Aston Villa’s Remi Garde may not have got the transfer targets that he wanted, especially with Christian Benteke choosing to warm the bench at Liverpool rather than being loaned out to help his former club avoid relegation, but a welcome addition has arrived in the form of the former Governor of the Bank of England, Lord King.
Aston Villa FC were the originators and founder members of the Football League in 1888 and announced last week that Lord King has joined the board of directors of the Midlands club.
The 67-year-old has been an Aston Villa fan for the whole of his life and watched his first game at Villa Park over 55 years ago.
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"Mervyn successfully steered the Bank of England through the most turbulent economic headwinds in living memory," Villa chairman Steve Hollis said.
Certainly, Lord King will need all his knowledge of rock and roll economics if he is to help turn things around for the Midlanders.
"I shall do my best to help the rebuilding of Aston Villa Football Club as together we return it to its position as one of the top clubs in the world," he said.
That is good news for Garde‘s battered troops, who are eight points from safety and rooted at the bottom of the Premier League, but if any team knows about rock and roll football then it is the men from the Holte End.
Those with long memories, or a YouTube account, will know that the Villains won the European Cup in 1982 and then got relegated from the old First Division just a few years later.
But if there is one man who knows how to deal successfully with testosterone-fuelled young men banking million-dollar-per-year salaries while bringing their employers to rack and ruin, then it will be a former Governor of the Bank of England.
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