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Thursday media watch [17.04.14 PM]: Latest press reports

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Thursday media watch [17.04.14 PM]: Latest press reports

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

Express and Star: Ashley Westwood today vowed Villa's stars will refuse to let the club's chaotic week affect them. The midfielder insisted the players will ignore the off field problems in order to secure Premier League survival.

Express and Star: Gordon Cowans today called for calm after a turbulent week at Villa propelled him into the dugout. The claret and blue legend will help boss Paul Lambert for the rest of the season after assistant Ian Culverhouse and head of operations Gary Karsa were suspended.

Sky Sports: Paul Lambert has refused to discuss the situation surrounding backroom duo Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa following the pair's suspension pending an internal investigation. Assistant manager Culverhouse and head of football operations Karsa were relieved of their duties on Tuesday.

Sky Sports: The agent of Nicklas Helenius has suggested that the Aston Villa striker could go back to Danish club Aalborg BK, although he is set to be given an opportunity to stake a claim in Paul Lambert's team during the final few weeks of the season. The 22-year-old could be used as Aston Villa's main striker following injuries to Christian Benteke and Libor Kozak.

Sky Sports: Aston Villa have offered highly-rated youngster Lewis Kinsella a new deal, Sky Sports understands. Full-back Kinsella is highly-regarded within the corridors of power at Villa Park and the club are keen to tie him down to a new contract.

BBC Sport: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says he cannot discuss the reasons why Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa have been suspended by the club. The assistant management pair were suspended on Tuesday, pending a club investigation, and temporarily replaced by Gordon Cowans and Shay Given.

ClubCall: Watford striker Troy Deeney has caught the eye of Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert with consistent performances over the past two terms. Deeney has been lighting up the second tier of English football, netting over 20 goals for each of the past two seasons and helping the Hornet to the play-off final last year.

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BBC Sport: Italy's Andrea Pirlo is the biggest threat to England's hopes of making a winning start to their World Cup campaign, says Roy Hodgson. Juventus midfielder Pirlo, 34, was man-of-the-match when Italy knocked England out of Euro 2012, and the two teams meet again in their World Cup opener in Manaus on June 14.

BBC Sport: Swansea City head coach Garry Monk says he has not had to discipline any squad member after a training ground bust-up. The club confirmed "certain players" were involved in a training ground clash before the 1-0 defeat by Chelsea.

BBC Sport: Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis declared his side safe from relegation after their 3-2 victory at Everton. Palace stunned their Champions League-chasing hosts at Goodison Park, with Jason Puncheon, Scott Dann and Cameron Jerome all scoring. Victory took Palace onto 40 points, which Pulis feels will be enough to secure Premier League survival.

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

By @AVFCOfficial 17th April 2014
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