Date: 2nd July 2018 at 9:00am
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With everything going on in B6 this summer in terms of our seeming financial meltdown, the silence from the club, takeover and transfer speculation, AllanJW thinks it’s time to sit back and enjoy the World Cup rather than getting all het up with every new headline in the media.


The Aston Villa Takeover Forum Thread – usual caveats apply to stronger language.

Writer: AllanJW

Our story seems to be in the ‘development’ phase; plenty of talks being had and moves being made ‘off stage’ while too much baseless speculation goes on in the press. The important thing to do at this time is believe nothing, and I mean NOTHING until clearly officially sanctioned. All those pathetic journalistic exercises in speculation of who is leaving, who is coming in, who will buy us and when and who won’t. It’s all nonsense and you’ll drive yourself doolally if you jump in that swamp. Ignore it all. There are no facts to be had right now. Every side is keeping schtum until things are clearer financially, one way or the other.

However, these sorts of deals often do have a pattern and the next stage to watch out for is the carefully managed press ‘leak’. The sucking vampire squids seeking to buy our club for the least amount of money will try to put pressure on the current owner. Expect to see planted press pieces ‘from sources close to the bidding company’ which establish their pure motivations, high moral rectitude and wishes to ‘take the club back to where they belong’ in the game but then express sadness in some way with the frustration they are feeling because Xia won’t let go at the price they want him to. Expect this company to say they feel sad for us, the fans. Expect more of this sort of thing and responses from the other side of the negotiations refuting them.

These are the normal machinations that occur in serious negotiations.

I’ll be waiting for an official announcement to either a stock market or national body or some notification that is required by statutory authorities because only then will we have some worthwhile new facts to digest. Until then it’s all theatre and positioning with the press as willing participants in stoking the news pyre.

But the timing of other club purchases indicates that EITHER one will be made in the next 3 weeks in order to make a success of the new season (I think this unlikely as Xia will not drop his prices but you never know) OR they will back-off until approaching the Christmas period, waiting for the next opportunity they can pick the club up for a depressed amount of money as the ability of current ownership to fund the club gets even more squeezed and rickety.

Enjoy the rest of the World Cup and the hot weather; the next decisions about our club will be available for public consumption when that is all over with.

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11 Replies to “Villa Fans Should Ignore The Speculation & Just Relax – We Know How Takeover Talk Plays Out”

  • Hard to ignore really, the club is in a dire position without investment and preferably a sale.

  • Agreed. it is hard to ignore for fans desperate for news and dreading a portsmouth-like descent. but financial negotiations have to be conducted privately.

    The indicators are that Xia wants to keep hold of a majority shareholding but sell shares to get more investment. he wants Villa to be a success as do we all.

    We all knew, as soon as the final whistle was blown at wembley, that the loan players would leave and Grealish would leave. So nothing else has changed.

  • I cannot see how any supporters can have confidence if the owner and manager are still around come start of the season. They are both responsible for the current mess and, even if he has to take a loss, he owes it to the club to get the hell out asap!

    • I disagree.
      I think that Xia has invested plenty in the club. more than you or me.
      he has been stung by two sets of bureaucratic rules. FFP which is designed to stop investment in smaller clubs and keeps the big clubs at the top. and the chinese government restrictions on cash leaving the country.
      i think his intentions are honerable.

      as for Bruce, i don’t think we’d get a better manager to get us up and to use his connections to get in good loan players.

      you are of course welcome to disagree but changing the manager at this point would be a bad move.

  • All well and Good if we had an owner that had any common sense or the clubs interest at heart
    Xia has been shown up as a charlatan in his own county
    He has completely crippled the club and stuck with an awful manager
    His hand was forced to get rid of another awful appointment in wyness
    We have to welcome new owners as it’s our only hope
    Look what Xai has put in charge now

  • I fail to see how we can avoid administration. Given the public mess we are in why would anyone buy the club for a figure significantly higher than what they could get it for? Give the money to Xia or get it cheaper and invest in the team, mmm let me think. Put a worse case business plan together assuming us going down another division due to points reduction and rebuild the club based on solid business and football principles unlike the current and previous jokers. Sad I know, I hope I’m wrong but we need a good businessman at the helm and I don’t think a good businessmen would meet Xia’s financial needs nor would they have anything in common!

  • Just put your fingers in your ears and hum and it will all go away! Enjoy the sunshine and the last two weeks of the world cup! Spare a thought for us bluenoses enjoying every second of this i think they call it good karma. As the song goes blues stay up the sh*t stay down blues stay up the sh*t stay down! I’m looking forward to singing that one at jurassic villa park in november. KRO

    • Well Karma you may crow now but despite all our troubles we have always been a bigger club than your bunch. I am old enough to remember dropping in to the old third division and coming back to win the European Cup something you will never see. Enjoy yourself for the moment. Whatever happens we willcome back stronger.

  • What’s that song the villa fans are bellowing “. CLowns to the left ,jokers to the Right stuck in the middle
    with you♥️????♥️????????. Fed up with indecisive morons ruining the club.

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