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Aston Villa backroom staff suspended over ‘bullying’ allegations

Two senior backroom staff at Premier League football club Aston Villa have been suspended pending an investigation for bullying.

Villa’s assistant manager Ian Culverhouse and head of football operations Gary Karsa have had allegations made against them over behaviour at the Midlands club’s training ground.

A report by The Mirror revealed that several club staff,  including physios and kitchen auxiliaries, have officially complained to the club’s Human Resources department this week about Culverhouse and Karsa.

The pair, who have worked with Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert at previous clubs Wycombe, Colchester and Norwich, have made statements that will be used in a disciplinary process.

If they are found guilty, both men – who each have a year left on their contracts – could be dismissed without a pay-off.

Paul Lambert has been forced to re-shuffle his backroom staff ahead of Saturday’s crunch home clash against Southampton.

Villa European Cup-winner Gordon Cowans has been temporarily promoted to help and first team coach Scott Marshall is set to also take a bigger role.

Experienced goalkeeper Shay Given is intended to be an authoritative voice in the dressing room.

Announcing the new coaching line-up, a statement on the Aston Villa website said: “The Club can also confirm in response to media speculation that Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa have been suspended pending an internal investigation.”

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