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Villa appoint new chairman

Villa have appointed Steven Hollis to take over the responsibilities of chairman beginning immediately.

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Amidst all the painfully obvious disfunction in the club under the tenure of Randy Lerner, it appears that Villa are at least trying to re-establish an atmosphere of legitimacy and progressiveness. The man taking over Lerner's responsibilities of chairman is businessman Steven Hollis. Hollis is not from a football background, but Lerner cited his experience in "getting into the thick of troubled organizations, working with embattled executives, and getting results."

Tom Fox will remain in a job to the dismay of many Villa fans, as his tenure thus far has been less than overwhelming from the standpoint of many Villa fans. There is no telling whether this will be the hire where Lerner finally gets it right, but as fans, we can do nothing but hope. Regime changes are an ever-present in Lerner-controlled sports teams, and despite the previous unsuccessful appointments, if Villa want to reverse the declining fortunes of the club, this will need to be a productive hire.

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