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“Ready to kick the door down” – Villa chief on strong commercial progress.

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Chris Heck, Aston Villa’s President of Business Operations, has provided a positive update on the club’s commercial expansion and progress.


Villa have improved on the pitch under Unai Emery’s leadership since his appointment in October 2022, as we aim to qualify for the Champions League next season and win a trophy in the Europa Conference League.

However, in order to maintain our success and continue to expand, it is critical that we continue to see commercial growth and improvement in order to become financially stronger and compete with the top teams in England and throughout Europe.

Heck was named as V Sports’ President of Business Operations in May 2023, and while he has not been especially vocal since his appointment at Villa, it is clear that he has been working on deals behind the scenes.

While he has been chastised for a lack of communication at times, as well as for particular actions such as changing the club crest again and canceling the Villa Park expansion plans, there is clearly a lot of good work being done, as he stated this week.

“We have doubled our front-of-shirt deal, we have doubled our sleeve deal, we have doubled our kit deal,” he told SportsPro, as per the video below. “I haven’t been talking much because honestly we’ve been working to get this accomplished. Now, it’s time to share that, the big six is who we’re chasing, and quite frankly, we’re ready to kick the door down.

“What we’ve done in 11 months, we’ve cleared up a lot of…let’s say not great contracts. We have reinvented ourselves, we will be launching the next generation of our brand coming up in a few weeks.”

Villa confirmed Trade Nation as our sleeve sponsor last year, while it was reported this week that Betano will become our front-of-shirt partner starting next season, according to the club’s official statement.

According to The Telegraph, Adidas will replace Castore as our kit manufacturer beginning next season, and Heck has undoubtedly been busy moving on from contracts signed by the previous administration that he did not believe were beneficial or fully realised the club’s potential, and we hope to see the benefits of the new agreements in the coming years.

It’s a bold remark from the Villa manager, but as Emery stated on Tuesday after his own contract extension was announced, ambition has been and will always be the motto of this Villa enterprise, and that applies to both the football and commercial parts of the club.

It will be interesting to observe the unveiling of the new brand appearance and everything that it entails, as well as to learn more about the stadium’s alternative plans in the future. Nonetheless, from a commercial standpoint, it all appears quite promising.

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