Purslow: ‘We won’t do a Fulham’

By Graham Hill

VILLA Chief Executive Christian Purslow says it is ‘lazy’ to compare them to Fulham’s doomed Premier League season.

The London side beat Villa at Wembley last year to win promotion via the play-offs – only to come straight back down 12 months later after spending £100million on players.

Fulham ended up with three managers during a season that saw them relegated.

But Purslow is confident Villa’s campaign will be different and explained his reasoning to supporters at at Q & A in the USA before the pre-season friendly victory over Minnesota.

The Under a Gaslit Lamp website reported Purslow as saying: “It’s a lazy and easy comparison to make.

“When Fulham came up a year ago, there were some parallels with us. It’s an entirely different level, the Premier League, it’s much higher.

“I’m not here to criticise Fulham. They were lucky to have high-ambitious ownership that were willing to invest with their financial resources.

“Sport is like that. There are no guarantees, it didn’t work out. It might not work out for us – but there are differences.

“The players that are coming in, are known, or have worked with Dean Smith or the club before. We’re being highly strategic – it’s not collect a footballer. I think that will stand us in good stead.”

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