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Post by villabromsgrove on Thu May 19, 2016 4:24 pm

We know who the new Chairman is going to be, but we can only speculate about who will fill the other important senior administration positions.

Wyness has been mentioned as a possible CEO. Does anyone think that Bernstein may re enter the Villa fray. Comoli says that he's never been contacted by Tony Xia's group, so who is going to fill a Director of Football's role, or a Sporting Director's position? How long will Reilly and Wijeratna last? Who would you put in charge of our scouting?

There's a lot of questions to be answered outside of who will be our next manager. So let's get browsing for likely candidates.
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Post by Sandie on Thu May 19, 2016 4:33 pm

The names on the shirts were...

Xia (we know who that is)
Wyness (Keith, one would assume?)
Cook (Garry formerly of City, now of the UTC?)
Samuelson
Banfill

The last two are from this: http://socfin.gi/
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Post by Sandie on Thu May 19, 2016 4:45 pm

A bit on Samuelson here, he was involved in a takeover at Reading four years ago: https://www.theguardian.com/football/david-conn-inside-sport-blog/2012/aug/21/reading-zingarevich-offshore-tax-havens

The key figure at Reading in enabling the sale by the outgoing owner, Sir John Madejski, to Zingarevich, agreed in January and finally approved by the Football and Premier Leagues in May, was Christopher Samuelson, a veteran manager of funds in offshore locations. Samuelson is a director of Mutual Trust SA, an investment firm based in Switzerland, which also operates a low tax regime and long tradition of secrecy about banking and financial ownership. On its website,, undergoing reconstruction, Mutual Trust carried the assurance: "Our challenge is to provide our clients with their fundamental rights to privacy of their information and to protect their assets from attack and confiscation … We will not use jurisdictions that do not respect and uphold the fundamental right of clients of confidentiality. Your information is safe in our hands, for always."

Nothing much on Banfill to be found.
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Post by South London Villan on Thu May 19, 2016 5:06 pm

What struck me from Hollis's interview is that the process of identifying the next manager was very thorough and they have someone in mind who would be willing to come.

It would be surprising if and when they sit down with good Dr next week that this information is not shared with the new owners.

Hollis said that they ad researched over 50 managers and certain traits and characteristics were clearly identifiable, if the research was that good I think it will have a degree of influence on the new owner.

The football board with Sir Brian was seen as a positive step and we'll received by all at the club and one that makes sense going forward, I am sure that Dr Tony will have noted the criticism of Villa and the "mess" everyone says we are in and do his utmost to avoid the same mistake.

The Leicester publicity and the "Team" ethic over moneyball has also shaken the trend of statistical recruitment policies to the core and the flaws with it.

In terms of a Director of Football and recruitment I am not sure there is an outstanding candidate out there either employed or not that isn't going to have doubts over their CV thrown at them.

What I would like to see is a board of passionate Villan working with a strong Championship proven manager to get us back up at the 1st attempt, from then on, who knows, I will review it then.
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Post by GadgetMan on Thu May 19, 2016 5:08 pm

Samuelson is a charleton. It's very probable that he and Banfill are advising Xia in the Acquisition and also helped with the DD process, as they specialise in both. I'm guessin they may not be on the board.

Keith Wyness seems like he will be CEO, then you have to wonder what Garry? Cook will do, as he was also a CEO at Man City (it might be another Cook all together, or not even Cook ha!

I think they will look to appoint a Sporting Director type person, Commolli may still be approached or just being coy until they officially get approval and he gets an offer. Dr Xia may like the idea of the ex Governor of the Bank of England and lifelong fan back on the board, but I'd say both he and Bernstein are unlikely in truth. Given all his work in China you have to think he will have some good contacts.

Guess it really depends what happens with Banfill, Samuelson and Cook, as if they are to stick around you have your board right there.
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Post by villabromsgrove on Thu May 19, 2016 5:11 pm

Wyness and Cook would probably both want the top job. I can't see the two of them working together. Aren't Samuelson and Banfill facilitators rather than administrators? If they are then wouldn't their part in the deal be at an end?

I know nothing, I'm just speculating.

I would love to see Bernstein return but that's not going to happen is it? It's probably best to start afresh anyway.

EDIT: I've just seen your post GM, we're thinking alike on this.
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Post by GadgetMan on Thu May 19, 2016 5:42 pm

villabromsgrove wrote:Wyness and Cook would probably both want the top job. I can't see the two of them working together. Aren't Samuelson and Banfill facilitators rather than administrators? If they are then wouldn't their part in the deal be at an end?

I know nothing, I'm just speculating.

I would love to see Bernstein return but that's not going to happen is it? It's probably best to start afresh anyway.

EDIT: I've just seen your post GM, we're thinking alike on this.

Great minds haha!! It remains to be seen exactly which Cook it is and if indeed it is Cook, you can't quite see from the photo. Could be Brook, could be a Chinese name ending ook....
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Re: All senior administrative management positions at AVFC

Post by lukevilla on Sat May 21, 2016 1:46 pm

i regret looking up on Samuelson Shocked

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Post by GadgetMan on Sat May 21, 2016 1:57 pm

lukevilla wrote:i regret looking up on  Samuelson Shocked

I think he and Banfill will disappear once the deal is done. My belief is they helped with the Acquisition of the club and with Due Dilligence. I don't 'think' they will be part of the AVFC board.
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Post by lukevilla on Sat May 21, 2016 2:08 pm

who is banfill? think i may stay off twitter for a few weeks im a bit worried about the takeover etc but some people are taking it to the next level and beyond.

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Post by Sandie on Sat May 21, 2016 2:21 pm

I think in a couple of weeks we'll know one way or another and the panic will be over (or even worse) but seriously I think it will be fine in the end. Maybe not City style riches but that's unusual.
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Post by GadgetMan on Sat May 21, 2016 2:38 pm

lukevilla wrote:who is banfill? think i may stay off twitter for a few weeks im a bit worried about the takeover etc but some people are taking it to the next level and beyond.

Probably wise Luke, I've gasped a few times at some of the hyperbole on there. There are always extremes and we get to see those in all their glory on Twitter given the micro nature of it. At least with forums you can use more than 140 characters to explain your view and give some context. I've just seem Samuelson described as a "Financial terrorist" ha! some people really aren't taking this lack of info very well.

Some have convinced themselves in the last 36 hours that Dr Xia is Carson Yeung and Samuelson and Wyness are the men behind it all and have borrowed cash against our parachute payments to fund the purchase, all based on?.........

As I said earlier, cautious optimism is as extreme as we need get at this point. We have to trust in the people involved to do their jobs properly, Hollis, Dr Xia, The Premier League, The Football League, Lerner's very expensive law firm etc!! They will all know so much more than the people making wild accusations.

The next two weeks should hopefully answer some of the questions/concerns anybody may have.
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Post by GadgetMan on Sat May 21, 2016 2:43 pm

lukevilla wrote:who is banfill? think i may stay off twitter for a few weeks im a bit worried about the takeover etc but some people are taking it to the next level and beyond.

Sorry missed this bit. Banfill and Samuelson are both part of an organisation that specialise in Mergers and Acquisitions and help buyers carry out the required due diligence. I'd imagine that has been there role in this. I obviously don't know, but that seems likely given their business.

What will be nice to know is who the board is and how the deal has been financed, ie is it cash upfront and how has the cash been obtained? has it been borrowed etc and where will the cash come moving forward to fulfill Dr Xia's big ambitions. We'll certainly find out about the board members, but I'm less convinced we will know where the cash has come from for sometime, maybe future accounts? I don't think it needs to be publicly disclosed. As long as it has to Hollis/lerner and the authorities then I'm happy to trust them.
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Post by villabromsgrove on Sun May 22, 2016 10:04 am

The appointment of a new CEO is absolutely key to our future success. TX has to get the right experienced man in asap. He should be appointed before we name a new manager, because both guys have to be sure that they can form a working partnership.
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Post by villabromsgrove on Sun May 22, 2016 10:09 am

We probably assume that it's going to be Keith Wyness, but his involvement may have ended with the brokering of the deal.

Hopefully Samuelson's job has been concluded and he can go back to his "highly secret swiss trust company".

Who do you guys think will be our next CEO?
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