Doug Ellis - You Must Be Joking?
An article in the Birmingham Mail has highlighted the fact that Doug Ellis will leave Aston Villa with a massive £300 000 pay off to go along with the £21million (they say £25m, but my sums make it just over £21m for his share alone, not including his family considerations. The article also says he has 39% which again isn't accurate, he has 33.61% + his family have shares).
So, why Doug? Why do you need anymore money? You've 21million thank-you's in the shape of pound coins, isn't that enough?
Now, I'm not sure about you, but IF I was in Doug's position and leaving Aston Villa I would be looking at buying a player with some of the money I'd earnt as a thank you to the club and fans. Surely a MR ASTON VILLA would do that?
The offer document says: ''Under the agreement, Aston Villa has agreed to pay Mr Ellis £300,840 upon the termination of his employment, in respect of his contractual entitlements and in consideration for Mr Ellis agreeing to waive all claims he may have against Aston Villa and any member of the Aston Villa Group. Mr Ellis has also agreed to give certain confidentiality undertakings in favour of Aston Villa.'
Might be worth buying The Guardian tomorrow, I believe a report by David Conn might interest many a Villa fan.