Date: 14th March 2012 at 6:59pm
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CEO Paul Faulkner has talked about our ‘challenging season’ but he remains confident we are moving in the right direction.

I’m not going to go back over the recent financials, suffice to say we all know the state we were in with wages and our position now isn’t anywhere near as bad as the headlines of record losses suggest when you knuckle down and look at the specifics.

For those interested, you can view Heathfield’s summary by Clicking Here.

So it’s no real surprise to see Faulkner say he’s confident in the direction the club is heading.

Speaking briefly to the E&S Faulkner explained the way the club is looking to build and grow for the future, obviously with an eye on sustainability, but whilst this season has been nothing but an utter disgrace, Villa aren’t giving up the ghost of challenging, we are just going to attempt to do it in a different way in the future.

‘It’s obviously been a challenging year, but it’s about continuing to get better, and we’re looking to bring players into the squad to do that and then grow our own. We’re seeing some very talented young players in the reserve team who will also play a part next season. It’s about focusing very much on the here and now but also trying to look ahead and to plan and make sure the club keeps going from strength to strength.’

For a lot of fans, understandably, what goes on off the pitch is of little importance and clearly it was the off pitch elements we needed to right and get well under control this time so round, so we can look to move forward on the pitch next summer.

Faulkner knows this, but in order to allow the ‘team to give them (the fans) the football they want to see and go home happy’ the financials had to be addressed.

Now everybody knows it could have been done with less pain, and maybe a little more flair had a different manager been chosen – but our house should be in order now and that should be shown in the next accounts released.

A lot of faith and goodwill has been lost by the board over the last couple of seasons, fans will always judge players that are brought in, but if the board do back McLeish properly in the summer they might will some of that goodwill back – the question haunting almost everybody though is how will McLeish use that backing?

He’s clearly not going anywhere with the signing of Holman, and nobody knows how he’ll work out…but…if Eck makes a habit of signing players with potential (Enda Stevens) and then scouts properly for players hitting their peak, with international and Champions League experience like Holman, then maybe, just maybe, all of us will enjoy next season – or at the very least not be quite as homicidal or suicidal as this campaign!

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