Express and Star: Former Villa boss Alex McLeish today distanced himself from the Scotland job after Craig Levein was sacked as manager. McLeish has been out of work since he was relieved of his duties at Villa after the final game of last season following a nightmare campaign.
Express and Star: Richard Dunne today handed Villa boss Paul Lambert a defensive fitness boost after he returned to first-team training and could even play before the end of the month. It was initially thought the experienced centre-back would be out until the Christmas period having suffered a number of setbacks with his rehabilitation from a groin operation.
Sky Sports: Aston Villa will take the opportunity to have a look at Swedish starlet Ihab Naser during a week-long trial. The 15-year-old is considered to be among the hottest prospects in European football.
Sky Sports: Gabby Agbonlahor insists Aston Villa can upset the formbook as they approach a daunting trio of fixtures against the two Manchester clubs and Arsenal. Agbonlahor believes Villa will approach the games, starting with Saturday evening's home encounter with Manchester United, full of confidence after his winner at Sunderland over the weekend.
Sky Sports: Queens Park Rangers legend Ivor Powell has died at the age of 96. Powell was one of the finest players of his generation, playing eight times for Wales and representing Blackpool and Aston Villa as well as the Loftus Road side.
ClubCall: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has been linked with a £2.5million move for Maribor's Slovenian striker Robert Beric. Lambert is keen to bolster his attacking options in the January transfer window, with speculation surrounding the future of Darren Bent.
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