Listen to Howard Hodgson of the AVST speak to BBC WM about Tony Xia

Following Tony Xia’s takeover of Aston Villa Football Club, AVST Director Howard Hodgson was invited onto The Paul Franks Show (BBC WM) to speak on behalf of the Aston Villa Supporters Trust regarding the current situation at the football club. Howard discussed the uncertainty regarding the finances behind the deal as well as his optimism and hope that Tony Xia can put Aston Villa back on a good path. The manager situation is also discussed, although it is still unclear who exactly will be  the man…

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Aston Villa Sale

You might be wondering why we haven’t yet commented on this weeks news that Tony Xia is the new owner of the club. Given that we have been very critical of the previous owner, why haven’t we been jumping for joy at the end of the Lerner era? In truth, it is because we are not sure what to make of it. It was plain for all to see that Randy Lerner had to sell up. Another disastrous campaign has ended in timid relegation and…

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Consultation Group minutes 23rd April

A meeting of the supporter consultation group was held on Saturday and the following minutes have been agreed and circulated for publication. MINUTES OF FANS CONSULTATION GROUP MEETING SATURDAY 23 APRIL Present Peter Warrilow and Kris Carr – AVST Gary Kilburn and Vaughan Ellis  – Lions Clubs Anne Mcgivern – avillafan.com Joe Costello – Heroes and Villans Steve Gough – AVISC David Michael – MOMS Ian Stokes – Vital Villa Steve Hollis, Brian Little, Nicky Keye, Tommy Jordan and Lee Preece all representing Aston Villa…

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Jonny Gould with Lord King of Lothbury prior to Swansea game (22nd March 2015)

Lerner: it is time to talk

AVST demands immediate answers from the club about what triggered yesterday’s resignations from the Board.  Relegation was finally confirmed at the weekend and, whilst we have all known it was coming for some time, it still feels like a kick to the stomach.  The thing that has been sustaining the supporters, the one glimmer of hope at the end of a very dark and long tunnel, has been the fact we finally seemed to be getting it right off the pitch.  A new board with…

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Aggressive ticket pricing required for 2016/17 season

The Supporters’ Trust have today (12th April) issued proposals to Aston Villa Football Club demanding an aggressive ticket pricing policy for the forthcoming season in the Championship. A letter with our proposals has been sent to Steve Hollis, Chairman, and expands upon our initial verbal input provided to Tom Fox, former CEO, and Lee Preece, Supporter Liaison Officer, in February.  A copy of the full letter is available below. The principles of the proposed policy are to maximise match day attendees and ensuring that we have passionate…

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ASTON VILLA MANAGERIAL VACANCY

The AVST wants to thank Rémi Garde for his efforts in his time at the club. Whilst the results have not been good enough, it is hard to think of a Villa manager who has ever been dealt as poor a hand to work with as he was.  We wish him well for the future. Yet again we find ourselves searching for a new manager and we watch with interest to see how the new board goes about this task.  With the stakes so high, we…

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Comment on Fox and Football Board

AVST acknowledges the logic behind Thursday’s statement from the Club in respect of the resignation of Tom Fox. Ultimately, his key appointments have not worked out and all Chief Executives stand and fall based on the results on the pitch, as well as the decisions they make off it. Unfortunately, Villa’s (under Tom’s guidance) have not been good enough. We would though like to thank Tom for his willingness to engage with the AVST on matters that are key to our supporters. We wish him…

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RAL financial statements

Earlier in the month, the financial statements for Reform Acquisitions Ltd  (the holding company for Aston Villa Football Club) were published. There was much local and national media coverage at the time. The press have highlighted the key figure at a £27m loss, further depleting the capital position of the company.  Although Hollis has recently commented that we will have one of the strongest balance sheets,  such ongoing losses will soon deteriorate that position.  With share capital at £315m, combined losses amount to £(248)m leaving…

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AVST Statement – Removal of Banners

When AVST met with Aston Villa officials two weeks ago, we discussed a number of things in great length.  We can only apologise if the length of the write up we put out on the website was not substantive enough for some, however, the meeting lasted almost three hours and therefore we felt it was best to abbreviate what was discussed, rather than give a word for word account. One of the key objectives we were keen to discuss with the club though was the…

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