Aston Villa Chief Executive Officer Christian Purslow continues to purr like a cat following our victory over Derby County at Wembley Stadium in the Championship Play-Off Final at the beginning of the week and fans are completely on board with is recent words when it comes to having a big parade to celebrate our success.
With the players themselves enjoying some downtime and having their own celebrations with the fans on Monday evening through Tuesday to Wednesday morning I guess, Purslow was quoted the other day by the Official Site addressing the issue of a parade, and his answer was simple – ‘They’re for when you win something really big’.
Dean Smith clearly agreed according to Purslow’s words, and from the few comments I’ve seen on social media and on our very own Vital Villa Forum Thread, fans are certainly on board with not celebrating for the sake of it.
“I’d like to say that we’ve been asked a lot – Dean and I – about why there hasn’t been a big parade. I want to make this clear. Dean and I talked about it for under 10 seconds. We had an identical reaction – ‘we’re Aston Villa, we have parades when we win leagues and cups’ not when we get promoted effectively third. We have had a wonderful day of celebrations. But parades are for when we win something really big.”
Smith added himself.
“I have been an Aston Villa fan as everyone knows. I was fortunate enough to get on the bus when they carried that European Cup around. There’s been a European Cup and a League Championship parade. But for a Play-Off Final? No. We’re back where we should be. We have to make sure we go from here now.”
The Final was celebration enough, we’d have had a parade if we’d have lifted the Championship title!