Writer: J P Fear
Date:Sunday June 4 2006
A report in the Sunday Mercury suggests there is fresh interest in Aston Villa from a new 'mystery' consortium. Without any further details, I'm not sure we can make a great deal of the report although it does confirm - the same as other sources have - that only tentative enquires have been made to date and no bids or announcements are due.
Lets just hope that one of these days a link turns into fact and we get the new owners the club deserves.
The report also says that Doug DOES want to sell BUT it is all well and good saying you want to sell, but if you aren't realistic in your asking price, no sale will ever be achieved, especially when a good few million are needed to re-build our shattered squad.
The report also says under strict London Stock Exchange rules Villa can say very little of the current takeover situation.
Now come on, we all know by now that the Comers are not going to bid, so
a) why don't they publicly announce that they are no longer interested (and preferably why)?
b) why don't Villa remove the statement saying we are under due diligence as we are clearly not?
Lets face it, there will be another 'approach' just before the next AGM so once again the board don't have to defend the indefensible but maybe this year someone who has full knowledge of all the PLC rules that are being broken could stand up and ask all the relevant questions?
Why not? Why aren't people up in arms at the way the club is run? Is the apathy really that ingrained?
Seems, for some reason, to suit the club to be able to point to the stock exchange every time 'difficult' questions are made.
With Doug off to Majorca to sun himself and the manager in limbo with no funds, the summer that promised so much looks more likely to become another in a long line of very disappointing breaks.
If there is a consortium looking, they'd do well to contact fans groups and include them, they might be surprised at just what the fans and shareholders could offer. Doug - if he ever took the time to find out, may also be very surprised.
Date:Sunday June 4 2006
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