It seems on the Villa boards all you hear at the moment is whining and moaning. I am not saying people do not have the right to be unhappy but many people and I know many are not kids are not looking at the bigger picture and the situation we are in.
The typical example of this is the moaning over the late kit release date. I have had a think about the situation from Villa’s point of view.
What if the delay was caused by the late negotiations over the FxPro sponsorship, this was much more difficult than anyone could imagine and ran very close to the deadline for any shirt to be made?
It’s more likely just the time it takes to add a sponsor logo when the deal was only agreed a short while ago.
Think about the size of Nike and the factory capacity and planning procedures they have. Who gets made first (ie. Man Utd or Barcelona) shouldn’t really be an issue and that’s why I’d be surprised if that was the case.
This kit was probably designed some time ago. Even with all the kits Nike make that sort of timeframe should be fine.
If we were with a smaller company then the signing of a late sponsor might have had even more of an impact.
There is the example of Fulham with Kappa but realistically their print run should be much smaller and the initial deliveries may be very small.
Villa are not blameless in the lack of clarification over the delay which left a vacuum in which people can moan and maybe a small amount could be put on sale early, but the hysterics on some forums are simply OTT.