Monday media watch [11.01.16]
Birmingham Mail: Tom Fox and Hendrik Almstadt are set to fly to the States tomorrow for crisis talks with Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner. The chief executive and sporting director will jet to New York to meet Lerner to discuss a way forward after the club's sorry season took another turn for the worse with Saturday's FA Cup embarrassment at League Two Wycombe. Funds for January transfer window signings will be on the agenda along with an update on Villa's plan to appoint a new chairman to replace Lerner. Fox and Almstadt were at Adams Park on Saturday to witness Villa fail to beat a team three divisions below them in the FA Cup third round, as manager Rémi Garde extended his own winless run to 10 games.
The Sun: Aston Villa chiefs will today plead with US owner Randy Lerner to splash the cash. Boss Rémi Garde needs funds — with his side at rock-bottom. So Villa chief executive Tom Fox and sporting director Hendrik Almstadt will dash to New York for crunch talks with Lerner. Garde says he needs at least three new players this month just to avoid displays like Saturday's 1-1 FA Cup draw at League Two Wycombe.
Daily Telegraph: Aston Villa's board will have crisis talks on Monday with owner Randy Lerner under pressure to save the club's season from further embarrassment. Tom Fox, the chief executive, and sporting director Hendrik Almstadt are flying out to meet Lerner in New York and will attempt to convince the Villa owner that significant funds are required this month. Rémi Garde, the Villa manager, is growing increasingly frustrated and demanding new signings after yet another bleak afternoon, with his team stumbling to a draw with League Two club Wycombe Wanderers. Garde was abused by some supporters as he left Adams Park and the Frenchman is understood to be unhappy that he is being judged on signings that were made before his appointment.
The Guardian: Aston Villa have called a crisis meeting in New York to discuss how they can save their season after another dismal weekend for the Premier League's bottom club and with a growing mutiny among their disillusioned fanbase. The chief executive, Tom Fox, is flying out on Monday for talks with the owner, Randy Lerner, to see if there is any way the damage can be repaired by using the current transfer window to bring in new players. Fox will be accompanied by the sporting director, Hendrik Almstadt, on the back of the 1-1 draw against Wycombe Wanderers in the FA Cup on Saturday, when their failure to beat a League Two side culminated in angry scenes involving the away supporters.
Daily Mail: Aston Villa chief executive Tom Fox will fly to New York on Monday for crisis talks with owner Randy Lerner after the club's season plunged to new depths in the draw at League Two Wycombe. The American duo will discuss how to approach the January transfer window in a desperate bid to turn around the club's fortunes and Lerner will decide the funds available to Rémi Garde. Sporting director Hendrik Almstadt will also make the trip to the United States to give his opinion on player targets, with Arsenal right back Mathieu Debuchy high up on Garde's wishlist.
Daily Star: Randy Lerner will hold crisis talks next week after Aston Villa fans turned up the heat on Rémi Garde. Chief executive Tom Fox is flying out to meet Villa's billionaire owner in New York, and sporting director Hendrik Almstadt will also be at the summit. Garde's job is not under threat despite Villa fans showering him with abuse after League Two Wycombe took them to an FA Cup replay next Saturday. But Lerner is concerned at the mounting sense of crisis and wants answers. He is also prepared to make signings during this month's transfer window.
Daily Mirror: Aston Villa's top brass are due in New York on Monday for a crunch transfer summit with the crisis club's American owner Randy Lerner. An embarrassing 1-1 draw at League Two Wycombe in the FA Cup means new boss Rémi Garde has still not won a match in 10 attempts. The beleaguered Frenchman was abused by angry fans' at Wycombe's Adams Park following the lacklustre draw. Garde is desperate for reinforcements to help rock bottom Premier League Villa, who are 11 points from safety. A loan move for Arsenal's French international right-back Mathieu Debuchy is in the pipeline as the defender wants regular games to secure his international place ahead of Euro 2016.
Birmingham Mail: Rémi Garde insists he is open-minded about ways to revive Aston Villa but admits he has not considered employing a sports psychologist - yet. After Saturday's frustrating FA Cup draw at League Two Wycombe Wanderers, Garde was asked about if he had contemplated enlisting the help of a shrink to help boost Villa's fragile confidence. Of the 23 games the claret and blues have played so far this season in all competitions, they have won just three. Asked about bringing in a psychologist, Garde replied: "Not for the moment, but I could - I don't know."
Sky Sports: Rémi Garde admits he may have to think about turning to a sports psychologist to try and turn around Aston Villa's fortunes. Garde has avoided such help so far in his managerial career, but accepts he may be forced into a rethink if Villa's awful run of form continues for much longer. Villa are winless in 16 matches after Saturday's 1-1 FA Cup third round draw at League Two side Wycombe, with Garde accountable for 10 of those games since his arrival in November.
EuroSport: Rémi Garde has admitted he could be forced to abandon long-held principles and turn to sports psychologists to dig Aston Villa out of the relegation mire. Garde has refused to employ sports psychology so far in his managerial career, but accepted he may be forced into a rethink if Villa's awful run continues.
Daily Express: Aston Villa manager Rémi Garde has vowed not to quit in the wake of his side's latest humiliation. The Premier League basement boys must play a replay at home to League Two Wycombe after being held to a 1-1 draw at Adams Park. "I'm not specially under pressure but we're not winning games," he said. "The day I feel I can't do anything positive you will know it." Joe Jacobson's 50th minute penalty after Matt Bloomfield had been elbowed by Ashley Westwood cancelled out Micah Richards' strike.
Daily Mirror: Aston Villa's torrid season hit a new low at League Two Wycombe as fans exploded in anger at the club's remarkable demise. Even beleaguered Villa boss Rémi Garde admitted it was hard to distinguish who was the Premier League side after the tight draw. Villa, who prop up the top-flight with just eight points, remain in the FA Cup but Wycombe fancy their chances for the replay. Exasperated Garde admitted Villa played as individuals not a team at Adams Park on a miserable afternoon for the visitors. A big away turn out came to witness the team's first win since September but instead their winless run stretched to 16 games.
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BBC Sport: Harry Kane's controversial late penalty kept Tottenham in the FA Cup as the striker's equaliser earned a third-round replay against Leicester. Kane scored from the spot after Nathan Dyer had been penalised for handball, to the visitors' anger.
Sky Sports: Newcastle have made their move for Jonjo Shelvey, with talks underway over a winter-window transfer, Sky sources understand. Sky Sports News HQ reported last week that Steve McClaren's side were very interested in signing the 23-year-old England international.
BBC Sport: Bournemouth have signed Wolves striker Benik Afobe for an undisclosed fee, thought to be about £10m. The 22-year-old has joined the Premier League club on a four-and-a-half-year deal after passing a medical on Sunday.
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