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 - 30th January 2004.Fans Alarmed at PLC Results


Villa Fans Combined note with alarm the half yearly figures announced this week. Mr Ellis has always boasted that he is running a steady ship, but on and off the field the problems continue at such a rate that Villa are in fact looking more like a sinking ship. We are also alarmed that every time there is a crisis at Villa they use Leeds as an example of a club in worse trouble. They should be looking at our rivals across the city a bit closer instead, as they are above us in the league and have managed to announce a profit despite having a far smaller capacity at St Andrews.

Mr Ellis calls the results 'disappointing' 'Mr Ellis, we call your leadership disappointing and implore you to do the right thing for our club and move aside to encourage new investment and facilitate a more dynamic board of directors who are capable of dealing with the modern world of football. Your dictatorial approach has not reaped the rewards any of us would have hoped for and it is time for change before the situation gets any worse. You have always boasted that Villa have no debts and we are profitable but having spent millions from the share floatation, NTL investments and the sales of our top players like Dwight Yorke, your boasts actually ring hollow as we are further away from success now than when you took over 22 years ago'.

David O'Leary has echoed what we have been saying "All I can say is that there is a train in the distance - and it is not going to stop. It is going to hit you right in the face. The facts are there, end of story". It seems only one man can't see that the club is in crisis. Mr Ellis is still convinced that the youth are going to save this club and is obviously not heeding the advice from Mr O'Leary that he needs money to strengthen the increasingly small squad. It is of no use bringing in a top manager and then not having the capability to back him. Whilst we welcome the great news of the signing of Nolberto Solano, we maintain that Aston Villa needs the fresh impetus and investment that a new regime would bring. We wonder how long Mr O'Leary will continue 'banging his head against a brick wall' before following the many previous managers out of Villa Park if these changes don't come about.



ENDS


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Reaction from first meeting:
Paul's response:Remember the day - the 24th of May.
Previous Press Releases:
9th January 2004:Birthday Wishes
3rd December 2003:Ellis In Blunderland
25th November 2003:Ellis, we're coming
20th November 2003:Situation Vacant
11th November 2003:Time for Action
27th October 2003:The Decline Deepens
9th September 2003:When VFC met Doug
9th August 2003:Open Season
1st August 2003:Annual Results - Hang Your Heads In Shame!!!
27th July 2003:Sell, Sell, Bye Bye - Is there a takeover in the wings?
11th July 2003:Football Fans Census - Villa Fans Survey
26th June 2003:Second Rally - The Hodgson Report
18th June 2003:Fans Testimonial for Ian Taylor and Alan Wright
6th June 2003:Second meeting announced.
20th May 2003:New Manager, same core problems.
20th May 2003:Rally 24th May - Update.
18th May 2003:Potential investors identifed - Report commissioned.
14th May 2003:GT Resigns. The Board Must Go Now.
12th May 2003:Another wasted season, another opportunity missed.
4th May 2003:VFC Update - The right moment?
10th April 2003:Treffick Shareholding, Uncertainty and the Fear.
4th April 2003:Club for Sale - Time For Change.

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