Friday media watch [15.01.16]
Birmingham Mail: Newly-appointed Aston Villa chairman Steven Hollis has insisted the club has "no fear" of going through relegation from the Premier League if they cannot survive this season. The Birmingham businessman has been revealed as the man replacing Randy Lerner as head of the claret and blues board. With rock-bottom Villa still facing a monumental task to avoid the drop this season, Hollis said Lerner would continue to support the club in order to make a swift return to the top-flight.
Four Four Two: Aston Villa do not fear the drop and contingency plans are in place to recover from Premier League relegation, says the club's new chairman Steven Hollis. It has been a desperately poor season for Villa who are rock bottom of the Premier League and eight points from safety, although a midweek 1-0 over Crystal Palace has lifted the mood slightly at Villa Park. The victory over Palace was just Villa's second league win of the campaign and, with top-flight clubs set to benefit from a bumper new television rights deal next season, there is pressure to avoid relegation.
BBC Sport: Aston Villa do not the fear the consequences of relegation from the Premier League and will come back "on a stronger footing" if they do go down, says new chairman Steven Hollis. Villa are bottom of the table, eight points from safety, with 17 games left. Hollis told BBC Sport the club needed "shaking up" but insisted that spending money on players was not the solution. He will work with chief executive Tom Fox, who described the club's current football setup as "broken".
Daily Telegraph: Randy Lerner admitted that Aston Villa have been unstable "for at least five years" after appointing Steven Hollis as chairman in a boardroom reshuffle at the Premier League strugglers. Lerner has moved to bring in Hollis in an attempt to improve the club's infrastructure, with the local businessman promising to "shake up" the league's bottom-placed club. Hollis, a former chairman of KPMG's Midland practice, will work alongside chief executive Tom Fox and oversee the daily running of the club as Lerner concentrates on his business interests in the United States.
Daily Mail: Randy Lerner has relinquished his role as Aston Villa chairman and appointed business leader Steven Hollis in his place. The American owner, rarely seen at Villa Park, has brought in Hollis to chair the board after admitting the club "have not been on stable footing for at least five years." The long-planned move continues the restructuring of the club as Lerner, who bought Villa in August 2006, seeks to sell up.
Daily Mirror: Randy Lerner has broken his Aston Villa silence to admit the troubled club is in a "deeply serious predicament" after stepping down as chairman. Villa beat Crystal Palace 1-0 on Tuesday for just their second win this season in the Premier League. But they remain rooted to the bottom of the top-flight, eight points from safety, ahead of Leicester's visit. Under-fire USA-based Lerner remains owner but has hired local Midlands businessman Steven Hollis to be the new figurehead.
Birmingham Mail: Aston Villa could miss out on Bordeaux's Lamine Sane unless they convince the French outfit to let the centre half leave on loan. Sane is said to be keen on the idea of a temporary move to Villa with the option of a permanent deal should the claret and blues somehow avoid relegation from the Premier League. The stumbling block lies over in France, though. Bordeaux are not interested in a loan because it creates short-term uncertainty at the club.
The Times: Lamine Sane's proposed move to Aston Villa has stalled over the terms of the transfer. Villa only want to loan the defender while Bordeaux want a sale.
The Sun: Obafemi Martins claims he has rejected an "interesting offer" to join Aston Villa. The ex-Newcastle striker, 31, has been in a rich scoring form since joining Seattle Sounders in the MLS. An approach was made four weeks ago with struggling Villa wanting him on an initial loan with a view to a permanent transfer.
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BBC Sport: Steve Cotterill has been sacked as manager of Championship strugglers Bristol City. Cotterill took over in 2013 and won the League One title and the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in his second season.
Sky Sports: Watford's Quique Sanchez Flores and Odion Ighalo have been named Premier League manager and player of the month for December. The Hornets won their first three games in the month to climb the table and only lost their unbeaten record just after Christmas.
BBC Sport: Sunderland have signed former Hull City striker Dame N'Doye from Trabzonspor on loan until the end of the season. The 30-year-old joined Hull last February and scored five times before moving to Turkey in the summer.
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