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Bruce & Redknapp look ahead to Villa v Blues derby

Harry Redknapp takes charge of Birmingham City for the first time this weekend - and his managerial debut couldn't be much tougher.

With just three games to save Birmingham from relegation his side are away to their biggest rivals Aston Villa.

Here's the thoughts of both managers:

Harry Redknapp pays tribute to Ugo Ehiogu

Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp pays tribute to former Aston Villa defender Ugo Ehiogu who died after a cardiac arrest at the age of 44.



Former England and Aston Villa defender Ugo Ehiogu dies

Former England, Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion defender Ugo Ehiogu has died aged 44.

Ehiogu, who was Tottenham's under-23s coach collapsed at the clubs training centre on Thursday (20 April) after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Tottenham announced his death this morning, saying in a statement:

It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Ugo Ehiogu.

– Tottenham Hotspurs statement

Ehiogu, who played for Aston Villa and Middlesbrough and was capped by England on four occasions, joined Spurs as a coach in 2014.

Spurs' head of coaching and player development, John McDermott, said:

Words cannot express the sadness that we all feel at the club. Ugo's immense presence will be irreplaceable.

Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his wife Gemma and his family.

– Tottenham Hotspurs, John McDermott
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Aston Villa show loss of £81m for last financial year

Aston Villa recorded a loss of over £81million for the last financial year, according to the club's latest accounts.

Aston Villa are going through tought times on and off the pitch. Credit: PA

The figures for the 2015/16 period show that with an operating loss of £81.3million the deficit more than trebled, up from £26.6million, before Villa were relegated from the Premier League.

The club's statement states losses of £79.6million due to "exceptional items" but provides little explanation as to what these are, other than to say "for the impairment of tangible fixed assets and intangible assets".

Turnover fell from £115.7million in 2014/15 to £108.8 million, with the club attributing the drop in revenue to a reduction in their share of money from the FA Premier League's broadcasting agreements as a result of the final league standings.

Villa were relegated from the Premier League for the first time last season after finishing bottom of the table and are playing outside of the top flight for the first time in 30 years.

Dr Tony Xia completed his takeover of the club on June 14, 2016 so any figures associated with his purchase will not show until the 2016/17 accounts are published

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