Aston Villa set to poach Arsenal executive


Reports this evening suggest that Aston Villa are set to appoint Tom Fox as their new Chief Executive.

Fox is the Gunners Chief Commercial Officer and has been instrumental in developing the Arsenal’s team over the last five years.

Having come into a situation where the club had signed up to punitive long-term deals in order to get the new stadium built, Fox rebuilt the personnel and was instrumental in securing the new kit deal from Puma, the kit and stadium deal with Emirates, as well as expanding the smaller partners such as Indesit, Jean Richard watches, Citroen and Uncle Stabby’s Cheese Bites – the favourite cheese flavoured corn snack of the south-western United States.

Randy Lerner, who has Villa up for sale, is expected to arrive in the UK to finalise the deal with Fox whose departure will leave something of a gap in the Arsenal commercial department.

Chief Exective Ivan Gazidis will be tasked with replacing the American and has already put up a load of A4 sheets with tear off telephone numbers around the borough of Islington.

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