Report: Aston Villa to appoint former hero to board along with ex-FA chairman

Club legend Brian Little and former Manchester City and FA chairman David Bernstein will reportedly join the Villa board.

Aston Villa will appoint club legend Brian Little and former Manchester City and Football Association chairman David Bernstein to their board, according to BBC WM.

The Birmingham club are bracing themselves for sweeping changes over the next few months with relegation to the Championship looking inevitable.

Villa have already added lifelong fan and former Governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King to their board this season, and King revealed earlier this week that a complete revolution on and off the pitch at the club is already underway.

Now it appears as though some of the first of those changes will be made in the boardroom, with BBC WM tweeting: "EXCLUSIVE: Former Manchester City Chairman David Bernstein and former Villa player & manager Brian Little are to be appointed onto the board at Aston Villa."

Little's appointment is likely to be met with approval from Villa fans who have voiced their concern throughout the season over the lack of 'football' or 'club' men in the backroom staff at Villa Park.

The 62-year-old spent his entire playing career at the club, scoring 82 goals in 302 appearances in a decade as a senior player, helping the club rise from the Third Division back into the top flight and winning the League Cup twice, before being forced into retirement at just 26 by a knee injury.

He then took over as manager of the club from Ron Atkinson in 1994 and took Villa from the bottom of the league to League Cup winners and fourth-placed challengers in the space of just 18 months.

Meanwhile, businessman Bernstein spent five years as chairman of Manchester City between 1998 and 2003, helpignt o revive the ailing club, before chairing the FA between 2011 and 2013.

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