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.