Randy Lerner's No2 at Aston Villa, General Krulak, says the Champions League is a goal for the current board.
He told the Birmingham Mail: "I am speaking as a fan.
"We have a saying in the military: 'Aim High, Hit High'.
"If you don't set your goals high, then you start to find yourself satisfied with being in the middle of the pack.
"It is important for Villa to have lofty goals. That is exactly what enables people to achieve great things.
"I am one of those people who would love, at some point in the future, Aston Villa to emulate holding that trophy above our heads.
"We tried to send that signal to the fans by having that '82 team coming back and having a weekend with their club (against Sheffield United two years ago).
"It said to the fans that the '82 squad and their accomplishment was not forgotten."