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Neville Looking For Imminent Strike

Neville Looking For Imminent Strike

Michael Neville has been talking in today's Sunday Mercury.

He said: "It is true to say that I have accelerated my efforts to make a bid for Aston Villa. I believe I have backers but cannot reveal any more than that. The timescale is short. If anything is going to happen, it would have to happen soon."

He has also admitted that his name has long been associated with a takeover after he fronted an attempt by the Comers last year (something Doug has hidden behind ever since!).

Neville said: "Villa fans must be fed up with hearing my name associated with a takeover, but if I can`t make it work this time, then I can`t make it work at all. This is an exciting prospect, the result of a year`s work for me and I say that I have the best interests of Aston Villa at heart."

Fair enough, I doubt that this will be the only approach, but then again, what is acceptable will be decided by the shareholders, mainly Doug Ellis with 38% (including family interests) and Jack Petchey (Treffic Ltd) who has the balance of power in many ways with 20%. For all the criticism of Neville, at least he has kept in there and continued to attempt to generate the funds to front a take-over, far better than just sloping off with his tale between his legs surely?

He also confirms that O'Neil would be ideal as Villa manager, "As for Martin O`Neill, it would be fantastic to have him. Any club that has him on board would be very fortunate. He is top of the tree."

I must say, as a fellow life long Villa fan, I'm a bit disappointed to see he won't be looking at my application for the managers job though. Oh well, maybe I could be a part of the squad? I play a mean 'left-back in the changing room'. Other than that, Doris the tea lady is now passed it and I make a mean herbal tea.

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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday July 23 2006
Time: 11:39AM


Well I hope the takeover happens because the club needs a fresh start
23/07/2006 11:50:00
All sounds too good to be true at the moment, but if they offer the asking price then surely there is no decision for Doug to make?
23/07/2006 12:03:00
Out with Fear.....Bring back Doris!!!!!! (I hear her darjeeling is quite superb)
Villain Of The North
23/07/2006 13:46:00
Neville is definitely the guy whose not going to go away quietly, and all credit to him for that. I hope and pray that his obviously well thought out plans come to fruition. I still have reservations about the man, but if my questions and doubts are fully rammed down the back of my throat, then no one will be more happier than my good self.
23/07/2006 15:54:00
Great, more talk and no action. If the Comers withdrew from the original consortium why wasn't the original bid withdrawn?
23/07/2006 19:56:00
Ellis at VP, my wallet in my pocket. Been saying it for years... but now.. but now... Coco the clown down at Villa Park and I would go and pay. Its been too long. I am desperate to see someone, almost anyone at the helm and pushing the club upwards.
If it happens then to steal a line from Jaws

"We're gonna need a bigger stadium"
23/07/2006 20:54:00
Fair play to Neville for sticking to it, but he's right, we are getting fed up with hearing his name. Let's hope he has the right backing this time and that he gets a deal done very quickly. I would be much more confident of him choosing a new manager than Doug
24/07/2006 09:03:00
Does anyone know anything about this consortium before we jump into this? How many companies/individuals? Who would be chairman?
24/07/2006 09:34:00
I agree with Mr McGrath. The original takeover was dead for 6 months and no one said anything. I expect nothing less from Ellis but Neville should have made people aware that it wasn't going ahead.
Steve W
24/07/2006 10:19:00
If Neville is the Chairman of AVIL (I beleive he is) then the original "bid" (a bid was never actually placed) was never dead, just a change in AVIL's investors. This also means that due diligence has already been carried out so the bid can in effect progress more quickly now (unless they choose to have yet another look at the books)
Villain Of The North
24/07/2006 15:15:00
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