Saturday media watch
Guardian: Kevin MacDonald, Aston Villa's caretaker manager, today insisted he would have no reservations about selecting James Milner against West Ham United tomorrow and urged the club's supporters to get behind a player who will almost certainly join Manchester City next week.
Daily Express: James Milner is ready to confront angry Aston Villa supporters and risk his £28million dream move to Manchester City by playing today. Milner is expected to be picked by caretaker Kevin MacDonald for the visit of West Ham despite the fact that an injury could wreck his plans to join City's multi-million-pound squad at Eastlands.
Sky Sports: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes the time has come for Stephen Ireland to leave Eastlands.
Telegraph: Kevin MacDonald, the Aston Villa caretaker manager, says he is "not a big enough name" to succeed Martin O'Neill.
BBC Sport: Aston Villa caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald says he is excited to take charge of the club after Martin O'Neill's shock departure, but admits the pressure of picking a team is giving him sleepless nights ahead of Saturday's opening match against West Ham.
Sun: Caretaker Villa boss Kevin MacDonald is urging fans not to boo James Milner if he plays against West Ham today. Milner's £24m player-plus-cash move to Manchester City is on hold while makeweight Stephen Ireland sorts out a £2million pay-off at Eastlands. So the England star is in line to play in today's Premier League opener.
Mirror: Aston Villa caretaker Kevin MacDonald insists he will have no favourites as he tries to put a smile back on the faces of the club's squad after their traumatic week. Mirror: James Milner has got permission to speak to Manchester City but may still end up playing for Aston Villa today.
Daily Mail: Dutch legend Ronald Koeman has emerged as one of the candidates to replace Martin O'Neill as manager of Aston Villa. Reports in Holland have revealed that Koeman, who parted company with AZ Alkmaar last December, could be heading for Villa Park. Koeman impressed during past spells at Benfica and PSV, where he won the Dutch title.
Independent: Kevin MacDonald last night protested he was "not a big enough name" to turn his temporary manager's role at Aston Villa into a permanent post. That will not prevent the Scot taking the big decision of playing James Milner against West Ham today, despite the England midfielder's desire to complete his move to Manchester City and the possibility of Villa fans turning against him.
PA: Aston Villa midfielder James Milner, the subject of a possible move to Manchester City, has been named in caretaker-manager Kevin MacDonald's squad to play West Ham on Saturday.
Times: Kevin MacDonald will be given a chance to stake a strong claim to become Martin O'Neill's successor as manager of Aston Villa - with at least four games in charge as caretaker boss. Now reserve team coach MacDonald will be in charge against West Ham United in Villa's Premier League opener on Saturday. He will also be given both legs of their Europa League qualifier against Rapid Vienna and the Premier League trip to Newcastle United to prove to owner Randy Lerner he has the credentials to make the step up.
*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.
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