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A new consortium? Judge for yourself!

The Birmingham Mail have named 'deputy High Court judge and top international solicitor, London-based Nicholas Padfield QC' as fronting a consortium apparently called 'AV06'

Apparently, their proposals went to Ellis this week and are waiting for talks.

Two things:

1) Proposals would not be submitted to Ellis, they would go to Rothschild.

2) Why would any group want their name in the press before entering into formal talks?

I know the press, including all the web sites, HAVE to look for articles and report these things but there are very loose lips somewhere? I thought once the club was in the hands of Rothschild that everything would become much more professional and run much smoother. Darn it for forgetting the Ellis Factor!

Reports that Sven's agent Athole Still was leading a consortium have been as good as dismissed as not true.

In Bill Howell's report, it says:

'A source close to the consortium said: 'Our money is as good as anyone's and is already in place. We will make sure there is money for players for now and the future and our investment will be such that well after the initial deal we will be looking after the well-being of the club. We can't turn Villa into Chelsea overnight but we can aim to be a solid top-10 club initially and then take it from there.'

Bill also says 'Padfield is a big hitter on the legal front in London and is a Deputy High Court Judge.'

(Mental note to self. Padfied is a big hitter on the legal front, keep your mouth shut or say nothing but nice things).

I've always said how much I like judges and hard hitting lawyers particularly.

(Mental note to self. Phew, nice one, well done).

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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday July 28 2006
Time: 2:11PM


solid top ten club and take it from there......on your bike sunny, we want a little bit more ambition than that.
28/07/2006 14:15:00
I think after last season a solid 10 club would be a good start at least, as long as they looked to push on from there.
28/07/2006 14:20:00
Top 10 is not good enough for this great club
28/07/2006 14:24:00
Not enough ambition in my opinion. At least Neville shares the fans ambitions. It could be argued that he is trying to be realistic but he is already talking like O Leary in my opinion, next he will be talking about bringing in a bunch of honest players. Is there nothing we can do as fans to persuade Lerner to come back?
28/07/2006 14:31:00
Whats the problem with top 10? Assuming they refer to this season, then I don't see how it's realistic to aim higher than that for now given the season starts in a few weeks and MON or whoever won't have had time to build his own team, the rate it's going we'll be lucky if this is resolved in time for the January window...
28/07/2006 14:32:00
Like the Fear says, it's hard to understand where all these rumours are coming from. Is this Ellis spin to get a better price for the club? But as it stands, there is only one bid that we know of, and until it is official, the rest is just pie in the sky. I've got a niggling feeling that we won't see Doug go until they are nailing the lid down
28/07/2006 14:32:00
Dear Mr Fear, Would it be a possibility for the AV Shareholders Association to get in touch with Mr Lerner to state that a majority of fans are with him! And together we can all oust Ellis
28/07/2006 14:36:00
Progress and details at last. Neville said: "It is the intention of our consortium to raise a pot of money of up to £20million for the next manager of Aston Villa Football Club to buy players immediately. I can confirm Martin O'Neill remains our number one priority. I shall be speaking to Doug Ellis in the next 24 hours."
28/07/2006 14:42:00
Nice one Pul G but when have you ever seen us suceed where Ellis is concerned. So far I like the way neville sounds, he got the money (eventually, whch means he is a fighter) made an offer and came back today with info re budget for new players. He is also confedant of Landing Martin O'Neill which in itself would turn our fortunes around. The longer Ellis hangs around the more he will alliante the fans.
irish villa
28/07/2006 14:44:00
Tell Lerner how much we want him here
28/07/2006 14:53:00
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