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.