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Takeover Nearly A Done Deal

Takeover Nearly A Done Deal

Tut tut!

This article, that appears in the Sun today, hopefully vindicates what I have been carefully trying to say. Lerner Right Way - Padfield Wrong (and if there was space in the title section it would have said Padfield Wrong Way but our characters are limited!)

Approaching the press to mount a takeover is not the right way to go about things and I for one would hate a group who don't know this to succeed in a takeover. We already have one person outgoing who (lets be diplomatic here) wasn't that great, we don't want another bunch to carry on with that non-fine tradition. It also appears that they don't realise the transfer window was August 31st, if they did, with the numerous billionaires they have lined up (!) I'm sure they would have put in an actual bid?

The Sun claim that Randy Lerner is now closer to completing his takeover because AV06 face a rap across the knuckles from the Takeover Panel.

They explain AV06, fronted by judge Nicholas Padfield, announced on Tuesday that they would be mounting a £70m counter-bid. But to go public with an intention is against the complicated Stock Exchange rules. Now some investors may decide to hang on to their holdings, hoping to rake in even more money.

So hopefully my article yesterday now becomes a bit clearer and those that have misinterpreted me will understand a little more what I was on about.

The Lerner group have done it the right way. It is now down to shareholders to decide for themselves if they are right for Aston Villa. They approached through Rothschilds, they spoke with the board, they did due dilligence and they decided to make a formal offer.

Anyone approaching through the press has to be doubted surely? There have been other groups looking, one I have spoken with and was very impressed that again, they approached the fans group, they hadn't done their talking in the press and they were considering whether or not to bid.

The Sun also say that AV06 have nearly run out of time to make an unconditional offer for the club. If they fail to approach the brokers Rothschild today, then Lerner can put the champagne on ice.

The Lerner group, (RAL) do have 56.7% agreed with Doug (+ family) and Jack Petchey's shares. Now IF shareholders like the offer and decide to accept, a speedy response with returned share certificates will mean the takeover can go through in under the 21 days since the offer.

Again, I need to clarify as I've been misquoted elsewhere, I have not told any shareholders that they SHOULD sell their shares. That is down to all individual shareholders. I have said that IF (IF IF IF) the shareholder agrees with the offer and wants to help facilitate a quick takeover, then they should return their forms as quickly as they can.

I can see nothing wrong with that and stand by the comments. It is no different to what is said on the forms. The form says:

Recommended Cash Offer That is recommended by the board. It also says This document is important and requires your immediate attention also advising if you are in doubt to talk to a financial advisor.

So for those that want to mis-quote me to cause mischief, I think I'd warn you against it. Everything done has been documented, my legal advice comes from a top city lawyer totally unconnected with any group and I'll not apologise for stating my clear belief that, as endorsed by the board, the Randy Lerner bid is a good one and I firmly believe these guys will take Aston Villa back to where we belong. IF another group had bid, the situation would be different, if AV06 bid, I'd not change my position because of the way they approached. That is my personal opinion, I'm entitled to it.

Up the Villa, happy days!

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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday August 17 2006
Time: 11:34AM


I agree, If QC Was confident from the start why play stock market games and try to over throw what already is a superb chance for AVFC to go forward? If they really wanted the club to progress they would of tailored their bid months ago and submitted it well before this race started, however they failed which can only question their viability and backing.
17/08/2006 12:02:00
You getting slagged off again JF by the H&V and Villatalk lot? Dont worry about it they are just jelous of your rising profile and the fact your new best friend is a Billionaire! ;)
17/08/2006 12:04:00
No, VT lot are grand chaps and most on H&V are also superb people. I don't mind getting slated for what I have done, just have to clear up 'suggestions or whispers' for what I haven't.

Also anyone commenting on this, please do remember the one person involved is a QC, so no claims unless you have proof! ;-))
The Fear
17/08/2006 12:08:00
Villatalk dont do nowt. JF has done more than the hero's and villains on his own.
17/08/2006 12:32:00
You would think that a judge would know the basic rules regarding takeovers, instead they bid via the media. Mr Lerners bid is the only credable bid on the table, to me the other are playing mind games.
17/08/2006 12:59:00
I can say this and I know that JF shouldn't. From day 1, in my opinion, there's only been one party seriously interested and he has my full admiration in the way that he has conducted himself. I know that he approached JF in the very early days and what was said between the two of them should remain private; although JF has always said that Randy was more interested in what the fans want rather than what Ellis expected for his shares. I trust JF's judgement implicitly - he is a true gent (not many of us left) and was always candid and straight talking with me, whilst I was researching my "FanShares" proposal. - I feel he has been in Randy's camp from the start but quite properly wanted us to make up our minds. Fortunately I feel 99% of the fans now have - we want "Randy & Co." and "let the good times roll". All you now have to do is return the "share offer" immediately that it's received, take the money and "halleluiah" here we go! UP THE VILLA
17/08/2006 13:12:00
Agreed this has been the most professional and also the most warm approach (comments by the Fear). It really does feel as though this would be best for everyone involved. We have a leader who will listen to the fan base and provide investment. I know we will disagree in the future (as everyone does) but the best interests here seem to be Aston Villa FC.
NY Villa
17/08/2006 15:55:00
leaner seams like a reasonable guy, has a record of running and putting money into a big sports club, and knows the score in team sports (you don't always win) he is investing his money he may fall out of love with the club but won't fall out with himself(unlike the disperate selfmade((read aquward)could you imagine a "alen shuger figure" working with others in a consortium) you could be forgiven for thinking (that keeps it from being libel) mr padfeild was vain glorious (read dug ellis alike), patrition tory (born with a silver spoon) snob, with very little interest in and much less knowlage of football who leads a bunch buisness some of whom have never met and are bound to fall out leaving villa in the doldrums for anouther 30 years.
17/08/2006 17:36:00
To be honest, I really don't care if Lerner does lots of things that I don't like in the future as long as he can justly and honestly say that he is doing them for the good of the club either corporately or on the sports side. We all have our own opionions on how things should be done and will always disagree but we all agree that we have the same intrests at heart. For me that also includes making a good profit for the owners as we have to keep good owners interested and if we are making a good profit chances are things are going well on the pitch too.
Villain Of The North
17/08/2006 18:51:00
Hopefully Padfield and co have cut their own throats with the way they've handled matters. They seem to be treating this as a party game, stepping in blindly, without giving the matter too much thought.
17/08/2006 20:45:00
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