Writer: J P Fear
Date:Tuesday May 8 2007
Richard FitzGerald says there will be 'top class' signings brought to Villa Park this summer and says the state of the art Bodymoor Heath training ground will help persuade potential signings that Aston Villa once again mean business.
The Villa Chief Executive said: 'It's a very important part of the overall package as a player, not only in attracting new players but retaining the ones we've got. From an agent's perspective, clearly the environment the players operate in is absolutely fundamental and it's an important part of the infrastructure in place. Our number one objective is to have a winning team and for that you need winning players and winning players need to be treated correctly.'
Adding, on the official site: 'I certainly hope it's a real statement of the club's ambition. If you bring someone here, then clearly this is a deciding factor. It's about building a solid base because ultimately it's about winning consistently - it's not just about building one team for one cup run. It's about building an infrastructure that supports a top team if we're going to achieve what we want to achieve.'
'We all feel very positive about this but it's also about the togetherness - the football side are appreciative and I think we'll see some good results. We're certainly expecting some top class players here in the summer.'
Not often I can't wait for the summer, but the sooner the season is over and the shopping begins, the better!
I'll get a sticky player link thread up after the Bolton game, that should be fun through the summer, the January one ended up with a good few thousand comments!
Date:Tuesday May 8 2007
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