Investment and Thierry Henry


If you follow avillafan on Twitter and you rewind back to Wednesday then you may have noticed ourselves, along with fellow Aston Villa supporters clubs discussing ways to come together and demand answers from Dr Tony Xia about the need for investment at our club.

Yesterday it was announced by the club in a statement that NSWE, a company jointly owned and controlled by Nassef Sawiris (net worth £5.18 billion) and Wes Edens had injected some much-needed investment into the club with a view to a full take-over in the future.

I am not gullible enough to think that Xia had read these messages and thought he would quickly sell to an investor as I am sure it was the reason he returned to the UK this week anyway.

I am also not gullible to think that all our problems have gone away as we still have FFP to contend with and also sort out the reason why this club is bleeding a reported £5M a month but it is a relief for fans who didn’t know the future of our club.

Xia may have always had the best intentions when he took over at Villa Park but he will have to do a lot more for me than get investment and potentially sell the club.

After all, he was the one that nearly made my football club go into administration while also made us a public laughing stock in the football world. On top of that – missing that payment to HMRC is just not acceptable.

Saying that though, should this new investment/ownership change our fortunes for the better and these two characters do look very interesting indeed then I may just change my mind in the future.


New investment team want HenryNumerous media outlets have run with a story this morning that would suggest that the club now wants to approach former Arsenal legend and Sky Sports pundit Thierry Henry to take over the reigns at Villa Park.

Although Henry has never managed a club, he has made no secret about the fact it is something he wants to do as the next stage of his career. He was recently part of the Belgium coaching staff that finished 3rd in the 2018 World Cup.

I am unsure what I think about Henry taking over as I feel it could be another Roberto Di Matteo appointment. Having said that, many clubs seem to be giving former players a chance at the moment with Steven Gerrard taking over at Rangers in Scotland and Frank Lampard at Derby.

They have to start somewhere and the fact they are prepared to drop down the leagues to do so would suggest they believe in the clubs they are at and their own ability.

We will have to part ways with Steve Bruce and again I am still unsure if this is the right way forward with the season so close. I guess we will have to sit back and see what the new investment team have planned for our Aston Villa.


  1. I believe we should retain Bruce as manager for the following reasons :-
    1/ It would maintain a measure of stability at the playing end of the club. This has been sadly lacking over the last few years.
    2/ It was not Bruce’s transfer transactions that put AVFC into FFP trouble, we were already heading for those problems before he was appointed.
    3/ Had we had a better start to last season we would almost certainly have been promoted automatically.

    I also have many reservations concerning the possibility of Thierry Henry becoming a manager. No disrespect, but assistant manager to Belgium hardly qualifies him to manage a team with a limited pool of players, little money to spend playing in possibly the toughest league in the world.

    As much as I dislike the idea, but in desperation is there any possibility of selling the ground on a leaseback arrangement ?

  2. Thierry Henry, no please… If we should hire a young manager which have been a player, much rather go for Olof Mellberg. Knows and supports Villa, have at least performed something on his own as manager as he brought up BP in Sweden from third division to highest in two consecutive seasons!!

  3. steveA,
    you say we should retain bruce as manager why?
    1,he is not a coach he is technically inept (his words)
    2,you say if we had a better start last season we would have been automatically promoted well why did we have have poor start bruce was the manager!
    3, regards is transfer activity he only looks at senior pros, because they have been there done it, we have an excellent academy which is unused under his watch,
    4. if he is still in charge at the start of the season expect the same
    5, this comment was from a friends relative who went to wembley (fulham fan) one manger went to win one manager went not to lose, which one was bruce?

  4. Unsure about Thierry. Although I do like him and have filmed with him in Barcelona. It would be a great move for him, but Villa doesn’t need a manager that’s still learning the ropes. There’s too much at stake.


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