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Randy Talks To American Press

Randy Talks To American Press

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.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday December 22 2006
Time: 12:31PM


A man of action not words...he'll do for me!
22/12/2006 12:48:00
Sounds good to me. He knows what's needed and he's going to do it
22/12/2006 13:06:00
'Ellis gave the club financial stability, but he stayed way too long and just wouldn't spend any money on new players" Wonder what bicycle Kick thinks of this little ditty.
22/12/2006 13:18:00
If you look at the article in the forums col, you will see that, that is actually a quote from a Villa fan, not Randy.
22/12/2006 13:40:00
We love you Randy we do... oh Randy we love you! (Excuse my pointless post but it is XMAS!!!!!!!!!!)
22/12/2006 14:04:00
Lets cut to the chase .....he hasn't done anything yet .....not a critiscm just a fact...ok holte hotel , training facilities, all good stuff - but not the revolution we were after.........but fairs it talk it about it after.........lets hope hes talking in feb.....
22/12/2006 14:41:00
For you cynics out the just remember Rome wasn’t built in a day. Have faith and patience.
22/12/2006 15:09:00
qKing - the two things you've listed are two things more than Ellis has done in the last five years! Randy's done as much as can be expected of him - rebuilding the hotel, improving Bodymoor Heath, inviting Ron back, listening to the fans, giving MoN the money for Petrov, Agathe and Sutton (not megabucks in terms of transfer fees, but you've got wages and signing on fees and bonuses to consider), and you can guarantee that he'll stick his hand in his pocket as much as required in January. What was it Alan Partridge said? Evolution, not revolution!
22/12/2006 16:33:00
he aint done anythng yet because he aint gone through 1 transfer window and off the transfer window he has done things like bodymoore
22/12/2006 16:55:00
^^^^^^^ What Ian says, to say he hasn't done anything yet is mystifying to me, he is only just in and has set about so many changes already. Can't be held responsible for transfer window meaning he's not been able to fund new players, he was in after it shut. Don't think he has put a foot wrong to date, hope that continues and we'll all be very happy - won't we?
The Fear
22/12/2006 18:31:00
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