Supporters and shareholders of Aston Villa have joined together to fight what they see as the “endless cycle of under-achievement” their club has suffered for the past 20 years.

PRESS RELEASE: May 4th 2003IMMEDIATE

Many of you will be wondering what VFC have been doing and why protests haven't been arranged.

The simple answer is that, as we back the team 100%, we feel it is has been inappropriate to encourage anything apart from the fans support at this critical stage of the season. Whilst the boards failed policies have put us in this position, we were also very aware that until Saturday’s victory over Sunderland our team were still not mathematically safe and it would have been foolish to suggest anything other than the vocal support they received from the fans.

On the positive side we have been busy approaching and talking to potential investors and would encourage any other interested parties to work with the fans in trying to turn the fortunes of Aston Villa round. VFC have also been assured the support from a number of ex players and will continue to pursue support from all areas of the Villa Community. Prominent Birmingham figure Carl Chinn has stated “The time has come for true supporters to come together and stand up for what they believe. If there’s to be a revolution then I will stand up and support it”

VFC stressed from the start that we are here for the long term with the job of encouraging the board to step aside and for Mr Ellis to listen to reasonable offers for his majority shareholdings. This certainly cannot be done overnight. We firmly believe that by the start of the season we will have been able to assess the whole picture at Aston Villa including how the talks have gone between our current manager and the board, and will be more than prepared to react appropriately.

VFC have noted Graham Taylor's comments "I've spent all season dealing with private agendas - on and off the pitch - and you have to ask yourself whether you can keep hitting your head against a brick wall...I've got to sit down at the end of the season and consider things. There has to be a commitment to the future here at Villa, for the sake of the youngsters coming through"

We feel that it strengthens VFC's position as it perfectly illustrates that the cycle of changing managers on average every 2.5 years has got to stop. It appears that Graham Taylor has found out what the previous managers have said, that the working relationship with the current board is impossible to correlate with their stated aim of Champions League football.

We would also like to take this opportunity to wish Mr Ellis a speedy recovery from his prostrate cancer and hope he will soon be back to full fitness. We would also implore Mr Ellis to assess the current position of the club and whether it would not be more prudent for him now to move aside for a more dynamic board of directors and to enjoy his retirement.

To that end, we ask for any potential investors to make themselves known, the potential at Aston Villa is huge and in partnership with the fans, this club could be resurrected to it’s 1982 status of European Champions.


Notes:

  • VFC is an amalgamation of existing independent supporters groups, shareholders and supporters.


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