Joint Statement From Randy Lerner & Paul Faulkner
The club have just released a statement stating they share the concerns and hurt of the fans.
The statement on the Official Site reads as follows:
'Right now everyone connected with Villa is hurting badly. We very openly acknowledge the frustrations of Villa fans and share them completely.
'What matters to us and the Board at this moment is how we, as a Club, handle adversity and the pressure it brings. We continue to be in control of our own destiny. We will continue to support and rely on our manager and the squad and therefore give them our full support.
'We are totally conscious, as is everyone at the Club, that this is a very trying time for those who love Aston Villa.
'We know that the team will continue to fight through every minute of the remaining games and we hope Villa fans will continue to show their great support.'
The statement also briefly mentions the Bolton loss talking about a 'strong start and the tenacity' the team showed where a win was in sight, and mentions the young players fighting side by side their more senior counterparts to ensure survival.
Not the statement anybody really wanted, and unfortunately not a statement that will ease tensions amongst the fanbase.
We've heard all season from the Eck about how the players will fight, what fans wanted more than anything from the board - even excluding the key question of Eck's future - was to see a roadplan for where the club is going, what our genuine and achieveable goals are in the short term instead of the standard 'European slots' comments and after two years of wages never being far from anybodies mouths, has the apparent cost cutting worked and are the club going to push on in the summer.
That's the statement fans want to see next to 'we are looking for a new manager', not a 'we hurt aswell but we back the manager and will fight' job.
If anything, I guess the responses will show it, this is just going to rile people up again who may have settled slightly on a new day.
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