Villa have yet to disclose why assistant manager Culverhouse and Karsa, who is head of football operations, have been suspended, pending an internal investigation, but the club announced in a statement that Given and Cowans "have been temporarily promoted to assist manager Paul Lambert and his first team coaching staff".
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"As players, it's important that each and every one of us take responsibility right now and I'm delighted to play my part in helping the manager and the team go and try to win on Saturday," said Given.
Villa are currently on a run of four straight defeats in the Premier League, which has left the club four points above the relegation zone with five games remaining.
"I'm delighted to have Gordon and Shay to assist me in preparing the team for Saturday which is what the whole group is focussed on," said Lambert.