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  1. This looks as though it is as good as done. He comes with good pedigree from Liverpool and Chelsea. Can he deliver for us in the role of CEO? Hopefully he can’t do much worse than previous encumbents.
  2. av1

    The NSWE Board

    Sawiris, Edens, Xia, CP. Dump it all here.
  3. IMO this decision was made some weeks ago - but was kept quiet to keep stability in a crucial time for the club. I actually think his replacement might be a good while away and maybe lower profile than Susso was. Whatever the new guys job title I think the new guy will be more in the chief scout role rather than DOF. I am not up to speed on potential replacements - Dan Ashworth is the only one I really know - could we poach yet another guy from WBA , or maybe Brentford. ?
  4. We have a new Sporting Director it would appear, good luck and welcome Jesus.
  5. Regular FCG attendant @OutByEaster? generously passed the baton to me this time around, as the main subject was going to be the badge/identity redesign. Here are my notes - They began by talking us through the stadium plans (as shown publicly this morning) and it all sounds great. Thought out, considerate of the local environment (in terms of the materials used fitting in with Aston Hall etc, recycling rainwater and creating something that is of benefit to the community). There are a few hurdles to get over in order to bring this all to life. Firstly, transport. Until there are commitments from central and local government that Witton station can be improved and extended they won't begin work. There's no point increasing the capacity if people can't get safely in and out of the area. There has been a lot of groundwork done on both sides of the political fence with regard to this, and whilst local support from the likes of Andy Street appears to be guaranteed, they're also working hard to communicate with cabinet ministers etc. With all of those "important people" being either on holiday or uncertain whether they'll be in the same role in a month's time, it's hard for the club to progress the conversation right now. Personally, I think there's value in any of our fans who live in the West Midlands writing to their MP and making the case for the redevelopment of Witton station in order for Villa to expand - and all the benefits that will bring. It's estimated that the cost of the works at Witton would be £20-35m. Theoretically, the club could just pay for it, but where does that stop? Are we then responsible for maintenance, for renovating Spaghetti Junction, etc? Secondly, there is a lot of infrastructure within the North Stand - it's where all the offices are. This will need to be relocated into a temporary space before the demolition can take place. Thirdly, the construction market is absolutely crazy at the moment with prices up and down like mad. They want to time the appointment of a company with when they will get the best price on materials. Equally, the big companies don't want to get caught with their pants down. Fourthly, the more reputable builders of football stadiums have a lot of work on right now - Everton, Liverpool, etc - but it's expected that these projects will be completed by the time the Witton Station situation is resolved. Finally, the metal plinths and trusses that make up the transparent roof are enormous. There are only 3 cranes in Europe capable of moving them. These cranes will need to be available. Second topic was the crest redesign. You can find the details of that conversation here - The final topic was matchday catering v Everton. The club are furious at the contracted supplier, Levy, for the lack of preparedness, lack of professionalism and lack of common sense. From closed kiosks to incorrect pricing to slow service - it was all wrong. Levy have been given clear instruction by both the club COO and CEO that this level of performance cannot be tolerated again. There will be a statement before the weekend confirming that the feedback were heard loud and clear, have been emphasised to Levy in the strongest possible terms and demands have been made on specific ways in which things need to improve. The club is beyond pissed off about it all. There was a record number of complaints and the club have taken those complaints very seriously. It's a shame for the frontline staff in the kiosks that they are the cannon fodder for the anger and disappointment in the moment, when in reality it is their managers who have created the issues. Getting so much feedback from fans was a huge help to the club in addressing the issues with the supplier and, I'd suggest, any repeat performances should be documented (pics, tweets, Facebook, whatever) and shared with the club. They can only fix these things to the extent that they know about them. That was the big 3 this time out. The question of transfers was raised and whilst, obviously, no specifics were shared there is certainly still a lot of work going on with regards strengthening the team. It's not a case of "job done" but equally we won't be signing anyone who doesn't add value. Thanks for listening to my TED Talk.
  6. Villatalk was represented at the meeting that took place last night with Christian Purslow and the club's management team to discuss a number of issues that are currently affecting the club and supporters. Mr Purslow and the whole of the exec team spent more than two and a half hours with fans groups discussing the Premier league, Covid, performance on the pitch, the redevelopment of Villa Park and season ticket prices. The club are preparing some notes on the meeting which will be released hopefully on Monday. Given that the club gave up so much time to speak with us and were open and frank with those in attendance, we 're going to respect that and not comment until those notes are out -with one exception. I can tell you that the meeting was a really good one, that the exec team and Mr Purslow spoke openly about our ambitions and some of the exciting things that are coming up - hopefully that's reflected in the notes and if not, I'll spill the beans! The one exception in terms of reporting back is on season ticket prices where there had been some talk before the meeting and where the club are happy for us to begin discussions now rather than waiting. We have a thread on season tickets for 2022/23 here: And there will be some information from the meeting in there shortly. Notes on the rest of the meeting and some comments will appear here as soon as they are released.
  7. AGM tonight. Could not find a thread, are we represented tonight? Hopefully Purslow will release north stand plans tonight
  8. Heretic

    Tom Fox

    Sorry if this has been posted elsewhere. I couldn't find it. It's an article where Tom Fox talks about his time at Villa. More on link
  9. There will be a meeting with representatives of the club on the 7th December to go over any issues affecting or concerning supporters. We'd very much like your input here on what you'd like us to raise and discuss. We're already looking to talk to the club around the following issues that have been raised: Socios AVTV content and charges Season ticket holders and membership rights Season ticket delivery Matchday ticket returns and resales Matchday ticket transfers and the threatening note that the club issued around them Fan ID's, the website and how difficult it is to use Transport issues around Villa Park Communications from the club Merchandise supply issues So we'd be very interested in your experiences around those issues as well as any issues which are affecting supporters that we've missed out. The more info we have and the more detail we have, the better prepared we can be for the meeting and the better answers we'll be able to get on your behalf. Thank you.
  10. All, There's a meeting between the club and the supporters group on 24th June. There will be an update from Christian Purslow followed by a chance for us to ask questions on anything that's happening with supporters at the moment that you feel the club can do something about, so if there's anything that you have concerns about, anything you want to pass on or anything you feel can be improved, please let us know in this thread by the end of Friday 17th June and we'll do our best to get your question asked. Thank you!
  11. It sounds like we have gone back to FC Copenhagen to add this new role, the Head of Football Research. Frederik Leth replaced Lange at FC Copenhagen when he joined us as Sporting Director and then resigned in November. Interesting that only Chelsea & the City Football Group are the only other clubs who employ someone in this role https://trainingground.guru/articles/villa-head-to-copenhagen-again-for-new-head-of-research#.YBneoxdX1sg.link
  12. Today the club have announced "significant investment" from a company called NSWE, headed by Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens. It is assumed that they have bought a controlling stake in order to ease the club's cashflow problems and will eventually complete a full takeover of the club, although this is yet to be confirmed. Here is some information about Wes - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wes_Edens Welcome to the Club, Wes. Make us feel proud again.
  13. According to BBC Sport Brian Little has been appointed to the board along with David Bernstein. A step in the right direction at least Little cares about Villa.
  14. All, There's a (virtual) meeting between the club and the supporters group on 8th April, where we'd expect the club to be talking about the return of fans and about next season and potential season tickets. It's also a chance for us to ask questions on anything that's happening with supporters at the moment that you feel the club can do something about, so if there's anything that's making you happy, or unhappy or curious or whatever the hell you are - please add a question below and we'll look to get it raised on your behalf. Thank you!
  15. Today the club have announced "significant investment" from a company called NSWE, headed by Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens. It is assumed that they have bought a controlling stake in order to ease the club's cashflow problems and will eventually complete a full takeover of the club, although this is yet to be confirmed. Here is some information about Nassef - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nassef_Sawiris Welcome to the Club, Nassef. Please don't be another false dawn. This club is at the heart of football. We deserve better than we've had of late.
  16. Our new CEO, Keith Wyness, fronted up to the media today alongside Di Matteo and Xia. Spoke very well, and comes with a good track record and experience from Everton. It's good to have an experienced CEO in place and an owner with ambition. Wyness has a big job on his hands. "I've seen many chairman come in and promise the world and deliver an atlas!" Let's hope we don't get an atlas.
  17. OK - he has landed some good finance deals ie sponsorship and shirt deals and some say his actions re player wages and costs pulled us back from the brink. However I dissapointed and concerned that once again - he seems to be the lead person at VP - charged with landing us a new manager. IMO his hidden agenda seems to be someone who is 'really nice' - I don't know but I beleive this is why we overlooked Hughes last year - and why we won't get Lambert this. Faulkner couldn't deal with that abrasive personality. We have all jumped on the word 'Vibrant' some are quoting faulkner as even saying 'Young' which I don't beleive he said. Ans lets remember the Premier league experience criteria of previous years, To most of us that mean't someone who has recently managed, with a degree of competence in the premier league. - We got :- Houllier - A six year absence from PL management Mcleish - Experience in the PL - Yes - but coping in the PL no IMO Faulkner is a major obstacle to bringing in a quality manager.
  18. All, There's a (virtual) meeting between the club and the supporters group on 24th November, the club would like to talk in particular about bringing fans back into the ground and the new website - your thoughts on those two topics would be appreciated. It's also a chance for us to ask questions on anything that's happening with supporters at the moment that you feel the club can do something about, so if there's anything that's making you happy, or unhappy or curious or whatever the hell you are - please add a question below and we'll look to get it raised on your behalf. Please note, we need to get questions submitted by 17th November. Thank you!
  19. Christian Purslow met (virtually) with representatives of fan groups and websites on Tuesday evening. It was a bit of a departure from the regular meeting structure, which will be back up and running next month - for that one, please add any questions onto this thread and we'll do what we can to make sure they're asked to the right person at the club. The club's notes on the meeting are below:
  20. There's a meeting of the Fans Consultancy Group prior to Tuesday's game with Barnsley and VT have been invited. If there's anything you want to raise about the club, the matchday experience, ticketing, hospitality, merchandise, the club website or anything at all that isn't player performance, please let us know in this thread and we'll raise anything that people want raised at the meeting. Thank you!
  21. It’s nearly that time again. Next Tuesday night, again with CP. Anyone else going ? What a difference a year makes !
  22. allani

    Living wage

    I was reading the BBC web-site this morning and, although I am usually very sceptical about such headlines and stories, I was very surprised to read that only 4 Premier League clubs pay their staff the voluntary living wage rate (Everton, Liverpool, Chelsea and West Ham). Now I am not someone who necessarily believes that companies should be forced or even encouraged to flatten their salary structures and reduce the pay gap between the highest earners and the lowest earners. However, that said I was pretty shocked by how little some staff members at certain Premier League clubs appear to be earning. Therefore, in the hopes that some NSWE Board members glance at VillaTalk every now and again (or have staff reporting to them that do) I would like to propose that we, as Aston Villa FC fans would whole heartedly encourage the Board to commit to not only paying all staff working for the club the Voluntary Living Wage but that actually they pay slightly above that rate (I think outside London the rate is VLW is £9 per hour whilst the National Minimum Wage is £8.21 - so a minimum £9.50 at AVFC could make a fairly significant difference). I think this would be an incredible commitment and really reinforce the idea that Villa is a proper family / community club that celebrates all its staff and recognises the important role that they all play in the successful operations of the club and our match day experiences as fans. Voluntary Living Wage
  23. Accounts for Aston Villa Football Club Limited were out today. Heres a couple of interesting points I took out of it. Worth noting That these set of accounts do not include player trading and wages. These figures, along with those seen within AVFC Ltd are ultimately consolidated and published within Recon Group UK Limited, whose accounts are overdue. I am only including the rough figures from the accounts, for exact see the links above. Revenue Revenue in total is down 9% from circa £71m to £65m, broken down as such: Broadcasting income is down 16% From circa £48m to £40m, expected due to prolonged time in the championship. Believe its our last year of parachute payments, so likely to decrease further in upcoming years. Commercial income has decreased by 20% from circa £10m to £8m. Gate income has increased by 10% from circa £10m to £11m, most likely due to the playoff run and what was a relatively good season. Sponsorship income has increased by 76% from circa £3m to £5m. Admin expenses Total increase of 23%, from circa £79m to £97m. Staff costs have decreased by 28% from circa £8m to £6m, due from a reduction to staff levels of 283. Broken down this is a reduction in full time employees of 31 and part time (match day and events) of 252. Directors pay has increased by 22% from circa £360k to £440k. I think these sums would only be in relation to Keith Wyness, and if so would suggest he gave himself a nice pay rise while letting other staff go. Speculation though. Depreciation charged to the P&L is relatively the same. Other Accruals and deferred income has increased by 130% from circa £9m to £20m. This pretty much explains the increase to administration costs during the year. Not sure on what they have accrued for though, speculating it might be with regards to the HS2 stuff. No stock suggests we continued to outsource the catering. bank loans and overdrafts were fully paid off. There is a note on contingent liabilities which states that an ex employee has bought a claim against the club for unfair dismissal. See Keith Wyness. However at this point it is impractical to estimate a cost in relation to the claim. Suggests no costs recognised for it within the accounts. Feel free to add any further points i might have missed. Currently an operating loss of £32.5m for the time being, however until final accounts are out from Recon we wont have the full picture with regards to FFP.
  24. Cue the “can she play left back?” witticisms.... Express & Star link
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