Well, today quietly crept up on most Aston Villa fans, but it has been three years to the day since the lights were turned back on at Villa Park with Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens taking the controlling stake off Dr Tony Xia and putting us all out of our collective misery.
The last three years have flown by and having ploughed the money in from the beginning, not least paying off debts and liabilities and keeping our Academy open, the appointment of Dean Smith as Steve Bruce’s replacement has turned into a masterstroke.
#OnThisDay in 𝟮𝟬𝟭𝟴, Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris injected significant investment into Aston Villa Football Club.
An incredible three years of progress, both on and off the pitch. 🙌 pic.twitter.com/8pps16egh5
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) July 20, 2021
The ten game winning streak that propelled us into the Play-Off battle, and then our eventual return to the Premier League via a nervous day out at Wembley wasn’t bad for their first season in charge, and although it was by the skin of our teeth, consolidating our position back in the top flight was massive given the upheaval in the playing squad.
Last season was beyond anyone’s expectations given the start we had until Covid caught up with us, and then subsequently Jack Grealish’s lengthy absence. But everyone would’ve taken the 11th place finish we finally achieved at the start of the season, and we aren’t resting on our laurels this year either with the squad already boosted by the quick signings of Emi Buendia and Ashley Young, and we surely aren’t finished there.
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What the coming campaign brings is anyone’s guess, but we have to be aiming for the European spots this year and with a plethora of young talent coming through our ranks again, the future is looking very bright, very claret and very blue – but we wouldn’t be Villa if we did things the easy way, so we can expect a few hiccups along the way.
Whatever those hiccups prove to be, nobody can doubt NSWE’s commitment to us or the fact that we are now a totally different beast from the club they initially took over.
Here’s to the future!
— 🅶🅶🅴🅾🆁🅶🅴 (@Cool_Shirt_Bra) July 20, 2021
The best thing that ever happened to us, thank you for letting us dream
— . (@AnonymousAVFC) July 20, 2021
I love you both
— Cam🥤 (@CamUTFV) July 20, 2021
— catrin (@catrinedwards18) July 20, 2021
Forever grateful to them. Excited for the future.
— Jay (@JayVtid) July 20, 2021
— Azaria Johnson (@AzariaJohnson14) July 20, 2021
Thank you guys. Forever grateful 💜💙
— Craigy1874 (@cje1874) July 20, 2021
Absolute legends and we cannot thank them enough! #AVFC
— Russell Collins 🇪🇺 (@RussellCollins) July 20, 2021
Thank you for the journey so far. Loved every minute
— Longclaw82 (@Longclaw9) July 20, 2021
Saved us from liquidation and taking us to the brink of Europe. Employing Dean Smith was the best decision. Not a paycheque manager, he’s someone who (obviously) has a real desire and passion for villa. Not a flashy name but the best man for the job.
— Josh (@Jannetts_) July 20, 2021
NSWE day 🦁
— DTavfc (@davidturleyuk) July 20, 2021
Best thing that happened to this club, losing that playoff final and landing these owners who've turned the club around. Cannot wait for the new season, let's smash it
— Nick (@NickRedV) July 20, 2021
— Daniel H (@DanielHeathcoc1) July 20, 2021