The failings of Aston Villa in the 2016/17 season were no mystery. Huge transfer fees and an excessive wage budget could only take them to mid table mediocrity, in what can only be seen as a terrible campaign. Though none particularly blame Steve Bruce for their shortcomings last season, he must this season show why 

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According to reports, Aston Villa’s Rushian Hepburn-Murphy is set to sign a new deal with the Championship club. The 18 year old prospect has reportedly finally pledged his long-term future at Aston Villa, especially beyond this season, and is currently finalizing personal terms with the Villans. According to the Birmingham Mail, Hepburn-Murphy has been offered 

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According to reports, Aston Villa are interested in signing Middlesbrough’s Jordan Rhodes. The Villans are reportedly looking at a swap deal where they exchange Jack Grealish for the Scotland international forward. As reported by the Daily Star: “Rhodes, 26, has barely featured for Middlesbrough this season, making just two top-flight starts for Aitor Karanka’s side. 

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According to reports, Middlesbrough are interested in signing Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish. Boro will reportedly move for the Villa star if Gaston Ramirez does depart this month. As reported by the Daily Star: “The Daily Mail say Boro will explore the possibility of landing Grealish should they lose Gaston Ramirez. Leicester have had a £12m 

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In official news, Conor Hourihane has officially signed with Aston Villa from Barnsley. The 25 year old midfielder signed on a three-and-a-half year contract in a deal reportedly worth £3 million. As reported by the Irish Independent: “Ireland’s Conor Hourihane has completed his move to Aston Villa from Barnsley in a deal worth a reported 

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According to reports, Aston Villa will not only sign James Bree but also Conor Hourihane from Barnsley. The 25 year old Republic of Ireland international midfielder will reportedly cost the Villans over £3 million. As reported by 98 FM: “Conor Hourihane is set to make a move from Barnsley to Aston Villa this week. The 

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In official news, Aston Villa have signed midfielder Henri Lansbury from Nottingham Forest. The 26 year old signed on a four-and-a-half year deal with the reported fee set at over £2.75 million. As reported by BBC: “Aston Villa have signed Nottingham Forest captain Henri Lansbury for a fee believed to be in excess of £2.75m. 

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According to reports, Aston Villa have submitted a bid to land Middlesbrough’s Jordan Rhodes. The Scotland international forward has struggled for game-time this season at Boro. As reported by The Mirror: “Aston Villa have submitted a formal offer for Middlesbrough striker Jordan Rhodes. Villa boss Steve Bruce was hoping to land the Scotland international on 

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According to Aston Villa owner Tony Xia himself, the club recently rejected a €25 million bid for Jordan Amavi. As reported by HITC: “Reports in France on Tuesday stated that Marseille are looking to sign the left-back as part of new owner Frank McCourt’s recruitment drive, with La Provence claiming sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta is 

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The rumor mill keeps turning and turning. Now, reports link Fiorentina goal-getter Nikola Kalinic with Aston Villa and West Ham. As reported by the Birmingham Mail: “Aston Villa are keen to sign former Blackburn Rovers striker Nikola Kalinic, according to Corriere Dello Sport . Kalinic now plays for Italian side Fiorentina and has scored 25 

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According to a tweet by Aston Villa owner Tony Xia, Jordan Veretout has the permission to leave Villa Park when his loan contract with St Etienne expires at the end of the season. As reported by the Birmingham Mail: “Jordan Veretout will be granted a permanent move away from Aston Villa when his loan spell 

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Adam’s latest “The Championship Corner” column. “I relish the challenge of trying to take the club where it wants to go and needs to be” said Steve Bruce while Steve McClaren said “I am very motivated to put things right for the club and supporters.” Two managers were being unveiled at respective new clubs, Aston 

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Adam’s latest “The Championship Corner” column. It was billed as something of a coup when, almost a year ago, Jack Grealish chose England ahead of the Republic of Ireland, the country of his grandparents. 12 months later Grealish has yet to play for his country and his hopes of doing so must be as distant 

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Aston Villa. Birmingham City. Two of the most intense rivals in England. Remember the Birmingham City fan mocking Enckelman for his infamous error? But yet, like other rival duos, there were players who played for both sides. Created by Sporcle Check out their website for more fascinating quizzes Follow them on Twitter @sporcle Like O-Posts 

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After a summer of real change at Villa Park, Aston Villa are ready to slog it out in the Championship this season. Former West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo has been brought in, not only to steady the ship, but to guide Villa back to where this famous old club belongs. Although 

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Randy Lerner was considered Villa’s saviour back in 2006. The American was a hero who was ready to bring the Birmingham based club back to it’s glory days. The promise of US millions accompanied by the arrival of the big hitting Martin O’Neill. There was certainly optimism surrounding Villa Park. Doug Ellis had taken the 

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When Jack Grealish was pictured unconsciously drunk on a Tenerife road last summer it turns out he was setting the tone for a campaign of unabated misguidance that has engulfed Aston Villa and sent them crashing down into the Championship. Villa and their then manager Tim Sherwood dealt with that episode internally but come November, 

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Aston Villa end their 28-season long stay in the Premier League this summer. Their personnel’s lack of passion – and not lack of quality – has been attributed to their colossal failures as Tim Sherwood had brought down proven stars such as Micah Richards, Joleon Lescott and a handful of Ligue 1 players, including former 

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Succumbing to back-to-back morale-crushing defeats against Everton and Manchester City, Aston Villa shattered fans’ hopes of cheering their lads through a Crystal Palace-esque revival. Relegation is merely a formality now, with the club already preparing for life in the Championship, apparently. With 30 points still left to fight for, Premier League survival is still mathematically 

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With Nathaniel Clyne and Kyle Walker, and John Stones also on hand to shuffle across from centre-half if required, Roy Hodgson will be comfortable at right-back when he comes to picking his England squad for this summer’s European Championships. Walker’s Tottenham team-mate Kieran Trippier may occupy Hodgson’s thoughts for cover options, as will possibly Danny 

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