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Ellis Admits He Is Off - Nearly?

Doug Ellis has admitted, in an interview with Sky Sports News, that negotiations are ongoing and that he is hopeful things will be sorted 'in weeks rather than months.'

''As far as I'm concerned the negotiations with the club are ongoing,'' continued Ellis. ''I made it very clear I was prepared to sell. 'I'm 82 years of age, I've just had five operations since last June. I had to be sensible. Nevertheless, I won't walk away from Aston Villa.'

He says his health isn't the main reason for selling but 'The main reason is the future of the club. 'If someone with a lot of money, just look at what happened with Abramovich, who bought his way to the championship. 'I don't suggest the people I've been talking to, and I've been talking to several, are going to be Abramovich class. 'I don't think there's anyone in that class. Still, nevertheless, they are big people.''

On the timing he said: ''A week in parliament is an hour in football. Things can change overnight. 'I know where we stand, I'm not going to talk about it to be honest, but I'm hopeful it will come to pass in weeks, rather than months.''

The only bit that causes a worry is his belief that he is 'wanted'. It depends under what circumstances he thinks he should stay. If it is a honouree role that finally gets him to step aside, then you can understand the politics and accept the decision, lets just hope he doesn't hang out to remain on the board, either as exec or non-exec, because no new group would buy the club on those terms, or at least no sensible forward thinking group.
Ellis explained: ''They want me to be (still involved), their own words, not mine' and quoting Michael Neville who said 'why throw the baby out with the bath water' a week or so back, Ellis ends: ''Their own words are why throw away all that experience and knowledge and contacts.''

I spoke with Michael Neville at the time and he confirmed that his group would keep him as an ambassador but not on the board and that his words to the press had been misconstreud. I'm sure all the other groups would look to do the same.

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 6 2006

Time: 11:30AM

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As long as it is a totally non-exec role I'm happy for him to stay, his contacts at the FA are the main reason I would want him on board, not his knowledge and experience as this has proved to be of little worth to the club.
Villain Of The North
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06/08/2006 12:08:00

Doug has experience of running the club albeit not in the manner we would like, especially the last few years. The key is the shareholding, I wouldn't object to him staying an advisory role - but not a major decision maker.
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06/08/2006 12:14:00

Some sort of loose "consultancy" rolw would be OK but Ellis must not be involved in the management of the club, at any level. Non executive director would, in my opinion, be keeping a dead hand too near the tiller. Ellis must not be in a position of influence, the club has achieved nothing with him at the helm.
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06/08/2006 12:21:00

These people looking to bid are top businessmen, they don't need advisors like that, but an ambassador role would hurt no one and would help Ellis to ease out with a bit of dignity!
The Fear
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06/08/2006 12:31:00

Good luck to Doug what ever he chooses to do, not sure if I agree with his tactics but he has stuck by Villa and made his decisions and stuck by them.
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06/08/2006 12:43:00

About time he finally decided step down shame he left no time for transfers we will have to wait till ******* january
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06/08/2006 12:55:00

Your in so much trouble!
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06/08/2006 16:09:00

Is it safe to assume that he is actually telling us the truth for once? Yes, I think it is. His interview on Sky made it the perfect weekend. Agree with you guys. No position with even the slightest bit of authority should be allowed him. Let him have his free seats, his own parking place, but that's about it.
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06/08/2006 16:25:00

I think we should even give him a title that makes him feel important, massage his ego to the max to ensure a favourable deal is done. Let him be club president, after all, despite all his many failings and the mess he's made of so many things, he did manage to get O'Neill in place, something that several other, well moneyed clubs failed to do.
Villain Of The North
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06/08/2006 17:32:00

Careful chaps! We had a similar situation with Ken Bates who wanted to remain a figurehead. It just doesn't work and look how vindicative he's turned out now!
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06/08/2006 18:33:00

You don't have a spare aquatic tart do you Merlin? Give Ellis the Tea Lady's job. What more should you give a guy who has spent nothing and is going to make 60 mil profit? We all support Villa and it costs us to do so. Let him become just another supporter and maybe he may start to see our point of view. You don't sell a car and still expect to drive the thing do you?
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06/08/2006 21:45:00

As long as we have new buyers and he dosen't stick his ore in i don't care if he does or does not stay.
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06/08/2006 22:15:00

Make no mistake, MON came to Villa despite Ellis, not because of him. I am still convinced he came partly because he knows, not thinks, knows Ellis will be out, and perhaps before the start of the season.
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06/08/2006 22:31:00

Hmmmm....if were all excited and buying Doug suddenley going to loose interest ??? - win te first 3 games, a couple of 5m players......and I fear the consortia may disapear. One thing I do like about Doug is that attends most of the games...hope the new owners do the same.
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06/08/2006 23:01:00

If the new owner are from the USA well you know
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07/08/2006 01:26:00

Tell the old fart he can what ever he wants as long as he sells and then he can be fired. Doug thinks he has done a great job, he has not. I dont care if the owners are at the game as long as our players are ready to play.
NY Villa
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07/08/2006 03:37:00

There isn't much wrong with what Doug has done and he has run the day to day business well. The real problem though, is that he didn't see the opportunities that existed. When the Premiership "took-off" we were right in there, a big club, with massive support primed for lift off. But he missed it, he was too comfortable and with his standing at the FA his ego was satisfied. At a time when all the other big clubs thought big and looked forward, Doug sat still, satisfied with his achievements. No debt but no vision. He shouldn't be criticised for that, we all have our limitations, but his failing to recognise the need to hand over to someone with the foresight and energy to take us forward is his real crime. Despite the good work he's done for Aston Villa, he will be remembered for a monumental error, outstaying his welcome.
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07/08/2006 08:11:00

Well said SteveW, I totally agree. My issue with him is that he thinks he knows better than everyone else and does not listen.
NY Villa
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07/08/2006 15:25:00

well thats the next step to move aston villa on, when he goes u need someone with abit more money behind them
green giant 12
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07/08/2006 17:06:00


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