Aston Villa supporters' groups have urged the club's board to rescue it from limbo and find new owners after latest trading figures revealed mounting losses.
The call for a change of owner-ship at Villa Park came after the club announced losses of £9.4 million to the Stock Exchange for the six months ending on November 30, compared with a deficit of £8.8 million for the same period in 2004.
Reduced turnover, from £19 million to £17.7 million, has also worried fans, who claim the figures prove the board is incapable of running the club properly.
Jonathan Fear, chairman of the Aston Villa Shareholders Association, said: "We have had disappointing figures for many years and this just highlights the need for the board to put the club in the hands of professionals like Rothschild.
"We feel these figures provide a perfect illustration as to why major changes are required at Aston Villa."
In the statement to the Stock Exchange, Villa chairman Doug Ellis said the Irish property consortium which is interested in taking charge of the club had not, to his knowledge, carried out due diligence so far.
Mr Ellis recently announced the appointment of merchant bank NM Rothschild to act as the club's financial adviser and seek out potential buyers.
In the accounts Mr Ellis blames, among other factors, a reduction of £600,000 in television income and an increase in player wages. ..SUPL: