Steve Bruce faces uncertainty over his future at Aston Villa

Aubrey Yates
June 8, 2018

Owner Xia has confirmed the club faces "severe FFP (Financial Fair Play) challenges" and that Villa needs to be a sustainable club.

Villa's best chance of bringing in quick cash is to sell midfielder Jack Grealish, who is a target for several Premier League clubs.

The Telegraph reports that Villa were late in making their regular tax bill and will make the payment this week but failing to do so would lead to a winding-up order and the death of one of England's oldest football clubs and the former champions of Europe.

Villa lost to Fulham in the play-off final last month and Xia suggested last week that changes were coming in response to that failure. John Terry has already left the club whilst Alan Hutton and James Chester are also likely to leave this summer as the Villa Park look to tighten their belts under Steve Bruce.

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The outstanding amount is then likely to be sent swiftly, ensuring administration is not an immediate threat.

Chairman Xia - now acting chief executive - has been struggling with short-term cash-flow with tight rules on taking money out of China causing problems.

Part of the cash flow issues the club are facing are due to the fact that Villa are not now earning any matchday revenue in the close season, despite already selling 17,000 season tickets.

The Aston Villa Supporters' Trust has also called on the club to give fans an update on the situation. We appreciate that there might be huge concerns that are being worked on around the clock at the moment but we need to know where we stand.

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