Celebrity Aston Villa fan Tom Hanks sends message to club's supporters

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The Hollywood actor has urged the club's long-suffering fanbase to hang on and let them "see their destiny through" by returning to the Premier League.

Famous - and perhaps slightly dubious - Aston Villa fan Tom Hanks has sent a message to the side's downtrodden supporters, urging them to hang on as the club looks to fight back, as shown by BBC Sport.

Villa were relegated with four matches still to play earlier this month as a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford finally confirmed the inevitable fate at the end of a catastrophic season in which they have won only three times in the league.

Hanks has admitted in the past to being a Villa fan because, as he put it, he liked the name of the club as he believes it sounds like an attractive island.

The two-time Oscar winner has been pictured at the club's matches before, and he has sent a message of encouragement to the Villa faithful after what has been the worst season in memory for a large portion of the fanbase.

In a video interview with BBC Sport's Dan Walker, Hanks said: "This is a message to all the claret and blue: hang on. There's not a club in the world that hasn't experienced this, and there's not a club in the world that hasn't fought back.

"Aston Villa will see their destiny through. Hang on, don't give up, wear the scarves, be proud."

Villa are already looking ahead to their first season outside of the top flight in nearly 30 years after a dismal campaign, and they have a vast amount of work to undertake both on and off the pitch this summer.

That rebuilding job must begin with the appointment of the right manager to lead their battle to get back into the big time at the first attempt after the failed experiments of Tim Sherwood and Remi Garde in the last year.

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