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Steve Stride Resigns From Villa

Steve Stride Resigns From Villa

The operations director of Aston Villa football club, Steve Stride has handed in his resignation notice effective from the 31st May 2007.

Stride, who joined the club in 1972 has been involved with many key aspects in the off-field running over the years. He even took some of the supporters flack for being a 'yes-man' for one Herbert Douglas Ellis and after the past few years, must be looking forward to a bit of a break!

The club website tonight paid tribute to the man who has been at Villa Park for 35 years, and has quoted Stride himself:

'As a lifelong Villa fan I have been fortunate enough to have enjoyed a career that has also been a passion.

'I have experienced European and domestic success at the highest level during my 35 years at Villa Park and I now leave the club in the hands of new owners and administrators who I firmly believe have the ability and commitment to restore Aston Villa to those former glories.'

Cheers Steve!

(Apologies for having Doug in the photo too!)

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Site Staff
Date:Tuesday March 6 2007
Time: 6:38PM


Don't know enough to comment on his business acumen but I do know Randy is getting the very best personnel around him. If Stride is Villa through & through I can't see why he would want to leave other than his position is untenable. Out with the old and in with the new.
06/03/2007 20:46:00
I agree with you Gaz. If he was good for the Villa, Randy would not let him go. Wheels keep turning the right way, all we need now is results.
06/03/2007 21:30:00
Probably was told to do some real work instead of licking ellis's bum hole.
chris the villan
06/03/2007 22:57:00
Did he fall or was he pushed?
07/03/2007 07:39:00
Stride has given as much as he could have over the last 35 years. He feels the time is right for the new regime to take over. Will still be at Villa Park every week, for every game even after his resignation. He simply feels its time to move on and there is nothing untoward.
07/03/2007 08:11:00
It is common place for a large plc, after takeover, becomming private to retain key members of the administrative team/directors to oversee a handover period. Ultimately the new owner will eventually want to install 'his own people'. Stride was probably already contracted for this handover period after the takeover, and he has no doubt been rewarded handsomely for it by Lerner - basicly Stride knew the club top to bottom and inside out, probably better than Ellis did, and Lerner could not afford to loose him in the early days of his reign. I would expect no animosity between Lerner and Stride, in fact Lerner is probably very grateful to him for staying on. We should salute Stride for what he has done for our club, he has been a real servant and worked under one of the most coveted tyranical leaders the game has ever seen. Steve I take my hat of to you and wish you all the best.
07/03/2007 08:43:00
Stig, You know it mate!
07/03/2007 08:55:00
I can not join in the pleasantries. Whilst I wish him all the best for the future I think that we have been let down. SS has 'earned' several million quid from the Villa in shares, wages, a book and pensions during his time at the club. It is obvious from the efforts of the current regime just how much this club has been lacking over the last few years. Questions are now being answered. These same questions and problems were ignored by SS his staff. Even to the extent that on shareholders meetings he would rather argue against fans despite everybody being able to see what was happening. So he has made a nice life for himself and his family from the Villa, but lets not pretend he was a success. It seems like he is a genuinely nice guy but in terms of his work ability, his achievements are now being shown to being poor. Quite rightly he was kept on initially for his knowledge and contacts. The new owners now have these and he no longer has anything to 'bring to the table'. It just goes to show that it is not just on the pitch where the club is trying to improve the quality. It would be unfair to say 'good riddance' because working for HDE must have been a nightmare. I think he tried his best but was so out of his depth it is untrue.
07/03/2007 12:48:00
Jonah it seems he was gently moved on. He has not been included on recent board meetings and has not been invited to join the decision making processes that are now happening. He has rightly identified this as a signal that he is no longer required. He has taken the right decision to go instead of hanging around until he was told to sling his hook. And reza, unless you are SS or know him personaly how do you know he will still be at VP every game? How do you know there was nothing untoward. It was the new owners decision to dispense with his services, although the 'spin' indicates it was SS's decision. The fact that that he was alienated from the decision making process proves this.
07/03/2007 13:34:00
I agree. It is not unusual for "executive level" staff to go at his sort of age (not intended to be an angeist comment just the facts)a nd they do say that a new broom always sweeps clean and we do not need remnants fro the days of DD. All the best Steve, enjoy your retirement with your family and enjoy watching MON's team bringing back the glory days you recall so fondly !!
07/03/2007 17:06:00
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