The clock seems to be stuck waiting for our destiny to be decided on Monday at Wembley v Derby County.
— Vital Villa (@VitalVilla) May 23, 2019
I’m sure I’m not alone in wishing the game was Saturday like it was last season, or even in the next five minutes!
This week is taking an unreasonably long time to go… pic.twitter.com/clKuobPIwN
— Vital Villa (@VitalVilla) May 22, 2019
After the disappointment of Villa v Fulham last year, this final feels even more crucial to me – and again, I’m sure I’m not alone in that thinking either.
We all know, if we go up, we stand a great chance of really building something here, with new (ish), rich and engaged owners, a board who seem to be singing from the same hymn sheet, a manager who has turned around our style of play in a very short time AND got us a historic ten wins on the trot, not to mention – and I’ll be honest with you, this sentence has become far longer than I expected (!) – a fully engaged Villa faithful.
*Takes a breath*.
Promotion opens up a huge project, but one I’m sure the new owners will be totally up for. There is the spine of a potentially outstanding team at Villa now, and a spirit/style of play that Dean Smith has instilled.
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Promotion brings in massive funds, frees up the amount our owners can spend with the FFP rules and gets Aston Villa back to where they belong, the upper echelons of football.
It also means we can keep our best, step forward Jack Grealish, and hopefully grab some of the loan signings on a permanent deal.
I am sure the majority of fans will be fully behind the time it might take to build. The first season, I’d accept staying up, the second consolidation and then we look to push on. I am not fully sure what pushing on means anymore, if you look at the obscene spending at Manchester City I’m not totally sure who can compete, but just to be back in the mix, Villa Park buzzing, and playing the style of attacking football that Dean Smith has brought to this great club, will do for me.
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) May 22, 2019
The potential of Aston Villa has always been massive, and yet in modern history, seldom fulfilled. If we get up, these owners won’t want to be an also-ran. Dean Smith won’t want to be an also-ran and I am dam sure the claret and blue faithful won’t want to be. If we build this right, who knows where the future will take us? Hopefully, it will include silverware, it’s been far, far too long.
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