Aston Villa fans will no doubt see the irony in the light of Martin O’Neill sending his reserves to Moscow but the club have now confirmed they will enter the new Europa League at the preliminary play-off stage in August.Read
American goalkeeper Brad Friedel says Aston Villa never had a ‘God -given’ right to fourth place in the Premier League and believes that fifth would still represent Mission Accomplished this season.Read
Bill Howell started covering Midlands football for the Sunday Mercury in March 1998. He moved to the Birmingham Mail, writing solely on Aston Villa, following the 2000 FA Cup Final. Previously he was a sports reporter in Aberdeen, covering the Old Firm, and before that he was a news reporter in East London. He now covers Wolves.