Writer: J P Fear
Date:Monday July 24 2006
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?
Date:Monday July 24 2006
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