Relegated and docked 30 points? Could be worse…
The following statement was created and released by the players…yes…things got so bad that they got together just to have a go at Doug Ellis. It is at the same time incredibly tragic and hilarious that Villa supporters have to put up with this not only this past season, but for years.
People talk about Aston Villa being a big club and winning the European Cup in 1982,”
“We feel it should be a big club, but if the chairman has got ambition, he needs to start showing it. It has to come from the top.
“So many other clubs are doing so much to show their ambition apart from us. As players we’re all ambitious and we want to improve on last season.
“The chairman should be behind the club and not working against what we’re trying to achieve. There have been a series of cutbacks and we feel we have to mention this because they are now starting to affect us.
“At the end of last season, the chairman refused to pay Â£300 for the pitches to be watered. The training ground development, which we were all looking forward to working in, has stopped.
“Now we have lost a masseur because the club refuse to pay for one and are clubbing together to pay for our own.
“We have also heard that the physio, who was on his way to see Martin Laursen, could not claim back for a cup of coffee at the airport.
“We’ve had no explanation for the cutbacks and we feel if the manager can’t get one, then we have no chance.
“Maybe the chairman thought he would have left by now because of the takeover. Supporters are concerned with what happens on the pitch and rightly so.
“But we feel with all the cutbacks, it is difficult to attain the targets we all share.
“In the second half of last season, there was no investment in the team. A loan player – Eirik Bakke – was sent back to Leeds and now we’re unable to sign James Milner from Newcastle.
“There are no positives coming out of the club. We need to see a plan where the club is going and all the players feel the same. Every penny is being watched.”