Relegation-threatened Aston Villa appoint former Bank of England governor Lord Mervyn King on to its board of directors

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Despite Aston Villa's dreadful performances this season, the Premier League team has no problem calling on big-name fans for help.

Aston Villa has announced that former Bank of England governor Lord Mervyn King has been appointed to the club's board of directors.

King, who is also a cricket fanatic, is a life-long Villa supporter, with a "deep understanding of the club and the role that it plays in the lives of its many loyal supporters", according to a statement on the team's website.

The midlands football club is no stranger to support from high-fliers. Fans of the team include the Duke of Cambridge, cross-bench peer Lord Digby Jones and David Cameron, who's actually the nephew of former Villa chairman Sir William Dugdale.

King said: "I watched my first match at Villa Park more than 55 years ago, and have experienced the highs and the lows since then."

Speaking of lows....the club are currently bottom of the league and made no signings in January, but perhaps King's experience with crisis management will help. After all, he was heading the Bank all throughout the financial crisis.

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