Martin O'Neill

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The bottom half: should Villa be worried?


With the season two-thirds over, it's time to figure out if Aston Villa are really part of the relegation battle.

Villa could have been more ambitious in January


New reports suggest that Villa had plenty of money to spend in January, but didn't. What does that tell us about the club?

Villa looking to give Lambert an extension


The manager's contract was set to expire after next season, but re-upping now provides some stability that the club desperately needs.

Kickin' It: Former Villa Managers & Crystal Palace


The managerial merry-go-round continues to spin in South London and Villa fans have to hope that they don't land on any familiar faces.

England's style clash is still against tiki-taka

The Premier League has long had a reputation as a graveyard for possession football, and even though sides such as Swansea City and Liverpool have looked to change that, Aston Villa show a more popular blueprint.

Di Canio: Should He Tone It Down?


Management by hand grenade or is a more measured approach now required from the Sunderland supremo?

Holte History: Aston Villa 3, West Ham 0


This week's Holte History is a trip into the very recent past.

Transfers more complex than meets the eye


When Aston Villa makes a new signing, the first number we all look for is the fee. Things are quite a bit more complicated than that, though.

Club-by-club guide to the relegation battle

If Wigan Athletic get a result tonight, it'll mean that the entire bottom half of the league is in danger of relegation. We take a look at the runners in what appears to be an eight-horse race.

Villa-Sunderland: Match preview


Depending on Monday's result, Aston Villa could be well on their way to achieving safety or inching ever closer to a final day showdown with Wigan to determine survival.

Di Canio Factor Must Be Captialised On


Sunday's emphatic win over Newcastle has lifted the mood and put us one step closer to Premier League safety, so we ponder what is in store for Sunderland this summer?

Why A Technical Director Is A Must For Sunderland


With Di Canio being given the title of 'Head Coach' rather than 'Manager', it looks likely the club will bring in a Director of Football. This would be a wise move, and will allow Sunderland to come up with the kind of long-term strategy they wouldn'

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