Hollis shares his message to Lerner on becoming Aston Villa chairman

Aston Villa have had a shake-up behind the scenes.

Steve Hollis says he had a clear message for owner Randy Lerner on becoming Aston Villa’s chairman and that he was unwilling to be just a mere mouthpiece behind the scenes, the Telegraph reports.

Hollis was appointed by Villa owner Lerner in January and has already begun re-shaping the club, with chief executive Tom Fox and sporting director Hendrik Almstadt since departing Villa Park.

The Birmingham businessman has vowed to continue making tough decisions at the club, and he admits he made Lerner aware from the very beginning that he plans to be very hands-on.

“I was very clear with Randy when I took the chair, if you want some poodle who’s just going to be your mouthpiece you’ve got the wrong bloke, because I’m not doing that,” he explained.

“I see this as an opportunity to look at everything. There's no stone unturned. If you want to fix something you have to take a bit of pain along the way. We will look at everything.”

The change-up at boardroom level has so far been well received by the club’s supporters, with David Bernstein, Sir Mervyn King and Villa Park favourite Brian Little all taking up varying posts.

Villa’s season has been nothing short of a disaster, yet with positive steps being taken off the field, there is hope that the club will be well prepared for its inevitable relegation to the Championship.

It remains to be seen whether Remi Garde will stay on as Villa boss and which players will be kept, but under Hollis’ guidance any decision will undoubtedly be made with the club’s best interests in mind.

The Telegraph goes on to say hat Villa suffered losses of over £27 million in last month’s annual reports, yet plans are in place to cope with relegation with Hollis insisting the club now have a sound business model.

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