Wednesday media watch [23.10.13 PM]: Delph in focus
Clubcall: Fabian Delph has revealed he would be happy to spend the rest of his career at Aston Villa and the club plan to offer him a new deal. The midfielder has stressed that he is happy at Villa Park and hopes to earn a new long-term contract at the club.
Sky Sports: Mark Bosnich wants the chance to set the record straight with Sir Alex Ferguson after being labelled a "terrible professional" in the former Manchester United manager's new autobiography. In launching the book, the Scot also claimed the goalkeeper turned up overweight and three hours late for his first training session. But Bosnich, now a pundit in his homeland of Australia, says the attack is just part of a ploy to increase sales and hopes the pair's paths cross at the Melbourne Cup next month.
Express & Star: Former Villa star Mark Bosnich today urged Sir Alex Ferguson to travel to Australia to see him face-to-face after being labelled a "terrible professional" in the Scot's autobiography. Ferguson alleged that the former keeper "ate like a horse" and was a "bad piece of business" after being signed on a free transfer in the summer of 1999 to replace Old Trafford great Peter Schmeichel. Bosnich, who has yet to read the full contents of Ferguson's book, insists he will deliver a full response to Fergie's comments "at the appropriate time". But he claims that Ferguson's critical remarks do not alter his affection for the club and dim the memories of his two periods at United.
Express & Star: Villa this afternoon announced they will offer free coach travel and reduced ticket prices for their trip to Swansea. They have stuck a deal with the Swans which will see travelling fans benefit from the same deal. Tickets for both sets of away supporters will be priced at £25 for adults and £10 for concessions. Villa will also provide coaches for their fans for the game at the Liberty Stadium on April 26.
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BBC Sport: Ian Holloway has left his position as manager of Crystal Palace by mutual consent after less than a year in charge at Selhurst Park. Holloway, 50, guided Palace to the Premier League via the play-offs last season after joining in November, but had won only one league game this term.
Sky Sports: Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has admitted that the Premier League title race is wide open this season. The Portuguese coach has revamped his squad since Gareth Bale's world record move to Real Madrid.
BBC Sport: Sheffield United have appointed former Derby County boss Nigel Clough as their new manager on a two-and-a-half-year deal. The 47-year-old, who was sacked by the Rams in September, replaces David Weir at Bramall Lane.
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