Chief executive Paul Faulkner has been largely disliked by fans of Aston Villa for some years but many are now starting to realise that he does have a vision and they need to hear him out.
The reasoning behind this is that many now see his vision and his noticeable achievement in dropping the wage bill drastically since the Martin O'Neill days at Villa Park with Paul Lambert set the challenge of cutting the wage bill and selling the 'old guard'.
Lambert has certainly achieved that and earned plenty of high praise. Gone are the days of big name and big price signings rolling through the gates of Villa Park. Gone are the days of bad influences.
Aston Villa is now an astutely well run-club thanks to Faulkner and American billionaire Randy Lerner. The vision has changed since UEFA Financial Fair Play has come in to play and since successive managers have failed to produce silverware whilst spending many of Lerner's millions. The vision I am talking about is developing Villa into a Premier League powerhouse again with the philosophy of a team like Borussia Dortmund, who have spent very little on their side and reaped the benefits.
The aim is to build the club a huge global reputation once again. Faulkner hopes to help guide the team back to competing with the big boys again and put Aston Villa back on the footballing map.
His dealings with Lambert have seen him allow the manager to do what he wants to achieve what he wants. Faulkner’s vision sees the club going in a financially sound direction and also allows the fans to move on and sleep comfortably in the knowledge that the club is in safe hands once again - unlike rivals Birmingham City.
The motto given by Lerner when he first rolled up at Villa Park was 'Proud History Bright Future'. This motto has been made a mockery of in recent times, but finally this motto is starting to look more and more true by the day.
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