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Stadium Upgrade Gathers Pace

Stadium Upgrade Gathers Pace

Cunnah joins the club as our new Chief Operating Officer.

He was former Chief Executive of Wembley for four years and oversaw the building of the new national stadium until he parted company with them 12 months ago.

He has further ties to the Football Assocation where he also worked as Finance Office, acquiring Wembley National Stadium Ltd from Wembley Plc in March 1999.

Cunnah was also a key member in the launch of the Football Foundation and the securing of £50 million a year from professional football and the Government to help the growth of grassroots football.

His background doesn't stop there though. He also led a restructing of the FA to be led by a main board of directors and has held Corporate Finance Directorships at Coca-Cola Schweppes Ltd and has held several senior positions at Guinness Plc.

The appointment follows on from Randy Lerner's announcement back in October that the club were looking to see what could be done to upgrade the stadium. This project is probably high on the list with our average gates up above 40,000 for the first time in 57 years and as one of the finest stadiums already in the country, we are likely to be involved in the 2012 Olympics, and therefore any improvements we can make will only improve our standing.

You may remember, Randy said:

'We are starting to get focused on whether or not it is as comfortable and clean and beautiful as we can make it and whether there are upgrades within the existing building that would make some sense.

'We're starting to get focused on how Villa and Villa Park stacks up in that light and starting to think about what we can do about it.'

I'd now be expecting a sooner rather than later announcement of plans.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Tuesday December 18 2007
Time: 5:28PM


More evidence of Randy & co fulfilling their promises. To quote Lennon and McCartney, "It's getting better all the time......"
18/12/2007 17:46:00
Going to be some radical changes to Villa Park over the next few years me thinks. A new Witton Lane stand would also be good, the current one has never been a good one and is cramped.
The Fear
18/12/2007 18:08:00
onwards and upwards.....step by step......come on baby let the good times roll
18/12/2007 18:10:00
I can see the north stand being rebuilt as it is in a pretty bad state with poor leg room and facilitys. should be first on the list.
18/12/2007 18:41:00
The General has said (on a different websites message board - VillaTalk to be precise (oh that feels like I'm cheating on my wife!!)) that the "new" North Stand will "supersede expectations"!!.... For looking at a website other that VitalVilla - I'm off to wash my eyes out! ;-)
18/12/2007 21:40:00
Must admit that I was somewhat surprised about this appointment. From what I can recall, the guy hardly covered himself in glory during the early period of this Wembley fiasco. It was only after he'd left that real progress was made. Someone tell me I'm wrong, and put me right.
19/12/2007 06:18:00
Get the bloke who sorted Sunderland out with the stadium of light, on time for a fraction of the cost of Wembely and designed with room for expansion. They have already sold 30,000 + season tickets this season if they survive the premiership they will I am sure be expanding their stadium too.
19/12/2007 07:01:00
glensider; effectively it was the price of steel going up that shafted multiplex and Cleveland Bridge on the Wembley project. when the steel and structures package was tendered it was not anticipated that the price of steel was going to rocket in the commodities markets. also the mechanical and electrical subcontractor completely fecked everything up.
19/12/2007 08:36:00
I would love to see a new North Stand continuing on from the TR stand. I think the current stand is completely outdated and has very little leg room. Fear - I think it will be many years before the Witton Lane stand will be redevoloped simply because of its proximity to the road.
19/12/2007 09:10:00
tend to agree whyvilla. Hopefully better relations between club and council might see more posibilities in the future, maybe we'll end up with a stand that goes over the road (tunnel for road obviously like the Trinity/Holte side)
The Fear
19/12/2007 10:43:00
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