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Wednesday media watch [19.12.12 PM]: Youth in spotlight
The afternoon claret and blue media reports.
19th Dec 2012
Wednesday media watch [19.12.12 PM]: Youth in spotlight


Express and Star: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert today added his name to the list of managers keen to see a winter break in the Premier League. Lambert enjoyed the benefits of a rest period around Christmas time while he was a player at German side Borussia Dortmund and would welcome its introduction in English football.

Sky Sports: After finishing two points off the drop last season, it was obvious Aston Villa needed change. Out went Alex McLeish, and in came Norwich's Paul Lambert. With Lambert came an entirely new methodology to running the club, and after a difficult start to the season it looks to be paying dividends. The average age of the Villa side that tore into Liverpool at Anfield last weekend was just 23 years and four months, with the oldest outfield player being 28-year-old winger Brett Holman. Six of those players are emerging stars from Villa's youth set-up.

Sky Sports: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert believes there would be a lot of benefit in the Premier League introducing a winter break. Lambert has experience from his time as a player of how it can be a help to have a few weeks off midway through a season, having spent time with Borussia Dortmund in the 1990s.

Setanta Sports: Paul Lambert has called for a winter break to be introduced to help prevent players from becoming jaded in the latter stages of the season. Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been advocating the benefits of a winter break for many years and while Premier League managers have held discussions on the issue, nothing has come to fruition.

ESPN: Paul Lambert believes a winter break would be a positive development for the Premier League as Aston Villa prepare for another gruelling festive period of four games in 11 days. The Villa manager knows all about the benefits of a winter shut down from his time with Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga during the mid-1990s and is a real fan of a similar system being introduced in England.

ESPN: Paul Lambert believes a winter break would be a positive development for the Premier League as Aston Villa prepare for another gruelling festive period of four games in 11 days. The Villa manager knows all about the benefits of a winter shut down from his time with Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga during the mid-1990s and is a real fan of a similar system being introduced in England.

ClubCall: Villa boss Paul Lambert says a Premier League winter break would be 'great' and believes he can trust his players to use it wisely. Lambert knows about the benefits of a rest period around Christmas time from his playing days at German side Borussia Dortmund and would welcome its introduction in English football.

*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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