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Is This Villa Speculation Healthy?

Is this speculation healthy?

All Villa fans, to differing degrees, are excited at the takeover talk and the links to this manager and that manager.

Obviously the Birmingham Mail broke with a name today, Randy Lerner, and we've got the latest round of 'the next biggest thing' stories circulating. We also have the internet at meltdown with Chinese whispers, rumours and people in the know. We are all as bad because we are all so desperate for change.

The question is, does all this speculation really help Aston Villa? The answer, quite clearly, has to be no. For one thing, some of the businessmen linked are serious players, they won't mess about and play games with Ellis, as attractive as Aston Villa might be, any shenanigan's and they'll be off

For another, where did this latest name come from? Do we really believe that advisers of Randy Lerner would want his name made public IF he was about to bid? How would that help before negotiations took place? All it would do is serve to drive up the share price which no potential suitor would want.

The only other way that potential suitors could be leaked to the press would be from within the club? Surely we aren't now seeing dirty tricks in order to put off bidders?

The acid test for all these stories has to be when a statement is made to the London Stock Exchange. Not from people 'in the know' online! When we get player rumours we say we'll believe it when they are 'in the shirt - on the pitch'. Maybe the same acid test should be put to these 'stories' and say 'in the boardroom, cheque books open!?'

Remember we've had Russians, South Americans, Arabians, Americans and Europeans all linked over the last few years, none of which has come to anything. Although we dearly want things to succeed and for our club to once again have an ambitious board to put Aston Villa back to where it belongs, maybe we all need to calm down and see how the next few weeks play out.

It is obvious to say that the vast majority of Villa fans and small shareholders would welcome professional, decent and well funded approaches and would hope that Rothschild do everything in their power to enable deals, what we don't want to do is to put potential suitors off approaching.

My fear is, if people are named before they have even approached, they may move on or that the latest round of 'links' will prove unfounded and just confuse the issue still further. As ever, Villa is being viewed as a soap opera, the media frenzy will no doubt not die down, it is just a shame to see names splashed on the front pages before deals are made - if indeed deals are going to be made.




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 24 2006

Time: 1:15PM

Your Comments

J.P you make (as usual) good points I have to say there have been so many false dawns that I do not want to get too excited but I really feel the end is close for DD.
irish villa
If and when we do get new owners, does anyone think we could get Lagham back? I liked him and he appeared to have a good vision for the future, a plan and best of all, integrity
Villain Of The North
Totally agree VOTN and I'm sure he'd come back to finish what he tried to start. Another point about all these rumours is that it will only serve to put off managers from wanting the job and players from wanting to sign. I don't know what the timescales are like, but could the club realistically be sold and have a new manager in place before the transfer window closes? If not, I fear another Ellis choice as manager, and I can't see O'Neill, who is the only choice IMHO, wanting to work with him.
DougInABox
I work on Wall St over here and what I have learned is that there is never smoke with out fire. If the parties involved are making a move it becomes public before hand. Always no exception so if Lerner is rumoured then he has looked at it. That does not mean he will buy of course, but let us not forget about Rothschild the more they sell if for the more they make so it is in their own best interest to show that people are interested, ie the Saudis or a Russian.
NY Villa
To your question is it healthy, it is for the investment bank. But i think it will be healthy for us in the long run, if we can get rid of Doug. The players need to be told that it has no bearing on who owns the club they still have to produce to the best of their ability, we should be ok
NY Villa
After the first Neville bid fell through then ensewing silence was torture for us fans so hearing all of these rumours makes me very happy. I didn't know anything about Randy till today but now him and MON sounds like the dream team!
ooahPaulMcGrath
Lets not get our hopes up just yet, Ive heard Wolf too many times. Lets take it all with a pinch of salt untill we get a statement to the Stock Exchange.
tylervilla
The excitement is all a little too much for me, I might have to have a few days without visiting this site, reading a paper, listening to the radio, watching sky sports news. Oh balls I am not going to France for another 16 days !!!!
fatloser
Just out of interest USA, and to help me evaluate just what you are saying, are you an American citizen, a Brit living in the U.S., and where do your footballing loyalties lie, Villa Park or elsewhere? I'm not questioning or disputing what you have to say, I'd just be interested in knowing a little bit more about your good self.
glensider
How can you guys be serious? A guy called Randy Learner running a football team. Sounds like Benny Hill. Bring cheer leaders ON!
Steve64k
'Randy Lerner' sounds like a name that would be more suited over at our place, with the Sport and Ann Summers links, another owner with a porn star name would fit in just nicely !!!!!
lil_blues_fan
The Ellis 12: Hoddle, little, souness, cowans, ericson, ranieri, aitken, graham..........twit!
tarzan
just went on birmingham mail where someone doesnt like your opinions J Fear Regarding the outspoken statements from the villa 'fans representatives' Jonathon Fear Villa Fans Combined etc. When did this group of fans bring it on themselves to be the voice of all Villa supporters?? I am by no means pro-Ellis, but the statements that a supporters rep. needs to be on the board, seems to keep coming out of this organisations press box.. wonder who Mr. Fear has in mind for this role?? These fan action groups so it seems aren't in my opinion in it for, solely the good of Aston Villa, rather their obsessive hatred of Doug Ellis and their own self promotion. In the same way that Doug Ellis is nothing without Aston Villa, Jon Fear the like are nothing without the clubs current 'turmoil' and subsequently nothing without Doug Ellis ?
groseyboy
I'll live groseyboy, stick your head above the parapet, you are always going to annoy someone. Why wouldn't the fans need representing with a new group? Ellis has rejected the idea over and over. Even Chelsea with their billionaire have meetings with the club etc. Anyone who knows me realises I don't need this 'turmoil' to exist, I've enough turmoil of my own. I think I could live, the same as most of us, with some good times and sunshine at Villa Park?!! And an obsessive hatred of Doug? We all love Doug don't we?
The Fear
BBC606 website used to be packed with Ellis lovers. No fans group speaks for all fans. But they get far closer to doing so than the current board.
Steve W
 

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