At the time of writing, all Aston Villa Football Club has achieved in the January transfer window is to hand ultimate control of the football club to a man who, as he openly admitted, hasn’t the first clue how to run one. All the other teams in danger of relegation have managed to add multiple players to their squads while Aston Villa Football Club becomes more of an embarrassment to football with each passing day.
The team and manager may not have given up but it certainly looks like the board has. Aston Villa Football Club is going to be relegated; we’ve known this for weeks now. However, there have been no signs from the top that the men in power have any intention of putting the club in a position to bounce back. Instead it’s been suggested that Steve Hollis has been brought in to asset strip the club to facilitate a quick sale. It wouldn’t be the end of the world if a sale occurred this summer, as someone who actually cares could put money in, but if a sale comes any later than that I would really fear for Aston Villa. We are going the way of Nottingham Forest and Leeds United, massive football clubs with great fans, that are rotting in England’s second tier.
This weekend’s performance highlighted the lack of quality in the side. A Manchester City B team comfortably beat us at Villa Park without even really getting out of second gear. I had never heard of their hat-trick hero, Kelechi Iheanacho, until he bagged against us. Having said that, can we have him on loan? He looked twenty times better than Gestede or Kozák ever will.
The disillusion we all feel is taking its toll. There were fewer that 24,000 fans inside Villa Park for a game against one of the ‘big’ teams that wasn’t on television and in the FA Cup. 7,000 of those fans were there to support the visiting team. I can’t blame Villa fans for voting with their feet, as I regret wasting £15 on my ticket and wish I’d gone to the cinema instead (it’s Oscar season, after all, and there’s much better entertainment to be found at your local cinema than at Villa Park). The only positive from Saturday was that getting out of Aston was a dream.
Aston Villa Football Club deserves board members who care and an owner who will act to keep us in the Premier League. While he divided opinion, Doug Ellis would never have seen us in this mess and he didn’t have the resources that Randy Lerner has.