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Randy Lerner - Reflected Glory!

Randy Lerner insists he'll take non of the credit for a turn around in Villa's fortunes and points the finger at Martin O'Neill as the man who will do the business.

All goes back to the theory of reflected glory really doesn't it? Get the right manager in, fund him correctly and see the club take off. Then a chairman, any chairman, will get the glory brought reflected in his tenure. Do I need to mention Doug and his failure to take up Brian Clough's offer to manage us? No, probably not!

Lerner told the official site: 'Martin O'Neill is the saviour of this club, not me. If Aston Villa are to succeed, he will be the one who puts it back up there again. I have met Martin and he is fantastic. He was the man we wanted and I still think getting him is the most exciting part of the story so far.'

He also says rather promisingly (!) 'Martin knows there will be money available for transfers but his analysis is what matters - what he needs, what he sees as an achievable rate of growth.' and the rest is music to the old ears: 'You don't meddle with top guys like him or they won't work for you. You can't get the best if you spend all day poking them in the ribs.'

How very refreshing.




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday October 3 2006

Time: 12:32PM

Your Comments

Nice comments by Lerner there , Think he will be very good for your club ... Deadly Doug just held onto the club for too long in the end , you may look back in hindsight and see that as a good thing that he did wait till the offer from Lerner came though depending on the success Lerner brings as Doug could have sold to anyone after all who may not have proved to be as good eh ?
dazednconfuzed
Martin O Neil is a great manager and he has done a great job in turning things round. Legend!
jono_forest
The Doug Ellis Stand should be renamed the Randy Lerner Stand (The Randy Stand haha)
industrial_musical
lol, like your poll suggestion industrial, will have to see whether I put it up or not!!!!!!
The Fear
This just shows the integrity of the man and his understanding of what is required to get the right balance.He is building the physical structure of the club, training ground,VP & The Holte hotel, etc.. and leaving Martin to do what he needs to build the heart of the club.The Team and the support.I just can't wait till the next home game!!...Lovin the Villa,Lovin Life.
OneloveVilla
ok, i've had a brainwave - fact - we want the witton renamed. fact- Doug is a penny pinching greedy *******. solution - have a whip round and get doug to change his name to 'Witton Lane' thus meaning to honour him, we will have to rename the stand 'the witton lane stand' !!!PURE.GENIUS.
bobbyfett
Oh come on Randy this is getting boring now... call us all idiots or something, we just aint used to the man in charge of Villa being so nice!!! :)
DeanoVilla
Fear.... I cannot remember what i put in my suggestion haha !!!
industrial_musical
I'm looking forward to seeing who he gets in as Chief Exec
Geordie_Villa
me, ill do it, and ill have the following pledge....free season tickets for all!
industrial_musical
That general he has on the board might come in handy if blues ever get out the fizzy pop league.....speaking of small heath, has anyone noticed the lack of blue shirts around birmingham this season. Get back in your shells and under your rocks because the real midlands heavy weights are back.
tylervilla
There's also a noticeable lack of noses on Villa message boards. If they get promoted they'll all come out of the woodwork again
Geordie_Villa
I hear he is going to give Villa 80m to spend in Janurary
Christo
We cannot spend 80 mill. Look what happened when Wham bought the Argies. Portsmouth last season took ages to gell together when they signed loads. It has to be gradual, team spirit and all that. I mean who would you replace, seems mean to drop anyone but I know It'll eventually happen.
Gazvilla
I am not keen on the Chelsea route. I believe there are only three types of transfer. 1. Short term as in Chris Sutton. 2. Young world class players that guarantee more quality for a particular position than you already have. 3. Lower league potential. Players in the mould of Platt, Delaney, even Crouch. Do we really want to spend as if there is no tomorrow? Lets build the foundations and make this opportunity one that has long term prospects rather than short term glory. Given a real five year plan, Villa could be playing week in, week out, in front of 50,000+ and challenging (though there is no guarantee of success) for honours both here and abroad. It will not happen this season, maybe not next but make no mistake, if as fans we stick through the ups and downs over the next couple of years, Villa will once again become the team that local kids will want to follow (instead of Manure, Redscouse and Chelski) and we will be feared all over Europe. Keep the faith. UTV
voiceoftheholte
You can spend 80 million - Jose will tell you that. Are we really this insane to say please dont spend as much money as possible on the team we are paying to watch! Money works look at chelsea. I would be happy at either steady progress or major buys but I am certainly not going to discourage splashing the cash. Would anyone seriously be dissapointed if we were to land SWP, defoe, etc etc. You could die at any time so why are we waiting for stars at VP...lets see them now....(dont think 80m is anywhere near accurate for one transfer window anyway).
tylervilla
i think even if mon was given 80M, he wouldn't spend it. he'd only bring in players who can benefit the team. i'd be surprised if we see more than a couple big names and 6 or 7 quality squad members
bobbyfett
we need a long term replacement for a few players in my opinion, angel is 30 so he has a few years left in him. Delaney is 29 (i think?) even olly is approaching 30 a year or two. We need to find long term replacements/improvements for these sort of players, not necessarily a straight purchase but someone to come over time.
industrial_musical
Suff-it, lets buy Chelski
BKKVILLA
Ithink Mr Lerner and Mr O,neill have got a lot to answer for, have been coming home on a saturday night smiling and now the missus thinks im having an affair.
silkie villain
I think 80million to spend in January is probably way off, i can't see Villa spending 20million + in the January transfer window. To be honest, at the moment Villa don't even need to spend that kind of money, the players which they currently have are preforming fine. Lerner is not an Abramovich, and will not throw money away, like what has happened at chelsea, because although they have brought in "world class" players and have a larger squad they have not actually progressed. In 2004/2005 they won the league by 12 clear points, last year they won it by 8, and this year they don't seem to be playing as well as they were in previous seasons! Luckily Oniell will know what he is doing and he will bring in the right players without disrupting the squad (as has happened at westham), i can see Villa purchasing several players in the transfer window, but he will not have 80million to spend! Who needs to spend 80million anyway, when you can buy players like Petrov for under 8million?
AVFC
Randy is everything that Ellis could never hope to be.
glensider
 

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