Aston Villa fans are calling for chairman Doug Ellis to finally quit as he prepares to undergo heart by-pass surgery at the age of 81.
Villa Fans' Combined (VFC) are concerned that a power vacuum now exists at Villa Park at a time when they need to strengthen their squad.
Chief executive Bruce Langham resigned last month after barely a year in the role and now Ellis is certain to be away from his desk for several weeks.
It means operations director Steve Stride and company secretary Marion Stringer are in temporary charge of the day-to-day running of Villa.
VFC want Ellis, the major shareholder, to step aside and allow other potential investors to take over at Villa.
VFC spokesman Jonathan Fear said: "We wish Doug a speedy recovery but we hope that he now realises that he is too old to run the club. It is a shame that Bruce Langham left because he was capable of taking Villa forward.
" This situation was always going to happen with an 81-year-old running the club and unfortunately, because he does run everything, Bruce Langham left.
"It now calls into question how transfers are going to be done. We hope that Doug does realise that he is too old and that he will step aside."
Ellis has vowed to be back at Villa for the start of the 2005-2006 campaign and he has already shown his determination by overcoming prostate cancer.