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 14th 2003IMMEDIATE

VFC are outraged that the board have accepted yet another resignation. That is not to say we have been satisfied with the record of Mr Taylor, but we feel that the board have once again deflected blame from their inability to not only choose the right manager but to back him. They have simply continued the cycle of a new manager on average every 2.5 years.

The fans feel this is no longer acceptable as it is now clearer than ever that whoever the manager is, the board fail to back them. Graham Taylor has made it clear that he has not left due to playing results stating "Contrary to what may be perceived playing results are not the reason for my resignation and I had always believed that last season was going to be one of transition, particularly in respect of emerging young players."

Therefore pointing out that the board have failed to back his plans for investments for the forthcoming season saying "I would however point out that modern football, with its well publicised financial pressures, involves much wider issues than mere playing matters and those are a major factor in my decision."

The legacy and history of this great club is being ruined by an un-ambitious and backward thinking board of directors and the Villa fans demand for them to follow Graham Taylor's lead and resign. The major shareholder, Mr Ellis, needs to step aside and make it clear that he is now willing to listen to offers for his stake in the club. If action is not taken to stop this cycle of underachievement, then Aston Villa Football Club will continue to struggle to challenge for honours and will fail to attract the right sort of man for the job of manager.

As Graham Taylor has himself said, echoing former managers John Gregory, Brian Little and Ron Atkinson, the club must move on. VFC believe that Aston Villa has drifted and the leadership have become stale. For the good of everyone involved in Aston Villa, the club needs a roots and branch change throughout the club. This board have proved they haven't the ability to take us forward, therefore they must step aside for a board that will.

VFC would like to thank Graham Taylor for the efforts that he has put in and for the dignity he has shown in resigning due to the failure of the board to back him. We hope Graham Taylor will now explain fully just what the problems he has encountered have been so the fans can have some understanding of the problems facing our club. Too many times the board have been able to hide their failings behind the managerial roundabout by straitjacketing an outgoing manager and replacing him with a former fans favourite. We would like Graham Taylor to help break this charade once and for all.


Contacts:
Jonathan Fear
Navid Nazir
info@villafc.com

Notes:

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

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