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Takeovers - The Talk Of The Town

Takeovers - The Talk Of The Town

Randy Lerner has kept his intentions to himself but has now spoken of his interest in Aston Villa.

People have said that he was 'out' of the deal last week, but as no bids have gone in, he was never 'in'. Until we get official bids, then the rest is just people looking, talking and considering.

Randy Lerner said: 'I've been open and interested to some extent. There are opportunities, but they are nothing more than opportunities. I think my concern is if I put myself in a position to speak clearly on it, I'm going to be misleading. I'm hesitant to do anything more than that.'

Exactly how it should be. The time we want ANY group to talk to us is surely AFTER they have talked to Rothschild. I can't understand the approaches via the press, they make no sense at all. Put the money on the table, then come and talk is surely the way to go about it and also to help control the media frenzy?

Michael Neville's name is still in the hat, we'll maybe find out more next week as to whether his indicative bid will be taken further.

There are also other groups, one including Athole Still, the agent of former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson. Papers today claim that Sven will be part of the investment group BUT NOT the manager as he fears the fans might still be hostile to him at this present time.

Lets just hope that there is less talk next week and that the bids finally do come in. Lets also hope that it is Rothschild who do the negotiating, checking out the finances and then put their finding to the board.

In the meantime, we should hope that no new manager is brought in. Some reports suggest the board of Villa are about to offer fans choice Martin O'Neill the hot seat but it would surely be best for all concerned if he isn't unveiled until the new board are in place? That said, if he is brought in, then maybe it means a new board are set to be put in place?

With Villa, who knows?

One thing is for certain, it is now or never. Firstly for Ellis to go and secondly for Martin O'Neill to come. Could become a very good week for us all, maybe it is time to tentatively get that bottle of champagne on ice, or at least make an indicative bid at your local wine seller and see what you can negotiate!

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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday July 30 2006
Time: 7:55PM


I hope we do appoint O'Neil
30/07/2006 20:30:00
I still dont trust Ellis with this, i still think that he hasnt got it in him to sell the club.
30/07/2006 20:46:00
I really hope ellis goes we need this takeover to happen ASAP.
30/07/2006 20:52:00
I believe HDE WILL NOT sell VP, and will have a prime excuse to have not brought in new players … Because he dint have time to appoint a new manager as he was busy looking at offers for the club..the bookies have HDE still there this season at 4 / 7 , I believe he will be there this could be a smoke screen to get us ( the fans ) of his back !!!! No new shirt for me this season ( until HDE goes!! ) Also what’s the bet he will find time to sell players in between trying to find a new manager!! ( so not to step on the new manager’s toes!! ) What do you think fear ??
30/07/2006 21:35:00
I don't think anything is going to happen down at slow town villa. Having said this I do believe Roy Aitkin will get the best out of what we have got. I would be shocked if O'Neill accepted the job because why would he want the heartache of dealing with Ellis when he has to deal with his wifes battle against cancer? What about Sven as Director of Football? Surely if he wanted to invest in the club his experience and links around europe would be a huge asset to the club in moving forward. Sven for director of football and O'neill for manager - Aitken as coach - Dream team
30/07/2006 21:42:00
I'm hearing that Martin O'Neill is on the brink of signing a £1.6 million deal to front Setanta Sports. Whether he could find time to do this AND become the Villa manager I don't know.
30/07/2006 21:59:00
randy is still in there otherwise he would have said he was out whilst doing the interview.hes just doing it the right way.
30/07/2006 22:05:00
The key to bringing about a successful conclusion to all of this takeover speculation, is without a doubt to bypass Ellis, and leave all of the negotiations and nitty-gritty down to Rothschild. At the end of the day though, it will come down of course to the answer to one simple question. That question being, Does Doug Ellis wish to sell Aston Villa? If the answer to that question is no, then all of this is purely and simply just a total waste of time. Agree also that to set the wheels turning on a sale being made, first of all an acceptable offer has to be tabled. Talk is cheap, but hopefully for the sake of AVFC, we will in the next few days see the colour of the interested parties money.
30/07/2006 22:28:00
Really wouldnt mind Sven coming in now that hes willing to employ MON as manager.
31/07/2006 00:17:00
Be prepared for a shock in the next few days - its gonna come from left field and its gonna blow your sock off!
31/07/2006 04:16:00
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