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Category: Aston Villa

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Aston Villa’s Hourihane grabs the decider and averts penalties at game Yeovil

Aston Villa squeezed through to the second round of the Carabao Cup to maintain their 100% winning start to season but it was far from plain-sailing against a charged Yeovil Town. With a penalty shootout looming, Conor Hourihane struck the only goal of…

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Jack Grealish denied Tottenham transfer after Aston Villa reject £25m bid

• England Under-21 midfielder frustrated by decision• Tottenham now expected to move onto other targetsJack Grealish appears unlikely to be allowed to leave Aston Villa this month after the club’s new owners backed out of a deal to sell him to Tottenha…

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Why signing Jack Grealish would make perfect sense for Tottenham

He’s young, he’s versatile, he’s only going to improve and he’s a homegrown player. Spurs should do the deal quicklyBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredWhile an unlikely trio of goalscorers ensured Aston Villa began their Championship campaign with a win a…

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Resilient Aston Villa fight back to make winning start against Hull City

Aston Villa shook off a difficult close season to make a winning start to the campaign as Steve Bruce’s side came from behind to beat his former club Hull City.After their well-documented financial problems and the takeover by Nassef Sawiris and Wes Ed…

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Hull City v Aston Villa: Championship – live!

Minute-by-minute updates from the 7.45pm BST kick-offCarl Ikeme: ‘I’m grateful I was given a chance’And you can email Niall or tweet @niallmcveigh 7.48pm BST 2 mins: The corner is cleared but Ewandro links up well with Kane, creating space down that ri…

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‘A good officer can be the difference between a player joining a club or not’ | Sean Cole

Player liaison officers help footballers with emotional and practical support in financial and personal matters. Lorna McClelland, at Aston Villa, was first to assume the roleProfessional footballers tend to get a bad press. There is a perception that …

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Transfer roundup: Tottenham ‘nowhere near’ Villa’s valuation of Grealish

• Steve Bruce says Spurs yet to lodge formal bid• Burnley make new bid for Middlesbrough’s Ben GibsonTottenham Hotspur have yet to make a formal bid for the Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish and are some way off in their valuation of the player, acc…

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Championship: fans from all 24 clubs preview the 2018-19 season

Aston Villa, Derby and Stoke fans are feeling a lot more positive than their friends at Reading, Leeds, Middlesbrough and WiganAfter a turbulent off-season where administration looked like a real possibility, there is an air of positivity around the cl…

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Championship 2018-19 season preview

Big-spending Nottingham Forest will hope they can do a Wolves but the English second tier remains unpredictableThe Championship has a reputation as an exciting, unpredictable division and this season the outcome seems even more uncertain than usual. Wi…

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Steve Bruce to stay on as Aston Villa manager after meeting with owners

• Majority owners gave Villa boss full backing at meeting• Thierry Henry had been linked with move to the clubAston Villa have confirmed that Steve Bruce will remain as manager of the Sky Bet Championship club. Bruce met with majority owners Nassef Saw…

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Steve Bruce in nervous holding pattern before meeting new Aston Villa owners

• Bookmakers suspend betting on Thierry Henry taking over• Bruce set for make-or-break meeting on WednesdaySteve Bruce is scheduled to meet Aston Villa’s new owners on Wednesday when he should discover if they are minded to back him or sack him.As spec…

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Aston Villa should stick with steady Steve Bruce after recent turmoil | Nick Miller

Bruce ultimately failed to deliver promotion last season but may be best placed to keep the team on track, even with new investors and financial worries easedFor every participant, the Championship play-off final always has plenty riding on it. This ye…

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Aston Villa receive ‘significant investment’ from billionaires

Nassef Sawiris is estimated to be worth £5.2bnWes Edens is the co-owner of Milwaukee Bucks basketball teamAston Villa will receive “significant investment” from NSWE, a company controlled by billionaires Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens, the Championship c…

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Football while fasting: life in the Ramadan Midnight League | Nick Miller

An idea to help people who might not otherwise feel able to play during Ramadan is gathering momentum in BirminghamJust after 10pm on a warm Friday evening Obayed Hussain stands outside the Aston Villa academy building, the North Stand of Villa Park lo…

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Aston Villa reach agreement with HMRC over £4m tax bill

• Villa pay £500,000 with £1.2m expected by the end of week• Xia admits it has been ‘a very difficult’ two weeksAston Villa have reached an agreement with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs over a £4m tax bill.The agreement will allow the club, who miss…

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Aston Villa face bleak future as Tony Xia shortfall exposes house of cards | Stuart James

The Villa owner’s increasingly unreliable backing has left a club who were over-reliant on his funds facing crisisAlarm bells were ringing at Aston Villa long before a tax bill went unpaid last month. The first indication that all was not well came las…

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Premier League finances: the full club-by-club breakdown and verdict

The 2016-17 accounts of all top-flight clubs and what the figures say about their health. Manchester United top the charts again with a £581m income and £57m profitFinancial figures for 2016-17, for the 20 clubs that were in the Premier League during 2…

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Aston Villa miss £4m tax bill deadline as chief executive is suspended

• Championship club risks facing a winding-up petition• Owner Tony Xia confronts wider financial issuesAston Villa have been thrown into financial turmoil and face the threat of being served with a winding-up petition by HMRC, after the Championship cl…

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Slavisa Jokanovic in prime position to enhance Fulham’s playing options

Craven Cottage in need of more variations as club prepare for top-flight football after four years in the ChampionshipSlavisa Jokanovic opted for some sporting cross?pollination when asked whether, after two and a half years of battles won and lost, Fu…

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Aston Villa face task of keeping Jack Grealish after Wembley agony | Ian Malin

No 26 did not deliver destiny for Villa in Championship play-off final, and now Steve Bruce has problems preparing for another promotion tiltSurely football’s gods would not deny Aston Villa this time: 26 May was the 36th anniversary of the club’s…