Hit or Miss... Aston Villa FC in pre-season strife

'Complete chaos' (The Daily Telegraph) is one description of recent scenes at Villa. Last Friday a statement was issued, apparently on behalf of players, urging a meeting with chairman Doug Ellis over his alleged parsimony. The situation seemed to be deteriorating further as PRWeek went to press, with speculation that manager David O'Leary could be heading for the exit. Hardly the lead-up to the new season that the club, including comms head Phil Mepham, would have planned.

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