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Thanks for this again Eastie.

Like what Guzan has said there realising just how lucky he and the other players are being able to do something they love and getting well paid for it. That's why I have great respect for QPR's Charlie Austin who has come up through the lower leagues and has had to wait for his success, yet now he has it, remains grounded.

I often wonder how today's professional footballers would react to say shift work in Tesco's carrying frozen goods off a lorry at 4.00am in the morning ( been there, done it) but thankfully not all are pre-madonnas.

Good news about Gil and it looks like we are going to see him sooner rather than later, after the first eight minutes of course.

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Perth Villan    76

That's what the problem is, these players think they are above 'real work'. I don't care what anyone says, these guys have it too easy. Once they sign a 4 year contract, it's easy street. Some don't even care if they don't play.

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Sky Sports: Aston Villa's Fabian Delph has the qualities to replace Steven Gerrard at the heart of the England side, says Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert. In July last year Gerrard announced his retirement from international football after becoming the third most-capped player in England history with 114 to his name. Delph has impressed for club and country this season, claiming his first three England caps, including starting roles in the European Championship qualifying wins over Switzerland and Estonia.

ESPN: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has suggested Fabian Delph could be the man to replace Steven Gerrard at the heart of England's midfield. In July last year, Gerrard announced his retirement from international football after becoming the third most-capped player in Three Lions' history with 114 to his name. Gerrard's boots are naturally big ones to fill, but Delph has taken strides to that effect this season by claiming his first three caps for his country, particularly starting in the European Championship qualifying wins over Switzerland and Estonia. Lambert can certainly see Delph going on to star on the big stage on a regular basis as he said: "If he keeps progressing he is going to have a massive career."

Daily Mail: Paul Lambert has urged Fabian Delph to provide a huge boost to beleaguered Aston Villa by signing a new deal and becoming the club's Steven Gerrard. Delph is out of contract in the summer and could leave Villa Park on a free, with Liverpool said to be interested in replacing outgoing Gerrard with the 25-year-old. The possibility of seeing Delph stay had seemed remote, as he looks to explore his options, but Lambert struck a more confident tone than in previous weeks. When asked if Villa could realistically keep Delph, the Villa manager said: "Yes. With Fabian it will not be about money. He's not a money-orientated guy. He just wants to play football."

Birmingham Mail: Fabian Delph has all the qualities to make it at the very top, admits Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert. The influential midfielder returns for the claret and blues on Saturday as they take on Liverpool - one of the clubs interested in acquiring his services if he decides to leave Villa. Delph, who is out of contract in the summer, has been tipped by some to be a long-term replacement for Steven Gerrard in the England side and maybe at Anfield, too. Lambert, meanwhile, would love the 25-year-old to pen a new deal in the Midlands but at this stage all talks are deadlocked.

Daily Star: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has warned Liverpool they're not certs to Kop England midfielder Fabian Delph. Brendan Rodgers heads a list of top clubs poised to try to get the 25-year-old out of Villa Park. Delph is out of contract in the summer and could go for nothing. He's holding out on a new £50,000-a-week deal sparking fears that a transfer window bid of around £8m could force the issue. Liverpool boss Rodgers gets the chance to see Delph up close today as he returns to the side after suspension at Villa Park. He is looking for a man to replace Kop legend Steven Gerrard and Delph is the leading contender among the new England guard. Lambert said: "Can we keep him? Yes. With Fabian it will not be about money. He's not a money-orientated guy. He just wants to play football."

BT Sport: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has suggested Fabian Delph could be the man to replace Steven Gerrard at the heart of England's midfield. In July last year Gerrard announced his retirement from international football after becoming the third most-capped player in Three Lions' history with 114 to his name. Gerrard's boots are naturally big ones to fill, but Delph has taken strides to that effect this season by claiming his first three caps for his country, particularly starting in the European Championship qualifying wins over Switzerland and Estonia. Lambert can certainly see Delph going on to star on the big stage on a regular basis.

Goal.com: Tom Cleverley believes Steven Gerrard remains Liverpool's biggest threat and has urged his Aston Villa team-mates to nullify the 34-year-old when the two sides meet at Villa Park this weekend. Gerrard is set to leave the Reds at the end of the season, having agreed a move to LA Galaxy when his contract expires in the summer, but the midfielder remains a key part of Brendan Rodgers's squad. The ex-England captain has made 28 appearances in all competitions in 2014-15 thus far and is set to feature against his former Three Lions team-mate this weekend, with Cleverley acutely aware of Gerrard's talents.

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On SSN this morning Lambert has asked us not to protest against him.

He's hardly going to back us is he the melt.

With comments like that ,Lambert know that the fans can do absolutely f*ck all to get him out,just his way of him mugging us all off! He's got it so cushy! We are down.Caned across the arse,all the fans who wanted this cnunt in.

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Eastie    128

FourFourTwo: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has tipped Carles Gil to become a "top player" after being impressed by the Spaniard's Premier League debut. Lambert was gushing in his praise of new signing Carles Gil after the Spaniard made his Aston Villa debut against Liverpool on Saturday. The Spain Under-21 international, who scored one goal in eight Liga appearances for former club Valencia, has signed a deal until 2019 for an undisclosed fee. Gil played half an hour of his new team's 2-0 home defeat to Brendan Rodgers' men, but Lambert believes the 22-year-old put in a standout performance. "Gil coming on was excellent," he said. "It was as good a debut as I've seen in a long time from a lad who's just come from another country and doesn't know everyone's name. "He's a top talent. Not a regular at Valencia, but a top talent. "I know from experience [Lambert played in Germany for Borussia Dortmund], when you play in a foreign country, you don't understand the language and you play without fear. "He was outstanding. He has a good temperament and has played at a massive football club in Spain. "When he finds his feet, Aston Villa have a top, top player on their hands."

Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert is hoping for more signings this month after watching the instant impact of new arrival Carles Gil. Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair is still firmly on the Aston Villa radar and a loan move for a striker might be considered after another goalless showing in the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool. Lambert's only January acquisition so far is Spanish midfielder Gil and he showed plenty of promise on his debut on Saturday. "If you can do things and it's not going to put the club in trouble and it's good for the chairman, then it's something we'll try and do, bring one or two more in," Lambert said. "Carles was superb, it was as good a debut as I've seen and if he continues the way he has been he will be a big player for Villa."

Daily Mirror Online: Paul Lambert is desperate for Aston Villa to enjoy a decent FA Cup run after their Premier League goal drought continued. It is now eight hours and 42 minutes since Villa scored and Lambert knows Sunday's home fourth round tie with Championship leaders Bournemouth is vital. When quizzed about the importance of a decent Cup run, the Scot replied: "Absolutely. We'll go with as strong a team as we possibly can to get through. "The pleasing thing was the way we played against Liverpool. Carles looked excellent when he came on - as good a debut as I've seen for a good while. "There's a good chance we'll start him against Bournemouth and he'll play. For the money we got him for, doing what he's doing, he looks good."

Daily Mirror: Aston Villa starlet Jack Grealish is a target for three Championship clubs. Brentford, Wolves and Nottingham Forest are all keen to take the highly-rated 19-year-old winger on loan. Grealish signed a new Villa deal in October but is still waiting for his first league start and has made only a handful of appearances off the bench.

Daily Mail: Under-fire boss Paul Lambert has dismissed suggestions he is feeling the pressure at goalless Aston Villa after another defeat. They slipped to a 2-0 loss at home to Liverpool on Saturday and have not scored in eight hours and 42 minutes of action. Villa are the lowest scorers in the Barclays Premier League with just 11 goals in 22 games and have won just twice in their last 18 league games. But Lambert, who won the Champions League as a player with Borussia Dortmund in 1997, insisted he knows how to handle the heat. "Listen, if you saw me before the European Cup final that was pressure,' he said, after Villa drew a fifth straight league blank. "No, no. Pressure? High-level football? I'm fortunate, I've been at the top level playing in European Cup finals and things like that, so pressure is part and parcel of my nature. It's part and parcel of the game of football."

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AnneMc    265

What's more interesting than the pieces is all the articles the press officer at Villa ignores on a daily basis.

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AnneMc    265

It's rather daft to avoid anything negative when most use News Now or the like and see everything anyhow.

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Eastie    128

It's rather daft to avoid anything negative when most use News Now or the like and see everything anyhow.

The powers that be live in a world where everything appears rosy to them - they will follow Lerners lead and not upset the applecart regarding criticism of Lambert sadly.

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Patrick    170

It's rather daft to avoid anything negative when most use News Now or the like and see everything anyhow.

yeah i look at news now several times a day

links to all the latest villa news

not just the ones AVFC want you to read

http://www.newsnow.co.uk/h/Sport/Football/Premier+League/Aston+Villa

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Birmingham Mail Online: Aston Villa winger Jack Grealish is a loan target for Wolverhampton Wanderers. The promising 19-year-old is attracting plenty of interest from the Championship with Brentford, Ipswich and Nottingham Forest also wanting to take him on loan but whether Paul Lambert allows him to depart is another matter. Up until the Christmas period, boss Lambert maintained that the talented teenager would not move as he was an integral part of his first-team squad. But Grealish has not made the matchday 18 for the past two games and has returned to Under-21 football. It's thought that Villa may consider a one-month loan after this weekend's FA Cup clash with Bournemouth to help aid the youngster's development.

ClubCall: Wolverhampton Wanderers are one of several Championship clubs chasing a loan deal for Aston Villa's Jack Grealish. Brentford, Ipswich and Nottingham Forest are also interested in the 19-year-old winger who may find his path to the Villa first team blocked by new signing Carles Gil. Paul Lambert is understood to be considering the merits of allowing Grealish to get some games under his belt at a lower level, but will also be aware that he could still have a part to play in Villa's relegation scrap. The Solihull-born starlet has not made the matchday 18 for the past two games and has returned to Under-21 football. It is thought that Villa may consider a one-month loan after this weekend's FA Cup fourth-round clash with Bournemouth. Grealish signed a new deal in October and is still in the very early stages of what could be a promising career.

Daily Mail Online: Aston Villa's teenage winger Jack Grealish is set to go out on loan this month to gain experience in the Championship. Ipswich, Brentford, Nottingham Forest and Wolves have registered an interest, with Paul Lambert keen to see the 19-year-old to get regular football having been unable to find space for him in recent squads. Grealish is likely to stay with Villa for the FA Cup fourth round tie against Bournemouth on Sunday, before agreeing a temporary spell at one of the second-tier's upwardly mobile teams. He spent last season on loan at League One Notts County, scoring five times in 38 games in all competitions, and began this campaign with hopes of cracking into Lambert's first team - penning a new four-year contract in October. Grealish has made 11 appearances for Villa this season, mainly from the bench, starting both cup games. He has not been picked in Lambert's 18-man matchday squad for the Premier League games against Leicester or Liverpool.

Tamworth Herald: Four Championship clubs look set to test the water with a loan bid for talented Aston Villa winger Jack Grealish. Wolves, Brentford, Ipswich and Nottingham Forest are locked in a four-way battle for the Republic of Ireland under-21 international. The 19-year-old signed a new deal in October but is still waiting for his first Premier League start, having been restricted to nine substitute appearances so far this season. Grealish will remain with the first-team squad for Sunday's FA Cup fourth round clash against Bournemouth before penning a short-term deal with a Championship club next week. Boss Paul Lambert has failed to select Grealish for his 18-man matchday squad for the Villa's last two Premier League games against Leicester and Liverpool. The Villa youngster spent last season on loan at League One Notts County.

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Sky Sports: Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has emerged as a transfer target for Spanish side Valencia, according to Sky sources. Fletcher, 30, has six months remaining on his deal at United but has struggled for game time under Louis van Gaal. After starting the first three league games of the season, he has since largely been restricted to sporadic appearances from the bench, making his last start in the 2-0 FA Cup win at Yeovil at the start of this month. And with more arrivals expected at United, if not this month then in the summer, he is likely to get even fewer first-team opportunities.

BBC Sport: Harry Redknapp will remain as QPR manager, the Premier League club's chairman Tony Fernandes has said. QPR are second from bottom in the top flight and Redknapp's position had been thought to be under threat. "I thought it was time to end all the speculation, so everyone can focus on the challenge ahead," said Fernandes in a statement on QPR's website. "I firmly believe Harry is the best man to get us out of the position we currently find ourselves in."

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Birmingham Mail: Aston Villa winger Jack Grealish is a loan target for Wolves. The promising 19-year-old is attracting plenty of interest from the Championship with Brentford, Ipswich and Nottingham Forest also wanting to take him on loan but whether Paul Lambert allows him to depart is another matter. Up until the Christmas period, boss Lambert maintained that the talented teenager would not move as he was an integral part of the first-team squad. But Grealish has not made the matchday 18 for the past two games and has returned to U21 football. It's thought that Villa may consider a one-month loan after this weekend's FA Cup clash with Bournemouth to help aid the youngster's development.

Daily Mirror: Aston Villa will loan starlet Jack Grealish to Nottingham Forest if they land Scott Sinclair. But Villa are only willing to pay half Manchester City's £3million asking price for winger Sinclair. And Villa, whose owner Randy Lerner put the club up for sale last year, insist they will not go above £1.5m for Sinclair. Sinclair, who has only started two League games for City since moving in 2012 for £6m from Swansea, is keen to rekindle his career at Villa Park.

Daily Mail: Paul Lambert has told Darren Bent his exile from the Aston Villa team was 'nothing personal'. The Scot also revealed there was no interest from top-flight teams in Bent, who at £18million is Villa's record signing. Bent moved to Championship club Derby County this month on a deal until June to effectively end his four-year stay at Villa Park. His £65,000-a-week contract finishes this summer. Earlier this month Bent, 30, questioned whether his absence from the Villa side was a personal snub from Lambert, who said: 'I think Darren has got to be honest with himself. If you ask anyone here they'd tell you it's nothing personal. 'I never stood in his way to go to any other club. The only clubs that came in for him were Championship clubs — not one Premier League club. That says a lot.'

Daily Mirror: Paul Lambert has hit back at claims by Darren Bent he froze the striker out over a "personal" feud. Striker Bent, 30, who cost Villa £24million in 2011, has not started a Premier League game for the club for 21 months. Bent has been loaned out to top-flight Fulham last term and both Brighton and now Derby this season despite Villa struggling for goals. But Villa boss Lambert responded: "I think Darren has got to be honest with himself. If you ask anyone here, or any of his team-mates, they'd tell you it's nothing personal. "I never stood in his way to go to any other club. The only clubs that came in for him were Championship clubs - not one Premier League club. That says a lot, so it was never personal. "He went to Brighton for a month and never wanted to renew it. Went to Derby and never started a game. "At Fulham, he never played a lot of games towards the tail end. Was it personal with me when he was at Fulham? It is what it is, but it was never personal."

Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert wants an FA Cup run to help lift the dark cloud currently hangover over Villa Park. The claret and blues boss is desperate to see of Bournemouth on Sunday and bring some joy to the club's long suffering supporters. Villa are now winless in seven league games and haven't scored for eight hours and 42 minutes. A spirited performance against Liverpool, and the impressive 30-minute appearance of Carles Gil, showed that the team are still up for the fight. "We'll go as strong a team as we possibly can to get through," said Lambert when asked about the tricky cup test. "The pleasing thing was the way we played against Liverpool. Carles Gil looked excellent when he came on - as good a debut as I've seen for a good while. "There's a good chance we'll start him against Bournemouth and he'll play."

Birmingham Mail: Boss Paul Lambert reckons Villa's fortunes will turn around, especially if they can continue to create chances like on Saturday. Alan Hutton shares his opinion and enjoyed playing in a more bold formation against the Reds. "I thought we had a lot more chances and were a little bit more direct," Hutton said. "We got balls into Christian (Benteke), there were some chances, it just didn't quite drop for us but I believe if we keep going the way we are going it will change."

Brighton Argus: Joe Bennett has opened up the possibility of making his loan move from Aston Villa permanent and ending Albion's dependence on temporary left-backs. The Seagulls are relying on a loan solution for the third season in succession, with Bennett borrowed for the campaign after Wayne Bridge and Stephen Ward. Bennett has been a regular for Albion and the 24-year-old Lancastrian, bought by Villa from Middlesbrough for £2.75 million two-and-a-half years ago, is keen on the idea of staying on the South Coast. He revealed to The Argus: "I think it is a possibility if everything goes to plan. "I haven't really had a chat with the manager, I'm not sure if he wants a permanent left-back. "I'm sure the club probably do. They've had a few loans in - Wayne Bridge and Ward - I'll have to have a chat with him at the end of the season and see what he wants and see what Aston Villa want me to do, if they want to keep me."

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The Sun: Paul Lambert has told rivals interested in snapping up Christian Benteke: "£25m wouldn't buy his left boot." Liverpool are among a string of clubs ready to move for the Aston Villa hitman. But boss Lambert knows the Belgian, 24, is key to Villa staying up and ending their dismal Premier League goal drought.

FourFourTwo: Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke will not leave the club in January, manager Paul Lambert has claimed. Aston Villa will flatly reject bids for striker Christian Benteke in a bid to solve their scoring crisis, according to Paul Lambert. Villa sit 15th in the Premier League table, three points above the relegation zone, and have scored just 11 goals in 22 matches. Lambert's side have not netted in their last five Premier League encounters and their lack of goals means Benteke - often the subject of interest from other clubs - will not be going anywhere in the January transfer window.

Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert is continuing his search for a new striker and has promised that Christian Benteke will be staying put this month. The boss stressed that there is "no chance" of his star man departing before the January transfer window closes and admitted that he is working hard to bring in new recruits. Toothless Villa need forward-thinking players to help end their dreadful goalscoring return and Lambert continues to scour the market. He knows that a big-money arrival is out of the question but will not give up hope of strengthening his attack before February 2.

ESPN: Paul Lambert has defended Aston Villa's transfer policy and insisted Christian Benteke will not be sold in January. Goal-shy Villa have bagged just 11 goals in 22 games and have failed to score in their last five Premier League games. They only have three senior strikers in Benteke, Andi Weimann and Gabby Agbonlahor, who have netted just eight league goals between them this season. Fellow striker Libor Kozak has been out for a year since breaking his leg and Villa failed to bring in any cover in the summer. But manager Lambert, who sent Darren Bent on loan to Derby this month, insisted he knew the situation and is happy with his options.

Goal.com: Aston Villa will flatly reject bids for striker Christian Benteke in a bid to solve their scoring crisis, according to Paul Lambert. Villa sit 15th in the Premier League table, three points above the relegation zone, and have scored just 11 goals in 22 matches. Lambert's side have failed to find the net in their last five Premier League encounters and their lack of goals means Benteke will not be going anywhere in the January transfer window.

Daily Star: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert says £25m would only be enough to buy Christian Benteke's left boot. Lambert is adamant that Villa will resist any attempt to lure away their star striker in the transfer window. The 24-year-old Belgian ace is not for sale even though owner Randy Lerner is looking to flog the club. Villa have scored an alarming 11 goals all season - the lowest tally of any club in all four divisions. But Lambert is confident he won't have to cash in on Benteke.

The Times: Paul Lambert, the Aston Villa manager, has insisted that Christian Benteke is not for sale, even for £25m. The Belgium striker has scored only three goals this season since his return from the achilles injury but he remains the most likely player to end their goal drought.

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Peever    238

25 million wont touch his left boot? For an out of form striker? Hmmmm think we'd be lucky to actually get that.....

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AnneMc    265

Watch as he is flogged to Leicester or Burnley for half that...

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The Sun: Paul Lambert must play the long game to land Scott Sinclair. Aston Villa boss Lambert wants to sign the Manchester City winger this month. The champions want misfit Sinclair, 25, off their wage bill so Lambert hopes a deal will be struck - and is waiting in the wings with an 11th-hour bid.

BT Sport: Alan Hutton insists Aston Villa have nothing to prove against Bournemouth at the weekend as they attempt to avoid an FA Cup upset. The defender rejected suggestions the Cherries are favourites ahead of their fourth-round clash at Villa Park on Sunday. Bournemouth have scored more league goals in the Second City than Villa this season thanks to their 8-0 win at Birmingham in October and have netted 57 times in the Sky Bet Championship. Villa have hit just seven goals in 11 Barclays Premier League matches at home this term. The Villans have won just three times in their last 19 games but, ahead of Sunday's match against Eddie Howe's title chasers, Hutton insists they do not feel any extra pressure. "If anything they are the ones who will have to come out and beat us," he said. "I don't think we have anything to prove or they are a bigger team than us."

The Sun: Full-back Alan Hutton reckons that Championship high-fliers Bournemouth will severely test his side in Sunday's FA Cup fourth-round tie at Villa Park. He said: "They are flying. I expect them to come and give us a real good game."

Birmingham Mail: Alan Hutton has played down talk that Bournemouth will go into Sunday's FA Cup clash with Villa as favourites. The in-form right-back respects the Championship high-fliers and admits they're enjoying a fine season, but insists his team have plenty of power, too. Statistically, it's hard to believe as Villa have scored fewer goals than any league team in the country while the free-scoring Cherries proudly sit top of the pile. There's a firm belief in the Villa camp that the drought will soon end, though, and Hutton is hoping this weekend is when the fightback starts. "We're really up for it and we want to go far," said the Scot. "No matter who we come up against we know it's going to be a tough game."

Birmingham Mail: Carlos Sanchez has vowed to help get the best out of pal Carles Gil after promising to take care of him at Villa. The midfield tough man played at Elche with Villa's latest signing and has been assigned as his mentor to speed up the settling-in process. Gil appears to be having no problems with his surroundings - his debut against Liverpool was impressive, his team-mates have spoken highly of him and he's even looked at ease performing the 'Macarena' as his initiation song. But Sanchez will be there if he needs a helping hand as he explained: "It's never easy to come over to a new country. But I'm helping as much as I possibly can to make sure he feels at home. It's easy here because it's a really welcoming environment."

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