Morley: Villa owners aiming high

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By GRAHAM HILL

VILLA legend Tony Morley is convinced owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens have their sights firmly set on a return to the Premier League.

Morley – a European Cup winner with Villa in 1982 – believes the duo are at Villa Park to make sure the club are successful again.

Villa stand an outside chance of being promoted this season if they can break into the top six.

But the former England winner reckons their presence will kick the club on this summer and next season if Villa are still in the Championship

And he says their comparatively anonymous profile – the pair have barely been seen or quoted – has not done them any harm.

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Sawiris and Edens bought in to the club alongside Tony Xia last summer just when it looked as though Villa might go into liquidation.

And they pumped in enough cash to keep Villa’s heads above water after the club were hit by financial problems after failing to go up through the play-offs last season.

Morley was speaking at the Smile for Joel charity event in Dudley where ex-players from across the West Midlands raised £10,000 at the Dining with Legends evening.

He said: “Villa are still a massive club and I personally think the new people who have taken over have been very shrewd.

“They haven’t got involved and they’ve put someone in there to sort things out.

“You never see them at all.

“But they are successful business people and I don’t think they’ve bought Villa just because it’s Aston Villa football club.

“I think they’re looking at getting this club right so they can make money.

“It’s as simple as that. And the only way you’re going to make money at a club is if you’re in the Premier League and then maybe Europe so they can sell shirts.

“They haven’t come over here because they love Aston Villa.

“They see it as massive club where the potential is always going to be there.”

Villa made a pre-tax loss of £36.1 million last season, according to figures released this week.

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