Writer: J P Fear
Date:Thursday July 27 2006
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I heard the news this morning that Randy Lerner had withdrawn his bid and returned to the US.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
Date:Thursday July 27 2006
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