Thursday media watch [15.05.14 PM]: Skipper on way forward
Express and Star: Ron Vlaar today admitted the Villa squad are in the dark over Paul Lambert's future but insisted they must take responsibility to lift the club. The boss is due to Randy Lerner in America this week for crisis talks after the owner confirmed his desire to sell.
ClubCall: Aston Villa are the latest club to be linked with a summer swoop for Ipswich Town's highly-rated left-back Aaron Cresswell. The 24-year-old has alerted several top clubs in the past season in which he managed 13 assists and scored two goals for the Portman Road outfit.
FourFourTwo: Ron Vlaar says the Aston Villa players are in the dark over the future of manager Paul Lambert. The Scot's job security has come into question in recent weeks following a run of poor results and owner Randy Lerner's decision to put the club up for sale.
ClubCall: Captain Ron Vlaar claims he has "no idea" if Paul Lambert will still be in charge of Aston Villa before the start of next season. The 29-year-old, who enjoyed a good season on a personal note and is now looking ahead to next month's World Cup having been named in Netherlands' coach Louis van Gaal's provisional 30-man squad, spoke out about the uncertainty surrounding Villa Park.
BBC Sport: Leeds United have appointed former Sheffield Wednesday, Aston Villa and Bradford City forward Benito Carbone as a consultant.
Best Of The Rest
Sky Sports: Manchester United have remained silent over reports of Louis van Gaal's appointment as manager and might not make an announcement until next week.
Sky Sports: Everton boss Roberto Martinez has warned against burdening Ross Barkley with too much expectation at the World Cup this summer.
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