Buzzing on Yahoo Sports:

Villa shrouded in uncertainty ahead of new season

AP - Sports

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) -- Aston Villa looks to be headed for another season of struggle in the Premier League following a summer which exposed the turmoil and uncertainly surrounding the cash-strapped Midlands club.

American businessman Randy Lerner's failure to find a buyer after putting Villa up for sale in May has impacted offseason transfer activity, with the incoming players - including former England midfielder Joe Cole and Switzerland defender Philippe Senderos - being free agents or cheap buys.

Villa hasn't replaced departed chief executive Paul Faulkner and manager Paul Lambert is under pressure to avoid a fifth straight season battling against relegation.

Despite the arrival of Cole and Senderos, Lambert will put his faith in young, mostly unheralded youngsters to keep Villa up, which has been his policy for the first two years of his tenure. Midfielder Fabian Delph is the most promising of the young players.

Roy Keane has been recruited as Lambert's assistant manager, and will combine his duties at Villa with his role as assistant coach with Ireland's national team.

---

In: Joe Cole (West Ham), Philippe Senderos (Valencia), Kieran Richardson (Fulham).

Out: Marc Albrighton (Leicester), Nicklas Helenius (Aalborg, on loan), Antonio Luna (Verona, on loan).

Win cash prizes, pick a fantasy roster for just one day, join in minutes!

Learn how to play

Contest Entries Entry Fee Prizes Starts (EDT)
NBA $11K Tournament [$1K to 1st] 844/2500 $5 $11000 Thursday 7:00 PM Enter
NBA $8K Tournament [$1K to 1st] 112/364 $25 $8000 Thursday 7:00 PM Enter
NBA $3K Tournament [Single Entry] 115/341 $10 $3000 Thursday 7:00 PM Enter
View Comments (0)