The biggest sign yet that the good times are coming back to Aston Villa
COMMENT by Amir Mir
Aston Villa narrowly beat Burton Albion 2-1 on Boxing Day, a Championship game watched in front of 41, 337 supporters in the Midlands.
This is the biggest sign yet that the good times are returning to Villa Park, following their humiliating and damaging relegation last season.
It was the first time since 2011 v Liverpool that Villa played a game in front of a sell-out crowd – signs that supporters are one again beginning to believe.
After Martin O’Neill resigned as Villa boss during the summer of 2010, Villa fans have suffered due to bad decision making, failure for those in charge to show leadership or a lack of ambition.
From the Alex McLeish campaign in 2011/12 to arguably their worst season in their 142-year history, the 2015/16 Premier League season, slowly but surely the former European champions have been falling.
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However, since the much-criticised owner Randy Lerner sold the club in the summer, the Championship outfit has undergone a much-needed change.
Despite the mistake of appointing Roberto Di Matteo as manager in June, the Chinese businessman has installed footballing people to deliver the goods for the club.
Keith Wyness, who worked at Aberdeen and Everton in the same role, is chief executive, while former Manchester United assistant Steve Round is head of recruitment.
Above all else, promotion expert Steve Bruce is now the manager and he has guided his side to seven wins in his 12 matches since taking over in mid-October.
Patience will be needed by fans, but there are positive signs that the club is now on the up.
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