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  1. I know nothing about him - hope ive spelled his name right :- Anyone got any details on his CV - Has he returned to us from Liverpool ? - What's his job role ?
  2. Been a bit of a crap one, hasn't it? Started out with the board refusing to back a new manager, followed by humiliation and relegation. Between it all were the protests - which were (if I do say so myself) something to be proud of. Then we get Tony, RDM and the absolute chaos of his management. Following that Bruce and a revival. Been one hell of a year and one we won't forget - for bad reasons mainly, but some good in there in parts. What are your main memories?
  3. This coming Monday, Villatalk has been invited to a supporters group meeting with Steve Round, Technical Director. If there are any questions you'd like asked to him about his role, the direction he wants to take Villa in, what he's done so far, his feelings on managers or just about anything you can think of that might be of interest, please let us know in this thread.
  4. Appointed a new chairman. But yet again appoints someone who has NO experience within Football. http://www.avfc.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10265~5273031,00.html
  5. New Chief Commercial Officer From www.avfc.co.uk: Aston Villa is pleased to announce Charlie Wijeratna as the club's first ever chief commercial officer. In this new role Charlie will have responsibility for all areas of revenue generation and will also oversee the club's marketing and media operations. Speaking on the appointment, chief executive Tom Fox said: "We are really excited to have someone with Charlie's commercial background joining the club. "He has valuable experience in football from his time at Tottenham and has a proven track record in revenue generation at both London 2012 and now the Baku 2015 European Games. "He knows how to build highly effective teams and develop winning partnerships with top global brands. "Under his leadership we expect our commercial operation to generate the revenue that a club the size of Aston Villa is capable of." Charlie Wijeratna commented: "I am delighted to be returning to football at such a storied club as Aston Villa and I'm really excited about the challenge and the opportunity in front of us. "I am particularly looking forward to working with a senior management team that understands the opportunity that the Premier League's global television reach offers clubs today. "Aston Villa is one of England's great football clubs and I am keen to make my contribution to developing the club's commercial revenues while respecting its heritage and values." Charlie started his career at Sky Sports making sports TV programmes before spending eight years in the city as a corporate lawyer and then an investment banker. He initiated London's bid for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, with the bid's first chairman Barbara Cassani, putting in place the commercial and legal deals behind London's winning proposal. After the Games were awarded in 2005, Charlie was the driving force behind the sponsorship programme that raised over £700m. He was also responsible for the sale of the Paralympic broadcasting rights, London's licensing and retail programme and the sale of hospitality rights. In total he led deals that raised over £830m for London 2012. At Tottenham Hotspur, Charlie was responsible for the overhaul of the club's brand and visual identity and at Baku 2015 he assembled a first class team that has so far built a new brand, completed and announced 14 sponsorship deals and announced broadcasting rights deals covering 47 countries. Now for an assistant manager, hey!
  6. In sure he has a thread hidden away somewhere. Apologies mods if he has one, but he's back! http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/aston-villa-owner-randy-lerner-11055402
  7. Statement from the club. http://www.avfc.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10265~5429868,00.html Interesting set-up. Thoughts?
  8. Looks like the article wasn't meant to be released until 9:30PM. Seems a little strange to me that Tom Fox would come here, a new owner could come at any point and he be out of a job.
  9. Soooo, fundamental issues with I'm guessing a certain Randy Lerner? Amid rumours and speculation that Moyes is interested and the board were waiting on budget news? Possibly an indication of bad budget news from Lerner?
  10. David Bernstein had been appointed to the board of Aston Villa today. Seems like a shrewd move indeed. I'm impressed with both he and little.
  11. http://www.avfc.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10265~4866073,00.html
  12. Nabby

    Mervyn King

    Joined as board member as per OS http://www.avfc.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10265~5321567,00.html
  13. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/aston-villa/11472440/Aston-Villa-open-talks-over-takeover-deal.html So, who do we think the mysterious buyers are? Wang Jianlin (the richest man in China) of the Dalian Wanda Group has recently expressed his interest in investing in the United Kingdom, saying it is the best place for investment as there are no restrictions. DWG own a large share in Atletico Madrid already and was quoted a price of €1bn after enquiring about the potential takeover of AC Milan. Most recently DWG acquired "Infront", a sports marketing group from Switzerland for around €1bn. Jianlin is a huge sports fan and more specifically a huge footballer fan, and says he wants to invest in a football club from Italy or Britain next, depending on price. I'd love it to be Jianlin and DWG but I can't help thinking it'll be an American group. Josh Harris and David Blitzer who own the NJ Devils and were rumoured to be interested in buying us are entering the final stages of taking over Crystal Palace, so we can rule them out. John Percy is the first guy to come out with this story and he is usually highly reliable when discussing Villa. I also think it is worth noting that Delph made comments about how "next season will be much better" for the fans, and Sherwood has made the same comments.
  14. Would you prefer Lerner, Fox and Sherwood to remain at the club, or would you prefer new ownership and the probability that Fox and Sherwood get axed?
  15. Someone had commented on the last set of accounts (Feb 14) but thread was locked due to age. I know our financial past has been discussed to death but what about the future? The latest report will not be due til late Feb but what are people's views on where we currently stand and are there are any accountants that can take a guess at what our future may hold? I must admit, going forward, I'm struggling to understand why we are such paupers - is it simply a case of paying off old debts and how many years will that take? Very roughly I think our basic turnover should be around £85m, with wages hopefully dropping closer to £65m (from £75m) so that means we should be making somewhat of a profit this year (I know there are other operating costs). Or is it not this simple? I am no accountant but why are we struggling to financially compete when the likes of West Brom, Leicester and QPR can outspend us in transfers and wages. All within the remit of FFP. If the debt were wiped out, would we be competing with these 'smaller' clubs? How long will we paying for past mistakes?
  16. I wonder where the appointment of TS leaves the blue print for a new structure above him ? Its clear to me that Tom Fox is the all the powerful figure at the club now - Randy is happy to be the sleeping partner - but Fox will run the show IMO. Hes already brought in a Chief Commercial Officer - and rumours are that a director of football would be next. The big plus point of a DOF is that he would be a football expert and at the very least advise on managerial appointments - so we would advoid the fiasco of following Martin O Neil, with Houllier , and following him with Mcleish. The problem now is that any appointment of DOF - would seen to be to clip Sherwoods wings - although I would hope TS had been asked about his willingness to work under such a structure.... so if its still happening - who should our DOF be ? - Graham Taylor would be my choice - but another guy at Watford has been mentioned Or as such structures a load of tosh - the right manager will run the show ?
  17. maqroll

    Risk

    Any Risk players who want to get a VT group going, click the link in my sig. If we get enough players, we can play quick games, and not the 24 hour slow turn ones.
  18. Perfectly happy to be corrected on this. But it was November 2012 that I last recall Randy in attendance at a Villa game - very poor !
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