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Faulkner On 'Challenging Season'

Faulkner On 'Challenging Season'

CEO Paul Faulkner has talked about our 'challenging season' but he remains confident we are moving in the right direction.

I'm not going to go back over the recent financials, suffice to say we all know the state we were in with wages and our position now isn't anywhere near as bad as the headlines of record losses suggest when you knuckle down and look at the specifics.

For those interested, you can view Heathfield's summary by Clicking Here.

So it's no real surprise to see Faulkner say he's confident in the direction the club is heading.

Speaking briefly to the E&S Faulkner explained the way the club is looking to build and grow for the future, obviously with an eye on sustainability, but whilst this season has been nothing but an utter disgrace, Villa aren't giving up the ghost of challenging, we are just going to attempt to do it in a different way in the future.

'It's obviously been a challenging year, but it's about continuing to get better, and we're looking to bring players into the squad to do that and then grow our own. We're seeing some very talented young players in the reserve team who will also play a part next season. It's about focusing very much on the here and now but also trying to look ahead and to plan and make sure the club keeps going from strength to strength.'

For a lot of fans, understandably, what goes on off the pitch is of little importance and clearly it was the off pitch elements we needed to right and get well under control this time so round, so we can look to move forward on the pitch next summer.

Faulkner knows this, but in order to allow the 'team to give them (the fans) the football they want to see and go home happy' the financials had to be addressed.

Now everybody knows it could have been done with less pain, and maybe a little more flair had a different manager been chosen - but our house should be in order now and that should be shown in the next accounts released.

A lot of faith and goodwill has been lost by the board over the last couple of seasons, fans will always judge players that are brought in, but if the board do back McLeish properly in the summer they might will some of that goodwill back - the question haunting almost everybody though is how will McLeish use that backing?

He's clearly not going anywhere with the signing of Holman, and nobody knows how he'll work out...but...if Eck makes a habit of signing players with potential (Enda Stevens) and then scouts properly for players hitting their peak, with international and Champions League experience like Holman, then maybe, just maybe, all of us will enjoy next season - or at the very least not be quite as homicidal or suicidal as this campaign!

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Wednesday March 14 2012
Time: 6:58PM


He's a clown and and as useful as a handbrake on a kayak.
14/03/2012 20:52:00
I hope, when he says we're going to "try to do it a different way in the future" they mean with some proper scouts to buy some quality young(ish) overseas players, whose value will grow, to supplement the undoubtedly talented players we've got coming through. Napoli set a shining example for me. Hamsik, Cavani & Lavezzi were all signed for in the region of 23m euros in total, and now would all be sold for that EACH. And in the meantime have been pivotal in getting Napoli into the champions league, increasing their revenue and allowing them to attract better players when these three inevitably leave. Good scouting and being prepared to take a (calculated) risk on some youth from overseas can reap rewards
14/03/2012 21:13:00
Constructive Juddy. Lurman, to be fair it was me who used those exact words lol Supplementing the youth with key senior additions has to be the way forward to be honest. Not just proper scouting abroad, but also lower leagues over here. There are a lot of players that if they do make it, could be genuine heroes for us if we move quick and get them.
14/03/2012 21:27:00
He's a complete bloody idiot that wouldn't know a football if it smacked him in the side of the head
14/03/2012 22:07:00
'But he remains confident we are moving in the right direction' what ******** direction is that Faulkner! the Championship, I've had enough of this clown.
14/03/2012 22:30:00
Im not a Faulkner fan but I can't see what he's said wrong there, he has to be positive, he can't come out and say "well we've had a ***** season so sod it, let's all jack it in and down tools".
14/03/2012 22:42:00
We are NOT going down!!! We are the same amount of points from 8th than we are from relegation so again we are NOT going down. I swear people just want to see us in the championship so they can continue on another season of moaning. What a small time mentality. Reminds me of a set of neanderthals who like wearing the colour blue for some reason. I think PF is right here. If this is what they will be delivering (as everyone with common sense knew from the start) than the future is bright again.
14/03/2012 23:07:00
Im afraid the future does not look good if McDraw is in charge, we can not let him build a team its just stupidity he can not improve this team, he will turn all our young talent into long ball merchants and even if our club don't end up in the Championship its more than likely most our youngsters will due to negative management, youngsters need to be shown a winning mentality from the start and not to play for draws or be scared to express themselves ECK OUT is the only way we will progress!
14/03/2012 23:25:00
Right direction???? Shut up Faulkner you total, total helmet.
14/03/2012 23:25:00
So, the board get lamented for not speaking to the fans, and yet when they do come out and speak, they get lamented some more! They can't win. I'm no fan of Faulkner and truly believe we need football men on the board rather than him, but he's come out, tried to be positive, makes a couple of encouraging of points regarding growing our own players, building the team etc... so on this occasion I say fair play. I do wonder though if by saying we want to build our own team what he's really saying is McLeish is going to get little in the way of transfer funds....which might not be such a bad thing I s'pose...
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