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Is Ellis Right To Interfere?

Is Ellis Right To Interfere?

Reports from the Telegraph newspaper today suggests that Ellis tried to scupper the signing of Stilian Petrov stating the transfer fee would make Villa insolvent. He stated that Lerner should front the money himself but Lerner's advisors decided against this. Apparently because Lerner is only the majority shareholder and not the owner, he is not prepared to invest his own money yet.

Is Ellis interfering or does he have the right motives? Would this also account for the lack of transfer activity?

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday September 1 2006

Time: 2:25PM

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Im sure I speak for most Villains on this.....P*ss off Ellis you stupid old tw*t, you do not need to prove you are a penny pinching self loving selfish old git ..... we believe you already. We know you have made a fortune from our misery and that you would like to finish off your job of trying to plumet Villa into free fall, but you could not even get that right so f* off and let a better man with some sort of commercial accumen take over so we can get on with recovering the mess you so carefully engineered you senial old git.
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01/09/2006 14:37:00

i dont see how this story washes as they were also prepared to buy miner yesterday...i think its just a bit of trouble making from the media.
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01/09/2006 14:37:00

What about Doug fronting some of the 20m he's just trousered ? Say, 10m towards new players - a thank you gift to Villa fans who've had to put up with the old lush all these years!
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01/09/2006 14:41:00

He's right about the borrowing, however it's a short term fix. Lerner will invest shortly and any loss made this financial year will be cleared. Smoke your bothered pipe Ellis.
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01/09/2006 14:42:00

well put!
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01/09/2006 14:42:00

Don't worry boys! Transfer window is over, we have signed our no: 1 target, and only 3 days to go until the Ellis era is officially over.
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01/09/2006 14:43:00

Like it or not, Ellis is still CEO and is still responsible, together with all the other "288" executive directors keeping the company solvent. However as CEO he has authorised the signing and therefore the club is probably insolvent. The bank overdraft must now be in excess of the 12 mill figure and is likely to be at least 15mill. In my opinion there is no way that Villa can pay the 6mill agreed for Petrov until Randy invests - and he won't do that untill he has his 75% shareholding by 4th September. So if Randy holds back Ellis either has to invest some of his own money or put the Club into liquidation. If the latter Lerner would buy the Club for a lot less than 64 mill. Randy sure is a sharp cookie!
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01/09/2006 14:44:00

must admit, it does look like a paper whisper, although.......

That said, I think we'd all have settled for no more Doug, no more DOL, + MON and RL in, not to mention Petrov. Shame about Milner but hey ho, happy days!
The Fear
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01/09/2006 14:51:00

I thought Ellis gave Martin O'Neil money to spend on players so if what it says is true that Ellis tried to stop the deal it means that Ellis never gave money to O'Neil after all or that he doesn't want O'Neil spending his money especially 8m
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01/09/2006 15:13:00

Lerner's advisors were right to advise him not to put in his own cash until Ellis was out of the way. The Telegraph article indicated that Ellis implied that Lerner may pull out of the deal after the money was inversted in new players, me thinks it would more likely be the other way round! As Randy, by all accounts is an honourable man. The sooner Ellis has no influence at Villa Park the better. Right to the last he would seem to have been trying to do out club down.
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01/09/2006 15:15:00

Douglas Ellis is a proud and honourable man and Aston Villa Fans would be well advised to regard him in the heroic light he so duly deserves. As we all know Doug Ellis began life in a poor family with a widowed mother. Before he was 40, he had become a millionaire by pioneering package holidays to Spain. Clearly he has an inner strength and power and I for one think he was the best thing to happen to Aston Villa over that past decade. Douglas - I salute you! The renaming of the Witton Lane Stand to honour Doug was a beautiful moment for Aston Villa, long may it stay there! Randy Out Ellis In!
Cpt. Mainwaring
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01/09/2006 15:24:00

Crap I thought it was April
Cpt. Mainwaring
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01/09/2006 15:28:00

It sounds to me a load of Tosh made up by the papers as the transfer went through. I am sure Ellis was sweating though, but he has the right until 3 more days.
NY Villa
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01/09/2006 15:33:00

Cpt. Mainwaring.. Sod off you pish taker. If Ellis was really that great, why has every single outgoing manager been held by a gag order from the Senile tw*t? Was it to stop them singing his praises to the press on their exit? Or was it because he's impossible to work with, has his own interests at heart and no-one elses, and has held the club back for the past 20 years? Methinks its the latter... one has to only look at the record and see the clubs most successful spell was between Ellis's two stints in office, ie WHEN HE WASN'T THERE. We didn't need him then to suceed. We haven't needed him since either, though we've had to suffer him, and we certainly won't miss the egotistical fart when he's gone once and for all.
The Usual Suspect
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01/09/2006 15:35:00

Ah! you were taking the pish. I feel silly now.
The Usual Suspect
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01/09/2006 15:36:00

How can you question the man that invented the bicycle kick and awarded an OBE for his services to football?
Cpt. Mainwaring
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01/09/2006 15:41:00

Cpt... yeah i heard that one too. It made me laugh. Apparently the first historically recorded use of the bicycle kick was 16 years before Ellis was born. What a lying tw*t. You know he also was the first man in space, and does a mean MJ moonwalk?
The Usual Suspect
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01/09/2006 15:45:00

Roll on Monday morning.
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01/09/2006 16:32:00

ooooo yea no one can do a moonwalk like Doug Ellis did you know he taught wacko Jacko to do it. no one an beat that man at that
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01/09/2006 17:07:00

Why should anybody pay 100% for anything if, they will only own 70% of the purchase ? Until Randy Learner buys the club and runs the board Doug Ellis might have a say, it is only paper talk...Again.
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01/09/2006 17:52:00

could be true, could be just last minute media bo**ocks, doesn't matter the best signing of the decade is MON, and TUS How the hell did you manage to take that seriously??????????? nice, UP THE VILLA
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01/09/2006 18:09:00

The sooner the old sod is completely out of the Villa Park picture, the better this great club of our will be. I daresay he was very much involved, or attempted to be very much involved with the pre-deadline dealings, attempting to screw things up in the way only Ellis could. I believe that 100%, not because a newspaper told me so, but because we all know Ellis, the man, his mindset, and his actions. Ellis, Ellis, Dont Be Slow, Be Like The Beatles, Go Man Go!
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01/09/2006 18:49:00

I with the pongo(I sure he can't smell as bad as the guy I used to work with)gidman. I Ellis truely loved the Villa he'd splash some of his ill gotten gains. - Anyone herd of a dictator becoming a benefactor though? Not likely
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01/09/2006 23:46:00

Steff.. yeah i know, lol. I think its just a sensitive issue for me. Still, it felt good to rant for a while...
The Usual Suspect
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02/09/2006 00:19:00

tylervilla, you do indeed speak for most Villa fans and I couldn't have put it better myself. Get stuffed Doug !
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02/09/2006 00:30:00

for starters, capt mainlyworn should go back to the army toilet and dump one rather than do it here. maybe ellis felt a need to say something, is that not what we are used to? he is old now. nearly gone. cheerio el presidente. the clean air is blowing around villa, soon it will be all we know.
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02/09/2006 01:24:00

I hope Ellis won't turn into our very own 'Nearly headless Nick" and haunt the club. I think the first order of the day is to tear down and burn all reference of Ellis at the club. He hasn't contributed one iota to this club so why should he be allowed to remain much less interfere with the running of the club. I know Lerner hasn't quite got the 75% yet but he owns Ellis'd shares so how is it that Ellis can get to stick his oar in?
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02/09/2006 06:50:00

Captain, are you ModernMaroon? Randy, make Ellis buy his season ticket!. He has held us back since '83 and even now, continues to do so. Roll on September 4th!
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02/09/2006 08:29:00

Will Ellis ever leave Villa Park?
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02/09/2006 19:28:00

I hope he never darkens our boardroom again. Old Git.
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04/09/2006 09:04:00


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