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Randy Lerner To Villa Park?

Randy Lerner To Villa Park?

Cheap headlines and Chinese whispers! This is potentially an epic week, could it all be happening?

The Mail today led with a headline online, Tycoon ready to make move for Villa.

The article goes on to say The Birmingham Mail reveals the identity of an American tycoon who has entered the bidding to buy Aston Villa. The billionaire is ready to buy the club and has a surprise target for the managers post.

There is certainly a plethora of Chinese whispers doing the rounds. The amount of people 'in the know' is growing by the minute and they are all most likely feeding off the scraps from the same people! The excitement is at fever pitch and it looks like bids will be incoming within the next few days and maybe more over the next week or so.

We've always been told that people are waiting in the wings for the right time, it seems that they must view now as the right time as Mr Ellis is under immense pressure, 82 years old and not in the best of health.

The Neville approach looks set to be launched, it no longer involves the Comers - the original backers - but he has kept fighting to find new backers in order to resurrect the deal.

And what of the others?

Well, the name the Mail will break with, in my opinion - will be Randy Lerner who owns the Cleveland Browns. Either that or there is more than one American tycoon on the prowl.

Who is Randy? From Wikiepedia, Click Here
Randy Lerner is the owner of the Cleveland Browns franchise in the National Football League (NFL). He became owner of the franchise in October 2002, following the death of his father, Al Lerner, and serves as a member of the league's Business Ventures Committee.

Lerner graduated from Columbia University in 1984, spending 1983 at Clare College in Cambridge, England. He later graduated from Columbia Law School and is currently a member of the New York State and District of Columbia Bar Associations.

Lerner's business career began at the Progressive Corporation as an investment analyst. In 1991, he started an independent investment firm with Progress capital called Securities Advisors, Inc. (SAI), which he owned and managed until 2001. SAI initially specialized in arbitrage before shifting its focus to equity investing.

In 1993, Lerner became a director of MBNA (the massive credit card company) before becoming chairman following the death of his father.

Right, so not much money there then!!!!

More on Mr Lerner: Click Here

And the surprise manager in contention? Well, that would spoil the fun, although a certain Italian has been muted through the Chinese whispers. Still rather O'Neil myself!

Anyone else? Talk of the Russia fella seems to have gone away, whispers of an Arabian consortium are still doing the rounds and some have suggested that Doris the tea lady knows more than she is letting on, the minx.

This week, or the next few weeks, could prove to be epic for Aston Villa. Lets all hope and pray eh?

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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday July 24 2006
Time: 11:11AM

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Will he buy the club on credit then?
24/07/2006 11:19:00
In 1993, Lerner became a director of MBNA before becoming chairman following the death of his father. I had a Villa MasterCard, sad I know, issued by the Royal Bank Of Scotland. Last year I was informed that all credit cards bearing the Villa brand would now only be issued by MBNA. Is this not just a tiny bit suspicious. Please discuss.
still skeggy
24/07/2006 11:20:00
Wonder if he'll clear my balance if I ask nicely?
The Fear
24/07/2006 11:26:00
Birmingham Mail are claiming Jurgen Klinsman as boss? Find that one strange, he was knackered after the World Cup and returned home to California. Hmmm, Aston or California? Yup, I'd go to Aston as well. COME ON MARTIN O'NEIL!!!!
The Fear
24/07/2006 11:27:00
Maybe he could commute like he did to Germany?
24/07/2006 11:32:00
This could well be one of the most important weeks in Villa life (now O'Dreary is gone) for me I would like to see the American as neville seems to be having trouble getting backers meaning money could be tight for players. Imagine an american ty***** and O'Neill whow??? not sure I would like Klingsman but he would be better than Souness.
irish villa
24/07/2006 11:42:00
Couldn't stay off the boards any longer! I've been following the stories with at first total embarassment but now more than a glimmer of hope. No more DOL and perhaps even HDE is about to do the right thing. Not sure about Randy Lerner though - what kind of name is that? MBNA were taken over by Bank of America fairly recently so perhaps he has some money to waste on a premiership team (sorry I mean invest).
Cheshire Villan
24/07/2006 11:49:00
lol, yes INVEST, INVEST. Solid investment, football is the most guaranteed business to make loads of money in (!!!!!!!!!).
The Fear
24/07/2006 12:01:00
Randy? How are we going to put that into song? Anyway I think Klinsman would be a quality choice if a bit unrealistic. Think of the players who would want to play for him. He could probably have a squad number and play up front with Milan as well.
24/07/2006 12:07:00
....and no Randy, we will not rename the Doug Ellis stand the George Bush Jnr stand.
24/07/2006 12:11:00
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