Purslow: We’ve got world’s best

By Graham Hill

VILLA chief executive Christian Purslow says the club have two of the best owners of their kind in the world.

Purslow says Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris have vowed to do things ‘the right way’ as they put all of their expertise into running Villa’s return to the Premier League.

And while Purslow says he symapthises with Steve Bruce having to deal with Villa’s financial mess 12 months ago under then owner Tony Xia, he says Dean Smith is working with a very different scenario.

Purslow told the BBC: ”Now we have a full management team in place with very stable ownership in good financial conditions.

”It’s as different as you can possibly be.

“A very different scenario to be looking down the barrel of no more parachute payments, with no cash, as the previous regime had run out of cash, and were facing another season in the Championship.

“We now have two of the best qualified owners in the world, two massively experienced investors in sport, fabulously well resourced individuals who want to do things the right way.

“We have a great coaching staff and a great structure and I’m so pleased we have owners who are not only ambitious but are supportive and patient.”

Purslow knows that Bruce was faced with a difficult situation after they lost the Play-Off Final to Fulham.

The Villa chief added: ”Steve was on his own last year. There was no CEO, no sporting director and the owner was under huge financial pressure.

“He was more or less having to run a club on his own, with huge financial uncertainty until the takeover happened.”

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