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Should Michael Neville Pull Out Now?

Should Michael Neville Pull Out Now?

Our latest poll asks if it is time for Michael Neville to retire gracefully from the takeover race?

I've spoken with Michael Neville, he comes over as a good guy. So my suggestion, and I will pass it on to him today, is to step aside now.

He was quoted a few weeks back saying he would love his group to be successful (and I don't doubt that for a second) BUT if another group come in he will wish them the best as he just wants the best for Aston Villa.

Well, I think it is time to wish the new guys luck, step aside and have the thanks of many fans for acting as one of the catalysts for the current wind of change.

I for one think he has been working his nuts off to try to raise the right money, to try to get into Villa and to try to restore this mighty club of ours. It hasn't quite worked out, but you can't blame a man for trying, I'd rather have people trying and failing, than not trying at all.

But now we have a group with serious money, have had a bid endorsed by the board, have the right plans for AVFC, it is time for Michael to take a very well earnt rest, I know he has stuck his neck out doing this and the time spent on this will have cost him a great deal of money and other business opportunities.

So thanks Michael, sit back, relax and enjoy the new season!?

What do you think? Let us know in the latest poll and in article comments.

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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday August 16 2006
Time: 10:18AM


I voted yes, but thanx for trying. I think he has come in for way too much undeserved criticism on this forum for the past few weeks. He was the catalyst for other bidders to come out of the woodwork, I have no doubt about that. And if I was in his position.... A Villa fan who felt he was in touching distance of owning the club I love, I too wouldnt give up the fight easily!
16/08/2006 10:31:00
i agree it is time for him to step aside and welcome the yanks with open arms :D
16/08/2006 10:36:00
Any life long Villa fan wants whats best for the club, and what's best for the club is what's best for the fans. Any by the looks of the polls the Villa fans are getting Randy...
16/08/2006 11:01:00
I think we should be thankful for the Neville bid. I believe that by going public with his offer, (not the comer bros ****up) it has forced the hand of the watching parties as has Mr Lerner’s bid. AV06 is suggesting that it is coming up with a £70 million bid plus £50 million to bolster the squad immediately, all I can say to that is let’s see the colour of your money. What ever happens we are going forward to where we should be, challenging the top four clubs.
16/08/2006 12:37:00
Really when you look at all that has happened over the last year, Neville has been a massive catalyst, along with DOL in making the team look even worse than it is!! So Neville must be applauded, I'd gladly want all to step aside and let Lerner takeover, but only if they know in their hearts that they cannot realistically outdo him both financially and have at least equal strategic marketing links that Randy will bring.
16/08/2006 12:41:00
Im more worried about this av06 mob they are gonna fu**ing ruin the whole thing by sticking their noses in!!!!!
16/08/2006 14:15:00
Would it not be more relevant at this time, given the reports about Padfield and AV06, to be asking if they too should stand aside and let Lerner and O'Neill get on with the job of making Villa great again? By my thinking Padfield has had 12 months to put this bid together if he was serious, why wait until it is almost 'done and dusted' before putting his oar in? If Jonathon and his team are happy with the current proposals then in my book they are OK. I suggest AV06 just wait and see not try to upset the apple cart.
16/08/2006 16:39:00
I agree with most of the comments made before and am really only writing this to add weight to whoever may read this site. If Randy reads it, then 'Welcome, Sir, please proceed with all haste.' Padfield is not a fan of the Villa, Micheal Neville has shown, as I understand it, that he would be borrowing a lot of cash to get the job done. There seems to be just one serious player with Villa interests at heart. Come on down, Randy. Lets put all this nonsense behind us and get on with building the future. All this talk of flying the flag etc. is rubbish. Most large companies have foreign ownership and US based interest would do Villa no harm at all.
16/08/2006 17:12:00
Michael Neville has achieved probably everything and more than he initially could ever have hoped to achieve. He will be remembered for his part in the revolution that eventually brought about the abdication of Ellis, but now is the time for him to hold his hands up, admit that he has gone as far as he can expect to go, and gracefully step aside.
16/08/2006 17:18:00
Well done Michael for stirring it up to the point of actually getting a bid on the table. Thanks for that, now let's get behind Randy AND PUT THE PAST BEHIND AND ALL MOVE FORWARD WITH MON!!
16/08/2006 18:38:00
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