Following the end of the 2009/2010 season the directors of Aston Villa decided that 2010/2011 was going to be a change in the way that the club was directed. Their main aim was to bring in youth and develop a team that will one day bring great profits to the club both on and off the field. This lead to the board forcing Marin O'Neill into resigning from the club to ensure that no players had any push over the staff and would ensure that the club would be starting a new.
The board hired a young, inexperienced, Australian Manager in the form of Bob Hope who came through as a big shock with many thinking that Gérard Houllier was the leading candidate for the job. When the signing was announced at Villa Park Hope announced that he had been watching Villa for a long time and announced that he had big plans for youth players Marc Albrighton, Barry Bannan, Gabby Agbonlahor, Nathan Delfouneso, Chris Herd, Shane Lowry and Ciaran Clark. These youth players, Debrincat indicated, will form a major part of the Villa line up for the 2010/2011 season. Hope also made clear that he will be willing to spend the money given to him by the board he will focus on mainly youth signings.