Aston Villa are only telling “half the story” with their recently published accounts.
That is according to finance guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after Villa posted a £99.2million loss for the financial year.
The figures account for the 2019-20 season, Villa’s first after winning promotion to the Premier League.
But the club is yet to file an official submission with Companies House and instead revealed the figures first via press release and later in an official statement.
Maguire claimed that this approach means that finance experts are unable to pore over the intricate details of the report.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “The one thing that frustrated me is that they’ve not published the accounts, they’ve published the press release. So we’ve only got half the story.
“I can definitely see it from a public relations perspective. Palace have done it, West Brom have done it.
“It gives the headlines for the media and by the time the accounts do come out, we’ve moved on to another subject.
“Once the full accounts come, there are only me and a few others who will go and look at the obscure notes in the report. But by then, people have lost interest.”
Dean Smith’s side narrowly escaped relegation in the 2019-20 campaign despite spending over £150m in the transfer market.
This season, Villa are enjoying a successful campaign and are 11th in the Premier League table with eight games left to play.