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Why Randy Lerner Pulled Out?

Why Randy Lerner Pulled Out?

Joint statement from Aston Villa Shareholders Association and Villa Fans Combined.

The never ending saga of Mr Ellis seems to know no bounds, unless groups interested are willing to bow and scrape to our so called 'Mr Aston Villa` no matter how much money they have got or how good they would be for the club, they will have no chance of wrestling power away from one very destructive and sad individual.

Today`s events only go to illustrate just how farcical the situation is, not only has Mr Ellis let Aston Villa down but also the board of AVFC plc have let us down to a man for not controlling the 'chairman`.

Randy Lerner came to England with the intention of bidding for Aston Villa. His advisors and himself had been in contact with VFC and the Shareholders Association in order to gauge the fans feelings and they showed a great willingness to listen. There can`t be many billionaires in the world that would treat 'simple fans` with that level of respect.

Our information is that Mr Lerner had a meeting with Mr Ellis today that was described as 'farcical` because Mr Ellis tried to jostle for position and play one group off against another.

Mr Lerner had the funds in place and was willing to offer the full asking price. What he was not prepared for was the level of disrespect that Mr Ellis showed and was stunned to the point of walking out when Ellis said to Mr Lerner:

'Once you have bought the club, you will report to me.`

So not only does Mr Ellis want a kings ransom for his shares, he also wants to remain king.

Mr Ellis, by the time this is all finished, I think you will find out that you will be reporting to the fans, I think you should be prepared for a massive backlash as you have reduced our club to a farce for your own selfish ends.

You are not Mr Aston Villa, you are the Menace of B6 and I suggest you step aside before the start of the season or see what a Villa Park scorned really looks like.

(Please note, we haven`t and won`t endorse any bids or approaches, our fear is that if Mr Ellis treats one group with so much obvious potential and funding in this way, then he will treat them all the same. Instead of new owners and a top new manager, we could face a new season with an ailing 'chairman` and the 14th managerial victim).

Jonathan Fear, Chairman of The Aston Villa Shareholders Association.

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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday July 27 2006
Time: 12:34AM


Typical Doug Ellis! Still cannot see him possibly being in charge of the club in the new season. The amount of pressure he will be under will be unbelieveable.
27/07/2006 00:50:00
I've finally come to the decision that I'll not return to Villa Park until that cancer has left. Heartbreaking but at some point you just have to make a stand.
The Fear
27/07/2006 00:52:00
If this wasn't so sad and true, I would still be rolling around on the floor, has anyone considered a challenge based on his mental stability? Maybe the S (tupid).O (ld).C (unt). views Villa Park as a pyramid and when he falls off the perch so will Aston Villa, together buried, him in the centre circle and Villa Park opened as a shrine of rememberance. A beautiful but small park where fans can come and sit in their thousands and reflect upon the 80's and a place for Mr. J. Fear to walk his dog each day and for it to leave a gift on Mr. Ellis as a sign of his leadership.
27/07/2006 00:54:00
I am biiterly disappointed once again. This must rank along side Chinese water torcher. I have suffered like most Villa fans for a long time. I was there in 1969 as were a lot of us. Docherty said Villa fans would watch Villa shirt being hung out to dry. It was far less pain in 69 than 06. Villa fans are the best fans in the world why is it that we are treated with such utter distain? Come on Doug let my people go!
27/07/2006 00:59:00
Well there goes perhaps an oportunity of a life time but then again who knows?
27/07/2006 01:32:00
I will not return to Villa Park until radical change occurs ie Doug lets my people go and MON or someone equally as good steps in. We demand change.
27/07/2006 01:51:00
Absolutely appalling Disgusting. A disgrace. This man Ellis is the lowest of the low. The Lerner bid was a tremendous opportunity, and the old man has choosen to screw it up. He will no doubt do the same with the other bids. Meanwhile weak-kneed Stride and co yet again choose to turn a blind eye, and let the old fool continue his destruction of our great club.
27/07/2006 02:43:00
For the first time during 20 years of supporting Villa, I have lost total interest in the team. Until Doug Ellis goes, nothing else matters..doesn't matter what manager we have, who we sign, how many games we win..the cancer is not cured until he goes. I wont be going back until he's gone. And as for 'Once you have bought the club, you will report to me.` I am glad that has been leaked out. No seriously I am. Everyone from potential managers, to fans everywhere, the press...that quote if it was said is the biggest mistake Ellis has ever made.
27/07/2006 03:05:00
FEAR!!! Ask randy to come back. Please!
27/07/2006 04:01:00
How do you know he said this?
27/07/2006 04:50:00
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