“I’m an impatient man” – The owners of Aston Villa have this incredible plan for the club


Wes Edens described his plan to make Aston Villa one of the greatest teams in the world – and when he hopes to achieve it.

Edens and Nassef Sawiris bought the club from Dr. Tony Xia in the summer of 2018, helping Villa ward off the impending threat from the administration.

After winning a promotion in May of last year, the two billionaires funded a transfer window of nearly £ 150 million to give Dean Smith a team capable of playing in the Premier League.

Aston Villa owners L-R Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris
Aston Villa owners L-R Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris

However, before the high-level flight was stopped last month, Villa was in the bottom three, firmly rooted in relegation.

In a revealing interview filmed last month, Edens reaffirmed his commitment to making Villa a world leader, but stressed the need to maintain their Premier League status.

“The ambition is obviously to stay put, it’s a competitive league, this first step is great,” Edens told Bloomberg.

“Villa has a very long and proud tradition, it is a very successful club. Our goal is to be one of the best clubs in the world, to play in all the major competitions, to do all these things.

“The first step is to stay standing. We had a difficult break-in, but many other teams too. We have a lot of talent on the team, so we feel good about it. ”

This is not Edens’s first foray into the world of sports ownership, with his NBA franchise Milwaukee Bucks enjoying a period of sustained success before the coronavirus suspended the league.

“I think when you look at the parallels between what we did with the Bucks and that, it is that nothing happens by accident and that nothing happens overnight,” he added.

“Hire the right people, empower them, give them the right resources, hope they make the right decisions and then let the players play.”

When asked if he could replicate the Bucks successes and have Villa in the top four within five years, he replied, “I think it’s very reasonable. I’m an impatient man, so we want everything to happen tomorrow. But if there is one thing that I take away from the Bucks experience, it is that the style of play is really important and once you are committed to a style of play, everything takes care of itself .

“In football, it turns away from that because you want a result tomorrow or you have a match to win. But I think it’s the same thing. ”


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