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Villa CEO Quits

The breaking news from the official Villa website is that the club's Chief Executive Richard FitzGerald has resigned.

The brief statement reads:

'Aston Villa Football Club today announces the resignation of Chief Executive Richard FitzGerald.

'The club has made significant progress off the field in the last 13 months and would like to thank Richard for his contribution during that period.

'The club wishes him every success in the future.'

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The Journalist

Writer: Murph Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 29 2008

Time: 4:11PM

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erm ? Did I miss something there ????
wtf ? more people leaving the club?
strange timing in the transfer window with no new players in yet..? Maybe there is more to this..?
Where were you when you heard the Aston Vile bubble pop? The man has sense.
By Eck We'll Do It
how very odd !!!!!
Perhaps he wasn't happy with the "sell before you buy" policy that O'Neill appears to have been given. Lots of talk about it in the newspapers this morning, perhaps those stories came from somewhere?
The Blues Brother
Any other time and I wouldn't worry, but at this stage in the transfer window? Doesn't really all add together. Or it does and I don't want to think about what it equals.
who cares? has anybody seen the league table recently??
You don't care that the man who has been running the club for 13 months, and who has got us to that position in the league table, has walked out without any reason why? Okay, then...!
This is not good news for the club, we have been making great strides forward with Mr Fitzgerald and I would have thought he was part of the team bringing in players. However we do not know the reasons behind this and we may all be reading something out of nothing................BUT THIS IS THE VILLA.........
How many days a year is Randy at Villa? Who makes decisions when Randy isn't at Villa? The CEO. So who makes decisions now? Erm? Answers on a postcard?
Mr Fear, do you know owt about this? What are the rumblings from the club? Did he jump or was he pushed? It could just be something as simple as he got a better offer elsewhere.
The Usual Suspect
Perhaps he was the reason why we seem to be struggling to bring in new players and keep current players under long contract (Melberg).
Doug Ellis for Chief Exec? Just joking. Lets not panic until we know the answer it may be something as simple as he has been offered a higher wedge at another company or does not like b'ham.
I cannot understand many of the comments here. Fitz had no control on transfer policy or activity. Also just recently a new stadium or operations director was brought in, so is this a great surprise? Only from the point of view that this guy was meant to be leading the promotion and marketing of the club. I reckon his progress was not fast enough for the board. The only way that this may have been connected to any other news is the view that the club has a low PR profile. Where was the CEO? I don't see any problems here.
The CEO has not got us anywhere in the league thats the managers job but the timing is strange. He hasn't been here long and we went a long time without a CEO before he came so I'm not worried. Lerner makes all the decisions anyway as did Ellis so I shouldn't think much will change. I wonder if the General will replace him he seems to be the CEO anyway.
From what I hear he wasn't happy with his limited role at the club. Probably had a better offer.
You apparently hear a lot Tarzan. Are you Doug Ellis? :o)
Villain Of The North
It's still a worry that the second most important person at Aston Villa the Business has walked away, especially given the timing.
I was the one who taught him the bicycle kick :-o It's all about Randy, the General and MON at the Villa
maybe hes got a better job or something but it seems more sinister than that. Im thinking hes fallen out with randy lerner.
Sinister! We are all frail because there's no-ne been signed! A couple of big ones and we'll all be happy!
Maybe the rest of the board arent happy with his transfer dealings? Im not 100% sure of the role of the CEO but isnt he supposed to sort the contracts for new and existing players? Maybe he's toatally screwed up both transfer windows and has been given the axe as the plyers MON wanted were missed?
I love conspiracy theories, alternatively he wasn't happy with his limited role.
son_of_cher that really is nonsense. Randy himself said that MON does all the transfer dealings himself, without any limits or meddling from anyone. Truth is most likely, as tarzan says, he didn't have that big a role. CEO's generally have big egos, if he wasnt needed he'd have looked elsewhere for a role that suits him better.
The Usual Suspect
Hmmm maybe because he says too much in the forums to fans ? He was getting into rows with Gold... I'm not happy who will contact and talk to the fans, and get the voices of the fans to the top boss to make changes and see what we want...
Villa 4 Ever
So who runs the business the 90 per cent of the time Randy is not in the UK, then? There is more to a football club than the on-the-pitch stuff. A lot more.
Oh, and as for the suggestion that General Krulak takes the job...unless he is prepared to move to England on a permanent basis, thus leave his 95-year-old father, not to mention many other business interests, in the USA, it's not going to happen.
A lot of guesswork and rumour, from a lot of people who do not really know how important (or unimportant) the CEO actually was. At the moment we are all in the dark until the club expand on the comments made. My understanding is that he was responsible for day to day running of the club and that his primary role was attracting and obtaining the best deals from the business partners that Villa wanted. This included things like the Nike deal and potential new sponsorship. I actually believe it is a development that we should be concerned with. The club should be doing everything to inform fans of exactly what is going on.
I prefer the 'conspiracy theory' theory, much better for debating. Who knows why the guy left, we'll never find out. Perhaps he had a fling with Harewood and left by mutual consent.
Can he play right back? If so, get him back!!
In broad terms the timing suggests he has quit because he isn't happy - rather than getting a better offer. Notice the sell to buy theories have hit the nationals today - coincidence ?
He never did a CEO's job so never understood why they gave him that "handle"? He certainly was'nt "media friendly" and I'm at aloss to know what he achieved since he arrived last January. Probably a good, hard working No2 and apparently a very talented "marketeer". Will be interesting to see who is appointed to replace him or will someone else be appointed to drive forward the marketing side of the business leaving a CEO to be appointed from within.
Wasn't he relatively new to the world of football when he arrived at Villa Park? Maybe the role wasn't what he was looking for, maybe it wasn't what he thought it would be? Maybe he just wasn't suited to it? Who knows? No doubt more information will be released in due course, but in the meantime hopefully the club will set about appointing a replacement with the minimum of delay.
I personally think Tarzan is correct. If so, Fitzgerald could sue Villa for "constructive-dismissal", by not being permitted to do the job he was appointed to. What do you say about that General Krulak? Not enough "intellectual rigour" to that theory?
hes going to Newcastle! good luck too him! is he meeting Bruce Langham on his way up???!!
Came by to see if anyone had been brought in to find Villa are shrinking behind the scenes as well, watch out for an offer from Rangers.
It is a very strange time for a CEO to be leaving but lets look at what this man has actually done. He presented the new club crest, he said last summer that we would be signing big name players (erm . . ). Maybe Mr Lerner believes the CEO isn't as important as he once was. I will give him his due that the club has made massive strides whilst he has been here but I believe that is more to do with Mr Lerner and MON.
All very strange because the last time I saw Dicky he was in McDonalds talking with Ruud van Nistelrooy and Tarzansbrother was serving him a veritable feast of bulls1t. Luckily I don’t believe in conspiracy theories… just the truth and I saw it with my own eyes.
Hoss The Villain
We can't second guess why he resigned (or whether he was asked to). Point is, all we have seen on and off the pitch since Ellis went is progress. Lest we forget that. There may be very good reasons why he went and Villa will be a much better proposition for good candidates to be seriously interested in such a pivotal role under Randy. Does anyone have Bruce Langham's 'phone number?!
Richard is leaving Villa in a better state than when he came in, so that is positive. Second guessing does no one any good. There haven't as far as I can tell been any major bust ups or anything sinister, its just business. I think he has helped our club enormously and sometimes it is just time to move on. Certainly nothing to do with signings etc, as that is Randy and MON's part of the job.
The Fear
agree with the Fear...
Paper talk says he was unhappy with his role being restricted by new appointments so he has quit! I would agree that he has had a positive effect, shame that he has felt the need to go in this way.
A strange one indeed. He was very low profile I thought for a CEO, but he certainly seemed up to the task at hand.

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