Amusingly, Stan Collymore has bitten back after a Newcastle fan had a laugh at Collymore and Aston Villa’s expense.
A media report at the weekend claimed that Steve Bruce has been told his total transfer budget for this summer is only £1m, which has been set aside for potential loan deals.
The disastrous nature of Aston Villa failing to get promoted despite a massive £72m spend last season, has been confirmed by the club’s owner.
Tony Xia has admitted (see below) that Aston Villa will need to sell before they can buy, due to the FFP (Financial Fair Play) rules.
The Newcastle fan in question used Twitter to tell Villa fans, especially Stan Collymore, to ‘enjoy the Championship for another couple of seasons at least’, with the lack of spending power going to be a massive problem for Aston Villa.
Stan Collymore embarrassingly bit back by telling the Newcastle fan that ‘at least I’ll have memories of being Champions of England. Europe..’, as well as making reference to Newcastle’s only trophy in the past 62 years being the Fairs Cup triumph in 1969.
With those triumphs in the First Division and Europe being 36 and 35 years ago respectively for Villa, neither club has exactly got much to shout about.
Next year’s Championship could prove to be an amusing sideshow for Newcastle fans, as the likes of Sunderland, Leeds and Aston Villa fans all get agitated.
“Enjoy the SkyBet Championship for another couple of seasons at least Stan Collymore #FFP £1M lol”
“At least I’ll have memories of being Champions of England, Europe and only not seeing us win one major trophy in my lifetime.
Desperate to return to the Premier League gravy train, just like Newcastle, the Aston Villa owner approved massive spending in a gamble to bounce back instantly.
Strict FFP (Financial Fair Play) rules in the Championship mean that even if Tony Xia wanted to plough more of his personal money in on transfers, Villa would face potential fines and a transfer embargo as punishment.
After an expensive season (approx £57m spent) trying to keep them in the Premier League, Tony Xia gave the go ahead to spending of around £72m in the last two windows to try and get out of the Championship.
This has massively added to the wage bill with 15 permanent signings made (plus one loan), along with a net transfer spend of around £33m.
Newcastle have also spent big (approx £50m) under Rafa Benitez but that happened at the same time as he sold players to a value of around £90m, with Newcastle United confirming when they released their latest accounts, that there had been a £40m transfer surplus/profit so far under Rafa.
Aston Villa owner Tony Xia:
“We need well prepared for the FFP as we inherited heavy burdens.
“If we get more ins but can’t succeed in outs, we’ll have headache with FFP.
“Even not bothered by FFP issues, we won’t burn money 2try getting success.
“We need build sustainable model &have2learn 2be smarter anyway.
“Bottom line is that we won’t have panic buys or sells any more!”