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Randy Lerner Backed As Chairman

Vital Villa asked, in a poll suggested by Saurat, who should be the Chairman of Aston Villa should Randy Lerner's bid be successful.

Randy Lerner got 51% of the votes.

Graham Taylor, who might have been chairman under another group, got 27%.

Brian 'he who walks on water' Little got 1%
Prince William (a Villa fan) just 4%, so bang goes my knighthood and any chance of this site being by Royal Appointment.

David Cameron (also a Villa fan) got just 1%, so he'd better concentrate on politics - which by the sounds of it is far easier than dealing with football clubs!

And Keira Knightley (who cares if she is a Villa fan?!) got 16%.

So there you have it, yet another vote of confidence in Mr Lerner and a great deal of interest in Keira Knightly as well! Nice to see Graham Taylor also get some attention, despite the ill fated second coming, he will always be a Villa man. Maybe he'll get some sort of role, even if it is just ambassadorial.






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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday August 16 2006

Time: 10:25AM

Your Comments

I like the fact Randy sounds like he will be a very hands off chairman and leave most jobs to people who are more capable of doing them. Unlike Doug who wanted to do everything himself.
DeanoVilla
Yes some sort of role for Graham Taylor would be a nice touch. I think his dignity when he resigned second time and his attacks on Ellis very publically also played a part in things changing, if only to encourage people like Ranson to take a look, I think his words did hurt Doug.
baros10
I think we're that desperate to get rid of Doug we don't want to listen to another offer, when it 'may' be better. Can someone answer me this. Are there any transfer funds in place before Randy takes his seat? If AV06 come in with a higher bid, can Randy up it? Do we then have to wait another number of specified days to see if anyone else can top it?
Gazvilla
Gazvilla, at the press conference announcing MONs arrival we were told that there were some immediate funds available. Although whether this is still the case......
andrew144
Forget money as whoever buys the club would not do so without some capital available for investemnt in the club's infrastructure and playing staff, it would be a completely pointless exercise without. What we should look at is the planning and staff brought in by each player in this game of Villopoly (can I copyright that word Fear?) In my opinion Lerner has done everything the right way and has now identified some great appointments to the board and I'm sure in time will also appont a Chairman Pro-tem, either a businessman or, more likely, a football statesman such as our own Graham Taylor. Since we do not know any of AV06's plans and most of us have little faith in Neville's ability to complete the deal (although I do beleive he is genuine and would have tried his heart out to make the club a sucess) then our only option currently is Lerner. To go purely with money is not only very shallow as it's generally not good for the game to have teams like Chelski arround, it's also really short sighted as that stratergy buys success in the short term and disaster in the long term. Chelsea's debt to assest / income ration is unmanagable and is only sustained by Abramovic who will one day either leave the club or just bore of the whole affair and withdraw funding. Of this I am sure.
Villain Of The North
Randy as chairman is the only real sensible option, at least for the initial twelve months or so, to enable him to fully oversee the huge transition that will obviously take place. Not overly excited or happy about Strides continued involvement at boardroom level, but hopefully his authority will be somewhat diminished. Maybe too he's only being kept on to act as the bridge between the Ellis era and the future.
glensider
 

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