David Bernstein clarifies position of new Football Board at Aston Villa

David Bernstein

The director says the 'Football Board' will be separate from the main club board, and insists it is not simply a substitute for a Director of Football.

Aston Villa director David Bernstein has clarified the role of the new 'Football Board' at Villa Park to the club's official website, insisting that it will not merely serve the role of a single Director of Football.

Since the arrival of Steve Hollis as chairman in January, Villa have undertaken wholesale changes to their boardroom staff in an attempt to root out some of the inherent causes of the side's failure in recent years.

Sporting director Hendrik Almstadt was sacked after only eight months in the job and CEO Tom Fox left the club last week, whilst Bernstein, former Bank of England governor Mervyn King, and club legend Brian Little have been appointed as directors.

It has been revealed in recent days that the club would be restructuring their boardroom, with talk of a new 'Football Board' being established and some confusion amongst fans as to who would be serving what role.

Bernstein has moved to clarify the changes and, with Almstadt's appointment as the club's first ever sporting director a failure, he insisted there would not be any equivalent of that position in the new set-up.

The 72-year-old told the club's website: "We've formed a Football Board, which is rather distinct from the main board. The Football Board will take control of the football side of the club. Mervyn King and I will chair it.

"Brian Little will be part of that - as well as someone we're going to recruit. It's a Head of Football Operations - he will really take a grip of Bodymoor Heath and get it working more efficiently than it has been.

"What it won't be is a Director of Football. We don't want that. I don't think that would work terribly well. You create situations where you have two big variables - the manager and the Director of Football."

One thing which still remains to be clarified, however, is the future of manager Remi Garde, with Hollis admitting last week that he cannot guarantee whether the Frenchman will still be here after the full review is complete.

Villa are preparing themselves for the fate which draws ever closer, with Saturday's 1-0 home defeat to Swansea City leaving them 12 points adrift of Premier League safety with just seven matches remaining.

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