Date: 6th June 2018 at 7:00pm
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In times of crisis, it can be very easy for people to turn on each other, rather than deal with the situation at hand. The cashflow problems and the prospect of a HMRC winding-up order hanging over the club makes it inevitable that tensions will be fraught as uncertainty reigns.

As fans though, this is a time where unity is absolutely key. I will refrain from speaking too much about the financial situation and possible takeovers as there is so much we don’t know, but when things are as serious as they apparently are, we need to ensure that the club and those running it are held to account.

It can be easier to switch off the TV or skip past website reports that talk about the club’s current predicament, but I think it’s important to make sure we don’t bury our heads and hope this all blows over.

When we lost the playoff final, I was bracing myself for a very hard summer. The £40millon we needed to make up to avoid sanctions from Financial Fair Play was always going to lead to some tough decisions, but those decisions have been amplified multiple times during the past 24-48 hours.

Things could turn more positive in a matter of days, I don’t know, but we have to be prepared for the worst, and fight for our club if things do go south very quickly. This club has 140 years of proud history, and it’s hard to believe that administration is even being talked about, but we are standing very close to a precipice at the moment.

As the saying goes “United we stand, Divided we fall.” You may feel a bit helpless about what is happening now, but to get us through this crisis, it’s vital we speak with one voice and ensure the club gets out of this horrible situation in a much better state than it is now.

No matter who owns the club, Villa only exists because of those who support it. That’s the most important thing to remember right now.

And JF’s considered opinion on all this is worth a read:

This Isn’t A Knee Jerk Report – It Is An Attempt To Make Sense Of Just What Is Going On At Aston Villa

 

3 Replies to “Fans Must Stand United In a Time Of Crisis At Villa”

  • I’ve been united for god knows how many years but I’ve never seen anything like what’s going on at the moment.

  • Well said, when we went down to the third division after many years of decline it was the fans who dragged the cub back, with amazing support home and away, it is inevitable that a good many of our current players will leave the club, but we have a very talented U23 side with some well capable of playing first team football, it is easy to support a team when things are good, our team need us now, we must not let them down.

  • Desperately saddened to see my club in a horrendous financial position even had a tear in my eye seeing the mirror refer to us as a ‘Cornerstone of English Football’

    I have had a bad feeling about the past two owners…but more so Xia, alarm bells rang over the lack of upfront funds and using paracute payments to fund signings.

    I hope we survive enough to play our U23 team but my fear is that clubs will poach anyone with any talent.

    My biggest question…HOW ON EARTH DID THIS OWNER PASS THE FIT AND PROPER PERSONS TEST? The football league has let down one of its founder members!!

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