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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.

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.

China’s Xia completes Aston Villa takeover

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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.

China’s Xia completes Aston Villa takeover

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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.

Villa owner Xia promises Premier League return

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London (AFP) Aston Villa's Chinese owner Tony Xia has pledged to restore the relegated Premier League club to their former glory as soon as possible.

Xia, whose Chinese name is Xia Jiantong, purchased Villa on Wednesday for a reported $87 million and is looking to hire a new manager quickly before bringing in a host of players in a bid to transform the troubled club's fortunes.

Villa owner Xia promises Premier League return

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London (AFP) Aston Villa's Chinese owner Tony Xia has pledged to restore the relegated Premier League club to their former glory as soon as possible.

Xia, whose Chinese name is Xia Jiantong, purchased Villa on Wednesday for a reported $87 million and is looking to hire a new manager quickly before bringing in a host of players in a bid to transform the troubled club's fortunes.

Villa to be ‘most famous club in China’ after $87m swoop

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London (AFP) Aston Villa revealed ambitions to become the most popular team in China after Harvard-educated businessman Tony Jiantong Xia snapped up the relegated club for a reported $87 million.

The "Villains" crashed out of England's Premier League after winning only three times this season, but they will have their fingers crossed for better times ahead under their new ownership.

Villa to be ‘most famous club in China’ after $87m swoop

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London (AFP) Aston Villa revealed ambitions to become the most popular team in China after Harvard-educated businessman Tony Jiantong Xia snapped up the relegated club for a reported $87 million.

The "Villains" crashed out of England's Premier League after winning only three times this season, but they will have their fingers crossed for better times ahead under their new ownership.

Chinese investor buys Aston Villa for reported $86 million

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London (AFP) Aston Villa have been sold to a Chinese group owned by Dr Tony Jiantong Xia, the Championship club announced on Wednesday, in a deal worth a reported $86 million.

Villa crashed out of the Premier League after a miserable season that saw the Midlands team win just three of their 38 matches, but that hasn't stopped Dr Xia making his move.

Chinese investor buys Aston Villa for reported $86 million

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London (AFP) Aston Villa have been sold to a Chinese group owned by Dr Tony Jiantong Xia, the Championship club announced on Wednesday, in a deal worth a reported $86 million.

Villa crashed out of the Premier League after a miserable season that saw the Midlands team win just three of their 38 matches, but that hasn't stopped Dr Xia making his move.

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Aston Villa ‘close to Chinese takeover’

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London (AFP) Relegated Aston Villa could be sold to a Chinese consortium by the end of the week, according to British media reports on Wednesday.

Villa crashed out of the Premier League after a miserable season that saw the Midlands club win just three of their 38 matches.

US-based owner Randy Lerner has been trying to sell Villa without success for two years, but it appears a deal is finally close to completion after he lowered his asking price.

Aston Villa ‘close to Chinese takeover’

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London (AFP) Relegated Aston Villa could be sold to a Chinese consortium by the end of the week, according to British media reports on Wednesday.

Villa crashed out of the Premier League after a miserable season that saw the Midlands club win just three of their 38 matches.

US-based owner Randy Lerner has been trying to sell Villa without success for two years, but it appears a deal is finally close to completion after he lowered his asking price.

‘It Lies At My Feet And Nobody Elses’ – Aston Villa Owner Randy Lerner Issues Statement Taking Full Responsibility For Relegation

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Aston Villa's much-loved owner Randy Lerner has issued a statement to the fans today in which he takes full responsibility for the club being relegated from the Premier League in such dismal fashion.

Posted on the official Villa website and titled 'Note to Supporters', Lerner's statement reads thus:

A nagging sense of inevitability set in against Leicester City despite the late lead we enjoyed.

Reports: Aston Villa Keen To Bring In Andy Townsend As Director Of Football

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Just when you thought the straits couldn't get any more dire for Aston Villa, it's being mooted today that the Premier League stragglers might be about to give Andy Townsend a job.

According to The Sun, Villa's new chairman Steve Hollis has contacted Townsend, who spent four years at Villa Park in the mid-1990s,about joining the "new-look team" he's assembling behind the scenes ina 'director of football' capacity.

Aston Villa Spend £2m On Having The Word ‘Prepared’ Removed From Their Club Crest

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(*Artist's impression of the new Villa crest)

Presumably pre-empting a lawsuit from the Trading Standards Agency, Aston Villa have spent a significant sum of money having the word 'Prepared' removed from their club crest.

Yep. The club have reportedly blown £2million tolet London-based design company SomeOne re-draft Villa's "entire visual identity", including the crest.

Who’s good, who’s bad: Owners in the Premier League edition

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The divide between what constitutes a bad soccer owner and a good one is purely subjective; unless, of course, your team is flirting with relegation after years and years of steadily declining league finishes.

It's not fair to paint only Aston Villa's Randy Lerner as bad at running a football club, right?

Who’s good, who’s bad: Owners in the Premier League edition

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The divide between what constitutes a bad soccer owner and a good one is purely subjective; unless, of course, your team is flirting with relegation after years and years of steadily declining league finishes.

It's not fair to paint only Aston Villa's Randy Lerner as bad at running a football club, right?

Randy Lerner Knows Exactly What Aston Villa Need And That’s Additional Reach Within Quasi-Government Organisations

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With pressure mounting, fans baying for bloodand the team circling the Premier League drain, Randy Lerner shrewd businessman that he is recognised thatit was high time for a change in the way Aston Villa is run.

As such, Villa's American owner has shuffled his boardroom today in a desperate attempt to provide some much-needed stability, bringing inSteven Hollis as his new chairman.

Tim Sherwood grateful for Randy Lerner’s summer spending at Aston Villa

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Tim Sherwood has praised Aston Villa chairman Randy Lerner for sanctioning his summer spending spree.

The owner was looking to leave after officially putting the club on the market last year, but after failing to sell he gave Sherwood the green light to spend.

Barcelona's Adama Traore is close to becoming Villa's 10th signing of the summer ahead of Friday's Barclays Premier League match against Manchester United.

Is Tim Sherwood the right man for struggling Aston Villa?

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Following the sacking of Paul Lambert last week, Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner has acted quickly and appointed former Tottenham Hotspur boss Tim Sherwood as the new man in charge at Villa Park. Tim Sherwood is known for his slightly unorthodox method of management and his willingness to give youth a chance, in this piece I am going to investigate whether he is the right man for the job at Aston Villa.

Is Tim Sherwood the right man for struggling Aston Villa?

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Following the sacking of Paul Lambert last week, Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner has acted quickly and appointed former Tottenham Hotspur boss Tim Sherwood as the new man in charge at Villa Park. Tim Sherwood is known for his slightly unorthodox method of management and his willingness to give youth a chance, in this piece I am going to investigate whether he is the right man for the job at Aston Villa.

‘Mr. Gilet’, The Best Aston Villa Can Get – Tim Sherwood Announced As New Villans Boss

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Having produced football duller than a night in the pub with Michael Owen and Phil Neville, it was no surprise that Paul Lambert was given the boot by Premier League strugglers Aston Villa. And now, the Birmingham giants have named Lambert's replacement, with former Tottenham man Tim Sherwood taking over in a deal which will last until 2018 (when Lambert's deal would've naturally ended).

Aston Villa Finally Sack Paul Lambert

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Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner sat back and watched some horrendous performances from his club this season, but this weekend's capitulation at Hull was the last straw. The defeat sent Villa into the bottom three, and they looked a sure bet to get relegated. That would be a financial nightmare for Lerner, so on Wednesday he finally acted and sacked manager Paul Lambert.

Aston Villa suffer new low under Randy Lerner as owner finally sacks Lambert

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There was a time, before Alex McLeish and Paul Lambert, when Aston Villa were in the position to dream about the Champions League. To dream about Tuesday and Wednesday nights at Villa Park against the best of Europe that would have reminded a lot of people about 1982 when they won the tournament.

Martin O'Neill was supposed to deliver Villa to this promised land.

Aston Villa suffer new low under Randy Lerner as owner finally sacks Lambert

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There was a time, before Alex McLeish and Paul Lambert, when Aston Villa were in the position to dream about the Champions League. To dream about Tuesday and Wednesday nights at Villa Park against the best of Europe that would have reminded a lot of people about 1982 when they won the tournament.

Martin O'Neill was supposed to deliver Villa to this promised land.

Paul Lambert Urges Aston Villa Fans to Cancel Protest Against Randy Lerner

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Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has urged frustrated fans to call off a planned protest at the start of Saturday's clash at home to Liverpool.

Three unofficial fans' websites Villa Blog, My Old Man Said and A Villa Fan have called on fellow supporters to boycott the opening eight minutes of the Barclays Premier League clash with the Reds via an open letter entitled 'We Want Our Villa Back'.

Paul Lambert Urges Aston Villa Fans to Cancel Protest Against Randy Lerner

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Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has urged frustrated fans to call off a planned protest at the start of Saturday's clash at home to Liverpool.

Three unofficial fans' websites Villa Blog, My Old Man Said and A Villa Fan have called on fellow supporters to boycott the opening eight minutes of the Barclays Premier League clash with the Reds via an open letter entitled 'We Want Our Villa Back'.

Randy Lerner Prepared to Fund Aston Villa Signings in January

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Boss Paul Lambert will be backed in the January transfer window although Aston Villa will not spend big.

Chief executive Tom Fox has revealed chairman Randy Lerner, who put the club up for sale in May, is prepared to fund signings.

Lerner is understood to have a new lease of life at Villa, despite looking for a buyer over the summer.

Randy Lerner Prepared to Fund Aston Villa Signings in January

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Boss Paul Lambert will be backed in the January transfer window although Aston Villa will not spend big.

Chief executive Tom Fox has revealed chairman Randy Lerner, who put the club up for sale in May, is prepared to fund signings.

Lerner is understood to have a new lease of life at Villa, despite looking for a buyer over the summer.

Roy Keane Joins Aston Villa, And is Now One Step Away From Becoming a Premier League Manager Again

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Roy Keane was appointed as assistant manager of Aston Villa Football Club this morning. In doing so, the former Republic of Ireland and Manchester United is one step away from returning to managing a Premier League club again. All that has to happen is for Villa manager Paul Lambert to take his club through a rough patch of form, and there's no doubt that Keane will be ready and willing to replace the Scot who has underachieved at Villa Park and scrambled to keep the club from being relegated for two seasons in a row.

Fire Sale At Villa Park

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Newspaper reports from the UK say that Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner has slashed the price he is willing to accept for Villa from £200 million to £150 million. Nothing like a 25% haircut to show prospective buyers how desperate you are about selling the club. Hasn't Lerner watched Million Dollar Listing on Bravo?

Aston Villa Is For Sale Confirms Billionaire Owner Randy Lerner

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Billionaire owner Randy Lerner has had enough of Aston Villa and has put the Premier League club up for sale.

The Aston Villa owner hopes to complete the sale in the next six weeks, and has employed two major US banks as advisors, hinting that the club could be sold to investors in the US, as has long been rumored.

‘Fates Are Fickle In English Football, I’ve Pushed Mine Past The Limit’ – Randy Lerner Puts Aston Villa Up For Sale

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By Chris Wright

Randy "Face Like A Slapped Arse" Lerner

Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner has surprised literally nobody by announcing this morning that he is selling up and shipping out at Villa Park, releasing an almost poetic statement via the club's official website to confirm as much.

Aston Villa put up for sale by Randy Lerner

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Aston Villa Ownership Will Change Hands If Club Stays Up, Says Report: Daily Soccer Report

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Aston Villa are set for a £200million takeover by two American billionaires if the club stays up this season. Villa are currently two wins away from reaching the safety mark of 40 points in this Premier League season.

The Daily Telegraphnewspaper reports that an American consortium wants to buy the club but they'll pull out of the deal if Villa get relegated to the Championship.

Will American Owners Eventually Rip The Soul Out Of English Football?

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While I find David Conn's alarmist piece in today's Guardian excessively xenophobic and reactionary, the continued buying of English football clubs by American owners does pose larger questions long term.

Having bought teams that had this most previous season just avoided relegation, Randy Lerner (Aston Villa) and Ellis Short (Sunderland) have seen their sides continue to fight relegation despite large financial outlays on players.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Appointment By Cardiff Could Be A Disaster For His Reputation

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We've spent a great deal of time the past few weeks on this site discussing the eccentric behavior of Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan. It seems Tan, having railroaded the well-respected Malky Mackay, needed to buy some credibility. He seems to have temporarily done so with the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the once great late game sniper for Manchester United, who has won two league titles as manager in Norway.