Date: 5th July 2018 at 9:38am
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Written by Northampton Villa who posted in the Steve Round Thread:

Throughout the disastrous meltdown that began with our failure to gain promotion, I have tried to remain optimistic. It has, however, become apparent that the grand old lady that is Aston Villa has been used and abused by Dr X, the incompetent Chinese profiteer. What hurts most is that we, her loving children are being forced to stand by helplessly and watch.

We are now effectively a rudderless ship which has hit the rocks, expecting the captain to save it with a crew that may be forced to walk the plank any minute.

Had he been honest and made his intentions clear at the beginning of this debacle, Xia might have maintained some respect and trust. He must now understand that due to the clubs continued public humiliation and the total lack of communication regarding the surrounding events, his relationship with the people to whom the club really belongs, the fans, is beyond repair.

He cannot, as is apparently his wont, (even with investment secured through share sales) remain in control and expect to waltz back into Villa Park, tweeting away as if nothing has happened. How can he be trusted when he has allowed this humiliation to happen? He clearly never had the finances to maintain ownership under the circumstances which we find ourselves in.

He must accept his losses and sell as soon as possible. My biggest fear is that a buyer cannot be found and administration requires that our assets including property and players are sold. The worst case scenario that I thought could never happen.

Whatever happens, the only certainty is that the incredible support that this club inspires will ensure that the Phoenix will rise from the ashes.

The lesson we are reminded of is that football club owners, even with the best of intentions, are in it for their egos (if wealthy enough) and/or the profit. To be treated with caution and taken with a pinch of salt.

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9 Replies to “Aston Villa Are Now Effectively A Rudderless Ship Which Has Hit The Rocks”

  • Indeed Northampton Villa… it’s a mess and a half. Not sure some realise how serious this is right now!

  • It is properly soul destroying isn’t it? May 26th seems like a lifetime ago.

  • Talk about the wrath of God, and AVFC is reaping it, founded by working class Wesleyian bible
    Classes. We are now owned by the equivalent of Nebuchadnezzar,or Nero. I’m not joking .Need
    Exorcism and good priest asap

  • I hate to say it, and can’t believe I am, but maybe administration could be a good thing. Only an idiot would put in 30m for a minority shareholding and we’ve had enough of those over the last 10 years. My sense is this is now all about Xia not losing face in China which means extended negotiations and more pain for the supporters. I don’t buy the US/ China crap that has been in the press over the last few days. I’m sure if he is under pressure from the Chinese government not to sell to the Americans, they would have orchestrated a way for him to get his money out (if he has any) or bought a ready made Chinese cohort to the table to help him navigate his way out of this god awful mess. Also I believe Wyness and probably Round should have been sacked as they presided over this high risk and unsustainable strategy. if they had any integrity they should have publicly exited well before the play offs stating the reasons why! . No wonder Wyness is taking us to court as he is unlikely to get another job in football again. Bruce’s culpability and how much it extended beyond the playing side is an interesting question. It is ridiculous to think he too was unaware of the Russian roulette game being played with our club. Very depressing indeed!

  • Rudderless !!! I just wonder if there is a bottom in the boat at all as we lurch from one disaster to another. And when we get playing again are we just going to see some ‘old loan players’ on display again as we scrape the very bottom of the barrel, I can’t see Bruce changing his ways which is just as concerning as the financial state, which if we go into administration would I believe a deduction in points so could be disastrous. Dr needs to sell, Bruce go and a mixture of youth and experience on parade at Villa Park each week with a manager that gets us playing on the front foot.

  • No tears for Round. I fail to see what he achieved. Rudderless? Maybe but the last one we had took us towards the rocks. Given the failure of that policy the demise of its two main architects.

    Where now? Will someone please tell us that there IS a plan. After his childish tweet on Saturday, Ho seems anything but a safe pair of hands. Let Bruce run the main part of the ship at least then responsibility is clear. The key signal will be if Agnew stays. Lose him & we know the lunatics are in charge. Another forum article asks if the kids are ready. I’m not sure they are but we lost Albrigton, Hogg, Davis & others when they could have been the backbone for years. Don’t let’s repeat that mistake. Let Dr Doolittle play his silly games, we can’t stop that. We can seek consistency at a lower level. Btw where’s BL?

  • Bruce out, young guy in & play youngsters, can’t do any worse, give it a go ????

  • I really don’t know what to say! Every time I think it can’t get any worse it does!! I’m not a Bruce lover but if he goes who (Or should that be He) would be stupid enough to take over?

  • The following is an article from Recon Sports and Culture division. He must have had a open cheque and has now got egg on his face.
    On December 28, the first Finance Summit Forum sponsored by Finance Channel of People’s Daily Online was held in Beijing. The theme of the forum was China’s New Economic Position. Dr. Tony Jiantong Xia, the Chairman of RECON Group attended the roundtable conference on Enhancing Brand Innovation Ability. During the conference, Xia said that, the acquisition of Aston Villa creates a bond for communicating with other cultures, which lays a good foundation to the acquisitions in health, culture and entertainment industries.

    “RECON may be the first to acquire a Premier League club, and even led to a series of acquisitions of foreign football club by Chinese enterprises. Choosing Aston Villa, is because that Aston Villa is one of the founding members the Football League, and is also supported by British Royal Family, which leaves a great impact on the Commonwealth countries.

    “Actually, it(the acquisition) creates a bond for communicating with other cultures. And it also lays a good foundation to the acquisitions in health, culture and entertainment industries in UK, India, USA, the Middle East, etc.” Xia deems it as a good experience to help understand brand building while going out, also a better integration into the mainstream of different cultures, and even a very good way to learn from the them.

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