Fresh embarrassment for Aston Villa as their crisis-hit summer rumbles on
Aston Villa is now being run on a day-to-day basis by a committee of four — and the Football League are looking into the management structure.
Bosses at the EFL have held two meetings with the new top brass at Villa Park, and have voiced concerns at the lack of football knowledge.
The quartet consists of chief commercial officer Luke Organ, finance director Ian Hopson, lawyer Victoria Wilkes and Xia’s eyes and ears at Villa Park, Rongtien He.
Since chief executive Keith Wyness was kicked out of office, those four are responsible for day-to-day affairs. But the EFL are taking some convincing they have the necessary credentials to run Villa in its current state.
The crisis-hit Birmingham club managed to pay the wages this month as rumours over its financial future continue to swirl. Players and staff were remunerated on Friday as the club fulfilled its immediate financial obligations.
Rumours of a takeover continue to circulate – the latest is that two Americans were being shown around the club’s training base at Bodymoor Heath earlier in the week.
Meanwhile, manager Steve Bruce remains in the dark over transfers with the players returning to pre-season training this Wednesday.
There is a recruitment meeting planned for early in the week, but that appears to be just a time-filling exercise as no budgets have been forwarded to either the manager or director of football Steve Round.
It is estimated that since Bruce’s arrival at Villa Park, he has shaved £20m off the wage bill – but that appears not to be enough to keep the wolves from the door and doubts still remain over the future viability of the club – and of its main assets, particularly Jack Grealish.
The first-team squad will report to Bodymoor Heath on Wednesday for assessment before jetting off to Portugal for training.
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