Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Put Up Or Shut Up

Put Up Or Shut Up

Can't argue with this as I've said the same and been quoted in the same paper this week!

Doug Ellis is losing patience with the Comer bid being 'led' by Michael Neville. It is now in the region of 36 years since the group first approached (give or take 35.5years!) and still there has been no official offer.

The Mail has a quote from 'an insider' saying that Doug doesn't think they have the money. The insider also confirms that Doug does now want to sell and that is why he instructed Rothschilds to find a buyer.

As yet no one has been found, but that isn't to say they won't.........! (He says in hope and desperation).

The only quote from the club says: 'It is fair to say that Doug Ellis is now getting somewhat impatient over this.'

As you know, I am always first to agree with Doug (sic) and in the Birmingham Mail myself and Neil Heitzman of the trust also pour doubt on the bid and worry about the future of the club.

I said I thought it was time for the Comers to 'put up or shut up'. But then again, I always do sit on the fence, I really should learn to get a clear opinion one of these days! ;-)

I also slated the communication from Villa and the Comers as 'absolutely abysmal' adding: 'Everything that happens at Villa seems to end in a saga. We see statements in the press one month and then there's two months of silence. Michael Neville says they are close to a deal, but the Comers have never said anything. It makes you wonder whether they have not got the money or they are waiting to see if we are safe from relegation.'

Obviously the club is in limbo, in truth we have been for years and 'The club should now be going to the Comers and saying 'put up or shut up - put up the money or withdraw'. The foundations are there at Villa Park and we have the rudiments of a massive club, but it is difficult with no communication from anyone.'

Neil Heitzman, of the Aston Villa Supporters Trust, added: 'The longer this continues, the greater the detriment to the club. There is a malaise at Villa Park and it is affecting the club on and off the field. If this takeover does not happen, there is no way that Doug Ellis is going to release the funds that the club desperately needs. These protracted negotiations are no good for anybody. Everybody, from the top right down to the bottom, is being affected. There is a wall of silence and the soundbites from Michael Neville are just not helping.'

Fans have been saying that VFC should be organising more protests, but with the anger now - once again - split between chairman and manager (as I said last week, we have a joke of a chairman and a joke of a manager and the only people not laughing are the fans) protests would be futile. Also, with the club 'in the hands of' Rothschild, what else can we seriously ask Doug to do? The only time anything else would need to be done - and then you would have to doubt whether the fans would ever unite anyway - would be if Doug blocked a decent bid. Indications now are that he knows he needs to sell, so ?

As ever, never a dull moment with the Villa, well not OFF the pitch anyway.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday March 24 2006
Time: 3:52PM


"everything at villa seems to end in a saga". I couldnt agree more with that statement, does Doug make things hard for things to get done? Or is the club just being approached by people who aren't serious about buying the club?
25/03/2006 12:34:00
"everything at villa seems to end in a saga". I couldnt agree more with that statement, does Doug make things hard for things to get done? Or is the club just being approached by people who aren't serious about buying the club?
25/03/2006 12:34:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment


Recent Aston Villa Articles

Something For The Weekend (512)

From Rotterdam to Götterdämmerung, in a generation?

Lescott Talks Watford & Injury Update

Joleon Lescott has spoken about Watford and Jores Okore and we also have the weekly injury update.

Audio - Richards & Gregory Talk Villa

Skipper Micah Richards has spoken about the first time he realised Villa were in trouble, and former gaffer John Gregory gives his thoughts.

The Aston Villa Injury Table...

Our weekly update looking at the injury table for Aston Villa and also comparing with all our competitors in the Premier League.

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Mike Field
Steve Wade
Turkish Penguin
Chris Heath
M Calucar
JuanPablo Angel

Current Poll (see more polls)

Aston Villa v Watford will:
Suggested By: Mystic Mug
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Leicester City 13 8 4 1 28 8
2 Man Utd 13 8 3 2 27 10
3 Man City 13 8 2 3 26 14
4 Arsenal 13 8 2 3 26 12
5 Spurs 13 6 6 1 24 13
6 West Ham 13 6 3 4 21 4
7 Everton 13 5 5 3 20 8
8 Southampton 13 5 5 3 20 5
9 Liverpool 13 5 5 3 20 2
10 Crystal Palace 13 6 1 6 19 1
11 Stoke 13 5 4 4 19 -1
12 WBA 13 5 2 6 17 -5
13 Watford 13 4 4 5 16 -2
14 Swansea 13 3 5 5 14 -4
15 Chelsea 13 4 2 7 14 -6
16 Norwich 13 3 3 7 12 -8
17 Newcastle 13 2 4 7 10 -12
18 Sunderland 13 2 3 8 9 -12
19 AFC Bournemouth 13 2 3 8 9 -13
20 Aston Villa 13 1 2 10 5 -14
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
2015 - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - FP2
Latest Vital Boxing News
AUDIO: Fury to 'deal with' Klitschko on Saturday
The Vital Football Members League

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Nov 28 2015 3:00PM : Watford (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 5 2015 3:00PM : Southampton (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 13 2015 1:30PM : Arsenal (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 19 2015 5:30PM : Newcastle United (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 26 2015 3:00PM : West Ham United (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 28 2015 3:00PM : Norwich City (a)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

1.Pride of Lions1014
2.The Fear618
Vital Football Comment