It’s no secret that the main mission of new Aston Villa chairman Steve Hollis was one of trouble shooting. There are so many things wrong with the club that to list them now would go into digression that I probably wouldn’t be able to get back on track from. Suffice to say, one big issue with an absent owner was poor communication and public direction from the top of the club.
With this in mind, it is good to see the Villa chairman within 24 hours of the club finally having their relegation confirmed, issuing the following letter to Villa supporters.
Aston Villa Chairman Steve Hollis’s Open Letter
First, on behalf of the Board, let me express my deep regret that I find myself writing this open letter to you, knowing just how much hurt and pain, anger and anguish will have been felt by you all after the Club lost its Premier League status this weekend.
Your profound sadness is shared by everyone connected with the Club and while I know that will be of little consolation in the days ahead, it should be a source of reassurance as we rebuild the foundations for future successes.
We must acknowledge that this weekend’s confirmation has been the culmination of an unacceptably fractured season both on and off the pitch. That isn’t down to bad luck. To make such a claim would be insulting to each and every one of you. I must add you have all displayed unyielding commitment in adversity.
While it is of little solace at present, the process of identifying the root causes of our circumstances started long ago and the focus now has to be looking forward and making sure lessons have been learnt.
The search for a new manager to provide drive, direction and immediate promotion has commenced.
Together, we share the same goal. We intend to restore Aston Villa Football Club to its rightful place. It is a journey we must make together so we can bring success, enjoyment and exciting football back to Villa Park once more.