David Bernstein says what shocked him about Aston Villa after joining

David Bernstein has admitted that he expected more football people to be on the board at Aston Villa.

Newly-appointed Aston Villa director David Bernstein has admitted that he did not expect such a lack of "football expertise" to be on the club's board after joining, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail.

Former Football Association chief Bernstein joined the Villans' board a fortnight ago, as did the club's ex-manager Brian Little who was recruited as an adviser to the suits at Villa Park.

Those appointments came in a month where Chief executive Tom Fox and sporting director Hendrik Almstadt departed the club.

Twelve points from safety and rock bottom of the Premier League, it appears as if Villa's relegation to the Championship is imminent, and Bernstein says no matter what league they are in, a revamp at board level is critical.

"I think up to now there's been a surprising lack of football expertise at board level. But we're going to have this dedicated football board, with some specialist people. I hope I can include myself because I've acquired a lot of experience," he said to the BBC, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail.

"It will be for us to look at the structures we've got here and just get things into shape. We need to look at the whole thing from top to bottom in terms of personnel like with any organisation.

"Does it need streamlining? There's all sorts of questions we need to look at and pretty quickly. We've got to get a bit of a move on because we've got this period until the end of the season, we've got the close season, we don't want to leave any of these things or decisions late.

"We want to get moving while there's an opportunity to make changes, whichever division we're in. Whatever happens there's work to be done and the quicker we can do it the better."


Remi Garde's future as manager appears to be up in the air at the moment, with former Everton and Manchester United boss David Moyes linked as his replacement (The Mirror).


It gets no easier for the Villans on the pitch as they welcome Chelsea to the West Midlands next Saturday, aiming for just their fourth league win of the season.

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