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Edgar Davids unable to save Barnet from final day heartache as Bees sink back into non-League

Davids unable to save Barnet from final day heartache as Bees sink back into non-League

By
Andrew Warshaw

PUBLISHED:

21:38 GMT, 27 April 2013

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UPDATED:

01:54 GMT, 28 April 2013

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Edgar Davids’ first season in management ended in disappointment as Barnet fell out of the Football League after eight seasons.

Three years in succession, Barnet had somehow survived on the last day of the campaign. But this time there was no miracle as play-off qualifiers Northampton sealed their fate.

More than 1,300 visiting fans saw their team dominate for long periods but they were made to pay for poor finishing, including a couple of glaring misses, as Northampton’s Roy O’Donovan and Luke Guttridge netted twice in the space of six minutes midway through the second period.

Bitter pill: Edgar Davids contemplates his future

Bitter pill: Edgar Davids contemplates his future

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League Two table

Davids’ future at Barnet is now uncertain and a new stadium seven miles outside the borough will play host to Conference football next season.

Frustratingly, a draw would have been enough to save Barnet with Dagenham losing at home, while anything but a win for AFC Wimbledon against Fleetwood would have seen the south Londoners go down.

As it was, Barnet’s tally of 51 points was the highest ever for a side to lose their league status. ‘It’s certainly a bitter pill to swallow,’ said Davids, whose 40-year-old legs could not quite push his side over the line. ‘I’m aware of the consequences but the players can look at themselves in the mirror and say they did everything. You have to take chances but Northampton were more clinical than us.’

Davids, who was not being paid by the club and was brought in partly to develop Barnet’s academy, hinted strongly he would have to move on after an illustrious playing career that included both Milan clubs, Barcelona, Juventus and Tottenham as well as Ajax.

‘I’ll have to sit down with the chairman
and evaluate a lot of things,’ said the Dutchman. ‘You have to be
realistic. I have done everything that was asked of me in terms of the
objectives set. Fifty-one points playing good football and some
promising young players — that’s what makes it so hard.’

Anxious moments: Barnet fans contemplate relegation

Anxious moments: Barnet fans contemplate relegation

Northampton manager Adie Boothroyd, whose side meet Cheltenham in this week’s play-offs, felt for the visitors.

‘It’s one of those terrible professional situations,’ he said. ‘You have to do your job and you have to win. We got a good hiding there in the corresponding game and I wanted us to finish strongly.

‘Unfortunately someone has to suffer. I’m disappointed for them but it’s a great chance now for us to try and get promoted.’

David De Gea and Patrice Evra taken out by Andy Carroll in Manchester United match at West Ham

Carroll's hit parade: De Gea and Evra feel the full force of striker in collisions that left Fergie furious (and Vidic got a crack, too)

By
Adam Shergold

PUBLISHED:

20:11 GMT, 17 April 2013

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UPDATED:

21:10 GMT, 17 April 2013

After some lightweight performances earlier in the season, Manchester United have slowly been toughening up young goalkeeper David de Gea to cope with the rigours of the English game.

But no amount of steak and shoulder presses could prepare Spaniard for an Andy Carroll special.

The England striker clattered into De Gea shortly before half-time in this evening's match between West Ham and United at Upton Park, also taking down Patrice Evra in the process.

Collision course: David de Gea manages to punch the ball clear, but Andy Carroll (right) is already in full flight

Collision course: David de Gea manages to punch the ball clear, but Andy Carroll (right) is already in full flight

Face-to-face: There's no going back as the Spanish keeper and the England striker hurtle towards each other

Face-to-face: There's no going back as the Spanish keeper and the England striker hurtle towards each other

Smack! De Gea comes off far worse as Carroll smashes into him, with Patrice Evra sandwiched underneath

Smack! De Gea comes off far worse as Carroll smashes into him, with Patrice Evra sandwiched underneath

Both United players were left nursing bruises on the ground following the forceful barge from behind, which left Sir Alex Ferguson furious on the sidelines as referee Lee Probert declined to show Carroll a yellow.

In a sign that his 'bulking-up' programme is working, 22-year-old De Gea had come through a cluster of bodies to commandingly punch clear a corner before Carrol knocked him down.

It was very different earlier in the
season when opponents would target the keeper as a weak link and
occasionally benefit – notably when a last minute blunder cost United
three points at Spurs back in January.

Ferguson
remonstrated with the fourth official over the incident as the two
teams left the field at half-time and no doubt would have been satisfied
when Carroll was booked early in the second period for another tangle
with De Gea.

But the England striker was not finished there, appearing to catch United defender Nemanja Vidic with his elbow, leaving the Serb furious.

Grounded: Phil Jones, Robin van Persie and Rio Ferdinand appeal as those involved crash to the pitch

Grounded: Phil Jones, Robin van Persie and Rio Ferdinand appeal as those involved crash to the pitch

Furious: Sir Alex Ferguson remonstrates with officials after referee Lee Probert failed to show a yellow card

Furious: Sir Alex Ferguson remonstrates with officials after referee Lee Probert failed to show a yellow card

Round two! Carroll was booked for this collision with De Gea early in the second half

Round two! Carroll was booked for this collision with De Gea early in the second half

Given the elbow Carroll and Vidic go up for the ball and the West Ham striker appears to catch his opponent

Given the elbow Carroll and Vidic go up for the ball and the West Ham striker appears to catch his opponent

Carroll and Vidic

Inter Milan 1 AC Milan 1: Mario Balotelli misses several chances

Inter Milan 1 AC Milan 1: Balotelli misses raft of chances and his side are made to pay by supersub Schelotto

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21:40 GMT, 24 February 2013

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UPDATED:

21:51 GMT, 24 February 2013

Mario Balotelli only had himself to blame as AC Milan were pegged back by fierce rivals Inter in Serie clash at the San Siro.

The striker missed several opportunities as Milan dominated the first half, opening the scoring through Stephan El Shaarawy.

Inter fought back in the second period, substitute Ezequiel Schelotto equalising with a powerful header.

Whoops: Mario Balotelli can't make the contact with the ball he desires and Samir Handanovic collects it

Whoops: Mario Balotelli can't make the contact with the ball he desires and Samir Handanovic collects it

Temper temper: Balotelli argues with Inter stalwart Javier Zanetti

Temper temper: Balotelli argues with Inter stalwart Javier Zanetti

How about that Inter came from behind when Ezequiel Schelotto powered in a header

How about that Inter came from behind when Ezequiel Schelotto powered in a header

More to follow.

AC Milan 2 Barcelona 0: Kevin Prince Boateng scores the winner

AC Milan 2 Barcelona 0: Forza Pompey! Former Premier League stars Boateng and Muntari strike with Messi off the pace

PUBLISHED:

21:36 GMT, 20 February 2013

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UPDATED:

22:11 GMT, 20 February 2013

AC Milan took a surprise first-leg lead in their Champions League last-16 tie against Barcelona.

While Barca top the Primera Division by 12 points, Milan lie third in Serie A – but Kevin-Prince Boateng's controversial opening goal set the Italians on their way at the San Siro.

And Sulley Muntari's superb second put Massimiliano Allegri's side firmly in the driving seat ahead of March 12's return leg at the Nou Camp.

Here we go: Kevin-Prince Boateng, (left) celebrates after opening the scoring

Here we go: Kevin-Prince Boateng, (left) celebrates after opening the scoring

Double trouble: Sulley Muntari celebrates after firing home the second goal

Double trouble: Sulley Muntari celebrates after firing home the second goal

Muntari flashed an early shot over the bar from long range for Milan.

Philippe Mexes made a vital cleaance
at the other end to prevent Jordi Alba's cross reaching Pedro Rodriguez
and though the same defender then handled Dani Alves' delivery, Pedro
had already been flagged offside.

Stephane El Shaarawy's poor touch saw a
good chance slip away but resulted in a corner, taken by the prolific
young striker, from which Boateng shot just wide.

Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati
held Xavi's well-struck 30-yard drive and El Shaarawy tracked superbly
to the left-back position to break up another Barca attack.

Appeal: Barcelona wanted a free-kick for handball in the build up but Boateng did not care

Appeal: Barcelona wanted a free-kick for handball in the build up but Boateng did not care

Takeaway: Muntari's goal means Milan have a 2-0 lead to bring to the Nou Camp

Takeaway: Muntari's goal means Milan have a 2-0 lead to bring to the Nou Camp

Mexes collected the first yellow card
for tripping Lionel Messi and as Barca pressed, Riccardo Montolivo
prevented Pedro's backheel reaching Cesc Fabregas.

Boateng's cross eluded a sliding El Shaarawy before a goalless half petered out somewhat.

Sergio Busquets was booked early in
the second period after fouling Giampaolo Pazzini, moments before the
controversial opening goal.

Montolivo's shot took two deflections,
the second off the raised arm of Cristian Zapata, before Boateng fired
low past Victor Valdes. Gerard Pique was booked for protesting to
Scottish referee Craig Thomson.

Off the pace: Lionel Messi struggled to make any impact

Off the pace: Lionel Messi struggled to make any impact

Patched up: Carles Puyol was erratic as Barcelona struggled

Patched up: Carles Puyol was erratic as Barcelona struggled

Messi blazed an uncharacteristically
wayward free-kick high into the stand before Andres Iniesta almost
charged down Abbiati's clearance in the six-yard box.

Valdes saved Pazzini's acrobatic
volley but at the other end, Iniesta fizzed a drive a foot or so wide
and Xavi curled a free-kick just over.

Head to head: Cesc Fabregas, is fouled by Boateng

Head to head: Cesc Fabregas, is fouled by Boateng

Ecstasy: Boateng celebrates after firing past Victor Valdes and in to the corner

Ecstasy: Boateng celebrates after firing past Victor Valdes and in to the corner

Rolling around: Messi (left) and Daniel Alves (right) lie on the pitch

Rolling around: Messi (left) and Daniel Alves (right) lie on the pitch

But it was Milan who found a second
goal with nine minutes remaining as substitute M'Baye Niang and El
Shaarawy combined to set up Muntari, who gave their beautiful approach
play the classy finish it deserved.

Carles Puyol, sporting a huge sticking
plaster on his forehead after a clash with Pazzini, headed Xavi's
corner wide as Barca sought an important away goal.

But it was in vain, with Milan in fact
having the best chance during five minutes of stoppage time as late
substitute Bakaye Traore wasted a three-on-two break.

Rough and tumble: The best player in the world could not help his side as they stumbled to a 2-0 defeat

Rough and tumble: The best player in the world could not help his side as they stumbled to a 2-0 defeat

That'll do: AC Milan's coach Massimiliano Allegri looks on as his team put on a show

That'll do: AC Milan's coach Massimiliano Allegri looks on as his team put on a show

Fun night: Mario Balotelli smiles, next to his girlfriend, model Fanny Robert Neguesha

Fun night: Mario Balotelli smiles, next to his girlfriend, model Fanny Robert Neguesha

Balotelli with his model girlfriend

Wigan complete a six-month loan of Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Robles

Wigan complete six-month loan of Atletico Madrid keeper Robles

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

20:34 GMT, 17 January 2013

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UPDATED:

20:34 GMT, 17 January 2013

Wigan have signed goalkeeper Joel Robles on loan from Atletico Madrid until the end of the season.

The 22-year-old had been on trial at the DW stadium and boss Roberto Martinez was sufficiently impressed to bring the 22-year-old into his first-team squad.

Atletico confirmed the deal tonight in a statement on their website, which read: 'Atletico Madrid and Wigan Athletic have reached an agreement so that Joel Robles, after a trial period with the English club, will play on loan until June 30 with the Premier League team.

Joel Robles has been courted by the likes of Man City and Tottenham

Young star: Joel Robles has been courted by the likes of Man City and Tottenham

'The goalkeeper will return to the ''rojiblanco'' at the end of this loan period.'

Robles has yet to break into the Atletico first team on a regular basis, with Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois currently on loan with the club and the established preferred choice of coach Diego Simeone.

The 6ft 5in shot-stopper had a loan spell with Rayo Vallecano last season before returning to the Vicente Calderon stadium.

At Wigan he will provide competition for number one Ali Al Habsi and reserve Mike Pollitt.

Roberto Martinez will now have stronger competition between his keepers

Happy man: Roberto Martinez will now have more competition between keepers

Anders Lindegaard hails Manchester United team spirit

While City are fighting amongst themselves, Lindegaard claims United's spirit is sky high as they home in on title

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

11:59 GMT, 5 January 2013

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UPDATED:

12:34 GMT, 5 January 2013

Anders Lindegaard believes Manchester United's impressive festive form is down to team spirit – unlike their neighbours across the city.

The Premier League leaders took 10 points from a possible 12 over Christmas and New Year to open up a seven-point gap between themselves and Manchester City.

And while Mario Balotelli was involved in a training ground bust-up with his manager Roberto Mancini, Lindegaard and his United team-mates were reaping the rewards of a positive atmosphere.

All smiles: Anders Lindegaard praised Manchester United's team spirit

All smiles: Anders Lindegaard praised Manchester United's team spirit

'The team spirit is as high as I can remember since I came here [in December 2010],” he told MUTV.

'We have done tremendously well over the Christmas period and picked up some great results, only dropping points against Swansea – which was a game that we should have won in my opinion.

'We have done brilliantly and you can see that in the team spirit as well, people are happy and there’s a good, friendly and funny atmosphere in the locker room. It’s a joy coming into work at the moment.

Flip side: Mario Balotelli clashed with Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini

Flip side: Mario Balotelli clashed with Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini

'Training is not hard work during the Christmas period because we have so many games. We just come in and prepare for the next game and then we go again.

The games are obviously very hard, but the training in itself is not as hard as during other parts of the year.

'Mentally it’s a very hard period and I think the Christmas programme this year has been tougher than others while I’ve been at United.

At home: Dane Lindegaard is content at the Premier League club

At home: Dane Lindegaard is content at the Premier League club

But it’s a good feeling to come out after New Year’s Day with a lot of good results, a good atmosphere and sitting at the top of the table. We can now focus on the next games and getting more good results.'

Petr Cech is injured leaving Ross Turnbull in goal for Chelsea

Cech injury blow leaves Chelsea reliant on Turnbull to keep them in title race

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UPDATED:

16:11 GMT, 31 December 2012

Chelsea have been dealt a huge blow in the title race with goalkeeper Petr Cech sidelined by a groin injury.

Reserve stopper Ross Turnbull stepped in for Cech at half-time during Chelsea's 2-1 victory over Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.

The Blues are currently unsure how long Cech will be kept out for, with further tests needed to determine the recovery period.

Big blow: Petr Cech (centre) has suffered a groin muscle injury

Big blow: Petr Cech (centre) has suffered a groin muscle injury

Turnbull, who was relatively untroubled during the 45 minutes he played against Everton, is likely to start on Wednesday against Queens Park Rangers.

The 27-year-old's only appearance prior to Sunday this season was in Chelsea's 6-0 victory over Wolves in the Capital One Cup.

Cech said after the game: 'I think it was in 40th minute when I was punching the ball away and when I jumped I felt pain in my right groin.

'I finished the half knowing I would not be able to continue after the break. We will see how serious it is. We will know more after the medical check that I undergo tomorrow.'

Struggle: Ross Turnbull has not made any impact at Stamford Bridge

Struggle: Ross Turnbull has not made any impact at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea's back-up keepers, Turnbull and Henrique Hilario, are unsuitable to replace Cech over a long period of time.

The club have highly-rated Belgian stopper Thibaut Courtois on loan at Atletico Madrid and if Cech's injury proves to be severe they could recall him.

Courtois is likely to fight for the No 1 shirt at Chelsea next season with both Turnbull and Hilario making way.

Sam Allardyce wants West Ham to start 2013 with a win over Norwich

'We need to bounce back': Allardyce wants Hammers to ring in the New Year by ending run of poor form against Norwich

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UPDATED:

16:25 GMT, 31 December 2012

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce wants a positive reaction from his players when they welcome Norwich to Upton Park on New Year's Day.

The Hammers slipped to a 1-0 defeat against fellow promoted side Reading on Saturday and have now won just one of their last eight Barclays Premier League fixtures.

Norwich, who had previously been on a 10-match unbeaten run, have lost their last three and Allardyce is hoping his players can end the congested festive period on a high.

Testing times: Sam Allardyce has seen West Ham win just once in their last eight Premier League matches and has called for an instant improvement in 2013

Testing times: Sam Allardyce has seen West Ham win just once in their last eight Premier League matches and has called for an instant improvement in 2013

'We need to bounce back,' he said.

'We've got to make sure we become better at creating and taking our chances, otherwise it's going to be tough.

'The balls into the box haven't been given enough quality to open up a defence as everybody starts tightening up at this stage of the season.'

Allardyce has had to deal with a host of injuries in the past couple of months with key players such as Andy Carroll and Mohamed Diame still sidelined.

The 58-year-old believes the number of players unavailable to him of late has led to a slip in form that leaves the Hammers six points clear of the bottom three.

He said: 'We haven't had our best team out for ages and since we beat Chelsea, our points total has diminished rather than kicked on from there.

'Normally when you get a result as big as that one you kick on and get more and more results as the euphoria keeps you going.

Nightmare: 2012 ended in poor fashion for West Ham after James Collins (left) gifted Reading's Pavel Pogrebnyak the winning goal with a tame back pass

Nightmare: 2012 ended in poor fashion for West Ham after James Collins (left) gifted Reading's Pavel Pogrebnyak the winning goal with a tame back pass

'The injuries have unfortunately kicked in and we've not been able to pick up the results we wanted to.

'It's about getting the players back fit and then keeping them fit, and then we'll be OK but that's got to happen very quickly now.'

The recently recovered trio of Ricardo Vaz Te, Jack Collison and Alou Diarra were all in the matchday squad for the defeat at Reading with only the latter not making it onto the pitch at some stage.

But, despite welcoming a few players back from injury, Allardyce must now cope without the suspended duo of captain Kevin Nolan and defender James Collins for the match with Norwich.

Suspended: Captain Kevin Nolan will miss the New Year's Day match with Norwich after collecting a fifth yellow card of the season

Suspended: Captain Kevin Nolan will miss the New Year's Day match with Norwich after collecting a fifth yellow card of the season

'Losing the game (at Reading) was hard enough, but to lose two key players in the last game of the suspension period makes it even worse,' he said.

'If they had got booked on Tuesday, there's no suspension, but they go and get booked at Reading and now we have to make do without them.'

Collins was at fault for the goal at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday as his under-hit backpass was collected by Royals' striker Pavel Pogrebnyak, who then converted coolly past Jussi Jaaskelainen and the Wales international must now wait to make amends.

'James has to get over the mistake,' said Allardyce.

'But unfortunately he can't on Tuesday as he's suspended. The rest of the team have to get over it and start getting a few more points.'

Nuisance: Reading's Pavel Pogrebnyak, seen here challenging Winston Reid, proved a real handful on Saturday

Nuisance: Reading's Pavel Pogrebnyak, seen here challenging Winston Reid, proved a real handful on Saturday

With the Hammers on a run of poor form Allardyce is expecting a tense atmosphere at Upton Park for the visit of the Canaries.

'I think it is going to be a big test for our nerve for the first time this season,' he said.

'Norwich have been very good defensively, particularly away from home and I think that they make life very difficult for you to break them down and play very well on the counter-attack if you leave too many spaces.'

Allardyce said he was not surprised to see Norwich string together an impressive run of form once their manager Chris Hughton became comfortable in his new surroundings at Carrow Road.

'They did so well last year, there was a little disruption with a change of manager that the club didn't expect,' he said.

'A new manager gets his feet under the
table and doesn't quite know his players and the players don't know him
and once they get to do that and he gets to show he is a good manager
and can replace Paul Lambert they start playing for him the way they
are.

'It is no mean feat to
go 10 games in the Premier League without defeat, that is a great,
great run any of the top six sides would be pleased with that one never
mind someone that is just competing in the Premier League for the second
season running.'

Stalemate: The two sides drew 0-0 at Carrow Road back in September, despite the best efforts of Jonny Howson and Matt Jarvis

Stalemate: The two sides drew 0-0 at Carrow Road back in September, despite the best efforts of Jonny Howson and Matt Jarvis

Phil Taylor versus Michael van Gerwen is a fitting end to a thrilling World Championship

Drama, excitement, bust ups, close matches, great performances and two nine-dart finishes: Taylor versus Van Gerwen is a fitting end to a thrilling World Championship

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UPDATED:

17:08 GMT, 31 December 2012

Is there any better way to end a World Championship that has had everything

The 15-time world champion and King of the oche Phil Taylor takes on the red hot Dutch star Michael van Gerwen in one of the most eagerly awaited contests in the tournament’s 20-year history.

‘Mighty Mike’ has lit up Alexandra Palace over the festive period and he has all the attributes needed to topple ‘The Power’ and win his maiden world title.

Van Gerwen produced a champion’s performance to beat two-time winner Adrian Lewis 5-4 in a stunning quarter-final and then, almost unthinkably, played even better against James Wade in the semis. Had MVG pulled off two nine-dart finishes in a row, it surely would have ranked as the greatest moment in darts history.

Mighty Mike: Van Gerwen has produced outstanding form this year at Ally Pally

Mighty Mike: Van Gerwen has produced outstanding form this year at Ally Pally

It has been a year to remember for the Dutchman, after his win at the World Grand Prix and final at the Grand Slam, and a win over Taylor on Tuesday night could almost be a changing of the guard for the sport.

If he plays like he did against Lewis, Van Gerwen will almost certainly be the new world champion.

Taylor said: ‘Michael’s talent is the best I’ve ever seen, even better than me at my peak. I’ve been studying Michael’s game and he doesn’t even seem to look at his target. I’m going to do everything on the dart board I can to beat him.’

But the pressure of a World Championship final could get to the young pretender and, if it does, the last man you would want to face is Taylor.

The Power: Taylor is going for his 16th world title

The Power: Taylor is going for his 16th world title

‘The Power’ hasn’t been at his best at Ally Pally this year but still finds himself in the final. He has negotiated a tricky draw with relative ease, beating Robert Thornton, Andy Hamilton and Raymond van Barneveld.

The bookmakers were right in ranking these two as the favourites but Taylor knows he needs to up his game to stop ‘Mighty Mike’ winning his first world title.

An interesting sub-plot will be the reaction Phil Taylor gets from the crowd after his spat with Barney after the semis.

The 2013 World Championship has had drama, excitement, close matches, sizzling performances and two-nine dart finishes. Let’s hope the final will be the conclusion a brilliant tournament deserves.

Five memorable moments from Ally Pally this year

5. John Part angry that his picture isn't on the wall at Alexandra Palace

4. Van Gerwen knocks out reigning champion Adrian Lewis in a quarter-final classic

3. Dean Winstanley's nine-dart finish against Vincent van der Voort

2. Taylor clashes with Van Barneveld after semi-final

1. Van Gerwen's incredible 17 perfect darts in a row

Randy Lerner to hand Paul Lambert January cash boost in bid to revive Aston Villa

Lerner set to hand Lambert January cash boost in bid to revive free-falling Villa

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UPDATED:

12:50 GMT, 31 December 2012

Under pressure: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert

Under pressure: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert

Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner will provide further financial backing to manager Paul Lambert during the January transfer window to help stave off the threat of relegation.

Lerner splashed out almost 23million to help Lambert rebuild the squad during last summer, with the accent on bringing in up and coming young talent.

There had been encouraging signs up to a fortnight ago with Villa reaching the Capital One Cup semi-finals via a 4-1 success at Norwich and then winning 3-1 over Liverpool at Anfield.

That victory was achieved with a side having an average age of less than 24 and was the youngest ever fielded in the Premier League.

But Villa's lack of experience, due in part to a lengthy and growing injury list, has been highlighted over the festive period with 15 goals conceded without reply in three games.

Villa's Christmas collapse

Chelsea 8 Aston Villa 0 (Sun 23 Dec)

Aston Villa 0 Tottenham 4 (Wed 26 Dec)

Aston Villa 0 Wigan 3 (Sat 29 Dec)

Lerner and Lambert held talks about the approach to be taken next month before and after Saturday's 3-0 home defeat by Wigan left Villa only a point above the Barclays Premier League bottom three.

Lambert also has the option of trying to offload some of the players who had only played a bit-part role even before becoming injured to bolster funds.

The likes of record signing Darren Bent, Charles N'Zogbia, Shay Given, and Stephen Ireland have made only a handful of starts this season.

Villa have also missed the leadership qualities of skipper Stiliyan Petrov who continues to battle against acute leukaemia.

Ouch: Stephen Ireland and Chris Herd reflect on the 3-0 defeat against Wigan

Ouch: Stephen Ireland and Chris Herd reflect on the 3-0 defeat against Wigan

Lambert retains the backing of the Villa fans and the boos after the latest setback against the Latics were more in frustration at a poor performance rather than being aimed directly at the Scot.

There is also no suggestion that his own position is under review with Lerner recognising the long term nature of the rebuilding job needed at Villa.