Writer: J P Fear
Date:Friday December 22 2006
New Villa owner Randy Lerner has had a rare interview with Tom Withersap, sports writer for the Associated Press.
Within the article it stats that Randy, who took control of the Cleveland Browns over in 2002, has had an interest in buying a Premiership club since before taking the helm at the NFL club. With the Browns suffering a terrible season, questions have been raised about split loyalites following his purchase of Aston Villa. But Randy has quashed rumours he might sell:
'I'm not selling the Cleveland Browns.'
When asked: What could change your mind?
He answered: 'Nothing.'
On Villa he said:
'It's been everything and more than I could have hoped for. But I also know it has been a honeymoon of sorts, and we've got a lot of work to do. I've learned keep your mouth shut. Do it, talk about it later.'
On dual ownership he adds 'As long as you deliver on the field, people will believe you can do both. If you can't deliver on the field then there are going to be questions, it's that simple.'
On Cleveland he said: 'I don't think I'll ever leave. I love this place.'
On the criticism from Browns fans he said: 'There's a certain amount you just have to take on the chin and move on. It comes with the territory.'
Like it, do it, talk about it later.
Correction: 'Ellis gave the club financial stability, but he stayed way too long and just wouldn't spend any money on new players,' quotes weren't from Randy, they were from a random Villa fan within the article.
Date:Friday December 22 2006
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