Date: 30th May 2018 at 6:52pm
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With Aston Villa missing out on promotion to the Premier League as we lost to Fulham at Wembley in the Play-Off Final, the topic of finances isn’t far from many fans’ lips at the moment.

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Doubt and concern about the future with a reported £40-45million gap to close on our books this year to stay within Financial Fair Play constraints is being addressed by the board.

With the likes of Gabby Agbonlahor and John Terry moving on their wages will free up considerable cash, and reported deals being on the cards for Pierluigi Gollini and Carles Gil that will of course help move us closer to the line but it still leaves plenty of questions unanswered.

A recent statement from Dr Tony Xia can be read in full on the Official Site.

Suffice to say he commiserates with the fans for our defeat and our failure to reach our stated aim this year and he insists he’s as committed as ever to seeing us return to the top-flight but he does concede that although the aim doesn’t change, our direction and approach now has to as we face a third year in the Championship.

“I know that all our management staff, coaches, players and myself need to get back on our feet and prepare to fight again. Like everyone else, I’m delighted to see that under Steve’s management this season, we demonstrated character and unity. We fought like a team. Indeed, the loss is a pity, but we know how much effort and hard work our coaching staff and players put in this season.”

Xia picks out Bruce for particular praise, which should answer any questions about his future I imagine but plenty read it the opposite way, crediting his professionalism during a particularly tough time in his personal life.

“We are all aware that we will face severe FFP challenges next season. I am an Aston Villa fan. But I am also a businessman. Under the current circumstances, I think the club needs to rethink not only the past two years but also the past ten years. Villa needs to be a sustainable football club. This is the ultimate reality that cannot be changed, but I can assure you that everyone behind the scenes is working tirelessly towards achieving our ultimate goal.”

Acknowledging that changes now need to be made, Xia says we should look at it as an opportunity and not a hindrance as with that work done and a line drawn we’ll be in a far stronger position moving forward.

This was the inevitable risk with trying to buy success, some players just didn’t settle or perform, our playing style doesn’t suit the strengths of other signings and we’ve made the mistake of not getting minutes into more youngsters who now will probably take centre stage next campaign.

Whatever happens in 2018/19, let’s not set another sh** or bust target that hypes expectation levels and pressure. Rebuild properly with more of a youth and develop our own focus and the team can grow together, with a style, with an understanding and far fewer hangers-on.

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9 Replies to “Villa Statement Doesn’t Calm Fans Concerns – More Questions Than Answers”

  • If you saw U23 lose to Brighton you saw men against boys
    Best kids going to Prem clubs Great hopes for Hep Davis Green but others need more time Crap tv deal for Championship makes nightmare for big clubs Another breakaway required!

    • shocked the PL hasn’t set up their PL 2 yet, it has been talked about long enough.

  • The core values of the club is important now. wholesale changes is not the answer. Getting rid of Bruce is not the answer. Look to balance the books with ffp. There is much in the youth performance to give us what we need. They are hungry and very capable footballers. I am looking forward to the next season. We have a lot to be hopeful for, it needs calm heads let Bruce progress with the work he started. We can look back and reflect on the positives in the season. There will be premier league clubs that would want to send their players on loan to us. We need to be smart and take the opportunity to bring players in to strengthen. If Alex stays he can slip into the Terry role. Give Hutton a contract. Make Chester the captain. I can’t wait for next season. UTV????????????

  • Either move Bruce up stairs or just get rid. Need someone younger and more attack minded. Coming from left sided bring back Terry at least he’s a winner.

  • If you have confidence about someone you state it,we had silence
    They put the money in, and Bruce failed them.
    Now they want someone to bring the youth academy on a strict budget, do you
    trust someone who’s team were full mercenaries,and failed at the precise moments of the
    Season. They want change and Bruce isn’t in it at present (He’s on thin ice) what matters
    Is AVFC and Xia wants change

  • Regarding the managers position, I have never rated Bruce so for me I would like to see a change that’s my opinion and I understand that others would not agree, if what we read about Snodgrass being heart broken at having to leave us is true someone should suggest that he buy himself out of West Ham and sign for us on a free and on lower wages, West Ham by all accounts don’t want him and no way they would expect to get anything like 10 m for him so he could easily afford to get himself out. That would be a good test for his heart brake problem. We also need to keep Jack Grealish and build a team around him, we have several excellent young players who we should now use. I honestly don’t think things are as black as they appear at the moment albeit we did literally throw promotion away.

  • Even in our good winning run. I could see no pattern in our play. Johnstone, Elmahamady, Terry, Samba, Taylor, Whelan, Bjarnasson, Lansbury, Hourihan, Onomah, Snodgrass, Hogan, Grabban. 13 players. All Bruce’s players. Bruce brought them all to the club and, Grabban aside, he has had a full season to work with them…. and Bunn, Chester, Hutton, Jedinak, Grealish, Kodjia, Adoma. 20 players. What a squad! Almost all exerienced internationals. A pundit on Sky Sports News before the play-offs said “Villa have all the players but they don’t have a team”. Whose job was it to mould them into a team? Whose job was it, when acquiring them, to know whether they would fit into a system? Bruce failed to get promotion because he failed to make a team out of arguably the best squad of players ever assembled in the Championship.

  • John I agree with you 100% , we lacked consistency and in many games any style , others teams grew we faded , why , we had Plan A but no B or C . We lacked confidence in the play offs and we were all hoping it would be ‘one of our days’ … it wasnt . And if we start badly the knives will be out immediately so change Bruce now.

  • No idea what the answer is, statements like this raise more questions than they answer though. I’d like our club to communicate only when they have something to say!

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