Recruitment team praised

Steve Round

Aston Villa Director of Football has today praised the new recruitment team at the club for improving the squad within FFP Restrictions.

Villa’s FFP restrictions have been well documented over the last few years with some media outlets and supporters still claiming that the worst is yet to come, however, Round has praised the new recruitment team he has put together and manager Steve Bruce for making the first team squad stronger while also making a healthy profit.

“We were restricted by FFP in the three windows I have been involved in. That’s a product of the previous three years and the fact we were relegated so the payments aren’t as great. 

So we had to balance the books. We have made a significant profit and, importantly, we have improved the team.”

This is much-welcomed news to Villa supporters who have been unsure where the clubs stands with the current rules.

Possibly the best bit of recruitment?Villa has spent an estimated £2.52million over this season while recouping around £16.05million (according to The club has utilized both the free and loan markets by bringing in players such as John Terry, Robert Snodgrass and Sam Johnstone.

Of course, should we fail to gain promotion we may have to tighten the purse strings a little more and sell off a few more of our assets but with players like Keinan Davis, Cal O’Hare and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy waiting in the wings we should be able to cope.

The owner, Dr Tony Xia and Keith Wyness have always promised that should we get promoted, big money would be spent rebuilding a side ready to compete in the Premiership. The recruitment team, that includes Tony Coton and Ian Atkins will once again be crucial to the club and our progression.

Recruitment has been a massive downfall of the clubs for a number of years and is probably the main cause for the position we currently find ourselves in. Although we don’t know what the future holds, all the talk coming out of the club is positive.

We have heard this before with Randy Lerner and Charles Krulak but this is a man who struggled with manager recruitment. What chance did he have with the players?

Of course, it is all talk and only time will tell in the future but right now, following seven back to back League victories we find ourselves sitting second in the league, the fans are once again falling in love with their heroes that do what we can only dream of, dare we tempt fate and say maybe, just maybe there is a bright future for Aston Villa?



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