The Board of Aston Villa Football Club has been conducting a review of all aspects of the operation of the Club. That review is continuing and to enhance this process the Board is pleased to announce two key appointments which will increase the football knowledge and experience available to the Club.
Firstly, David Bernstein CBE, former Chairman of the Football Association, will be joining the Board with immediate effect.
David was chairman of Manchester City Football Club from 1998 to 2003 and is hugely respected for the vital role he performed in helping stablise the Club and pave the way for the revival which has led to its success in recent years.
Secondly, we are also pleased to announce the appointment of Brian Little, former player and manager of Aston Villa, as an advisor to the Board.
Brian has deep knowledge and experience of the football world, both at home and abroad and is a well known and respected member of the Aston Villa family.
The Board promises its unswerving commitment to restoring the fortunes of Aston Villa. The Club has a great history and tradition that is respected throughout the football world and the Board fully recognises its responsibility to restore the Club's fortunes for our outstanding supporters. We are completely focused on the task of ensuring that the Club has a future worthy of its past.
Chairman Steve Hollis said: "I was delighted when David agreed to join the Board and when Brian likewise agreed to join as an advisor to the Board.
"From the initial findings in our review of the Club's operations it is clear that we need a Board that is equipped with the breadth of talent that will lead us to make better decisions.
"Both David's and Brian's experience will be invaluable in this respect."
David Bernstein said: "I am delighted to have been asked to join the Board of Aston Villa.
"This is a difficult time for the Club. However, having had detailed conversations with the Chairman and key personnel, I believe that those difficulties provide an opportunity for change and recovery.
"I have had 20 years' experience in football at Manchester City, Wembley Stadium, Chair of the FA and I hope to bring the benefits of this to Aston Villa.
"Aston Villa is a great club in English football and I will do all I can to help regain its place in the game."
Brian Little added: "I'm delighted to have been invited to assist the Board.
"I've held various roles at the football club over a 46 year period and I know my experience and love for the Club will help shape a positive future for Aston Villa."