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Ellis Admits He Is Off - Nearly?

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
Date:Sunday August 6 2006
Time: 11:30AM


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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
06/08/2006 12:55:00
Your in so much trouble!
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.
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
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!
06/08/2006 18:33:00
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