Aston Villa were already facing serious problems after losing at Wembley.

Aleksandar Mitrovic and his Fulham teammates ensuring serious financial issues for Villa after they were doomed to remain in the Championship.

The parachute payments are very much front loaded these days, with Villa receiving £41m in 2016/17, £34m in 2017/18, but only set to bank £15m in their final parachute season coming up.

It had already been announced that all six of the loan players they had this season would have to be sent back, with serious cost cutting needed just to satisfy FFP, never mind generating enough cash to pay the bills.

Meanwhile, there have been rumours of pretty much everybody wanting to do a runner, with Steve Bruce and Tony Xia at the head of the queue, no doubt followed by plenty of Aston Villa fans.

Not that there will be any sympathy from any Newcastle fans who experienced the embarrassing behaviour of the Villa fans in celebrating NUFC’s two relegations under Mike Ashley.

However, it has now emerged that things could be far more serious than even the scenario outlined above, with a Sky News exclusive that appears to point to just how everything was gambled on promotion at this second attempt.

Sky News have revealed that a tax payment was due last Friday and now it is understood HMRC have given them only a week’s extension, or they could be set to face a winding-up order.

To cap it all, Chief Executive Keith Wyness has now been suspended after failing to find new funding to help the club through this epic funding crisis.

Could be an interesting time ahead for Aston Villa fans…Sob On The Tyne?…Who is your next messiah…Stan Collymore or Prince William?

Sky News:

Some more clarity on Aston Villa FC situation: the club missed a tax payment last Friday, and has been given a period (which I understand to be a week) by HMRC to make the payment or face a winding-up order.

Aston Villa Football Club has suspended its chief executive just days after losing the match badged as the most lucrative in world football, as it faces the potential threat of a winding-up order over a multimillion pound tax bill.

Sky News has learnt that Villa, which last month lost the Championship play-off final against Fulham, has been given a brief extension by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs to make the payment.

One source said the bill was due to be paid last week, and that the grace period to make the payment could be as short as a week.

If HMRC did serve a winding-up order against Villa, it could threaten the existence of one of the founder members of the English Football League in 1888.

However, a source close to the club insisted on Tuesday that its board was “confident of making a substantial tax payment within days”.

On Tuesday, Villa suspended Keith Wyness, its chief executive since 2016, amid what sources described as efforts by him to find new funding to see the club through its current funding crisis.

Villa’s financial travails since missing out on promotion to the Premier League are well-documented, with John Terry, the former Chelsea and England central defender, leaving the club shortly after the defeat.

Tony Xia, a Chinese businessman, bought Villa from Randy Lerner in 2016 but is reported to have held talks with potential buyers in recent days.

In a statement issued in response to an enquiry from Sky News, a spokesman said:

“Aston Villa Football Club can confirm that Chief Executive, Keith Wyness, has been suspended by the club with immediate effect.

“Owner and Chairman, Dr Tony Xia will assume the role until further notice.

“There will be no further comment from the club at this time.”

There is no suggestion that Mr Wyness has been accused of any wrongdoing.

One source suggested that he had been suspended after informing Mr Xia that the club would have to file for administration if it could not meet its tax obligations.

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  • TheNutJob

    Mackem`s down the toilet, Villa to follow, lucky we have a billionaire to back us,
    isn`t it

  • Paul Patterson

    No comment. .

    • TheNutJob

      go on, you know you want to.

  • Leazes.

    You are obsessed man… physician, heal thyself!

    Seriously what is the matter with you?

  • Dillon Tovak

    Pathetic nose rubbing.
    I’m glad it’s not us, but it could be knowing how quickly things can node dive at SJP.

  • Steve Smith

    We’re still under investigation ourselves aren’t we?

  • Toon

    The Porter pathetic flu is catching, embarrassing write up, stop crying and get over the ‘Villa’ obsession

  • Billy Bob three teeth

    What’s the point in this article? It’s getting embarrassing taking delight in other clubs demise, yes both Aston Villa and Sunderland took great delight when Newcastle where on there backsides, but why lower ourselves to the standards they have set? Before the fat cretin took over our once great club, I was more concerned about the top premier league teams than a bang average championship team and league one cannon fodder!

    • Toon Arnie

      Sunderland will always be our biggest game, and vice versa, so don’t kid yourself it’s anything else. Villa created this situation with their deep rootedness bitterness so it’s only fair to give some back.

    • Stephen Payne

      Glad to see some sensible Newcastle fans on here. Villa fans certainly don’t hate Newcastle (my name refers to the website not the club). The banner was just banter no more- we get plenty when we come to SJP. we will survive OK and be back where we should be-playing Newcastle in the Prem.Good luck for next yeat. From a Villa fan in peace

  • East Durham Mag

    An old big no massive club. We should not be taking delight in this. Grow up you idiot.

    • Toon Arnie

      Another one who wasn’t at Villa Park.

      • East Durham Mag

        No but i saw it. So what?

        • Toon Arnie

          So what ? So you didn’t have them screaming in your face and totally going over the top in their celebrations after relegating a club who, until then, they had no real rivalry or history with. These things don’t get shown on the sanitised Sky broadcast and it’s not pleasant at all. It’s easy commenting on something you don’t know about because you think it’s the right thing to say but i’m sure the vast majority of people who were actually there that day will know exactly where i’m coming from.

          • East Durham Mag

            A couple of mates were there and said they went right over top. I’m still not gloating over their possible demise. You obviously don’t like them and thats your perogative. I can’t say i’m mad about Villa but to the extent of being glad if they fold.

  • Scott Robinson

    Nigel Kennedy must be in a dark place at present fiddling with his instrument and rumoured to be still in his Agbonlahor Villa Shirt.

  • JonMag

    I doubt they`ll be laughing down in Brum with this news like they were laughing at us, as you sow, so shall you reap.
    [email protected]@k them & the Mackems

  • Billmag

    There’s no way I will laugh at another clubs downfall for the simple fact if it hadn’t been for Rafa it could so easily have been us, it could still be us if fatty doesn’t get his finger out and back the manager.

    • Wor Lass


    • Andynufc

      See what your saying. Yes it could easily have happened to us but it didn’t. If it did, those villains and mackems would have took great delight in our demise so fck the lot of them. I’am going to take great satisfaction in their misery!

      • Billmag

        That’s entirely up to you mate, you are quite right it didn’t happen to us but under this regime anything is still possible.

        • Andynufc

          That’s the worrying thing. You would think Ashley would have learnt by his mistakes by now but he’s shown he will never change. I can pretty much accept that we don’t win trophies. You don’t miss something you’ve never experienced. It’s the hopes of the fans that Ashley stamped although over. He’s seems to have fooled everyone outside of Newcastle that Nufc can’t even compete financially with even the likes of Watford’s, Bournemouth’s, Crystal Palace etc but yet can claim the club is worth 400mill. How does that even work. Can’t see Rafa putting up with him for much longer and I don’t blame him.

          • Billmag


          • sphinxhunter

            Nor do I, or anyone else I know. Rafa has deserved better.

            One more year to savour, then put the support for NUFC into hibernation until Ashley is gone. Could be a long lay off.

          • Toon Arnie

            Excellent point well made about the club value not tying in with his own words. He really is a compulsive liar. Good comment Wor Kid

  • Wezza147

    Did we get parachute payments and if so where are they?

    • JonMag


    • Come&TakeIt1836

      We received one and it went to pay the inflated wage bill we maintained while in the Championship.

      • Toon Arnie

        Wasn’t that our £90m ( £20m ) loss season ?

        • Come&TakeIt1836


          £90.4M was the ‘operational’ loss (a line in the middle of the P&L statement that doesn’t include profit on player sales or interest received). The actual bottom line loss as reported by the club (and auditors) was £40.7M

  • Albert albert

    Might be the right time to hoy a bid in for Grealish

    • Wor Lass

      A lot of clubs`ll be thinkling that.

  • Liam Hogg

    What an absolutely pathetic article, they laughed at us going down we battered them 6-0 & have been unbeaten ever since against them. Leave it there this could easily have been us

    • Wor Lass

      Spot on.

    • sphinxhunter

      NO. This could not have been us, with Rafa at the helm!

      We have one more year to enjoy, then, …then, yes. Then, if Ashley remains, …it might be our destiny too…

  • Wor Lass

    This Villa obsession is becoming reall pathetic but it`s good to see that the majority of people on here have some common sense and decency. Like us, Villa have been a huge club with a great tradition of winning trophies but, also like us, they`ve had a very lean time of it in the modern era. When I see things like this I think, “There but for the grace of Rafa …..”. If we consider ourselves a big club then we have to be able to get over the odd bedsheet slogan and see the bigger picture.

    • JonMag

      the guy behind the banner said, one day the Geordie`s will come back at us for the banner & the Ant & Dec one
      this is that day

  • Rabid Dog

    The Villa obsession is tired now and be careful who you mock…. There but for the grace of God go Newcastle United. It could easily be us already, and definitely in the near future.

    • Toon Arnie

      It’s hardly an obsession – the pc bandwagon jumping is probably more tiresome. As I said before you had to be a top Villa Park to witness the depths of sadness on display – it was real dingles stuff.

  • paul mclaughlan

    “Not that there will be any sympathy from any Newcastle fans who experienced the embarrassing behaviour of the Villa fans in celebrating NUFC’s two relegations under Mike Ashley”. So what if they took the mick at our demise. We would laugh at any other club we’d just relagated. I took the stick and laughed it off. I certainly wouldn’t want Villa to wind up. Fingers crossed they come out the other side of this black hole.

  • Mrkgw

    Sorry to see this once top club on its knees. As people on here suggest, it could so easily be us.

    • Toon Arnie

      Anyone that was at Villa Park the day we were relegated and witnessed their behaviour will have no sympathy at all for them. It was pathetic, arguably the saddest i’ve witnessed at more than 500 away games, but just banter according to their forums and we were being too sensitive. So on that basis, it’s time for some harmless banter back in their direction and our pc brigade joining forces with their bedsheet brigade won’t stop me. Ha ha ha how do ‘yow’ like that Veela ?!!!

  • Wor Lass

    Instead of this sort of childish chortling at another club`s troubles the Mag might have been better employed writing some sort of tribute to Cheick Tiote on the anniversary of his untimely death. RIP Cheick.

    • JonMag

      i`ll never forget the Arsenal match

      • Wor Lass

        That was before he decided that he was a footballer. He just ran through anyone who had the ball, won it and then gave it to Cabaye to do the difficult stuff. He was awesome – and apparently just the same in training.

    • Rabid Dog


    • East Durham Mag

      Well said.

  • How about we clear their payment and we take James Chester and Jack Grealish in return?

    • Scott wood

      Who ever pays 40mil for grealish is a mug but I’d take him for about 10mil

  • Albert Stubbins

    get the bed sheets ready lads!! revenge they say is a dish best served cold- couldnt have happened to a set of some of the most bitter fans in the country!!

  • Leazes.

    Why do the writers ‘Porter’ Smithfield’ and ‘Robertson’ never acknowledge the criticism of their work? Are you one person called Simon van der Velde?

    Speak come on just say something?

    • Down Under Mag

      To be fair it’s a thankless job writing on here at times… whether you ignore comments or get involved in some rhetoric there’s always criticism lol

      • Leazes.

        The reason I think is disingenuous to the readers here is because its one writer who doesn’t go to matches because the posts appear a few seconds after the final whistle home and away.

        I don’t think he’s a football fan but a creative writer as opposed to a journalist who has put himself in the position of what he believes to be ‘a soccer fan’, ie. malevolent towards anything which attacks the club’, but he cant distinguish between the club and the hierarchy. and he doesn’t distinguish between rivalries like Ryder.

        Unlike Drape-Comyn who does actually defend himself at times when he can be bothered….. I still don’t know what his connection with West Ham is, which I found intriguing.

        The Media seems to be awash with fake stuff, all for the advertising industry.

  • Peter C

    How the mighty have fallen, but there for the grace of God, go us.

    Maybe a third relegation under Mike Ashley, and we will go the same way.

    So give Benitez some money, because if you don’t, your investment in Newcastle will be worthless and we will go the same way as Villa, or even Sunderland.

  • Sumit Sengupta

    It is disheartening to see that the writer finds it amusing that an old and established club is in trouble. It is fine to be rivals, have banters and even dislike, but just think – Newcastle is not that secure. It would take just one more mistake from the owner and the joy of a 10th place finish could soon turn into a nightmare. Such articles only lower the value of this site.

  • Jonathan Gibson

    Henry lansbury is in that squad..remember forest away on a cold friday night watching his antics that had two of our players sent off in worst referee performance in living memory……
    Villa have a lot of valuable assets in that squad, simply a major clear out, sell most valuable 4 or 5 players and restructure.
    Clarke was a fantastic buy from them in the past.

  • MadMag83

    Rather than laughing at Villa, take a moment to think how close we were to it. For all the Ashley apologists who think he bankrolled our promotion and Rafa had the easiest job in the Championship, Dr Xia had done the same but Bruce hasn’t delivered in two seasons.

    Dr Xia gambled and lost. Ashley gambled twice and has been very fortunate to get away with it twice, thanks to Hughton and Benitez.

    • Philippines

      Agree, let’s now forget Chris Hughton.

  • sphinxhunter

    Revenge is sweet. But, we must not be like the Villan Fans. We are privileged by the presence of Rafa to have risen out of our mire, to be able to take the high moral ground and merely smile, …then ignore them completely and get on with our own destiny. Just like we do with Scumderland. HWTL