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If You Buy It - I WILL Come

What a bugger, I thought I would squeeze in with this exclusive!

Martin O'Neill will come to Villa, but only if Doug Ellis steps aside for a consortium led by Michael Neville.

This is one of the bids, yes folks, you wait 22 years for a bid then 2 (or even 3) come at the same time, that has been in the pipeline and the positive thing with this group is that they have kept contact with some fan representatives and will be looking to unite the fans and club once again.

The exclusive has however, gone to Oliver Holt at The Mirror, (sod me for being all good and not exploding it onto the web last night!)

Michael Neville, who failed with an approach backed by the Comers last year, has kept on chipping away trying to broker the right backers for the club. Although he has faced criticism from frustrated fans - which is only understandable - he has it seems now got the finances in place and a bid is due in.

Good news? Well, it gets better because Neville has an undertaking from Martin O'Neill that he will be our next manager if the consortium succeeds.

It will be interesting to see, once the bid is lodged, what the reaction of Doug Ellis will be. The bid, and I'm led to believe several possible others, will be at the asking price, so Doug can't turn it down on the grounds that they undervalue the club, so just how can he reject it whilst being under the serious pressure he is? Maybe, and I don't know if this is just wishful thinking, but maybe maybe maybe, that is why he is out of the country, out of the way while the deals are done? Doesn't sound like the Ellis of old, but now we are talking about an old Ellis.

It appears that Ellis would remain, no matter which bid is successful, as a President figure, which I don't think many people would object to greatly, as long as he has no position on the board of Aston Villa! It makes sense to offer him this sweetener, although I hope no group will keep the Witton Lane stand named after Doug, that would be far less sweet!

Lets hope which ever bid is successful, if indeed any of them are, it ends up for the good of Aston Villa, not just the good of Doug Ellis. This club is massive, as the national press have been saying all week, and with the right injection of capital for player purchases, on top of our great youth players, add in a top manager and hey presto, you have a full Villa Park and a ticket office needing to take on extra staff to cope with the increased sales of season tickets.

There might be more to follow this afternoon......... no guarantees, but watch this space.




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday July 22 2006

Time: 10:17AM

Your Comments

Fantastic, Martin O Neill as manager and new owners, sounds to good to be true.
deemz
If this comes off all of our Christmas' will come early. O'Neil at the helm, not many other teams would be unhappy with this, if only he had been given the England job...
pompeyrug
Martin O' Neill, Micheal Neville, The Fake Sheik?
ooahPaulMcGrath
I hope it all works out. Would be perfect. You get the manager you want, and lose the Deadly Doug you don't want. Happy days!
cherry_brandy
Think you are right pompeyrug, other clubs are very aware of the size of Villa, we are one of a very few who could and have in the past been in the top four. Sir Alex said he thought Villa would be Utds main competitors in the 90's, just no one told Doug!
The Fear
Hey cherry_brandy, we like you, you can come again!!!!
The Fear
Would be happy days all round if it comes off. Let's hope it does this time. Fair play to Mike Neville though for persistence. The 'asset strippers' argument would no longer stand either, after Doug's sale of the serpentine. Fingers, toes and everything else crossed that this one happens!
DougInABox
Brilliant news if all this is true, i might even be tempted to get a season ticket. New owners, new board, new start, new manager. Just seems to good to be true!! Lets hope it isntq
danvilla2
hey deemz n other people lets not get carried away, as true villa fans we have seen and heard all this before, lets cross our fingers and hope its true, ellis out!!!
meakers
i really hope this is happening but as we all know e have had so many false dawns, I am trying to keep my feet on the ground. Ellis out... O'Neil in and a little bit of money! I wonder if Petrov is staying at Celtic a little longer than he first planned to as I would not be surprised to see him move IF MO'N does come or am I now getting carried away
fatloser
Please not another false dawn. Like so many I will not believe it, until Like Maggie Thatcher in October 1990 leaving number 10, we see Doug leave Villa park for the last time. With a tear in his eye.
still skeggy
Martin O'Neills sentiments are probably the same as any other manager looking to consider a possible move into the Villa Park hot-seat. Yes, I'd be interested, but not if working with the current regime.
glensider
 

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