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Fans, family and footballers attend Dalian Atkinson's funeral

Former teammates, friends and fans have paid tribute to a charismatic player, with a smile hard to forget - at the funeral of former Aston Villa striker Dalian Atkinson.

The 48-year-old died after being tasered by police in August, a death which is being investigated by the police watchdog the IPCC.

Today dozens paid tribute to the former Villa star at Telford Crematorium, before a private burial took place.

Chris Halpin reports.

Cortege moves through Telford to Crematorium for Dalian Atkinson service

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Aston Villa part company with assistant manager Steve Clarke

Steve Clarke has left the club. Credit: PA

The assistant manager of Aston Villa has left the club after the appointment of new manager Steve Bruce. It is thought the former West Bromwich and Reading boss had hoped to stay on to replace Roberto Di Matteo. In a Tweet this afternoon the club announced his departure as part of a broader range of changes to 'backroom staffing.'

Aston Villa confirm Steve Bruce as manager

Bruce has been appointed as the replacement for Roberto Di Matteo. Credit: PA Wire

Aston Villa have confirmed the appointment of former Birmingham City, Wigan and Hull boss Steve Bruce as their new manager.

He replaces Roberto Di Matteo who was sacked earlier this month following a poor start to Villa's season in the Championship.

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