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Monday media watch [18.02.12 AM]: Southgate on survival battle

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Monday media watch [18.02.12 AM]: Southgate on survival battle

Birmingham Mail: Gareth Southgate believes Villa can hang on to their Premier League status if boss Paul Lambert keeps a cool head. The former Villa defender says the Scot's management skills are vital during the crunch relegation run-in as he will need to maintain high morale and motivation.

Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert will press on with plans to toughen Villa up this week after giving his players a rare weekend off. The relegation-threatened team enjoyed their first vacant weekend for four months but will now return to training to prepare for Saturday's trip to Arsenal.

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The Sun: Arsenal are preparing to offer Arsene Wenger a two-year contract extension.

Mirror: England boss Roy Hodgson is putting Celtic centre half Kelvin Wilson on standby for a debut call - after his Champions League heroics.

Daily Mail: Real Madrid saw off Rayo Vallecano in an eventful match at the Bernabeu on Sunday but the ongoing saga about Jose Mourinho's future took another twist as he opened up the possibility of a summer switch to PSG as Carlo Ancelotti's replacement.

The Sun: Roberto Mancini urged Sergio Aguero to fire Manchester City back into the title race after his dazzling show helped outclass Leeds.

*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.

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By @AVFCOfficial 18th February 2013
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