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Established reporter David Conn (who did the excellent article on Doug's reign at Aston Villa for the Guardian: Click Here ) got in contact with me last week and we met up before the match against Charlton.

He spent some time interviewing Villa fans and then went to the match in the press box (where I saw him grab a chat with Charles Krulak!).

I asked him to summarise what he was doing at present and this is what he said:

I'm writing a major piece for 442 about Villa in the light of the recent takeover. It will look at the takeover by Randy Lerner, and at the Ellis years, and also at Doug Ellis' earnings over the years from Villa, as I put in my piece in the Guardian.

The piece will also take a broader look at Villa, its history, traditions and fanbase, and ask what the club is. Sleeping giant or middling provincial club? Huger than Blues, or similar? Also, how do the fans seem themselves and see the club? How important is the heritage to them, and what hopes do they have of the future now? I know VFC are wholly positive about Randy Lerner, but I would like to hear from fans who have reservations too - if there are any.

So if you want to express your opinions, do so in the forum, in the article comments or email me at: and I'll pass on your communications.

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday September 24 2006
Time: 7:35PM


great manager,greatstart,great confidance,great signing, great chairman,great times ahead at villa, but sadly the game is morraly bancrupt, we are now part of the money go round, if randy could give his money to staving kids in africa or whatever i could live with relagation but as he won't yer give it to other rich men players and agents and make me happier watching my football team - loving and hating my smug affluence in deeply unjust world
25/09/2006 00:44:00
His Guardian article wasn't shoddy at all unless you can't bear having to admit the amount of money Ellis has fleeced out of Villa. A lot of us would like to forget Ellis but if people are going to keep defending him in the face of all the facts then you can expect to get some back.
Steve W
25/09/2006 10:06:00
David Conn has written a geat book on football finance in which he has a chapter on Doug Ellis. He is an excellent writer. I fully agree with Steve W
25/09/2006 10:48:00
An excellent article, which cuts straight through the BS about Ellis digging into his pocket to buy players. The man was (is) a greedy, self-serving egotist and I'm VERY glad to be rid of him.
25/09/2006 10:57:00
Anyone who sees that eminently forgetable ex Chairman as motivated by anything other than greed and self interest is sadly deluded. What that man has done to a great club is indefensible, he has syphoned off money after appointing himself to all the positions of power c.f. the Guardian article, and just used the club for his own agrandisement. Who else but an absolute egomaniac would name a stand after himself? It's sick, the man is indefensible.
25/09/2006 11:02:00
I wonder if BEEFY's surname is Ellis?
25/09/2006 11:04:00
Thank God Ellis is gone. He was a stain upon Aston Villa's good name for over twenty years. And rename that f***ing stand.
The Usual Suspect
25/09/2006 12:33:00
Sleeping giant? I don't think so - more like a club taking a siesta. Always have been and always will be a bigger club than the Alliance. Future aspirations? - to get back to the top of the domestic & European agenda. For the immediate future it can be no more than further development of the current squad and some choice acquisitions in January that would bring those Euronights to VP next season. That being said - any chance that we could get a transcipt of David Conn's article published on this site as a way of saying thanks for the input?
25/09/2006 13:19:00
Sorry Beefy, removed your comment, it was out of order!
The Fear
25/09/2006 14:37:00
obviously ellis wasn't using his own building company on the bodymoor development before he stopped it last season. its no wonder he didnt want to spend any money on the team. Its always the same, when someone high profile leaves a team all the stories come out, expect to sickend, shocked and mortified by more stories involving our ex-residents over the next few months. theres probably a queue of ex managers who have an anecdote or two! the only thing i'd ask you is - are you really that surprised? (there, Mr Fear, is your next article!)
25/09/2006 19:28:00
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