Robbie Keane announces retirement from football

Republic of Ireland’s record goalscorer Robbie Keane has officially confirmed he has hung up his boots days after being unveiled as part of Mick McCarthy’s management team. The 38-year-old netted 68 goals in 146 appearances for the Boys in Green and enjoyed a decorated career that included spells at Wolves, Coventry City, Inter Milan, Leeds United, Tottenham Hotspur (twice), Liverpool, Celtic, West Ham, LA Galaxy, Aston Villa and most recently, ATK in India. In a prolific club career, Keane scored 325 goals in 737 club appearances. The Dubliner was confirmed as…

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Aston Villa appoint Dean Smith as Head Coach with Terry as assistant

Aston Villa have named Dean Smith as their new head coach, with ex-Chelsea defender John Terry as his assistant. Smith, 47, leaves Brentford, who he led to top-10 finishes in the Championship in each of his three seasons as boss. Former England captain Terry, 37 retired on Sunday after leaving Villa in the summer, while Jesus Garcia Pitarch joins as sporting director. Villa sacked Steve Bruce on 3 October after a run of one win in nine Championship games. Former centre-back Smith – whose first managerial role was with Walsall…

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Thierry Henry on manager shortlist to replace Leonardo Jardim at Monaco

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry is being considered as a replacement for manager Leonardo Jardim at Monaco. The French club are expected to sack their Portuguese boss, 44, with the team third from bottom in Ligue 1 with six points from nine games. Henry, 41, who is on the shortlist for a similar role at Aston Villa, began his professional career at Monaco and helped them win Ligue 1 in 1997. Jardim led the club to another French title in 2017, their first since 2000. The former Sporting Lisbon manager…

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Manchester United complete goalkeeper Lee Grant signing

Manchester United have completed the signing of goalkeeper Lee Grant from Stoke City on a two-year deal. The 35-year-old, who previously had two spells with Derby County and has also kept goal for Sheffield Wednesday and Burnley, had impressed in the Premier League over the past two years with Stoke. The move opens the door for third choice goalkeeper Joel Pereira to leave Old Trafford on loan to gain some experience during the 2018/19 season. Grant only played three league games last season after playing second fiddle to Jack Butland…

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Play-Off Final: Fulham vs Aston Villa – Betting Tips and Predictions

Fulham and Aston Villa will battle it out for a place in Premier League when they face each other in the Play-Off final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. The Cottagers have been one of the best sides in Championship in 2018, and they missed out on automatic promotion on the last day of the season. Going into the final day of the season, Fulham were on an unbeaten run of 23 games. However, an unexpected defeat to Birmingham City meant they finished a couple of points behind Cardiff City. In…

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Chelsea legend linked with a move to Championship

Championship side Aston Villa are planning a shock move for former Chelsea skipper John Terry. Sky Sports claims that the 36-year-old has received a number of offers, but the Midlands side are hopeful that they can convince Terry to see out his career at Villa Park. According to the report, Villa manager Steve Bruce met Terry during a session of Golf at the Algarve during the weekend and discussed the possibility of Terry joining the Villains. Bruce aim to launch a promotion bid with Villa next season, and he believes…

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Championship season review: Aston Villa, Barnsley, Birmingham, Blackburn

Aston Villa: 13th After sinking from the Premier League without trace in 2015-16, a summer of transition inevitably ensued at Aston Villa as this illustrious club aimed to lift itself off the floor. Taken over by the Chinese businessman Tony Xia, former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo was appointed the new manager and although a surprisingly high number of the existing squad remained, hefty sums of money were spent on strikers Ross McCormack and Jonathan Kodjia. Expectations were high, but there was clearly a weak mentality within the squad which showed…

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Promising Championship season kicks-off

Two Champions League-winning managers plying their trades in the second tier of any football league is unprecedented. However, this will be the reality for the Championship this season as Newcastle United and Aston Villa will be managed by Rafa Benitez and Roberto Di Matteo respectively. Everyone football fan is buzzed about the competitiveness of the Premier League, but the Championship promises to be equally competitive and boosts some big names in football management this season. Leeds United have appointed former Swansea City manager Gary Monk as their new manager while Reading have…

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Everton to pay release clause of Aston Villa midfielder, Stoke star to reject Toffees

Everton are keen to improve on their last two seasons, in which they finished 11th. The Toffees have a new coach in Ronald Koeman and are eager to return to the Premier League’s top five. The club has been linked with a number of players this summer, while some of their biggest starts have been linked with a move away from Goodison Park. Just think about Romelu Lukaku and John Stones. It’s been obvious that Everton are looking to add more quality to their midfield. Zenit’s Axel Witsel was apparently close to…

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Latest poll has revealed the most hated club in Premier League

Football fans love to hate the opponent clubs. However, some clubs are more hated than others. Manchester Evening News and its sister titles recently organized a poll to find out the most hated club in the Premier League. The poll focussed on the upcoming season in the English top flight and hence included recently promoted sides Burnley, Middlesbrough and Hull City. The results of the poll have now been revealed by MEN. West London club Chelsea has topped the poll for the title of the most hated club in Premier League.…

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Relegated trio progress preparations for Championship challenge

Following their relegation from the Premier League last season, Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Norwich City are continuing preparations for a challenging season in the Championship. Whilst both Newcastle and Norwich have previous experience of playing in the division, Aston Villa do not and are set to compete outside the top flight of English football for the first time since 1987. Less lucrative life in the Championship The financial implications of doing so are quite severe due to the Premier League’s new £5 billion TV deal for the 2016-17 season,…

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Premier League Season Review – Aston Villa

Aston Villa: 20th (relegated) FA Cup: Round Four Capital One Cup: Round Four It is difficult to know where to start with Aston Villa, but 2015-16 has to go down as probably the worst season in the club’s history as a squad of misfits and three different managers were relegated with just 17 points, the third lowest total by any side since the Premier League began in 1992. Add to that the off-field antics of several players, countless comings and goings at boardroom level, and almost constant protests at the…

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Arsenal vs Aston Villa – Premier League preview and team news

Just a point is what Arsenal need to secure third position and earn a place in the group stage of next season’s Champions League, and it would be a major shock if they fail to do so against an Aston Villa side that plays its last top-flight game for the foreseeable future. While a failure to maintain a significant title challenge has meant that this has been a season of underachievement and has led to some rumblings of discontent among supporters, a resilient performance at Manchester City last weekend has…

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Aston Villa vs Newcastle – Premier League preview and team news

Rafael Benitez has successfully lifted Newcastle United out of the bottom three, but in order to stay one step ahead of their rivals they must emerge with maximum points from a visit to already relegated Aston Villa. It will be somewhat bizarre to witness second tier football being played at Villa Park next season, with this being the final Premier League game to be hosted there for the foreseeable future. It is likely to be another sad occasion tinged with considerable sarcasm, with supporters greeting every shot mustered by their…

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Watford vs Aston Villa – Premier League preview and team news

Watford will be hoping to win at home in the league for the first time since January 23 when they take on already relegated Aston Villa, whose run of defeats now stands at a demoralising nine matches. After several weeks of anticipation, it has to be said that Watford were just not good enough in their FA Cup semi-final against Crystal Palace as they struggled to create many meaningful scoring chances and generally lacked a cutting edge from open play. A lot of work went into their performance as the…

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Aston Villa vs Southampton – Premier League preview and team news

The inevitable demotion of Aston Villa has finally been confirmed with four matches to spare, and the first of those sees them take on a Southampton team that needs points to remain in contention for a European place. From a very early stage this season, there was little doubting Aston Villa’s fate as a squad with varying levels of experience has looked well below the standard required to compete in the Premier League. They have lacked intensity, application and indeed quality as a nine-game losing streak has underlined their inferiority,…

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Stats suggest Manchester United starlet is better than Cristiano Ronaldo [Video]

On Saturday, Manchester United beat Aston Villa 1-0 at Old Trafford. Not surprisingly, the young Marcus Rashford scored the Red Devils’ only goal, while relegating the Villains for the first time in 28 years. Rashford has been on fire since his professional debut on February 25. At the age of only 18, the striker has already provided some amazing statistics for United. Marcus Rashford becomes the first player to score 4 goals for @ManUtd in #BPL before his 19th birthday #MUNAVL — Infostrada Sports (@InfostradaLive) 16 april 2016 Goals since…

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Man Utd vs Aston Villa – Premier League preview and team news

Manchester United will be expecting to return to winning ways in the Premier League by beating an Aston Villa side whose impending relegation could be confirmed before this match even kicks off. After arriving late and initially holding their own last weekend at Tottenham, the hosts will have been alarmed at the manner in which they just fell apart after going a goal behind, going on to concede three in the space of seven minutes to the title chasers. It was a game which saw manager Louis van Gaal adopt…

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West Ham’s stadium deal revealed, Hammers chasing three strikers

On Wednesday, West Ham were unable to secure their place in the FA Cup’s semi-finals, as Manchester United handed the Hammers a 2-1 defeat at Boleyn Ground during their replay in the quarter-finals. A late goal from James Tomkins could not erase Marcus Rashford’s and Marouane Fellaini’s goals for the Red Devils, who will face Everton in the semi-finals. However, West Ham are playing a very solid season. They are currently ranked sixth in the Premier League standings, just one point down from United and a ticket to the Europa League.…

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Aston Villa vs Bournemouth – Premier League preview and team news

Aston Villa can finally be put out of their misery and see their relegation confirmed this weekend, which sees them take to the field against a Bournemouth side that is hoping to hit back from successive heavy defeats. After claiming victory away to the Cherries on the opening day of the season, only two more have followed for Aston Villa and two managers have departed, so for most of the season it has been a case of when rather than if their inevitable demotion to the second tier will be rubber…

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Aston Villa vs Chelsea – Premier League preview and team news

As Aston Villa’s relegation edges ever closer to being confirmed, their latest outing on their slow descent to Championship sees them take on a Chelsea side that have also suffered a season to forget as they lie in mid-table obscurity. Having the better of the first half at Swansea City in their previous game came as scant consolation for Villa as the chances that came their way were all passed up before a goalkeeping error from Brad Guzan led to them conceding the decisive goal shortly after the break. That…

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Swansea vs Aston Villa – Premier League preview and team news

Swansea City can all but secure Premier League safety if they can see of the challenge of bottom club Aston Villa, who have not managed to win in four previous visits to the Liberty Stadium. After twice coming from behind to draw level at Bournemouth last weekend, conceding a third proved terminal for Swansea as some errors at the back rendered their positive attacking play in vain. Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski had a rare bad day as he was partially at fault for two of the goals, while poor marking at…

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Aston Villa vs Tottenham – Premier League preview and team news

Tottenham will be looking to put some pressure on Premier League leaders Leicester City by defeating hapless bottom club Aston Villa and reducing the gap between the sides to two points. The hosts have the appearance of a team that just wants to put out of its misery, with nine points plus an inferior goal difference separating them from the safety line and recent performances showing little to suggest that they will even come close to making a fight of it during the closing weeks of the season. Although they…

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Man City vs Aston Villa – Premier League preview and team news

Manchester City will be desperate to end their barren run in the Premier League as they face an Aston Villa side that appears to be merely counting down the days until their seemingly inevitable relegation is confirmed. The euphoria of winning the Capital One Cup did not last long for Man City, as just three days later they were sent crashing to a convincing defeat by Liverpool, the same side they edged out at Wembley. It was a result that manager Manuel Pellegrini blamed on the fatigue accumulated by playing…

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Aston Villa vs Everton – Premier League preview and team news

Everton will be hoping to move back into the top half of the Premier League table as they travel to Aston Villa, whose chances of making a serious bid for survival are looking increasingly forlorn. The performance at Stoke City on Saturday was at least an improvement as far as Aston Villa are concerned following their appalling surrender to Liverpool a fortnight before, but they were still clearly inferior to their opponents and suffered their 17th defeat from 27 Premier League outings this season. After the game, manager Remi Garde…

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