Birhingham - English Premier League struggler Aston Villa has finally made a big-name signing - in the boardroom.
Villa said on Thursday that Mervyn King, the Bank of England governor from 2003-13, has joined the club's board of directors. The 67-year-old King is a lifelong Villa fan.
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Villa chairman Steve Hollis said King "successfully steered the Bank of England through the most turbulent economic headwinds in living memory. His appointment to the board is a huge boost as we plan our path back to more successful times."
Villa is in last place in the Premier League, 10 points from safety with 14 games remaining. Despite its position, Villa didn't sign a player in Europe's winter transfer window.