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Lets All Chill Out

Lets All Chill Out

All this bidding and withdrawing is getting exciting isn't it?

Waking up in the morning and stumbling straight to the telly to see what the latest news is. Spending most of the day checking the internet for the latest whisper in this never ending chain of Chinese whispers. At least summers at Villa are never dull.

I heard the news this morning that Randy Lerner had withdrawn his bid and returned to the US. I was disappointed but figured that he mustn't have been that interested and decided to sod off after a sniff around English football.

By lunchtime I'd managed to connect to the boards and found out the real reason for Mr. Lerner's departure. I was livid that the menace of B6 was about to ruin the future of Aston Villa with his petty selfish nonsense the way he has ruined the past 20 years. I posted an angry message on the boards and sent an email to Jon Fear urging all fans to take action against Ellis.

This afternoon rumours started to circulate that the deal with Lerner wasn't dead and that negotiations were likely to continue. The mists cleared for a moment and it became obvious that the Lerner walk out was just his way of telling Ellis that his conditions were unacceptable. I've done it before in Thailand haggling for fake football shirts. I didn't think it went on in multi-million pound businesses but it just reflects Doug's market stall attitude.

One of the reasons why I had gotten so upset in the first place was that the Lerner bid with his 1.4 billion dollars meant that he would have loads of money to put into bringing shinny new players to our beloved club. Lerner's 1.4 billion dollars made him a clear favourite over the Neville bid which has struggled to come up with the funds to match the asking price and so was presumed not to have a sufficient transfer budget to get us to the top of the table. However, Neville has already stated that he has an agreement with Martin O'Neill (or at least hinted at it). O'Neill is no fool and knows that to get Villa to where we should be will take
investment. He'd never agree to come under a 'sell to buy' policy so Neville must have promised him a healthy transfer budget.

So at the close of business today we are still in the same position as yesterday. Lerner and Neville are both still in for the Villa and which ever bid wins they are likely to have a healthy transfer budget for Martin O'Neill (hopefully) to work off. Which ever bid wins will depose Doug, although he may have a ceremonial role (who cares).

Before the end of last season we all wanted Doug and DOL gone, but didn't really expect it. Now DOL is gone and Doug is on his way out. This is what we have all been dreaming about so lets all just chill out and when Doug is finally removed from power we can all celebrate, instead of fretting over every little thing and getting upset over every bump in the road.

The future is bright, the future is Villa!

Article by ooahPaulMcGrath

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday July 27 2006
Time: 6:54PM


And looking at the league table on the right, we're still second behind the Arse, been there a few weeks too, Come on Villa!!!
27/07/2006 18:58:00
I dont think we should get ahead of ourselves, doug has yet to really come out and admit he wants to sell. It wouldnt suprise me in the slightest, in fact i would put money on it, doug being here at xmas
27/07/2006 19:01:00
That is very definitely the key danvilla2. You've hit the nail very squarely on the head. Ellis has never once stated that he's ready and willing to sell. He can play his selling games all he likes, but until a deal is signed, sealed, and delivered, I'll have to believe that he's not going to go anywhere, anytime soon.
27/07/2006 19:30:00
As previously stated, Doug is legally obliged to act in the interests of all shareholders, he may therefore have to advise shreholders (including Petchy and his 20%) to sell to one of the bidders (Rothchild's should keep him straight on this). This does not mean that Doug himself has to sell and may decide not to but if he is no longer the majority shareholder I quite honestly could not give a flying fudgecake. In the world of the PLC, majority shareholding rules and if Ellis does not then like the decisions being made he is at perfect liberty to sell his shares. Bye Bye Douglas, it's been real!!!!!
Villain Of The North
27/07/2006 20:01:00
I guess what I'm trying to say in my previous post is; yep, let's just chill out and enjoy the ride!!!!!
Villain Of The North
27/07/2006 20:02:00
I think that this has the ability to be the best of times or the worst of times. Villa fan base is huge and lets not forget what has happened over the last 5 years Herbert has run the fans from the ground. He has managed to turn a historic name into a laughing stock and now washes his laundry in public. It was a farce that 2 years ago DOL came and said I have 20 mill to spend why would that come out? As a Chairman why would you endorse a manager to disenfranchise the fans. As a business you do not show your hand look at Lerner. My ramblings mean that we have a guy who has no clue how to run a succesfull shop! We are the only game in town and for miles around, its like having one bar in the whole brum yet we are struggling to get punters because everyone drinking at home. I am frustrated because right now it would be easy to make a fortune and bring a quality product to the market for our customers!
NY Villa
27/07/2006 20:06:00
Thats why I dont want to Chill out, I can see this playing out to nothing but the same as last year, hope and dashed expectations.
NY Villa
27/07/2006 20:21:00
As far as I understand, there has only been one bid. Now correct me if I'm wrong, but Neville seems to be struggling for enough cash to do much more than meet the asking price and he must also be very desperate to conceed to Ellis's demands to be on the board in what ever role. So my point is that as it stands we are in a position of things could remain the same with Ellis at the helm or Ellis still on the board but 64 million pounds richer. Would he invest some of that cash back into the Villa? - I'll let you guys be the judge of that.
27/07/2006 22:04:00
How does anyone on these boards have any idea what Neville's financial situation is? He's apparently managed to raise £64 million, not exactly pocket change but since this Lerner charater has come on the scene everyone is assuming that Neville's bid is financially inferior. We don't even know who Neville's backers are so how can we even guess how much money they have and how much they are willing to invest. As far as Lerner is concerned, we know that he has a personal fortune of approx $1.4 billion US but we have no idea if he will invest a single penny of that money. Let's just all chill out and get off Neville's back until we know what he is proposing and how he is planning to fund his plans. The Times are reporting GT to be the new chairman and O'Neill to be new manager if Neville sucedes. Neither have distanced themselves from this so i beleive that there is at least some truth in it. I do not beleive that GT and O'Neil would even concider getting involved with Neville without some guarantees and without knowing a heck of a lot more than we do.
Villain Of The North
27/07/2006 23:08:00
These chill pills aren't steriods are they. You I enjoy the sport of cycling and would appreciate anything that would give me that edge. Cheers
27/07/2006 23:14:00
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