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Bid Imminent - But Who Blabbed?

Sky Sports News have run a breaking story that the Randy Lerner consortium will put in a bid tomorrow morning for Aston Villa.

The report suggests the offer will be between £60-64million.

Great to see that bids are now incoming BUT:


Whoever it is, stand up and take a bow if you blow this approach.

This group did not want their name splashed all over the papers and most certainly will not have leaked the details of an imminent bid. These people don't mess about in the school play ground, they do business right. Lets just hope approaches are still made and bids do materialise.

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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday July 25 2006

Time: 9:54PM

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I wish I hadn't logged on now. After reading that I won't be able to sleep tonight. Then I'll be glued to the box all day tomorrow awaiting any news. Cheers Sky way to mess my life up.
still skeggy
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25/07/2006 22:07:00

I bet he's a Blue nose
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25/07/2006 22:47:00

Hold your horses! If they are the business men that everyone thinks they are then how is it anyone outside of their bid team knows when and if they are going to bid? I smell a rat. This guys reputation is a bit suspect. Can we take anyone who is called Randy Learner seriously?
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26/07/2006 02:39:00

No leaks happen by mistake, trust me, I've seen it all before. There's a reason for them, even though those who leaked will never admit.
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26/07/2006 03:09:00

You get the feeling that only the old man can screw this bid up now. Lerner seems serious, and he doesnt come across as a guy who would waste time and effort in playing games. Dont worry about the name Steve64k. Randy's a common name in the states, and if he's successful in buying the club, he can call himself by whatever name he wants as far as I'm concerned.
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26/07/2006 05:11:00

I read aboput it with great interest yesterday in the Australian Press but its a great name and why would Villa not want to be linked to an inexperienced porn star.
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26/07/2006 05:12:00

There is no mention of a bid tomorrow on sky sports. It only says Lerner could put a bid in. Me thinking it is journalists trying to get in first. Ellis would be happy if he gets his asking price and Villa get the Americans we should of got 30 years ago.
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26/07/2006 06:41:00

The bids have been leaked because the bidder knows Doug will avoid selling if he can. With the bids in the open, more and more pressure is piled on Doug, by the fans, to sell and hey presto, the silly old dodger is backed into a corner!!!
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26/07/2006 07:56:00

My one concern over all this is that everybody is getting carried away with Lerner's perceived wealth. He will not put any of his personal fortune into this deal - they do not work like that. Any purchase will be funded by loans against the clubs assets. Hence if this deal does go through we will find ourselves in the same situation as ManUre and will no longer be a debt free club. Part of the attraction for Lerner will be the rise in tv money from next season. I'm not saying that this is necessarily a bad thing if we are able to achieve success as a result. So far I haven't seen any mention of the potential downside to this type of deal.
Cheshire Villan
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26/07/2006 08:18:00

I think the most reasonable thing to do is wait and listen to what these people have to say. I can confirm they have made contact, they are wanting to listen to the fans and they do realise the massive potential at the club and want to put it back to where it should be. Lets face it, the current situation cannont continue, even if we were all behind Ellis (without knives!!!) he would still be having to go soon and better now than when the inevitable happen, that would just plunge us into even more trouble.
The Fear
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26/07/2006 08:46:00

I agree Neil, nothing is 'leaked' by mistake, but this didn't come from there side, they had no profit in doing so, I think there is only one other place for it to have come from and no shocks where?!
The Fear
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26/07/2006 08:47:00

Whatever it is it cant be any worse than doug. Maybe dougs guys are leaking this to get the share price up?
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26/07/2006 08:49:00

There'll come a time eventually, when we will have to go into debt in order to stay in the Premiership. Doug's penny pinching approach has got us nowhere, so now it's time to try the other option and spend. This guy Lerner has experience of running a sports club and from all reports he has made quite a success of it in the US. And if he is a hands off owner, he will allow someone who knows football in this country to take on the day to day running, and that sounds like a sensible move to me
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26/07/2006 08:51:00

what we talking? another abramovich?
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26/07/2006 09:24:00

I recon the leek was on Doug's side. Trying to get the fans off his back? trying to push the share price up? Trying to look like he is actively trying to sell the club?
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26/07/2006 09:58:00

I don't see why everyone is so obsessed with Doug trying to push the share price up. If, as is speculated, Lerner is willing to pay the asking price (or Neville for that matter) then the price being paid is already over the market share price and therefore, market share price is irrelavent.
Villain Of The North
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26/07/2006 10:54:00

Report in Telegraph today claims Ellis looking for between 75 million to 100 million. Can't see how that can be true based on share price.
Steve W
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26/07/2006 11:16:00

I go along with what JF says. Let's see what they have to say to the fans (that's if they do make a bid). There is no doubt that Randy L is a cute "cookie". He is today's business man - well educated, an experienced "operator" at the top level in the financial world, extremely well connected and last, which is also a bit useful, very wealthy! He will almost certainly have aspirations for Villa beyond our wildest dreams; let's just hope they also coincide with what we "long suffering" Villa fans want - Top4 Premiership status and competing in Europe every year alongside Arsenal, Man.Utd and Chelsea. So let's welcome his approach, but give them some space to conclude the biz. with Doug. Then we can ask them, not only talk to us but also listen to us fans and allow us to feel part of Villa's future.
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26/07/2006 11:52:00


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