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Birmingham Mail: Jack Grealish's promising career is being scrutinised by Aston Villa's most decorated current player - Joe Cole. The three-times Premier League and FA Cup winner has been acting as the man-of-the-moment's mentor all season and is delighted to finally see him flourishing. Cole, who also has a Champions League runners-up medal and 56 England caps, has now been challenged by boss Tim Sherwood to continue 'leading the way' and setting a fine example for Villa's most impressive youngster.

Daily Express: Teenage starlet Jack Grealish has found the perfect father figure at Aston Villa in Joe Cole, according to manager Tim Sherwood. Grealish, 19, has shone for Villa after being promoted to their starting line-up by Sherwood, starring in their FA Cup semi-final success over Liverpool a fortnight ago. While emerging as of the most exciting prospects in the Premier League, the forward has also found himself in the spotlight for the wrong reasons after becoming the latest Premier League player to become embroiled in a laughing gas controversy. Sherwood sees similarities in style between Cole and the creative talent, who is at the centre of an international tug-of-war between England and Ireland, and the Villa manager believes he has stumbled upon the ideal chaperone for his hottest prospect.

Daily Star: Aston Villa wonderboy Jack Grealish is taking lifestyle lessons from former England star Joe Cole. The 35-year-old ex-Chelsea and Liverpool ace has taken 19-year-old Grealish under his wing. And no one is more delighted than Villa boss Tim Sherwood who feels Cole is the perfect mentor for the youngster. Grealish has only just had a dressing down from the boss after being pictured inhaling 'hippy crack.' Sherwood has told the winger not to risk blowing his career and reckons Cole is the perfect minder to throw a protective arm around him.

Daily Mirror: Tim Sherwood says Jack Grealish's "outstanding" form has made him a key man in Aston Villa's fight against the drop and bid for FA Cup glory. Boss Sherwood reckons the 19-year-old midfielder was the pick of Villa's stars in their 3-2 loss at Manchester City last weekend. He also shone in Villa's stunning 2-1 FA Cup semi-final victory over Liverpool at Wembley.

Daily Telegraph: Tim Sherwood is ready to take on Newcastle United in a battle to sign Leeds United teenager Lewis Cook this summer. Sherwood, the Aston Villa manager, has identifed Cook as a possible target as part of his mission to create a squad of emerging English talent. Cook, the England U19 international, has established a reputation as one of the most highly-regarded young players outside the Premier League and Villa have scouted him frequently this season, even before Sherwood's appointment. Newcastle's objective this summer is also to recruit bright English talent but Sherwood, who brought through many burgeoning players at Tottenham Hotspur, is weighing up a bid at the end of the season. Sherwood has already demonstrated his commitment to Villa's own academy products by giving Jack Grealish his Premier League debut last month. And the Villa manager has revealed that former England international Joe Cole has become a mentor to Grealish as the teenager continues to impress in the top flight.

Guardian: Roberto Martinez believes the return of the FA Cup final to the end of the domestic season will ensure Aston Villa avoid the fate that befell his Wigan Athletic team in 2013. Villa host Everton on Saturday with Tim Sherwood facing the dual challenge that confronted the then Wigan manager two years ago - seeking Premier League survival plus an unexpected FA Cup triumph. Martinez accomplished the latter with a shock win over Manchester City at Wembley but was unable to prevent relegation when Wigan lost 4-1 at Arsenal three days later. The Catalonian remains aggrieved to this day at the fixture scheduling but with the Cup final restored to its traditional place as the season's finale, he insists the incentive will spur Villa towards safety long before they meet Arsene Wenger's team on 30 May.

Daily Star: Everton boss Roberto Martinez insists Aston Villa's FA Cup final date will not affect their Premier League survival battle. Martinez masterminded Wigan's shock Cup win over Manchester City in 2013. That success was followed three days later by the heartbreak of relegation from the top-flight after eight years. But Martinez, whose Everton side face Tim Sherwood's outfit at Villa Park this afternoon, believes Villa will be fully focused on beating drop because the final is after the conclusion of the league season.

Daily Mirror: Roberto Martinez believes Wembley glory will help deliver Premier League safety for Tim Sherwood's Aston Villa. The Everton boss takes his side to face off with the FA Cup finalists on Saturday aware that his opponents are still embroiled in a desperate fight for survival as they hover just above the relegation zone. Martinez boss was in a similar situation when he steered his then Wigan side to FA Cup final triumph in 2013...but then saw them go down. Many fear Villa could suffer a similar fate as they look forward to a glamorous final against Arsenal, even though they are in the midst of an intense battle to stay in the top flight. But Martinez said: "Villa's performance against Liverpool at Wembley has given them safety, I think, because I've seen that team play with an incredible swagger."

Daily Express: Roberto Martinez believes Aston Villa's FA Cup Final date will help preserve their Premier League status and remains convinced the scheduling of the competition two years ago was responsible for the blot on his managerial CV. Martinez endured relegation with Wigan 72 hours after leading the club to final success over Manchester City in 2013 after English football's showpiece match was sandwiched in between end-of-season games. Villa face Martinez's Everton side today still entrenched in the relegation zone, but with their Wembley showdown against Arsenal on May 30 a reward rather than a complication.

Daily Star: Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood says Christian Benteke's price tag would scare off most teams. The big Belgian hitman is on the radar of a number of clubs including Liverpool. Sherwood says he's not losing any sleep over it because only a massive cheque would tempt Villa to sell. He says he wouldn't stand in the player's way if he wanted to go but stressed only the big hitters could afford Benteke.

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Daily Telegraph: Villa are expected to meet with Ron Vlaar later this month over a new contract. Vlaar is set to meet with Sherwood for talks and it is believed the defender is now giving serious consideration to staying at the club. Earlier this year the Holland international seemed certain to leave this summer on a free transfer, with Southampton and Napoli both considering moves at the end of this season. But the appointment of Sherwood has revitalised the 30-year-old and he is now ready to discuss a new deal when Villa are certain of avoiding relegation. Vlaar was signed from Feyenoord for £3.2m three years ago and Sherwood is keen for the centre-half to follow Fabian Delph by committing his long-term future to Villa.

Daily Mail: Ashley Westwood is Aston Villa's answer to Michael Carrick, according to Tim Sherwood. The midfielder, 25, has made the anchor role in midfield his own in the last four games, with wins against Liverpool, Everton and West Ham United. Carlos Sanchez was preferred for a couple of matches earlier on but Westwood is in possession of the shirt now, and the Villa manager has waxed lyrical on the midfielder's talents.

Birmingham Mail: Ashley Westwood's future at Aston Villa is secure after Tim Sherwood admitted he's 'one of his favourite players'. The boss is still deciding on how to shape next season's team but insists he has no problems with the anchorman of his in-form midfield. Westwood is yet to score this season and while Fabian Delph and Tom Cleverley have hit the headlines in recent times, the former Crewe ace has remained in the background. Sherwood insists his displays have not been lost on him, though, and is excited to see how much Westwood can flourish in times ahead.

Daily Mail: Aston VIlla are monitoring Brentford goalkeeper David Button as they consider back-up for Shay Given and Brad Guzan. The former Tottenham keeper, who had 13 spells out on loan while at White Hart Lane, has benefited from a permanent spell at Brentford where he has been instrumental in their rise from League One. Button, 26, also worked with Villa goalkeeping coach Tony Parks at Tottenham.

Daily Mirror: Christian Benteke will decide his future in June after playing in Belgium's end of season internationals as Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Roma weigh up £30m bids. Striker Benteke's sensational form for Aston Villa has fired them to the brink of safety from relegation and into an FA Cup Final against Arsenal on May 30. He has two years left on his current contract and Villa plan to offer him a new deal this summer.

Daily Star: Martin O'Neill has revealed his frustration at failing to persuade Jack Grealish to make his senior debut for the Republic of Ireland. Aston Villa's teenage star wants to keep his options open until after the FA Cup final clash with Arsenal at the end of the month. The Republic and England are in a tug-of -war for the services of the 19-year-old winger. Grealish, who has played for Ireland from youth level all the way up to the U21s, can also represent England but will not make up his mind until the end of the summer.

Daily Mirror: Jack Grealish insists he will not decide his international future this season - even if England come calling. The Aston Villa whizzkid, 19, declined a call up to the Republic of Ireland full squad on Tuesday. Grealish, capped by Ireland at U21 level, snubbed a invite for their friendly against England on June 7 before a Euro qualifier against Scotland. Ireland boss Martin O'Neill yesterday phoned Grealish and his dad Kevin to unsuccessfully attempt to persuade the starlet to play for them.

Daily Express: Aston Villa starlet Jack Grealish has rejected the chance to be called up for the Republic of Ireland's forthcoming matches against England and Scotland. Ireland manager Martin O'Neill confirmed yesterday he had intended to hand the 19-year-old a first senior call-up, yet after discussions with both the player and his father, Kevin, had been informed Grealish was not yet ready to make a decision on his international allegiance.

Daily Telegraph: Paul Smith is facing competition from two other parties in his £150million takeover bid for Aston Villa, Telegraph Sport can reveal. Smith, the former Chelsea executive, has made an informal offer to Villa chairman Randy Lerner and remains hopeful of completing a deal within the next two months. Smith's consortium includes the former England and Arsenal defender Tony Adams. But Lerner is considering two other bids from parties interested in buying the former European Cup winners who, like Smith, have made non-binding indicative offers.

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Birmingham Mail: Tim Sherwood wants his side to complete their Premier League survival mission on Saturday so they can get some much-needed rest ahead of the FA Cup final. The Villa boss will go all-out for a win at Southampton in the lunchtime kick-off so his side are beyond doubt before any other team has kicked a ball. Should the claret and blues secure their top-flight status this weekend - they can do so even if they lose and other results go their way - Sherwood will finally have a chance to rest some of his walking wounded in the closing fixture of the season.

The Times: Fabian Delph is confident that Aston Villa can look forward to a more prosperous future with Tim Sherwood as manager. The former Tottenham Hotspur head coach has revitalized Villa since succeeding Paul Lambert in February, steering them from the bottom three to within reach of Barclays Premier League survival.

Daily Mail: Villa are stepping up interest in a new goalkeeper after watching Cologne's Timo Horn at the weekend. Villa have considered David Button at Brentford and have sent scouts to watch Molde's Orjan Nyland play against Lillestrom on Wednesday night.

Clubcall: Aston Villa have been linked with a summer swoop on Brentford for goalkeeper David Button as Brad Guzan appears to be on borrowed time. Guzan's mistake at Manchester City highlighted the need for Villa to bring in strong competition for the number one jersey and Button has emerged as a target for the upcoming transfer window. The 26-year-old has been in great form for the Bees this season, helping the west London club secure a play-off place and attracting the interest of Tim Sherwood.

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Birmingham Mail: Tim Sherwood played no part in Jack Grealish's decision to turn down a senior call-up from the Republic of Ireland after insisting the teenager's stance has not changed. Grealish will only make a choice on his international future once the season is complete but the Aston Villa boss isn't concerned if he decides to speed up the process. There were suggestions in Ireland that Sherwood had told the talented teenager to delay his decision to either represent the Boys in Green or England until after May 30. When asked if that was true, Sherwood looked surprised and insisted that was strictly not the case.

Sky Sports: Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood says Jack Grealish has put his international future on hold to help with the club's Premier League relegation fight. The Villa forward is at the centre of an international tug-of-war between Republic of Ireland and England and has recently been the subject of criticism for delaying a decision on which country to opt for. Birmingham-born Grealish has already represented Ireland at age-grade groups but has refused to disqualify himself from representing England at senior level.

Daily Star: Tim Sherwood says he refuses to get involved in the tug-of-war over Aston Villa star Jack Grealish. The Villa boss revealed he had spoken to Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill about the matter. But he was puzzled that O'Neill expressed his disappointment that Grealish wouldn't commit and wants time to decide on the Republic or England. O'Neill's press conference to announce his squad was delayed and it's thought it was because of last minute discussions to clear the matter up. Sherwood says he's happy to go along with the 19-year-old's decision to wait until the end of the season before deciding where his international future lies.

Daily Mirror: Tim Sherwood insists he is not pressurising Aston Villa starlet Jack Grealish to pick England over Ireland. Ireland U21 international Grealish this week declined the chance of a call up for his first senior cap this summer. The Brummie now still remains eligible to play for England and is in demand following his recent stunning form for Villa. Ireland boss Martin O'Neill was left red-faced after aborting plans to cap him following a series of phone calls to Grealish's family and Villa boss Sherwood.

Daily Mail: Tim Sherwood has reiterated Jack Grealish will only make a decision on his international future once the season is complete, insisting Republic of Ireland have not been snubbed. Martin O'Neill planned to call up the Aston Villa teenager to his senior squad for the first time on Tuesday, but decided against doing so following check calls to the player and his father.

Goal.com: Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has confirmed that he has spoken to Martin O'Neill about Jack Grealish's call-up to the Republic of Ireland squad, but said that he had no input in the 19-year-old's decision to turn down O'Neill's advances. O'Neill attempted to include Grealish in his next Ireland squad but saw his approach rebuffed as the winger declined the invitation so as to focus on his club career. The Birmingham-born teenager, who has been capped by Ireland at Under-17, U18 and U21 level, rejected the opportunity to join the 33-man provisional squad as he concentrates on Villa's last two Premier League games and the FA Cup final against Arsenal. O'Neill described the midfielder's decision as "disappointing" but Sherwood said the talks with the Ireland boss were "fine" and insisted that the decision will only be made by the player himself.

Birmingham Mail: Aston Villa may not need a new left-back this summer after Tim Sherwood revealed his fondness of those currently at the club. The claret and blues boss describes Kieran Richardson's performances under him as 'outstanding' and also admits that Joe Bennett could force his way into next season's plans. Aly Cissokho is struggling to get a look-in under the new regime as Sherwood prefers full-backs that are more mobile and attack-minded. Richardson fits the mould perfectly, says Sherwood, and is one of the reasons why Villa now play with a much more free-flowing style.

FourFourTwo: Stuttering Southampton's attempt to overcome in-form Aston Villa to boost their hopes of a top-six finish in the Premier League. Southampton's final home game of the season is must-win, according to manager Ronald Koeman, who is desperate to beat Aston Villa as his side hunt UEFA Europa League football. The south-coast club, who are seventh, have endured a difficult run in the Premier League as of late, losing three of their past four matches - including a 2-0 defeat at Leicester City last week. Despite their poor form, Southampton remain just one point adrift of Tottenham in sixth place, which offers a spot in Europe due to Chelsea's League Cup victory.

Daily Express: Tim Sherwood insists he won't be forced to sell any of his Aston Villa players during the summer transfer window. Belgian striker Christian Benteke, who has 10 Premier League goals in nine appearances, has attracted interest from Liverpool and Manchester United with his recent form. Reports have suggested the 24-year-old could leave at the end of the season for £30m. While England midfielder Fabian Delph, who only signed a new deal until 2019 in January, has emerged as a target for both United and Arsenal. But when asked as to who he was hoping to keep at the club, Sherwood said: "We can keep everyone. Nobody has told me anyone can go."

Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert wants Villa to win the FA Cup. The former boss insists he has no animosity towards Villa following his sacking in February. Lambert's Villa Park tenure ended after a defeat at Hull plunged the club into the Premier League relegation zone. Since Lambert's departure, successor Tim Sherwood has guided Villa to the brink of safety, as well as leading them into the FA Cup final. Lambert insists he wishes his former club every success during the Wembley showpiece against Arsenal on Saturday May 30.

Independent: Aston Villa are considering an appeal against a hefty £200,000 Football Association fine for the pitch invasion at Villa Park after their FA Cup quarter-final win against West Bromwich Albion on 7 March.

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BBC Sport: Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has warned nobody is safe at the club as he looks to build a side capable of finishing in the top four of the Premier League next season. Spurs have missed out on Champions League qualification as they sit sixth, 10 points off fourth with two games remaining.

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Clubcall: Gabby Agbonlahor has praised Aston Villa's players for the way they have "stood up" in the battle for Premier League survival. Villa were in the bottom three and had lost their last five games when Tim Sherwood took over the reins from Paul Lambert in February. They are now on course to stay up, after three wins in their last four matches, and will contest the FA Cup final against Arsenal on May 30. Sherwood's side - four points clear of the bottom three with two games left - head to Southampton on Saturday knowing a win would keep them in the top flight, with a draw possibly enough if other results go for them.

Daily Mail Online: Forward Gabby Agbonlahor believes Aston Villa's struggling stars have taken responsibility for their survival fight as they look to seal Barclays Premier League safety. Villa were in the bottom three and had lost their last five games when Tim Sherwood took over the reins from Paul Lambert in February. They are now on course to stay up, after three wins in their last four matches, and will contest the FA Cup final against Arsenal on May 30.

TalkSPORT: Paul Lambert has told talkSPORT he "can't wait" to get back into management after spending a productive break with the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and former club Borussia Dortmund. The Scottish coach has been without a club since his exit from Aston Villa in February, where Tim Sherwood replaced him at the helm and has all-but guided the club to Premier League safety. And Lambert is keen to get back into the hot seat, insisting his appetite for management "has never dwindled."

Goal.com: Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood will attempt to return to former club Tottenham to land a clutch of young players, Goal understands. The former Spurs head coach also spent time in charge of the club's youth team and is widely acknowledged for bringing through the likes of Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason and PFA Young Player of the Year Harry Kane, who have all been capped by their countries since making their first-team breakthroughs. Although Sherwood knows that those three - now considered among Spurs' most prized assets - are out of reach, he has his eyes on other potential targets. Top of his list is Alex Pritchard, the attacking midfielder who has spent the season on loan at Brentford. Pritchard has been linked with a first-team role at White Hart Lane after playing a starring role at Griffin Park, with many believing he could follow in the footsteps of fellow midfielders Mason and Bentaleb.

Birmingham Mail: Carles Gil's future at Aston Villa remains uncertain after boss Tim Sherwood admitted that he has not made a decision over whether he will feature in his future plans. The Spanish midfielder has only played 59 minutes under the new boss and has failed to even make the matchday squad in recent weeks. Gil and his representatives will discuss the long-term plan at the end of the campaign when Sherwood will know more about how he wants to set up next season.

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Birmingham Mail: Christian Benteke has been told: Don't blow your Euro 2016 chances by leaving Aston Villa this summer. The claret and blues' prized asset is one of the hottest strikers in football right now and a number of high-profile clubs are considering a bid when the transfer window re-opens. Villa will do everything in their power to keep him and boss Tim Sherwood is confident he will stay on board for next season. The gaffer reckons it wouldn't make sense for him to leave so close to the major tournament either, especially as his World Cup dreams were shattered by injury.

Daily Telegraph: Tim Sherwood has warned Christian Benteke that leaving Aston Villa this summer could wreck his hopes of starring at Euro 2016. Sherwood insists Benteke will be taking a huge risk by quitting Villa for a bigger club where he will not be assured of regular football, ahead of the European Championship next year. Benteke is likely to be one of the leading transfer targets of the summer, with Chelsea, Liverpool, AC Milan and Wolfsburg thought to be interested in the Belgium international. Villa will demand a fee of well over £30million for the forward, who has been revitalised since the appointment of Sherwood with eight goals in the past seven games. Benteke is expected to start for Belgium at Euro 2016 if they qualify but Sherwood says he should stay at Villa to guarantee a place in Marc Wilmots' squad.

Daily Star: Christian Benteke has been told he could be a Euromillions loser if he gambles on a £30m summer move. The Aston Villa striker could be at the centre of a scramble for his services with the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Roma all ready to pounce. But Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has told Benteke he risks blowing his chances of Euro 2016 glory if he opts for a glamour move. The 24-year-old hotshot is currently first choice striker for hotly fancied Belgium but suffered the agony of missing last summer's World Cup through injury.

Daily Express: Tim Sherwood has warned Christian Benteke he could be gambling on his Belgium Euro 2016 place if he quits Aston Villa for one of Europe's elite this summer. Striker Benteke, rated at £30m, is attracting interest from a string of top clubs including Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea after finishing the season with a flourish. His goals have moved Villa to the brink of survival and a win at Southampton today will guarantee their Premier League place. Sherwood is desperate to keep hold of his most prized asset, with Villa planning to offer the forward a new deal.

BT Sport: Tim Sherwood has warned Christian Benteke he could ruin his chances of Euro 2016 glory if he leaves Aston Villa. The Villa boss thinks any summer switch from Villa may harm Benteke's international ambitions. Benteke has scored 11 goals in 10 games ahead of Saturday's trip to Southampton and has fired Villa to the brink of Barclays Premier League survival. Belgium are joint top of Group B with Wales and look on course to qualify for next year's tournament in France. Benteke has been linked with a move from Villa this summer after his stunning form but Sherwood has told him to stay so not to jeopardise any international dreams.

Daily Mirror: Tim Sherwood has told Christian Benteke it would be a huge gamble to quit Aston Villa this summer ahead of Euro 2016. The Belgium striker missed the World Cup last summer through injury but is in line to spearhead his country's attack in France next year. Villa boss Sherwood rates Belgium, who also have Everton's Romelu Lukaku up front, as tournament favourites. And he aims to keep hold of Benteke, who has scored 11 goals in 12 games since the former Spurs manager took charge in February.

Sutton Coldfield Observer: Tim Sherwood has warned sought-after striker Christian Benteke not to leave Villa Park as it could wreck his Euro 2016 chances. The Belgian, who was recently awarded Barclays Premier League Player of the Month for April, is currently enjoying a hot streak in front of goal having fired ten goals in his last nine outings. However, Sherwood has insisted that a move away from B6 could ruin his dreams of starting for Belgium at next summer's European Championships.

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Birmingham Mail: Tim Sherwood has reminded his players: You're still playing for your future. Villa secured Premier League survival on Saturday, despite losing 6-1 at Southampton - and already the boss is thinking about next season. Villa face Burnley on Sunday before the FA Cup final on May 30 and these remaining two weeks of the season will help shape Sherwood's long-term plans.

The Sun: Aston Villa left St Mary's fearful for their Premier League future. Only Hull's defeat at Spurs spared Tim Sherwood's team from a nerve-shredding final day. But full-back Alan Hutton, 30, claimed the scars of the drubbing will not deal with a final-day win over Burnley - and the only way Villa's players will atone is by handing their fans the FA Cup.

The Times: Tim Sherwood's decision not to hold an immediate inquest into his side's lame defeat will have been met with relief by more than one of his Aston Villa players, particularly those whose future at the club remains uncertain. Sherwood insisted the post-mortem examination would be delayed until he had the opportunity to watch the game again and while it is easy to imagine him viewing the first half in particular through his fingers, the manager's mood will undoubtedly have been lifted by the knowledge that Villa are safe.

Daily Express: Tim Sherwood admits the weekend horror show could affect the futures of some of his Aston Villa players. In a season peppered with disappointments, Villa hit a new low during a dismal first half at Southampton. When the final whistle blew on a game that had revived memories of the club's desperate plight before Sherwood's arrival in February, Villa's fate was still unknown. But Hull's defeat at Tottenham ensured the manager and his squad arrived back at Villa Park knowing their main objective for the season had been achieved and they were staying up.

Guardian: Fortunately for Villa, the fact Hull lost 2-0 at Tottenham meant their safety was assured a few hours later - welcome news to the Villa manager Tim Sherwood after a gut-wrenching first half. "It's hard," he said. "It's difficult. You feel it in your stomach. You feel sick. There's not a lot you can do about it. You have to be professional. You have to realise you've got a job to do to try and help as best you can. "At half-time we just tried to calm them down and just make them aware that it wasn't good enough, which they were all aware of. They're not stupid, and to make sure that we tried to get some pride out of the second period."

Daily Star: It was a surreal day for Villa fans. Despite seeing the FA Cup finalists humiliated, those that stayed still celebrated avoiding the drop thanks to Hull's defeat at Tottenham. Boss Tim Sherwood admitted Villa's south coast capitulation was a wake-up call ahead of their Wembley clash with Arsenal a week on Saturday. He said: "The objective when I came in here was to keep us in the Premier League so it is job done. But this game won't be forgotten. There are obviously things that we need to learn from."

Daily Mail: Should Villa repeat this performance in the FA Cup final, Arsenal are sure to run riot. Despite the heavy defeat, Villa stayed up and Tim Sherwood will not heavily criticise his players. "It won't be forgotten," he said. "But over a period I've been at this football club, they've been magnificent."

BT Sport: Aston Villa's survival may be assured but Alan Hutton knows they have something to prove in their Premier League finale after capitulating at Southampton. Tim Sherwood's side arrived at St Mary's knowing victory would guarantee another season of top-flight football, but there were no signs of their recent impressive form on Saturday. Villa were blown away 6-1 thanks in no small part to a remarkable first half in which Sadio Mane netted the fastest ever Premier League hat-trick and Shane Long grabbed a brace.

Daily Mirror: West Brom and Aston Villa are eyeing Coventry kid James Maddison. The 18-year-old midfielder has established a bright reputation at League One Coventry and top-flight neighbours Albion and Villa have been impressed during recent scouting trips.

The Sun: Randy Lerner is set to step up the sale of Aston Villa now that their Premier League future is secure for next season. Lerner wants £150m for the club but the American knew he would get nothing like that figure if Tim Sherwood's side were relegated to the Championship this month. Former Chelsea chief executive Paul Smith's bid to buy Villa from Lerner is now well advanced. But it is not thought that ex-Arsenal captain Tony Adams will play a major role in the deal. Smith is believed to be facing competition from two unnamed bids.

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Daily Mail Online: Tim Sherwood took charge of his first Aston Villa training session on Tuesday. The former Tottenham manager, 46, was officially unveiled at Villa Park 24 hours earlier after he signed a deal until 2018 to replace the sacked Paul Lambert. Sherwood watched Villa beat Leicester 2-1 in the FA Cup on Sunday and went into the dressing room at half-time to deliver a team-talk with the score 0-0. And with Villa in the bottom three of the Barclays Premier League, Sherwood appeared to adopt a similarly hands-on approach at Bodymoor Heath. Sherwood, who has the highest win percentage of any Tottenham manager in Premier League history after his five-month tenure at White Hart Lane, was seen ordering his new side about. His side face Stoke City on Saturday in what is arguably a must-win encounter with Villa's future in the top flight in doubt.

Birmingham Mail Online: Tim Sherwood is targeting a massive turnaround in fortunes during Aston Villa's eight remaining home games of the season. The claret and blues entertain Stoke on Saturday before a double-header with rivals Albion in the league and the FA Cup. Clashes with Swansea, QPR, Everton, West Ham and Burnley will wrap up their home campaign and Sherwood knows the results they earn at Villa Park will define their season. After enjoying Sunday's win over Leicester and recalling the famous Holte End 'roar' that he experienced as a player, the new Villa boss wants Villa's home to become a fortress again. "When I used to come to Villa Park as a player, I always thought it was difficult here because you did always feel like, with their support, that they had an extra player. It was that good. "We need to make this place a fortress. I want to see Villa Park bouncing. "Our home games are going to be extremely important for our survival. "The fans are key - we're going to need them. They are one million per cent important."

Sutton Coldfield Observer: Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood says he won't hide from the truth when discussing performances with his squad. Sherwood took over from Paul Lambert on Saturday, and took his first training session at the club today. With Villa currently in the Premier League's bottom three, he says that honesty is definitely the best policy. "One thing I can guarantee is honesty," he said. "If they do well they will be told. If they don't do well they will also be told - and told why. "But you have to be constructive. You have to talk to them. It's not them and us. We're all on the same side."

Daily Express Online: Aston Villa have confirmed first team coach Scott Marshall will leave the club. In a brief statement on the Villa website, chief executive Tom Fox announced Marshall's departure and thanked him for his efforts. He said: "I'd like to thank Scott for his efforts during his time at the football club and especially under difficult circumstances at the weekend when he took the team for Sunday's FA Cup victory over Leicester City. "We wish him all the best in the future."

FourFourTwo: Aston Villa have announced the departure of first-team coach Scott Marshall, just two days after he took caretaker charge of the side for an FA Cup victory over Leicester City. Marshall was handed temporary control of first-team affairs at the Premier League strugglers following last week's sacking of manager Paul Lambert. However, with Tim Sherwood having been swiftly appointed as the permanent successor to Lambert, Marshall has now exited Villa Park. A brief statement from the Midlands club read: "Aston Villa have parted company with first-team coach Scott Marshall." Villa chief executive Tom Fox added: "I'd like to thank Scott for his efforts during his time at the football club and especially under difficult circumstances at the weekend when he took the team for Sunday's FA Cup victory over Leicester City. "We wish him all the best in the future." Villa sit 18th in the Premier League and host Stoke City on Saturday.

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