JUST a month ago, Aston Villa were in serious danger of facing a season of struggle.
Beaten by Fulham in the Championship play-off final, the Birmingham-based club was facing financial armageddon.
But all is rosy now, thanks to huge investment from businessmen Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens.
And nobody is more pleased than broadcaster Jonny Gould, who has just been appointed director of the Aston Villa Supporters Trust.
“It is the only supporters group which is affiliated with the club,” life-long Villa fan Jonny said.
“It is quite an honour — I was amazed to be asked.
“I think it is because of my ability to harness the social media aspect.
“The thing about social media these days is that there all sorts of fan groups on there.
“What the trust wants me to do is to galvanise, unite fans and effect change.”
It is thanks to his late maternal grandfather, Benno Posaner, who played for the famed Hakoah Vienna club in Austria. Benno arrived in the UK in 1939 and set up a typewriter business — in Aston, a suburb of Birmingham.