Wednesday media watch [10.04.13 PM]: Holman given backing
Express and Star: Assistant academy director Steve Burns today hailed manager Paul Lambert's surprise dash which inspired Aston Villa's Italian Job. The Villa boss made the trip to Lake Como to see the claret and blue kids lift the NextGen Series title last week.
Express and Star: West Brom defender Billy Jones is hoping neighbours Villa survive their Premier League relegation fight to preserve next season's derby-days. Jones has missed the Black Country rivalry this season and the prospect of losing the Villa versus West Brom fixture gives him no pleasure.
ClubCall: Aston Villa are believed to be keeping an eye on AC Milan's former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini but Southampton are also keen. Flamini is a free agent at the end of the season and is believed to be weighing up his options after struggling to play regularly for Milan since his move from Arsenal in 2008.
Goal.com: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has dismissed suggestions of a falling out with Brett Holman despite the midfielder publicising his frustrations at a lack of first-team football. The 29-year-old was a regular starter for the relegation-threatened side in the first half of the season, but has made just three substitute appearances since the middle of January.
Setanta Sports: Paul Lambert is pleased that Brett Holman has voiced his unhappiness at being left out of the Aston Villa team. Holman was a regular member of Paul Lambert's team during the first half of the season, but the 29-year-old has made just three substitute appearances since January.
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