Supporters' Trust calls on Aston Villa board to provide answers over club's future

Concerned supporters are demanding Villa’s board provide more detail on the club’s future direction following failure to win promotion to the Premier League.

Aston Villa owner Tony Xia
Aston Villa owner Tony Xia

A statement by the Aston Villa Supporters’ Trust asks the club’s hierarchy to explain how they will deal with rapidly mounting financial pressures and calls for a swift decision on the future of manager Steve Bruce.

Owner Tony Xia last week admitted Villa are facing a “severe” challenge in regard to meeting Financial Fair Play and must make sweeping changes.

Yet he remained vague on what precisely those changes were and non-committal on the future of Bruce.

It is understood Villa, who were beaten by Fulham in last month’s Championship play-off final, need to raise around £40million in player sales and wage cuts in order to comply with FFP next term.

The club have already confirmed they will not be renewing skipper John Terry’s £60,000-a-week contract, while star man Jack Grealish could be sold to help plug the financial black hole.

The Trust have now called on Xia to provide greater clarity on the future and warned there is “no time to waste”.

The statement read: “While we appreciate the owner’s words earlier in the week, we call upon the AVFC Board to make a more detailed statement about our future and how we intend to work around the financial pressure that a failure to gain promotion brings.

“How much of the deficit can be recovered by no longer meeting the wages of loanees and those out of contract? What pressures are we under to sell players to make ends meet? Does it mean there is no money available for transfers this summer?

“We also implore the club to make an early decision on the future of Steve Bruce. It is not for us to judge whether he should continue in his post.

“Some of our members believe we can go one better next season with him at the helm and others feel that failure to be promoted again is not acceptable.

“Regardless, we need clarity. It seems clear there will be something of an overhaul in the squad this summer.

“When you factor in the World Cup, and the transfer window closing a month earlier than we are accustomed to, there is no time to waste.”

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