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Loud Chorus From Press - Go Doug Go

Loud Chorus From Press - Go Doug Go

The big guns are now fully blazing as yet another top reporter says it as it is at Aston Villa.

Yesterday, we had Martin Samuel talking in the Times about Villa having the potential to be massive, today we have Oliver Holt chief sports writer for the Mirror - and regular guest on Jimmy Hill's Sky programme, Jimmy Hill's Sunday Supplement.

Holt has come out with a classic headline as well, although I'm led to believe the reporters don't write the headlines, just the articles! The article is called:


He admits that some of the problems were down to the now departed manager David O'Leary but warns, quite rightly:

But let's banish right now the idea that Aston Villa's problems ended last night when the Irishman got the bullet. Let's banish the theory that suddenly everything is possible again at Villa Park now that he has been removed. O'Leary may not have been the most popular manager in the old club's history. But he was never the real problem.


The real problem is still there. The real problem is an octogenarian chairman who is presiding over a club in stasis. No one can take any particular pleasure in criticising an 82-year-old man who has devoted so much of his life to the well-being of a football club. But the inescapable reality is that Doug Ellis, an admirable man in many ways, has been a roadblock to progress at Aston Villa for a long time now.

The press know it, the pundits know it, the ex managers know it, the fellow Premiership chairmen know it, I'm sure our current board of directors know it, the fans have known it for years and now we have to hope that Doug Ellis wakes up and realises his tenure at Aston Villa has to come to an end. He does not have to sell his shares immediately in order to step down, he could relinquish control and stay on his yacht in Majorca where he has apparently been whilst the club descends into crisis.

And Oliver Holt adds It is too easy to dismantle his rule at the club now. It's like shooting fish in a barrel. The man is simply too old. He is out of touch. It's difficult to know where to start.

There has never been a better time for approaches and it appears the vultures are at last circling, the Ellis empire is crumbling into decay and his time will soon be up. Long live the Mighty Aston Villa.

Full Mirror Article - click here

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday July 20 2006
Time: 11:58AM


But of course, we all know his game. 1) Price it too high so nobody buys and 2) use PLC rules to ensure difficult questions don't have to be answered. Brilliant, Doug's now got himself into a near unassailable position in terms of continuing in office. There is however one man with the power to do something - Jack Petchey. Can he be persuaded to act, given his age and probable lack of interest, doubtful, but you never know?
20/07/2006 12:20:00
The fact that Ellis is "hiding" away in Majorca says it all, He will let the dust settle and then come back smiling hoping we will all be satisfied because we have a new Manager. We have to keep reminding him that he is well past his sell by date (at Villa) and we want him out. How come if he has under 40% of the shares that the rest 60% plus do not vote him out?
irish villa
20/07/2006 12:23:00
The current board may know Ellis is holding back Villa but they don't give a *****. They have to go with him.
Steve W
20/07/2006 13:06:00
Couldn't agree more with the three postings above me, particularly the comment that the complete board has to be ousted too when the old man goes. Even Stride, as respected within the game as he supposedly is, he needs to move on to pastures new. Guilty by association I'm afraid. Few people have been in a privileged position like Stride, close enough to talk with the old man, reason with him, argue with him, yet he has choosen to toe the line and keep mum. Just an opinion, but thats what this site is all about.
20/07/2006 18:47:00
I agree that the whole board has to go, but the first step would be to get him to hand over control to Stride for the day to day running of the club, and Ellis can concentrate on finding a buyer for his shares. I can't believe, that if a new consortium does come in that they would want to keep Ellis' 'yes' men on the board anyway. I am just astounded that he didn't come back from holiday to sort this sorry mess out himself
21/07/2006 11:15:00
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