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Little in-depth on new Board role, honest advice and making a difference

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Little in-depth on new Board role, honest advice and making a difference

Brian Little sat down with the official website this week to discuss his return to Aston Villa.

His views are below.

On coming back…

I think it would be very difficult to put exactly into words how proud I feel.

I am only too delighted to help in any way I can - whether that be in a small way or a large way.

On how he was appointed…

The Chairman put the call into me and asked me the question.

We met and things have snowballed since then.

To be here and hope I can help is the most important thing in my mind.

I will try very hard to have some input.

On the role…

You think you know something about a club when you've played for them and managed them but then you come in and there are reams of paperwork about what's going on behind the scenes.

There's a lot going on and when I've got to grips with that, I can really start helping the Board make decisions, which are hopefully good decisions.

But it's fascinating and I'm genuinely chuffed to bits to say the least.

On the challenge ahead…

The team are currently in a very difficult position.

I'd love to be part of something that starts going back in the right direction.


On his personality…

I will give an opinion. Anyone who knows me knows that I am not a loud person. But you don't have to be loud to have an opinion on things and be heard.

The key is that it is worthwhile and honest. That's what I will do. I have always been like that - and won't change now.

It's not a case of saying the right things at the right times.

I think the important thing for me is to have the belief in saying what you think is the right thing. Then it's up to other people whether they take that advice.

I won't say what other people want to hear if I don't believe in it. That has always led me in the right direction.

On the feedback from fans…

It's been fantastic - I've been humbled by it all.

I have been very, very fortunate to have played for the club from a young age - playing in an era where it rose back from its lowest point to its highest point. That was a fantastic era for me.

Coming back as a manager, there was a little something - that people touched on - that sometimes you go back to a club and if it doesn't work you have a little mark against you.

That was a concern but management went really well for me and we were really successful.

I can go back to Villa Park now and people will talk about me as a player and a manager - now they will talk about player, manager and advisor.

I am very hopeful that the third time around will go somewhere near as well as the previous two attempts.


On his career so far…

It's been 46 years since I joined Aston Villa. I have mentioned this to the staff - and to the young lads there.

I said to the young lads 'if you're here at the training ground 46 years on from this point in time and stand where I'm standing, you'll have had a great life, let me tell you!' I have had a fantastic ride and journey.

I know I want to do well and I will try very hard to do well.

I just want to replicate my two previous visits here. That's very important to me.

On tapping into contacts…

Of course, it's important to work with the people I know in the game.

There are so many players that I come across now that are coaches, who keep in touch with me.

There are lots of managers who I have tussled with in the past. I have a nice mix with that.

And there's also the media side, which I have worked with on and off for the last 10 years.

I have covered lots of Premier League, Champions League, Europa League, Football League, Conference matches…you name it.

In the last two weeks, in fact, I have seen 12 games of football - and commentated on 10.

I can't stay away from football. Some ask 'don't you get fed up with it' and the answer is no.


On the Board…

The brilliant thing is that we all bring something different to the table.

I think that's the most important thing - that blend.

The short time we have spent together, we have already hit it off.

That's because we have a common ground - and that's trying to do really, really well for Aston Villa.

Their knowledge and their ability in their fields allied to my football knowhow, I believe, will be a great combination.

The great thing is we are all very keen to do our very best for this great football club.

We want to turn the fortunes around here.

By @AVFCOfficial 23rd March 2016
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