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Aston Villa appoint King to board of directors

Mervyn King, right, is now on the board. Credit: PA

Aston Villa have appointed former Governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King to their board of directors.

The club are currently bottom of the league and made no signings in January, putting manager Remi Garde's future under question but they have added to their board.

I was delighted when Mervyn agreed to join the Board. His dedicated support for the Club is well known.

Mervyn successfully steered the Bank of England through the most turbulent economic headwinds in living memory and his appointment to the Board is a huge boost as we plan our path back to more successful times.

– Chairman Steve Hollis s

King is a life-long Aston Villa supporter and plans to make it one of the best clubs in the world.

It is a privilege to be asked to serve as a director of this great Club. I watched my first match at Villa Park more than 55 years ago, and have experienced the highs and the lows since then.

I shall do my best to help the rebuilding of Aston Villa Football Club as together we return it to its position as one of the top clubs in the world.

– Mervyn King


Eric Black announced as Villa first team coach

Eric Black Credit: PA

Aston Villa have officially named former Coventry City manager Eric Black as their new first team coach.

Black is the newest addition to the backroom staff of manager Rémi Garde.

"I'm pleased to welcome Eric to the football club and I'm really looking forward to working with him.

"He will work alongside Reginald Ray, Robert Duverne and Tony Parks as part of my coaching staff.

"Eric brings a wealth of experience and excellent knowledge of English football and he will help me improve the level of the team."

– Rémi Garde, Aston Villa Manager


West Brom and Villa through to FA Cup fourth round

West Bromwich Albion's Salomon Rondon scores their only goal to secure their win in the FA Cup third round Credit: PA

West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa are both through to the fourth round of the FA Cup after winning their third round replay ties tonight.

But Northampton Town are out of the competition after losing to Championship side MK Dons.

West Brom scored the only goal of their game, Salomon Rondon scoring to secure victory over Bristol City. They'll face Peterborough in the next round.

Aston Villa are also through after beating League Two side Wycombe and take on Manchester City in the fourth round.

Leicester City manager expects 'tough match' against Aston Villa

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri says he expects a tough match against bottom-of-the-table Aston Villa tomorrow.

Leicester, who are second only to Arsenal in the Premier League, head to Villa Park off the back of their first league win in four after they beat Spurs on Wednesday.

But Ranieri says he expects Villa to be in confident mood after their first home league win of the season earlier this week.

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