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Aston Villa suspend striker Agbonlahor

Agbonlahor has been suspended by Aston Villa. Credit: PA

Aston Villa have suspended striker Gabriel Agbonlahor pending an investigation into off-field matters.

The action comes following allegations concerning his conduct in a national newspaper.

Agbonlahor, 29, had been out of the immediate first-team picture having been placed on a fitness programme by caretaker manager Eric Black.

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Aston Villa thank Bernstein and King for support

Aston Villa have said that they are thankful for the efforts of two senior board members who announced they would resign with immediate effect.

It is with regret that Aston Villa Football Club today announces the resignations of Mervyn King and David Bernstein as directors of the Club. The Club would like to thank both for all their efforts throughout their short time as members of the Board.

A search to appoint a new manager remains a priority.

The Chairman, Steve Hollis, is currently engaged in extensive negotiations in relation to the sale of the Club.

Brian Little will continue to advise the Chairman on all football related matters.

– Club statement

Two senior Villa board members resign

Mervyn King (R) and David Bernstein (L) have reportedly resigned Credit: PA

There are reports of further turmoil at Aston Villa as two of the clubs directors David Bernstein and Mervyn King resign.

Both King and Bernstein have resigned with immediate effect saying that there are "fundamental issues" that "can't be compromised."

Mervyn King was appointed on February 4th and David Bernstein joinedMarch 11th.

It comes after the club were relegated at the weekend.

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After Norwich City's defeat Villa need to win this afternoon to avoid relegation

Aston Villa now need to win in today's away game to avoid relegation from the Premier League after a Sunderland 3-0 Norwich City score.

Villa Park Credit: PA

It means Villa could now be in the second tier for the first time since 1987.

However, caretaker boss Eric Black said they will ignore events at Norwich in their match against Manchester United at Old Trafford this afternoon.

He said:

I didn't know the Norwich result (last week) until I'd spoken to the players in the dressing room because I wasn't interested. I really wasn't.

I know people will automatically say: 'You should have been interested because we're going down'. But I was only interested in what we'd done on the Saturday and that will be the same this Saturday, no matter what the (Norwich) result is.

– Eric Black
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