The report in yesterday’s Daily Telegraph would seem to suggest that Aston Villa are currently operating on a month-to-month basis with owner Tony Xia scrambling to raise around £5m in finance to keep things ticking over this month and the taxman away.
This week also saw Shaun Harvey, EFL’s chief executive meet with Villa officials, as the league sought assurances that the club isn’t in trouble financially. MOMS is still awaiting a reply from the EFL regarding their governance tests, although they did confirm keeping a watchful eye on the situation in the meantime.
Whether Xia can steady the ship in the next few weeks, or whether there be some twist and turns in terms of investment or even a buyout, remains to be seen. Some people have suggested the recent silence is deafening. In the meantime, we discuss the situation in the latest episode of the My Old Man Said podcast, which attempts to make sense of the situation, as the dust settles post Wembley play-off final.
While MOMS picks through the bones of Villa’s fiscal woe and farce, it doesn’t mean that the entertainment is put on hold.
@oldmansaid The opening to the latest podcast should be nominated for some kind of award. Brilliant work. Was wetting myself with laughter on the drive to work.
— Paul Cleveland (@jroamcleveland) June 21, 2018
Expect sketches, humour and the usual fun and if you’re a Villa supporter with a GSOH and half a brain, where have you been? Get listening!
MOMS #46: The Wizard of Xia – Aston Villa’s Humbug?
As well as the usual chat, there’s the return of ‘Twitter With Tony’ (where Villa’s ‘Yorkshire Tony’ reads through his most recent tweets) and the show’s favourite negative robot Negatron, who declares some affirmative action now that the Villa ownership situation has reached ‘Defcon One’.
- Wembley Fallout
- Xia vs Wyness
- Cumulative effect of player wages and stockpiling.
- Early 2018 sh*t hits the fan
- Improved football infrastructure dysfunction?
- Bruce tactical shortcomings
- Financial Quandary
- Horror Show
- World Cup Influence on Best Solution
- Bruce Babes False Hope
- Company House Movements
- Jury’s Out on Xia
- Wizard of Xia promises
- Crown Jewels
- Buy outs
Stay listening to the end for two post credit excerpts that would have been in the original episode 46 that was originally going to be released prior to the Wembley play-off final.
Referenced article mentioned in the show – The Original Warnings of Villa’s Chinese Financial Tragedy
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David Michael – @oldmansaid
Dan Rodgers – @avfc_vilr
My Old Man Said – https://www.myoldmansaid.com
Villa Underground – http://www.villaunderground.com
Producer – David Michael
Voices – Dan Rodger
The show also features clips from The Wizard of Oz, Tony Xia and Villans Stan Collymore and Nigel Kennedy.