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Richard FitzGerald On Villa Future

Richard FitzGerald On Villa Future

Villa's Chief Executive Richard FitzGerald has been talking to the business editor John Duckers at the Post.

Richard has adding his backing to the campaign to get an extended runway at Birmingham International Airport and he also revealed 'a major Asian airline was looking to partner with the club if the problem could be overcome.'

'International companies require international facilities.'

When asked if the Emirates were the backers he refused to comment!

He called the Nike deal 'huge' for Villa and re-affirmed 'We are going to build a club, not just chuck money around' and also that the Champions League is very much the aim for this club.

'This is a five to 10-year project. We believe that we would like to be competing for the Champions League within the next five years. I know that there has not been a lot of trophies – we need to get back to winning ways. Randy Lerner is very passionate about the ground, he is very passionate about the club, he loves the history and tradition.'

He also backed the manager and his signings: 'Martin O'Neill is a winner. I think that everybody will see that he is one of the top European managers. John Carew is everything you would hope for. In Villa terms, he can become the next Peter Withe.'

And on the match day 'experience' he knows there is some way to go, 'There is no easy fix to that – a full Villa Park is a fantastic experience. We have to continue to invest in Villa Park's infrastructure.'

Such exciting times, so many changes going on and so much to look forward to! Should be a very enjoyable ride following our years of stagnation. I have been lucky enough to meet Richard FitzGerald for lunch and talk at some length and I have to say you can just feel the ambition at the club right now.

They are quite rightly setting the staff free to prove themselves and many are floating to the top now some of the deadwood and 'jobs for the boys' guys have left. What is also great is these people are good, honest, down to earth guys who have tremendous track records and are looking to remain at the club for the long term to put us back up to where Villa should rightly be!

Finally we are back in safe hands and pushing forwards.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday April 25 2007
Time: 1:00PM


25 years on and they are parading the last European cup winners at Villa Park. 30 years on let's hope the next European cup winners will be parading the cup around Villa Park!!
25/04/2007 13:14:00
Earlier on this season I continually mentioned that everybody was pulling together except the supporters. Despite having a better season on the pitch and seeing all the foundation work being done by the new owners off the pitch, attendances will only finish slightly better than last season. It is up to supporters to pick up the baton now. It is more than overdue for us to be selling well in excess of 30,000 season tickets and filling VP every game. Time for excuses to stop.
25/04/2007 13:36:00
This guy means business. I like his vision and strategy of the club. We are in a win win situation. With Randy and the rest of the board's focus I can only see big things happening at Villa.
25/04/2007 13:58:00
Regarding the Asian airline mentioned, I would not class Emirates as Asian. What about Cathay Pacific or Air India. All sounds very positive though.
25/04/2007 16:22:00
All sounds very positive, good to hear them being realistic saying its a 5-10 year plan.
25/04/2007 16:43:00
agreed jonny_b, nice to know they are going to do it right and not 'do a chelski'
The Fear
25/04/2007 16:48:00
Voice - bet you've been dyin' to get that out:-) Feel any better? On a serious note though, many fans are finding footy expensive and with increased TV airtime and places to watch it, there is competition. To attract the stay-away-fans there has to be something more than hope. We haven't been entertaining at home and some of the offering has been very frustrating. I have family who've been down but won't return until the fayre improves. It's the way it is! It ain't cheap and people are more decerning.
25/04/2007 18:20:00
But Voice, keep the faith because within 2 years we'll sell the place out every week, guaranteed.
25/04/2007 18:21:00
Awesome news, does anyone get the impression Rich means business???????????????????????
25/04/2007 18:52:00
If you compare Villa to other clubs that have been bought this season, and you'll probably find that despite having a mediocre (me being polite) season, we are starting to be noticed by other people in the media and Premier League. We seem to have the finance and the manager who can take us places now, we just have to see how things unfold. My biggest concern is that we have seen fans turn on MON this year, and I don't know if that is right or wrong, but I worry that it'll be us fans that may not give him 5 years.
25/04/2007 20:46:00
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