Aston Villa's crisis deepens as directors jump ship
Directors David Bernstein and Mervyn King have quit Aston Villa with immediate effect to plunge the relegated club deeper into a crisis.
Former Football Association chairman Bernstein only joined the club last month, following King's appointment in February.
The pair have resigned just 48 hours after the club were relegated from the Barclays Premier League, the first time they have dropped out of the top flight since 1987.
But Villa also suggested they are closer to finding a buyer after owner Randy Lerner officially put them on the market almost two years ago.
Bernstein's apparent letter of resignation to chairman Steve Hollis stated the club's new football board had found it impossible to implement a new structure. A letter read: "For this new structure to work, it required all at the club to accept new disciplines, clear reporting lines and to adhere to the authority delegated to the new football board.
"Unfortunately it has proved impossible to implement the agreed structure and my position has quickly become untenable. The issues at the club are fundamental and the situations are radical and do not lend themselves to compromise."
King also reportedly said the club needs to be sold if there is going to be any real change at Villa Park.
"It is no longer possible to carry out the role that I was asked to perform. Progress has stalled. It is clear that a sale of the club to a new owner must be brought about as soon as possible."