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Perry to become honorary vice president of Brighton & Hove Albion

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Brighton & Hove Albion has announced that Martin Perry, a member of the club’s board for 22 years, will step down as a director in September 2020, at which point he will take on the role of honorary vice president whilst also remaining as chairman of Albion in the Community, the club’s charity.

To effect a smooth transition, Perry, 72, who joined the staff of the football club in 1999, having been appointed to the board two years earlier, will be using the next 12 months to gradually step back from his day to day executive responsibilities.

Albion chairman, Tony Bloom, said: “Martin’s status as a true legend of our club is assured. His skill, hard work and sheer determination to help save the club and ultimately deliver a new stadium, as well as a world class training and academy facility, for our club will forever be remembered by Albion fans, who supported and encouraged him every step of the way.

“It is typical of Martin that he is ensuring a smooth transition of his executive responsibilities over the next 12 months, and entirely fitting that Martin will assume the new role of honorary vice president of the club in September 2020. With his diplomacy skills and political connections, Martin will continue to be a great ambassador for us.

“Furthermore, as an architect of our original football in the community scheme soon after joining the club full time, I’m also delighted that Martin will continue as chairman of Albion in the Community when he steps down from the club’s board. Our charity and its great work means a huge amount to Martin.”

Paul Barber, the club’s chief executive and deputy chairman, added: “Martin was one of the first people I met at the club after Tony. From that moment, we established an excellent rapport, have worked really well together over many years, and have become great friends.

“Martin has been, and continues to be, a huge support to me, both professionally and personally, and I will really miss having him around the club on a daily basis.

“My job here over the past seven years or so has been made much easier because of the incredible foundations Martin laid, not just in terms of the club’s infrastructure, but also its unique culture and ethos. Supported of course by Tony and many others, Martin did the really hard work, and he deserves so much credit; quite simply, my job has been to ensure the club capitalised on the great opportunities that have come our way since”.

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Martin Perry, said: “To be appointed as an honorary vice president of this wonderful club is a huge honour and I relish the ambassadorial role that it will give me. I am so grateful to Tony Bloom and the club’s board for all of their support and trust in me over the years and inviting me to continue my involvement in this very special way.

“The last 22 years have been an absolute roller coaster ride but an amazing story, and I am so lucky to have been able to play a part, as together, we made history. I have loved every minute of it and look back with such wonderful memories.

“Over the years I have had the privilege of working with some very dedicated people, both in the football club and Albion in the Community, who I have come to regard not just as work colleagues but also as friends, and in particular I would like to thank Paul Barber for all of his support and friendship over the time we have been working together. I have learnt so much from him.

“But none of this would have been possible without the support of the fans, and I am so grateful for their wonderful continuing support for the club and everything we have tried to achieve over the years. I wish the club, players, staff and fans continuing success, which they so richly deserve.”

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Is Aston Villa vs Brighton and Hove Albion on TV, what's the team news, what are the odds?

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Brighton will aim to build on their impressive victory against Tottenham Hotspur as they travel to Aston Villa on Saturday.

It’s rarely easy to prepare your team after the international break but Graham Potter’s men should go to Villa Park full of confidence after their 3-0 triumph last time out.

It was a crucial win for Brighton, not only in terms of points but also for their confidence. Other than their defeat at Chelsea, Albion had been playing well under Potter’s new formation but their points tally remained low despite their displays. Albion are 14th in the Premier League table on nine points from their first eight matches.

Aston Villa have also been in a similar situation and they too could easily have had a few more points on the board. Dean Smith’s men have adapted to life in the Premier League pretty well following their promotion from the Championship. Villa go into the clash on the back of a 5-1 win at injury-hit Norwich City last time out. They are just one place below Brighton in 15th with eight points from the first eight fixtures.

It maybe harsh or too early to call this a relegation battle – both teams have loftier ambitions – but it will certainly be a crucial clash for both at the lower end of the league table. A victory for either side would allow some breathing space between each other and the bottom three.

The two teams met last month in the Carabao Cup at the Amex Stadium and Smith’s men came on top with a 3-1 win. Brighton made numerous changes for the match and their team was predominately made up with players with from their under-23s and under-18s.

What time does Aston Villa vs Brighton kick off?

The match kicks-off at 3pm at Villa Park

Is the game on TV?

No. Highlights of the Aston Villa match will be on Match Of The Day at 10.30pm on Saturday evening.

What’s the team news?

Leandro Trossard is working his way back to fitness after a groin problem but this Saturday could be too soon for the Belgian. Shane Duffy has recovered from a calf injury and played for the Republic of Ireland in the recent European qualifiers. Brighton will also hope to have Davy Propper (hamstring) available. Aaron Connolly will hope to keep his place in the starting XI after his two-goal man of the match display against Spurs.

Villa goalkeeper Tom Heaton, who withdrew from the England squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers in the Czech Republic and Bulgaria through injury, is expected to feature. Jonathan Kodjia has recovered from ankle and cheekbone injuries.

Who is the referee?

Referee: David Coote. Assistants: Stuart Burt, Nicholas Hopton. Fourth official: Geoff Eltringham. VAR: Martin Atkinson. Assistant VAR: Constantine Hatzidakis

What are the odds?

Aston Villa are 11/8 to take all three points, with Albion 19/10. A draw is available at 23/10.

A 1-1 is the favoured scoreline at 6/1, with a 2-1 Villa or 1-0 Villa at 9/1. A 2-1 victory for the Albion is at 11/1 or a 3-1 to Brighton is 22/1.

Jack Grealish to score first for Villa is 14/1 and Pascal Gross is at 12/1. Dan Burn is an outside bet for Brighton at 33-1, while no goalscorer can be had at 10/1.

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Rumour has it / PSG star to Tottenham and Manchester United line-up £140m swoop for England duo

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Paris Saint-Germain are determined to secure the services of Tottenham’s play maker this January.

Paris Saint-Germain are prepared to offer Adrien Rabiot to Tottenham but they do want Christian Eriksen in return. Rabiot, 24, joined PSG in the summer but the club are willing to let him move to north London in January if it guarantees getting Eriksen to Paris.

Manchester United want to lure England midfielder Declan Rice away from West Ham and will stump-up £70m to do so. The 20-year-old has impressed at the London Stadium and United see him as the powerful player they can build their midfield around.

Ole Solskjaer has also given the green light to the club in their bid to sign Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson in January. United have also been strongly linked with Moussa Dembele, Mario Mandzukic and Krzysztof Piatek but the manager is said to favour Wilson, who has consistently delivered in the Premier League. The 27-year-old will cost them around £70m.

Bristol City are lining up a January move for on-loan Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah. The 20-year-old is on loan at Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United and despite limited game time, he has scored four goals in eight appearances. City tried to sign Nketiah last summer and are keen to try again in January.

Steve Bruce wants to bring QPR’s Ryan Manning to Newcastle in the January transfer window. The 23-year-old can operate in midfield or at left back. Newcastle are also keen on £17m rated Trabzonspor goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir but face competition from Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set to rewarded with a new contract at Arsenal. Aubameyang, 30, has scored 49 goals in 75 appearances since joining in January 2018. He has two years remaining but the Gunners want to tie him down until 2023.

Veteran striker Jermain Defoe could be offered a player/coach role at Rangers next season. Ibrox manager Steven Gerrard is open to the idea for Defoe, who continues to be a regular goalscorer for them at the age 37. “Jermain will know certain situations in the game, certain things to look out for in that specific position – better than any coach in the world,” said Gerrard.

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Rumour has it / Juventus star to Tottenham and Manchester United line-up £140m swoop for England duo

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Juventus are determined to secure the services of Tottenham’s play maker this January.

Juventus are prepared to offer Adrien Rabiot to Tottenham but they do want Christian Eriksen in return. Rabiot, 24, joined Juventus in the summer but the club are willing to let him move to north London in January if it guarantees getting Eriksen.

Manchester United want to lure England midfielder Declan Rice away from West Ham and will stump-up £70m to do so. The 20-year-old has impressed at the London Stadium and United see him as the powerful player they can build their midfield around.

Ole Solskjaer has also given the green light to the club in their bid to sign Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson in January. United have also been strongly linked with Moussa Dembele, Mario Mandzukic and Krzysztof Piatek but the manager is said to favour Wilson, who has consistently delivered in the Premier League. The 27-year-old will cost them around £70m.

Bristol City are lining up a January move for on-loan Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah. The 20-year-old is on loan at Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United and despite limited game time, he has scored four goals in eight appearances. City tried to sign Nketiah last summer and are keen to try again in January.

Steve Bruce wants to bring QPR’s Ryan Manning to Newcastle in the January transfer window. The 23-year-old can operate in midfield or at left back. Newcastle are also keen on £17m rated Trabzonspor goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir but face competition from Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set to rewarded with a new contract at Arsenal. Aubameyang, 30, has scored 49 goals in 75 appearances since joining in January 2018. He has two years remaining but the Gunners want to tie him down until 2023.

Veteran striker Jermain Defoe could be offered a player/coach role at Rangers next season. Ibrox manager Steven Gerrard is open to the idea for Defoe, who continues to be a regular goalscorer for them at the age 37. “Jermain will know certain situations in the game, certain things to look out for in that specific position – better than any coach in the world,” said Gerrard.

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