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Aston Villa not panicking over manager search

Aston Villa aren't panicking over their managerial search.

Roberto Martinez's decision to spurn Villa's advances and remain at Wigan Athletic was a blow to the claret and blues who identified him as a top target to replace Gerard Houllier.

But sources close to the club are adamant that chairman Randy Lerner still has a clear plan to appoint a new man during the next week and will close in on a strong contender this weekend, says the Birmingham Mail.

Attempts will be made to set up a meeting with 'Mr X' as soon as possible, although Villa also have another contingency plan in place if they are unable to land him.

Privately, the claret and blues are confident they have the pulling power to attract a top manager to the club and insist the Martinez episode will not hinder the process.

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