In the last few years, Aston Villa Football Club has faced many problems. The fans have directed the blame at many people, including the owner, the manager and the players. Most recently, the owner and his useless board members, who know nothing about football, have taken the flak and this has taken the heat off the players, who certainly haven’t helped the current situation.
Last week, following a disgusting 0-6 defeat to Liverpool, Joleon Lescott tweeted a photo of a Mercedes, reminding us all that his extravagant lifestyle is of course paid for by the loyal Villa fans. This conduct is really worrying, as Lescott is a local lad and supposedly a boyhood Villa fan. If his heart isn’t in it then whose is? The fact that he used an excuse as lousy as the one that he did (that his phone was in his pocket and the image tweeted itself) made the sorry situation even more pathetic.
On top of that, this week we saw reports from former match day receptionist and Villa fan Elaine Rose, who quit her job and posted her resignation letter online. Although Elaine Rose is not the expert on the running of Aston Villa Football Club that some believe the woman to be, in this letter, some of our worries were confirmed. Tom Fox genuinely hires bodyguards to make sure angry fans don’t abuse him in the directors’ box. Match day staff are apparently being sent home at half time to save money, which seems ironic when we have underperforming players earning tens of thousands of pounds per week. We are making cuts in the wrong places. Relegation preparations should involve astute savings to minimise the impact on long serving and hard-working staff.
Somehow, Garde remains slightly credible. Considering he was seemingly shafted in the January transfer window and that his side lost by six at home last weeken, it is a relief that he wants to stay and wants to finish the job that he’s started. The board had no response to this, with nobody saying anything on the subject (as on so many others). The Aston Villa board members do themselves no favours. Time is running out for us. While we all hope that the players can, somehow, somewhere, get points on the board and claw away from the relegation zone, the reality is that this is looking increasingly unlikely to happen and, in the meantime, the club is being run into the ground.