Former Aston Villa midfielder and now club ambassador Ian Taylor has revealed his delight at the return of Villa legend Brian Little to the club.
I’ve got to say I’m delighted with the return to the club of Brian Little. It’s fantastic news – he’s got all the credentials. He’s a former player, former manager and he’s done a host of jobs here off the field too during his association with the Club.
I think he can bring a lot to the set-up here at Villa. His passion for Villa is terrific and I think it’s important to have that connection with the football Club behind the scenes. He was our last manager to have picked up a major honour – the League Cup in 1996 – and I think it’s great to have someone like him at the Club.
Little was this week announced as one of two people joining the Villa board, along with David Bernstein, much to the delight of supporters and ex-players.
Little enjoyed a highly successful tenure with the football club throughout the years, spending ten years at the club as a player, making an incredible 247 appearances in the claret and blue.
What will he bring? Great contacts in the game. He’s been in the game for a long time, knows how it works and has a wealth of experience at all levels. And a knowledge of that Club ethos – knowing about what the Club stands for, what it means to people, where it can go.
Not only was his loyalty to the club during his playing days commendable to say the very least, but his choice to manage the club years after for four years between 1994 and 1998 showed his love for the Villa.
Now, Little makes his return to the club and former captain Ian Taylor spoke fondly of the 62-year-old in his recent blog with Aston Villa’s official website.
I think he will bring a lot to the club and I’m sure he’s excited about the new challenge ahead. In terms of Brian as a manager, he didn’t rant and rave and didn’t particularly shout. He didn’t go into dressing rooms blazing – he had other people to do that! He was a great thinker and a scholar of the game.
The side we had in that 1995/96 season was a great mix of players and characters. That’s something that Brian strived for in his team.
Are you happy to see Little back at Villa Park?