Ian Taylor's response when asked if he'd like to join Villa board

The Aston Villa fan favourite was asked by a follower on Twitter.

Former Aston Villa man Ian Taylor says he would jump at the chance to join the club's board.

Indeed, Taylor was asked by a follower whether a place in the boardroom would interest him and he was unequivocal in his response.

Villa won their first game since the opening day of the Premier League season on Tuesday night, beating Crystal Palace. They host Leicester City this weekend.

Although it sounds like something that would never realistically happen, the proposition highlights a big issue with how Aston Villa are run.

There is a lack of 'Villans' on the board - and a lack of football men in general.

Aston Villa's problems have run deep for a number of years but it hasn't been through anything too complicated. Owner Randy Lerner has wanted to sell, famously intervened enough for Martin O'Neill to leave Villa and has spent far too little on the first team.

Villa's only way forward now, barring a miraculous escape in the battle against relegation, is long-term planning. The right players need to be signed for the Championship and those on high wages - and little productivity to show for it - must be shown the door.

Register for ASTON VILLA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch