Hollis: Things needs fixing at Villa

Date published: Thursday 21st January 2016 10:01

Aston Villa chairman Steve Hollis admits the club spent carelessly in last summer’s transfer window – and says ‘things need to be fixed’ before they can spend big again.

Star players Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph both departed Villa Park, freeing the club to fork out £60m on numerous players including Jordan Ayew, Jordan Veretout and Idrissa Gueye.

Following a slow start to the season, Villa parted ways with Tim Sherwood and appointed ex-Lyon boss Remi Garde – but the Frenchman has failed to lift the club off the bottom of the Premier League, having won just one game since his arrival in November.

The midlands side are 10 points from safety with 16 matches remaining in the league, and when asked whether Villa wasted money during last year’s transfer window, Hollis told Sky Sports News HQ: “I think the results are the best indicator on answering that question.”

Hollis insists he will not tighten the purse strings at Villa Park, but says the club have a number of infrastructural problems.

“The cheque book has not been put away and if there is a player out there or a couple of players out there who we feel will fit in and really help the side in the Premier League or in the Championship, we are looking,” he said.

“You have got to look at the facts, this club spent £60m last summer. This club five out of the last 10 years has had the biggest contribution from the owner of all the top six clubs. That is a lot of money.

“This is not about spending money. That is not the reason why the club is not doing well. Other things need to be fixed before we go out and spend big money.”

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