Aston Villa fans react in surprising way to club re-naming Villa Park

The owners of Aston Villa are considering a re-branding of Villa Park, according to reports in the Birmingham Mail.

The possible re-naming of the stadium would come into effect in 2019, as majority owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens inform the publication they are in a ‘constant negotiation’ on ways to generate greater financial opportunities for the club.

Although no plans are currently on paper or in the immediate making, Sawiris and Edens will not rule out a stadium sponsor.

Villa Park has been the Villans’ home since 1897 and has never had a sponsorship partner. The training ground at Bodymoor Heath previously had never taken on a sponsor’s name either prior to the current season when a five-year deal was made with Recon, a company belonging to ex-majority owner Tony Xia.

The Birmingham Mail understands that if Villa Park’s name were to be sold, the current title would remain in some part.

One reason why a stadium name is coming into question is the growing concern over clubs being punished for Financial Fair Play regulation breaches after city rivals Birmingham were made an example of.

This is what some Villa fans have had to say on the potential change…