aston villa supporters trust statement

Sale and New Board

The AVST are pleased that the sale of the club to Tony Xia has now been ratified. We have said many times that there is much to be done at Villa Park this summer so let the changes begin. He has certainly spoken well of his plans for Villa and all of us aiming for the same stars would be welcome given the lowering of expectations we should have of our great club that has taken place in recent years. We do sound a word…

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New Manager

AVST is pleased at the appointment of Roberto Di Matteo. He has a good pedigree and has taken another just relegated team up at the first time of asking as part of that. We wish every success. We are delighted to see that Steve Clarke will be his Assistant Manager. A highly regarded coach, with recent knowledge of the Championship, we are sure he will be an important voice in the dressing room and at Bodymoor Heath. Welcome aboard both. You have a lot to…

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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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