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Lerner and Ellis Speak

Commenting on the Offer being recommended by the board of AVFC, Randolph Lerner, Chief Executive Officer of RAL, said:

'It is my belief and the basis for my bid to acquire Aston Villa Football Club that it can compete at the highest level within the Premiership and in Europe. The Club has a rich history and a long tradition of passionate fan support.'

Doug Ellis, out-going Chairman of Aston Villa, said:

'It has been my sincere pleasure to have been involved with Aston Villa these many years, both as Chairman and as a substantial shareholder. The Club has been an enormous and immensely enjoyable part of my life.'

'I wish to thank the many staff at Aston Villa over the years for making the Club what it has been and what it is. I am sure that this transaction will be the beginning of a new chapter in Aston Villa's proud history.'

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 14 2006

Time: 7:36AM

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No mention of the fans from Doug? Surprise, surprise.
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14/08/2006 07:39:00

Who cares now though! The lion is about to roar again.
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14/08/2006 07:41:00

Sod him. He's history now. Time to get on with the important things, like fixing the name on one of the stands!
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14/08/2006 07:52:00

Good point ooahpaulmcgrath, I think that stand should be re named after me ! I think i have put more money into the club than the (dead) deadly ! Well done Randy ! Champions League here we come !!
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14/08/2006 07:59:00

Well, this is great news. At last our great club is moving in the right direction. It will be interesting to hear what Mr Lerner has got planned for the club. Next season I might be cheering Villa from the MBNA Credit Card stand!
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14/08/2006 08:04:00

whos. first on the transfer list then, petrov, malbranque, kaka!? How much money will he give MON to spend, thast the important question at the monent...get on ladbrokes, were 10/1 to finish 45 points behind chelski, good bet now i rekcon
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14/08/2006 08:09:00

The Lerner stand has a lovely ring to it..........
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14/08/2006 08:09:00

American billionaire Randy Lerner is set to take control of Aston Villa, after winning the battle to buy the Midlands club. The Premiership outfit have announced to the Stock Exchange that Lerner will take over the running of the club from current chairman Doug Ellis. Lerner had been part of a four-horse race to buy out Ellis' stake, with the outgoing chairman having held talks with the interested parties in recent weeks. It appeared Lerner had cooled his interest in taking over at Villa Park after announcing he had withdrawn from discussions at the end of last month. But the owner of NFL team Cleveland Browns revived his bid and has now struck a deal with Ellis, which values the club at 62.6 million. Ellis had been prepared to sell his stake in Villa since last October after spending almost 40 years - in two spells - involved in the running of the club. He is now close to ending his reign after the announcement that an agreement had been reached with Lerner. The other consortia keen on buying the club included a group headed by long-time Villa supporter Michael Neville. Sven Goran Eriksson's agent Athole Still was also fronting a bid, while AV06 were the fourth consortium bidding to buy Ellis' share. The Villa board have unanimously recommended that shareholders accept the offer, with Ellis hopeful for the future of the club. "It has been my sincere pleasure to have been involved with Aston Villa these many years, both as chairman and as a substantial shareholder," said Ellis in a statement. "The club has been an enormous and immensely enjoyable part of my life. "I wish to thank the many staff at Aston Villa over the years for making the club what it has been and what it is. "I am sure that this transaction will be the beginning of a new chapter in Aston Villa's proud history." Dont you just love it when a plan comes together......... American billionaire American billionaire American billionaire American billionaire Got a ring to it, dang wheres my Banjo boy. Is this the best news you ever read??
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14/08/2006 08:09:00

I think I prefer the Randy Stand
chocolate teapot
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14/08/2006 08:22:00

Lerner said: "It is my belief and the basis for my bid that Aston Villa can compete at the highest level within the Premiership and in Europe." Claret & Blue stetsons all round!
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14/08/2006 08:23:00

It might have been Ellis's pleasure to be associated with Villa, but it has not been so for the fans who are the backbone of the club and whom Ellis has consistently ignored. Thank goodness he is going. I agree, the Lerner Stand sounds good to me.
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14/08/2006 08:40:00

this is great what a nice thing to wake up to. I hope the doug Ellis stand will now be called the Andy Grey stand
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14/08/2006 08:45:00

son of cher i agree,quick quick quick,all betting villa fans have to get on that! villa 12/1 to finish top without top 4 as well! watch the odds plummet now! villa r back AT LAST,halleluha
Belfast Villain
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14/08/2006 08:45:00

Anyone gonna go all soft on Doug and wish him all the best and say thanx now he's going? No, didnt think so. Good ridance Mr Ellis!
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14/08/2006 09:01:00

Woo-hoo !!!! We're going to win the league now, and the carling cup, and the FA cup... champions league winners next year, then supercup, then world club champions... wont be beaten for years and be the best team in the world!!! Bring on Randy... we love him !!!! ............. Sorry... just thought I'd join in.... Good luck.. Pleased for you that you have eventually got rid of DD. Lets hope the talk moves onto football now... :o)
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14/08/2006 09:02:00

Got to admit, Doug has gone out in style!
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14/08/2006 09:07:00

Well it has finally happened. I admit I was wrong I never believed Doug would sell but he has finally done something for the good of Aston Villa. It would appear that Randy is determined to take the club forward and back to a level where we all want the club to be and where the club deserves to be. So now lets all get behind MON and the boys and do our part for the club. With 40,000 plus at Villa Park every game we can help turn our club into a top six club again. HOLTEENDERS IN THE SKY, VILLA FOREVER
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14/08/2006 09:17:00've got a point. He's really had a last swansong, centre of attention for the last few weeks, did something "for the fans" in appointing O`Neil. Enjoy your retirement you old git! No reason why he can't come to watch the games thoguh is there...
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14/08/2006 09:25:00

This is extremely good news (we should have been relegated last season). Lets hope this web site can now be dedicated to more positive football related matters. Can we remove the ropey header on the web site? - O'Dreary gives me nightmares. We really need the fans to get right behind Martin, as it may be a bumpy ride for the rest of 2006 - Thanks for all your help JF and up the Villa!
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14/08/2006 10:02:00

I don't think Ellis had much to do with MO'N becoming manager, Martin came to Villa because he KNEW it was about to be taken over, he wouldn't have touched us with a bargepole otherwise. Lerner probably 'allowed' Ellis to make the appointment as his final farewell gesture.
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14/08/2006 10:06:00

Gotta credit Doug, he sold to the right bidder. I think i can forgive him now, i mean he did bring in O'Neill. God Bless ya Doug
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14/08/2006 10:13:00

Its difficult to believe that a mere three weeks ago we were all suffering from total apathy towards the new season. Doom and gloom was the order of the day. Now look at us. Euphoria.
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14/08/2006 10:16:00

Brilliant news on a damp Monday morning. As for renaming the stand, i think "The Stand of Fear" has a certain ring to it ! UP THE VILLA !!!
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14/08/2006 10:16:00

AV White, big LOL :-)
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14/08/2006 10:23:00

We have to be patient. It'll take time for MON to get his style over and bring in new players. I just hope we can get a couple of players in during August. Looks like we'll only have Moore and Angel up front if Phillips goes and Baros is injured. Concerned about Barry's reluctance to commit. He can't go until we've replaced him. MON has made some positive comments about McCann and Gabby can't stop scoring. Don't really know who's been impressing pre-season. Is Milner still on the agenda? Oh, and a couple of full backs would be nice. Things are on the up but a mid table position is the best we can hope for. We'd settle for a European position next season wouldn't we?
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14/08/2006 11:14:00

I am as anti Ellis as most. However I think it is important to take the positives out of what he has done and let the man bow out with grace. The club was in real trouble when he was part of the consortium that took control in 1968. The reversal in Villa fortunes including returning to the top flight and putting the club on a sound financial footing was no easy feat. Although he was no longer around for the glory years in the early 80's it was his work over the previous 10 years that gave the platform for this to happen. What he should not of done was come back again in 1982. On the positive side he has left us with a great manager and what looks like, a real chance for the club to compete. As part of the deal he has been awarded the role of Life President. This is right and proper. Although it will probably mean that renaming of the Witton Lane (Ron Saunders Stand) will not happen, at least whilst he is alive. For all his faults he is a proud man and can go with his head held high. Let him go with grace and good wishes for his health and future. Show some class and lets not ridicule a man who, for all his wrongs, has done an enormous amount for Aston Villa. However we now expect someone to invest in OUR club. Lets prove that it is a product worth investing in by packing Villa Park every week. When this happens, the already agreed plans to take the ground up to 52,000 capacity by redeveloping the North Stand will happen quicker. We all have our wish of new investors and a great manager. There are no excuses for not purchasing your season tickets for yourself, your wife/girlfriend and your kids. Lets ensure that every Villa fan plays their part. Any fan that still refuses to, should keep all their opinions to themselves.
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14/08/2006 11:19:00

Well said. I think Dougs biggest fault is hanging on for far too long, though to be fair this is the first realistic bid to buy him out. Lets all show a bit of class & the man retire with grace.
Willie Willie Anders
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14/08/2006 11:35:00


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