jody Morris show his touch hasn’t deserted him at Aston Villa

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EFL Cup: Jores Okore Scores Laughable Own-Goal As Aston Villa Beaten 3-1 By League Two Giants Luton (Video)

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Though they battled bravely, plucky little Aston Villa ended up tumbling out of the League Cup at the first hurdle with a 3-1 defeat against League Two behemoths Luton Town on Wednesday night.

Villa pushed hard from the off and actually nudged themselves ahead through Jordan Ayew in the 13th minute but Luton came haring back to win as a 66th-minute own-goal from Jores Okore sealed the Championship side's fate.

Aston Villa FC 2016/17 Under Armour Home and Away Kits

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Aston Villa Missing Star Player Against Newcastle?

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On Wednesday the Mail reported that Aston Villa's star player Jack Grealish was involved in a late-night party at a Birmingham hotel where nitrous oxide (laughing gas), which is inhaled through balloons, was found in his room. This is the latest in a number of reports of Grealish off-field incidents and his behavior is less [.

Ross McCormack, Alex Pritchard and 12 of the most notable Championship summer transfers so far

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Sick of pre-season's muted celebrations and 22 half time substitutions already? Well, fear not! The Football League 2016/17 season kicks off this weekend. The Championship, part of the...

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Ex-Liverpool and Aston Villa striker Dean Saunders gets £1,000+ parking fine waived as Wales reach semis

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@callum_saunders @offthepost We can't get more clothes to him but tell him if Wales win we'll waive the parking charge! Birmingham...

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Fans fund-raising for former Liverpool and Aston Villa striker’s parking fan

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Wales supporters have set up a crowdfunding page to help cover the cost of their former striker's parking fine. The ex-Liverpool and Aston...

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Monday Kickoff: Rodriguez, Reus, Copa Libertadores and more

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The weekend proved a dangerous one for managers, while several stars could miss time over the international break.

James Rodriguez is dealing with a calf strain that could keep him out of action for Colombia'sWorld Cup qualifiers against Paraguay and Uruguay. (REPORT)

The Copa Libertadores is set to expand to 44 teams after opting to awardtwo more qualifying spots to Brazil and one more apiece to Argentina, Colombia and Chile.

Report: Guzan to complete free transfer to Middlesbrough

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After losing out on some playing time last season and his team's relegation to the English Championship, U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper Brad Guzan's future with Aston Villa remained up in the air.

Now, it appears the veteran keeper has found a potential landing spot for the 2016/17 season.

Aston Villa’s New Owner, Dr Tony Xia, Falls Foul Of Tasteless Twitter Prank

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By Joseph Viney

Aston Villa owner Dr Tony Jiantong Xia will be getting used to the strange world of English football after purchasing recently-relegated Aston Villa in June.

Not only does he face the monumental task of bringing a demoralised and self-destructive Villa back to life after a humiliating final season in the Premier League, but he also needs to learn that English football fans are a dab hand at making people's lives difficult on Twitter.