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Nigel Reo-Coker And John Carew Amongst The Aston Villa Exodus

Ten players leave Villa Park on a free.

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Aston Villa have released ten players including stars Nigel Reo-Coker, John Carew and Robert Pires.

The Villa Park chiefs have instigated the exodus after a disappointing season which saw them fighting off relegation for much of the campaign.

They are expected to freshen up the squad for next year with a big emphasis on youth and reducing the wage bill to make the club sustainable.

Carew and Reo-Coker both were signed by former manager Martin O’Neill but enjoyed different success at the club.

The tall Norwegian was a pivotal figure in the club under O’Neill, who secured successive top six finishes but was sent on-loan this season to Stoke City.

Reo-Coker had the opposite career. He had an infamous training ground bust-up with O’Neill but has established himself in the midfield under Houllier.

Pires’ exit appeared inevitable after accusing the club this week of lacking respect, following a frustrating spell with the club stretching back to November when he joined on a free transfer.

Squad players Moustapha Salifou and Isaiah Osbourne will also be leaving Villa Park along with youngsters Harry Forrester, Arsenio Halfhuid, Durrell Berry, Ellis Deeney and Calum Flanagan.

They are not the only departures expected from Villa Park this summer.

Ashley Young, Stewart Downing and Brad Friedel have all been strongly linked with moves away from the club.

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