“I hope that under the ambition and guidance of the Chairman the fans will see progress with deeds and not just words.” – Keith Wyness
“My long-term aim is to make Aston Villa the greatest Club in the world,” said Tony Xia, as he made his first appearance in front of the media as Aston Villa owner. Never mind talking about vague bright futures, the new Villa owner was really going for it and even mentioned winning another European Cup.
Ambition is good, but empty hype achieves very little. After all, most dreams tend to be lies. Although saying that, Villa should aim high and getting this club qualifying for Europe again is the kind of ball park we should be pitching up at again. In my time as a Villa supporter, European nights have been a big part of the experience and fabric of the club. The woeful last five seasons, should not distract us from that.
I have little time for fans who now limit Villa’s ambition to being a well-run club who simply survive in the Premier League. This is sport, and sport is about achievement, aspirations and winning. Just ask Leicester City who last season showed Spurs how to fulfil their motto of ‘to dare is to do’.
While Xia continued his wayward optimism, Di Matteo said nothing that hadn’t been said before in the first press conferences of all the new managers Villa supporters have seen come and go in recent years. We will soon receive the first clues about Di Matteo by how his summer recruitment goes.
The most pragmatic voice of the initial press rounds of Villa’s new dawn was the incoming CEO Keith Wyness, who hinted that progress of Villa’s new dawn should be measured in actual achievements.
“I hope that under the ambition and guidance of the Chairman the fans will see progress with deeds and not just words,’ reflected Wyness, adding the current focus was on what happens on the pitch.
“The squad is the most important thing and Roberto is working on that. He’s extended the training camp in Austria from four days to seven days to look at the players we have right now.”
It seems any player cull will come swiftly after that.
“He [Di Matteo] will be making decisions pretty quickly. The squad is very key,” said Wyness.
“Off the pitch I will try to get some things in place pretty quickly. We want to get the club moving forward. Obviously I recognise from my experience that there are some issues to be addressed at Villa behind the scenes. Hopefully I can bring the leadership to try and do that.
Consulting supporters groups is on the cards too, although, we’ll have to wait a few weeks for the club to get into its stride.
“I will fully engage at the appropriate time with the supporter groups which is a key strength of this great Club,” concluded Wyness.
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