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Tuesday media watch [16.02.16]

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Tuesday media watch [16.02.16]

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

Birmingham Mail: Rémi Garde will continue to work his troops at Bodymoor Heath after he decided against the idea of a warm-weather break. Villa are preparing for a rare weekend off after crashing out of the FA Cup to Manchester City but they won't be jetting off to hotter climbs like their Midland rivals. Premier League leaders Leicester City have no training sessions scheduled this week while next opponents Stoke City are flying out to Dubai for a welcome break from winter conditions. Some managers see an extended period away from the action as the ideal time to plan a morale-boosting getaway. But Garde didn't even consider a change of scene and will continue to push his group of under-performers at their usual training base.

Daily Mail: Aston Villa's beleaguered squad will not be taken for warm weather training this week with manager Rémi Garde attempting to resurrect some modicum of fight at Bodymoor Heath instead. Other clubs towards the bottom are heading off to sunnier climates in a bid to reinvigorate limbs ready for the survival run-in. Sunderland are heading to Dubai while Newcastle will go to La Manga, Spain. But Garde's team, humiliated 6-0 by Liverpool at Villa Park on Sunday, will be kept in England to work on ways of producing better performances in the weeks to come.

Birmingham Mail Online: Ray Wilkins has advised all footballers to steer clear of Twitter in the wake of Joleon Lescott's controversial car tweet. Lescott annoyed Aston Villa fans by posting a picture of a flash Mercedes sportscar just minutes after the 6-0 defeat to Liverpool at Villa Park. Former Villa assistant manager Wilkins insists it was out of character for the experienced defender, who is a "nice bloke". But Wilkins reckons social media accounts are fraught with danger for footballers.

The Sun: Aston Villa legend Brian Little watched Sunday's 6-0 stuffing by Liverpool and blasted: "It's the worst I have seen in 46 years of watching Aston Villa." And the ex-Villa striker and boss confessed: "Everything that could go wrong did!" It was their heaviest home league defeat for 81 years - since a 7-0 thrashing by West Brom in 1935.

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BBC Sport: Manchester United have named former midfielder Nicky Butt as their head of academy. Butt, 41, came through the junior ranks at Old Trafford and played 387 games between 1992 and 2004. He worked as a reserve team coach and coach of the U19s since returning to the club in 2012.

Sky Sports: Guus Hiddink has told Eden Hazard to focus on recapturing his form for Chelsea after the Belgian admitted a move to Paris Saint-Germain would be "hard to turn down". Hazard admitted in an interview with Le Parisien earlier this week his principal aim is to win the Champions League and said it would be difficult to say no to a move to PSG or any of the other elite contenders. The timing of the comments was less than ideal given Chelsea head to Paris on Tuesday for the first leg of their last-16 clash in the Champions League.

BBC Sport: Middlesbrough missed the chance to go top of the Championship as they were held to a goalless draw by Leeds United at Elland Road.

*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 16th February 2016
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