Aston Villa Football Club has appointed former Bank of England governor Sir Mervyn King to its board of directors.
Villa, former European Cup champions, are currently bottom of the Premier League – England’s top professional division – and face regulation to the second tier.
However, King is confident the club can regain its place among the game’s elite.
He says: “It is a privilege to be asked to serve as a director of this great club. I watched my first match at Villa Park more than 55 years ago and have experienced the highs and the lows since then.
“I shall do my best to help the rebuilding of Aston Villa Football Club as together we return it to its position as one of the top clubs in the world.”
Villa chairman Steve Hollis says: “I was delighted when Mervyn agreed to join the board. His dedicated support for the club is well known.
“Mervyn successfully steered the Bank of England through the most turbulent economic headwinds in living memory and his appointment to the board is a huge boost as we plan our path back to more successful times.”
King joined the Bank in 1990 and served as its governor between 2003 and 2013.