Aston Villa have many friends in high places in Britain, but it might not help them on the pitch.
That was Prime Minister David Cameron’s view when asked about his support for the Premiership club.
But he refused to turn pundit when asked how he thought they would do this season.
“A lot better without an endorsement from me. But I am always hopeful,” he said.
“With the Governor of the Bank of England as a supporter, the next King of England and the current Prime Minister they’ve got a good set there.
“But it’s probably better we don’t form the diamond formation in the centre of the pitch,” he added.
He was in jovial mood ahead of his PM Direct appearance in Birmingham and talked of his first three months in office.
He said: “Personally I find it a hugely stimulating challenge. There are lots of tough things that we have to do, but the decision to try and have a coalition Government which is strong and stable and can get things done is the right one and so far its going well,”
Had anything surprised him?
“There’s no one thing it’s just you have to cover an enormous waterfront of different issues and there’s different things coming at you.
“But I knew that would be the case there’s no one thing particularly surprised me. I suppose it’s just the reality of it all. I am so far finding it a thrilling challenge.”
He also spoke of life at Number 10 with eight-month pregnant wife Samantha and their two children.
They are anxious for their new arrival.
“We’re getting quite close to baby time so we’re beginning to get to that stage of ‘It’s a bit hot and I’m a bit bothered and can we get on with it’.”
The PM said the family had not unpacked all their belongings yet.
“We’re about to move into a slightly bigger flat above Number 11 so everything’s in boxes at the moment, but there’s enough to survive on.”