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Aston Villa sale 'productive' and 'ongoing'

Lerner confirmed in May that he was trying to sell the club Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Aston Villa chairman Randy Lerner has said the sale of the football club is 'productive' and 'ongoing'.

The American businessman has been speaking for the first time since confirming in May that the club was on the market.

Lerner has said he has turned his full attention back to the day-to-day running of Villa and is committed to supporting manager Paul Lambert:

"While the sale process has been productive and remains ongoing, my priority at this point in the summer, heading into the upcoming season, is that the Villa organisation's sole focus be football - undistracted by any sales process."

Roy Keane starts work as assistant at Aston Villa

Roy Keane appointed Assistant Manager at Aston Villa. Credit: Nigel French/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Roy Keane begins work at Aston Villa today after being appointed assistant manager to Paul Lambert.

He says the coming season will be an exciting challenge, as he combines his work with Villa with a similar role with the Republic of Ireland.


Paul Lambert: Keane to be a 'great asset' to Aston Villa

The Aston Villa manager, Paul Lambert, says his new Assistant Manager, Roy Keane, will be a 'great asset' to the club.

He told the club website:

Roy has a great knowledge of football, on the coaching side as well, and he'll be a great asset and a big help to everybody here at Aston Villa Football Club.

I'm really looking forward to working with him and I'm delighted that he's here.

As a player, he was one of the most accomplished in the history of the Barclays Premier League and he's brought that experience gained over many years into his career in coaching and management. The players will love working with him.

Although we never played together, we competed against one another and he's someone for whom I have a lot of time and respect. He has worked under some great managers, some of the most successful in the game, and he'll be a great help to myself as well.

Roy brought Sunderland up out of the Championship and into the Premier League, he gained further experience at Ipswich - where we were close rivals while I was manager at Norwich - and he's now working at international level as assistant manager with the Republic of Ireland.

All of that experience and knowledge along with the qualities he has as a longstanding, leading professional in the game means he will bring a lot to the table. We're delighted to have him here.

Keane looks forward to 'exciting' Villa challenge

Roy Keane says he is delighted to have joined Aston Villa as Paul Lambert's assistant, and that he is looking forward to the challenges ahead.

The 42-year-old, who has managerial experience with Sunderland and Ipswich Town and played for Nottingham Forest and Manchester United, will begin work with the squad when they return for pre-season training next Monday.

He is also currently the Assistant Manager of the Republic of Ireland national team, and will continue to work in that role while at Villa.

I am delighted to be joining Aston Villa and I look forward to what promises to be an exciting challenge," Keane said.

I am grateful to both Villa and the Football Association of Ireland for making this happen and I would like also to thank Martin O’Neill.

I am relishing the prospect of linking up with Paul Lambert and combining both roles to the full advantage of both Villa and Ireland.

– Roy Keane

PICTURES: Cartoon doodles of World Cup players

Wayne Rooney is pictured here in this doodle Credit: BPM Media (Midlands)

An Aston Villa fan has designed his own version of the World Cup sticker album by using Post-it notes and a pen.

Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: BPM Media (Midlands)

The anonymous artist has been given the nickname the 'Ballpoint Banksy' and now fans from all round the world tweet requests for pictures of their favourite stars.

To mark the World Cup, he has drawn doodles of at least one player from each of the 32 nations taking part in Brazil 2014.

David Seaman Credit: BPM Media (Midlands)
Mario Balotelli in his famous 'Why Always Me?' shirt Credit: BPM Media (Midlands)
Former Newcastle captain Alan Shearer Credit: BPM Media (Midlands)
Young England star Raheem Sterling Credit: BPM Media (Midlands)


Villa start season with away clash at Stoke

Aston Villa will begin the 2014-15 season with an away fixture at Stoke City in the Premier League on Saturday 18th August.

The first game of the season at Villa Park will be against Newcastle United the following weekend.

The derby days against West Brom are at The Hawthorns on Saturday 13th December and at home on Tuesday 3rd March. The final game of the season will be at home to Burnley on 24th May. See full list of Villa fixtures here.

Joe Cole grew up watching 'massive club' Aston Villa

Aston Villa's latest signing, former England international, Joe Cole, says he grew up watching a number of teams in the Midlands, but he always preferred Villa because it is a 'massive club'.

The club signed Cole yesterday on a free transfer, as it became the midfielder's fourth Premier League club. He has also played for french side, Lille.

I had options elsewhere and I could have gone and earned millions but it’s not about the money for me, it’s about playing and competing. That’s what I want to do, it's that passion for playing that’s driving me on and I want to help the team kick on.

I can’t really say how excited I am for this because Villa is a massive club.

When I was younger at Lilleshall, the national football school, I used to come and watch them. We used to go to either Villa Park, Coventry or Wolves to watch a game, whoever was at home that weekend, and we always preferred going to watch Villa because it’s such a massive club.

There were good players here at the time and it was a good time for the club, the mid-nineties. I know what it’s about and I’ll be committed. I live the life, I train hard and I’ll give everything I can for what we want to achieve here.

Aston Villa sign midfielder Joe Cole on two-year-deal

Joe Cole in action for West Ham United last season Credit: PA

Aston Villa have announced the free transfer signing of Joe Cole on a two-year deal.

The 32-year-old midfielder, who has won 56 England Caps, was released by West Ham United in May. He's also played for Chelsea, Liverpool, and went on loan to French side Lille.

Aston Villa make Swiss defender first summer signing

Senderos in action for Fulham Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

Aston Villa have secured the services of Swiss defender, Philippe Senderos, after agreeing a two-year deal to make him their first summer signing.

The 29-year-old former Arsenal and Fulham man will join up with the squad after he returns from World Cup action with Brazil.

Senderos told the club website:

I'm really delighted to be joining Aston Villa, a great club with such a big history, and for me this is a great step in my career.

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