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Villa - What's The Story?

Villa - What's The Story?

What's the story?

This last week has been so fraught with excitement, perhaps its time to take stock. I find it very difficult, impossible in fact, to believe Martin O'Neill came to Aston Villa without the strongest possible assurances that Ellis was about to go, perhaps before the start of the season.

O'Neill is intensely ambitious but so far in his career he has had neither the resources or, at Celtic, the stage to compete with the likes of Mourinho, Ferguson, Wenger, or more latterly, Liverpool and Spurs. Only with new wealthy owners at Villa Park would he at last have that chance.

He wants to establish himself as one of 'the greats'. MO'N didn't come to Villa to languish in safe mid-table. We keep hearing from very reliable sources that Lerner and O'Neill have already held talks and that O'Neill was his choice for manager. Isn't that very odd?

So far, despite all the rumours, the American has yet to make a formal bid, yet apparently the two men had talks several weeks ago. Did Neville (and whatever happened to him?) or Still have actual talks with O'Neill? I don't believe so. {ed comment, I believe Neville has}

Incidentally, how did Lerner ever get to hear about O'Neill? I live in France, and I can tell you that although Martin might be a bit of a managerial legend in the UK, he is far less well known in Europe, nevermind America. Congratulations to Lerner's team of researchers. I think things have happened back-stage that we will probably never know about. But times, they are a-changin'.

And Amen to that.

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday August 8 2006
Time: 11:44AM


Lerner has been researching opportunities in the UK for many months ans, as a well educated man, he will have prepared himself very well. He will have almost certainly earmarked key management personnel; of which M'O'N is just one, but a very important one. Martin obviously wants Lerner's bid to be successful and by accepting the post, Still's proposal has been given a "set-back". Forget Neville, he's Ellis's "plant" to "up-the-anti", which Lerner will have guessed. Padfield? - just another "chancer" hoping to make a "fast buck" - but not at our expense, if we can possibly avoiid it. Lerner is the only serious one in the frame, so don't be surprised if he plays hard-ball with Ellis, and good luck to him; but we may have to be patient for a little longer than we'd hoped.
08/08/2006 14:16:00
im just wondering whe he (randy) hasnt tabled a bid yet. He obviously isnt waiting to raise the funds, so it tells me he has either not made his mind up or is trying to come to an agreed price with Ellis. A week is a long time in football so I will only believe it when it happens.
08/08/2006 14:18:00
I've just tried to explain - Lerner probably suspects that there are no other "real" contenders - so he'll wait as long as possible and at the same time put Ellis on his "back-foot". If there are other contenders, he'll wait for them to move first; if they don't I would expect he'll offer what the the club is realistically worth - less than £50mill. - so if anyone has got shares my advice is to sell them at anything above £4.50!
08/08/2006 16:00:00
I hope your right and I hope Lerner hurrys the chuff up.
08/08/2006 16:11:00
hasn't neville already put in a bid..?
08/08/2006 16:31:00
No, just and official intention to put in a bid....a bit pointless really.
Villain Of The North
08/08/2006 17:04:00
You never know, there may be no bid at all. Then Ellis stays for yet another year. Sorry but it's just as likely when you have no bids coming in.
08/08/2006 19:26:00
i belive its got to happen because ellis knows if it doesnt theere will be a backlash from the fans even with MON in charge
08/08/2006 20:06:00
Come on now, positive thoughts !! We have the best manager in the uk !! we will soon have the best owner in the premiership !! Ellis will sell his health is deteriorating, he's 82 !!! There is only 1 bid i think he will give time of day to , that's Randy's ! Come on Lerner ! Put in a bid !!! Doug's time is over ! !
08/08/2006 20:42:00
Thats the point - Randy has to put a bid in and at the mo there is no real indication that he will. If there is show me but all we have so far is pure speculation and Ellis saying talks are on going about the possibility of talks and a bid.
08/08/2006 21:16:00
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