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Another 'Consortium' Linked To Villa

Another 'Consortium' Linked To Villa

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.


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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday June 4 2006
Time: 4:31PM

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It all good and well Doug saying he wants to sell but for 64m?....I also want to sell my old car that i love its a 1996 VW but i want 350 grand for it...he's as shrewd as they come and a master of disception
son_of_cher
04/06/2006 17:26:00
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if niall quinn is reported to have an 80 million consortium put together for sunderland is that to buy the club and pay off its debts??? surely we as a club are worth more than the macums and we supposedly are debt free or as free as a prmiership club can be. Dont get me wrong not defendin DD in any way shape or form but the whole process is way over my head!! Niall kev phillips ur old muckker plays for us fancy pumpin ur cash into the villa?
sk1nner80
04/06/2006 18:16:00
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I cannot take any more "takeover rumours" the man will cling on until the very end. and unfortunately the end is not nigh!
fatloser
04/06/2006 18:25:00
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Yeah i'm with fatloser. The man will pass on to another world while villa chairman coz he just cannot let the club go. Its like his empire. Which he has *****ed up.
danvilla2
04/06/2006 21:15:00
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Lets hope they come in with some cash. Great club, great potential, *****e chairman. ELLIS OUT!
ooahPaulMcGrath
05/06/2006 04:14:00
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I remain of the opinion that Ellis doesnt want to sell, simple as that. Under those circumstances, I take every rumour of a new consortium sniffing around as merely a pointless exercise.
glensider
05/06/2006 05:09:00
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Skinner has a good point, Niall Quinn raises £16 miilion to buy Sunderland and £64 millon to pay off their debts and our so called investors are reluctant to pay £64 million for a debt free club that is, on paper worth way more than Sunderland and some would argue the full £64 mill. Heck, our playing staff alone is worth more than the entire Sunderland club so whether you think Doug is right or not, you really can't blame him for being confused when you see deals like the Sunderland one.
Villain Of The North
05/06/2006 08:33:00
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I wont believe any take over rumours until the day the ink is dried on the contract. Too much spin over the years for me to even get remotely excited everytime we hear a story like this.
Aronno7
05/06/2006 09:01:00
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I agree glensider. If the bloke really wanted out, he would have done so by now. And if you look at the figures, he wants £64m for the club, but he's also demanding that at least £20m be ploughed in for team strengthening. Then there's £2m to sack O'leary and no doubt more hidden expenses to put right DD's shambolic running of the club, so any potential investors are looking at £100m to buy a club which narrowly avoided relegation last season. The silence from VP has been deafening so far this summer, which makes it even clearer that they are waiting for Baros to have a good World Cup so he can be sold to generate some cash for DOL to squander on "re-building" a squad which he should have built properly first time! :-(
DougInABox
05/06/2006 09:04:00
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I think that if Doug manages to use another false takeover story to placate the fans until after the next AGM, then we as a collective of supporters can no longer point the finger at Ellis so furiously. If we allow ourselves to be continually fooled for 12 months with the false hope of a takeover, then we get the results we deserve.
GaztonVilla
05/06/2006 09:13:00
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