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Aston Villa Chief Executive Steps Down

Tue 8th Jul 2014 | Football Club Management

Aston Villa’s Chief Executive, Paul Faulkner will step down from his position at the club it has been announced today.

A statement released by the Villa read, “The Club can confirm that Paul Faulkner will step down as Villa Chief Executive.”

Robin Russell, the club's Chief Financial Officer will step in as Chief Executive.

Prior to joining Villa, Paul Faulkner had worked closely with Villa Chairman Randy Lerner in a variety of capacities within his organisation.

It’s understood that Faulkner had discussed his re-engaging with the Chairman’s broader business while remaining involved with Villa in a non-operational role, but an agreement could not be reached.

Upon his announcement, Paul Faulkner, said, “I would like to thank Randy Lerner for the opportunity to become involved with Aston Villa and for the relationship we built over years, which pre-dated my time at the Club.

“To the Villa fans, I am grateful for their support over the years, and for their passionate love for and loyalty to this great club, which deserves the very best.

“I would like to make particular reference to the wonderful Villa staff both at Bodymoor Heath and Villa Park. They are an incredible group of people and it's been a privilege to lead and work with them on a daily basis. Villa is best in class in so many ways off the field and I only hope that success on the pitch follows.

“I feel very humbled to have been able to spend such a long period of time amongst such special people at such a special club and I wish them, Paul Lambert and the squad all the very best for the future as I look to embark on the next stage of my career and a new challenge.”

Villa Chairman, Randy Lerner, also added, “Paul has been fantastic in his role at Villa and more broadly as a colleague over the years. I offer him my deepest thanks.”

It was revealed yesterday that Lerner was turning his attentions back to Villa ahead of the new season as his search for new owners continues.

Image: Action Images / Craig Brough

Posted by: Aaron Gourley 

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