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Villa manager "delighted" with Vlaar signature

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is looking forward to working with new sigining, Ron Vlaar.

The 27-year-old defender joins Villa Park on a three-year-deal, and Lambert expects big performances from the Dutch international.

"I like the way the guy wants to do well. He's hungry and he wants to succeed. He's also a really good, strong defender and hopefully we will get the benefit of him in our team. Ron is a really good defender and he has a wealth of experience for both Holland and a big football club in Feyenoord, so I'm delighted we have got him here to Villa."

– Paul Lambert, Aston Villa manager

"He's captained Feyenoord, who finished second last season in the Dutch Eredivisie to qualify for the Champions League, and he's been in the Dutch international set-up and was part of the Euros, so he's a proper player. He'll bring something to the club, no doubt about it."

FA Community Shield date at Villa Park confirmed

The FA have confirmed the kick-off time and the ticket prices for this year's FA Community Shield at Villa Park.

The kick-off for the match contested by Chelsea and Manchester City will be 1.30pm on the 12th August, with ticket prices being £45, £35, £25 and £20.

On-sale ticket details and allocations to the clubs are yet to be announced.

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MacDonald to leave Villa

Aston Villa have confirmed first-team coach Kevin MacDonald is to leave the club.

MacDonald has brought to an end a 17-year association with the club following the appointment of Paul Lambert as manager.

The 51-year-old, who had a brief stint in caretaker charge at the start of the 2010/11 season following the departure of Martin O'Neill, worked alongside Alex McLeish last season, while he also coached the reserve team.

MacDonald told the club's official website: "I've had an incredible 17 years at Aston Villa, one of the biggest clubs in the country, and wish to thank all the staff and players I have worked with during my time at the club.

"I wish Aston Villa every success in the future."

"As a club, we are immensely grateful for the contribution Kevin has made in more than 17 years at Villa."He has been an integral part of the success we have enjoyed at academy and reserve team level and, in assuming his caretaker responsibilities at the beginning of the 2010-11 season, he cemented his position as a man who will always command respect at this club."The whole of Aston Villa Football Club will wish Kevin well."

– Chief executive Paul Faulkner