Date: 31st August 2018 at 2:26pm
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Former Liverpool and Chelsea managing director Christian Purslow has today been confirmed as Aston Villa’s new Chief Executive Officer and a minority shareholder in the club.

54-year-old Purslow takes the reins with immediate effect and his managing director experience at Chelsea last from 2014/17 and prior to that at Liverpool from 2009/10 where he helped facilitate their £300million takeover to current owners Fenway Sports Group.

I must say I don’t look at those levels often in other clubs but at least to my memory, I don’t recall any major issues – although others may have a better recollection there. Seems the right pedigree and experience and taking the job as a minority shareholder is an interesting tact.

New owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens told the Official Site in a joint statement.

“We are tremendously excited to bring someone of Christian’s calibre and experience into the Club. This is an important step on our journey to return Aston Villa back to the elite of English football.”

A small step maybe, but absolutely necessary as we continue sorting out the bottom line and given the announcement didn’t come quickly, it certainly means Sawiris and Edens have put the legwork in here to get what they consider to be the right man so maybe that’s a good omen as we all know there’s plenty of work to be done on a number of levels.


7 Replies to “New Villa CEO Has A Stake In Getting The Job Done Right”

  • Liverpool don’t like him because they say it was him who got rid of Benitez. Hmmmmmm…….. can lightening strike twice?……..

  • Seems like an excellent choice, a real professional chosen by serious owners. It will be interesting to see who Mr Purslow brings in as our next manager – only a question of time.

  • Very good choice. But not convinced with giving a % of shares, could turn out very messy, way too many cooks at the top now. When is Dr x being bought out? is another interesting question. We going in the right direction. Good times

    • It’s certainly not new in the game but remains kind of novel. I can only assume it’s performance related given FFP at the moment and means our outlay is slightly less with the share issue. Means he’s invested though in success, and I’m sure Sawiris and Edens are too savvy to fall for perceived success=pay packet and not real success.

  • Probably a sort of stock option deal Mike. Concerning Dr Tony’s shares Ali, am fairly sure that a deal has been struck but no idea of the details. It will not be open ended and could well be related to results this year.

    • Agree, got to be performance related and as long as it’s not ‘banking’ judged performance which I’m sure it’s not, I’ll take the confidence he’s accepted less upfront with the belief he can get better by making us better off the pitch. No quibbles from me there for sure. Re Xia, I guess it comes into play next season or is promotion based to draw the line out of ‘respect’.

  • I would think this all but guarantees Bruce will not be the manager next season. However after all the summer upheaval, I suspect Purslow knows that “his man”, whoever that might be, won’t come to Villa until he can spend a few quid, so Bruce remains until May and even promotion may not guarantee his place. Remember he left Hull after getting them promoted and then falling out with the suits!

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