Monday media watch [31.12.12]: Wigan verdict/Swansea build-up
Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert has held crisis talks with Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner ahead of one of the most important transfer windows the club has faced. The boss spoke with the American tycoon after the pair watched Villa's embarrassing 3-0 home defeat to Wigan on Saturday.
Guardian: Paul Lambert has changed his tune and so have the Aston Villa supporters. The sight of a struggling Wigan Athletic walking all over Villa on their own turf proved to be the tipping point in a miserable season, as previously loyal fans vented their anger at a performance so inept that it forced Lambert to concede for the first time that his players are in a relegation fight.
Independent: Don't panic, stay calm was the message to Paul Lambert ahead of crisis talks with Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner over the alarming slump that has left the club fighting for Premier League survival. Roberto Martinez, the manager of Wigan Athletic knows better than most how his counterpart at Villa is feeling this morning. Saturday's 3-0 defeat at home to Wigan brought a calamitous six days to a close for Villa with a goal ratio of nil for and 15 against.
Daily Telegraph: Paul Lambert held a transfer summit meeting with chairman Randy Lerner on Sunday but only a maximum of around £10 million will be made available to spend in the January window. Lambert has met Lerner twice in the past three days and been promised more funds for next month, with an experienced centre-half, a left-back, a ball-winning midfielder and a forward to be targeted.
Mirror: It might not be the message most fans want to hear before a 300-mile round trip. But, after being part of an Aston Villa side that has shipped a staggering 15 goals in three matches, Brett Holman has vowed his team will shut up shop at Swansea tomorrow.
Sporting Life: Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph will return after suspension for Tuesday's Barclays Premier League encounter with Swansea at the Liberty Stadium. But Villa's lengthy injury list shows little sign of improving as they look to recover from three heavy defeats in which they have conceded 15 goals against Chelsea, Tottenham and Wigan.
ClubCall: Fabian Delph's return from suspension will boost an injury-ravaged Aston Villa for their New Year's Day trip to face Swansea. The midfielder sat out the 3-0 home defeat to Wigan on Saturday which was the climax to a disastrous week for the Villans as they also crashed 8-0 at Chelsea and 4-0 to Tottenham at Villa Park on Boxing Day.
ClubCall: Brett Holman is hoping Aston Villa will bring in some players with vast experience in the January window to help them out of trouble. The Australian midfielder has spoken out following reports of showdown talks between boss Paul Lambert and owner Randy Lerner after a disastrous festive period to date with three successive defeats, 15 goals conceded and none scored.
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