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Better The Devil You Know? NO!

Right, a lot has been said and a lot is going to be said about the situation at Villa Park.

I don't think the old argument of 'better the devil you know' will wash anymore with regards to Doug Ellis. Fine, we all have differing opinions on his tenure, my frustrations certainly don't date back as far as many Villa fans, I got caught up in the manager cycle for many years. However, no matter what anyone thinks of him, even if he was our hero, he would still be coming to the end of his tenure. At the age of 82, there is no way of getting round that. I don't mean that in a macabre or disrespectful way, it is just common sense.

We then get onto the potential and hopefully soon to be actual bids.

Michael Neville:

He has had a fair bit of bad press from fans because although he has talked of bids, bids haven't materialised. Fair enough, it can be grating because we are all Villa fans and are desperate for action. My personal opinion is it is good to know that people like him have been about, he failed once and didn't slope off with his tail between his legs, he carried on trying. Who knows, he might succeed, he may just as easily fail. I would still shake his hand and thank him for his efforts, he has done no harm and in many ways, what with all the press talk, might actually have succeeded in bringing in more potential suitors.

Randy Lerner:

Put quite frankly, I'm totally excited by this possibility. He is a big time player who if he came would want nothing but success. Now I won't hang my hat on any bid (not that it would make any difference, I'm not claiming that before certainly people start on me again) because we simply don't have all the details. But on the flip side of that, how can anyone be criticising or negative about something that a) hasn't actually happened yet and b) the details haven't been put out yet.

Surely any sensible person will wait, listen to what he has to say, and then come to a reasonable conclusion?

The positive thing is that he has been in contact via representatives in order to talk to the fans, via the Shareholders Association and Villa Fans Combined (hopefully soon to be disbanded Villa Fans Combined). That at least shows they know that the fans HAVE to be brought into the fold and an inclusive policy will be needed.

I know all the possible negatives of any approach, but hey, lets enjoy our (potential) day in the sunshine, the devil may be in the detail, but we can't judge that until the detail is available.

Mike McKenna and Peter Cross

Some fans will also have heard of fan based initiatives floated by both these gentlemen. Again, I've also seen the same old Villa fan snipes about them. Why? Why? Why? Why is it not a good thing that people are actually trying to do something?

Now fair enough, at present, most moves and actions are on hold as we see the latest bid situations played out, but from my communications, both these chaps also deserve a slap on the back for at least attempting to do what they feel is right for Aston Villa.

As a fellow Villa fan, I'm proud there are people like this involved with Villa as opposed to the negative ones who would rather rip the good intentions of other fans apart or to reduce everything to a personal slanging match. Thanks but I left school over 20 years ago.

I'm sure one day the truth will out and people like Mike and Peter should be applauded as gentlemen and scholars, or should that be Villans?

Anyway, lets face it, Villa deserve a decent break for once, I bet there are a fair few Chairmen in the Premiership not to keen on this potential takeover, they know the size of Villa, we know the size of Villa, and I think some opponent fans will learn very shortly the real size of Aston Villa!




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday July 26 2006

Time: 11:45AM

Your Comments

My distrust of Doug Ellis dates back to the far too quick break up of the 1982 European Cup Winners and his appointment of Graham Turner. Quickly followed by Billy McNeill. He does not need to stay a minute longer. Any other option would be preferable to me.
Steve W
I have to say I am not so positive about Michael Neville's input. He may mean well, but he lined himself up with the Comer Bros who clearly had more sinister plans for Villa. *Spurious gossip alert* A friend of mine works for a Leeds legal firm - they were pretty clear the deal was always about the land, as has subsequently been commented on in the press. I think its hugely positive for Villa that Lerner has contacted fans organisations, for a number of reasons. I am pretty excited right now. Shame there won't be much time for new signings before the transfer deadline. On another note, a massive vote of thanks to Jonathan Fear for the way he has conducted himself throughout this turbulent period - his contributions in the media have been consistently excellent and Jonathan has cetainly played an important role in shaping the debate around the future of the club, so a big thanks from me and I am sure all us London based Villans feel the same!
paranoid_ormandroyd
Agreed. Lets have Randy, he is a headline writers dream (it would be nice to appear in the paper from time to time), He has vast personal wealth, and he will have personal ambitions to go up against the glazers and that darn ruski. He will not want to buy a club across the pond for us only to buy some player 'with potential' from the championship...he will want to be entertained (extra time multiball and cheerleaders aside) and that means excitement for us too. Come on Randy, put the bid in, kick ellis on the way out, get MON a nice big office and a big cheque book and we will come and do the singing and dancing.
tylervilla
Well said all, I think this is an exciting time for all fans and everyone who went to meetings, held signs at games and vocalized their anger this is your day. Jon you have contributed the most and put a lot of your energy in to this and I thank you for what you achieved. Well done. Now come Randy make a bid that the fans will cheer you on the opening day of the season, we will even let dribble the ball from the half way line and smack it in front of the Holt!
NY Villa
Definitely not better the devil we know. This current administration has run its course, and is at the same time running the grand old club into the ground. There has to be change. O.K., so whoever finally takes over, if indeed Ellis does decide to walk away, and I'm still not convinced that he will, will be something of a gamble. But new life and new direction has to be breathed into the club. The alternative just isn't worth thinking about.
glensider
 

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