Writer: J P Fear
Date:Sunday February 11 2007
Randy Lerner has said he isn't at Villa for financial gain admitting 'You can get more out of buying a 30-year bond - I'd be poolside and cordless, but where's the fun?'
The Villa owner said: 'If someone could tell me how to make a profit from a football club, I'd like to know. What's my prime motive? It's certainly not financial. Who's ever done well buying a club? It baffles me.'
'Would I sell Villa to a wealthy Arab if he gave me a 'Double your money' deal? No, no, no, no, no!'
'I see this as a lifetime type of thing. Some people just don't buy it though. I know they think: 'What's the catch?' and I don't blame them. In the end actions will allay all those fears. Villa has grown on me since I've been here. I have been treated so graciously and with so much support that I literally pinch myself. If you had the chance to sit on the stage and be second guitarist with Bob Dylan at the Royal Albert Hall, would you be talking about what you were going to get paid that night?'
'My return from Aston Villa is seeing Carew score. I want a life of good sport, good people and the competition that goes with it. I'm not saying you can't make any profit. I'm saying that it would not motivate you to go and acquire a club.'
He also praises Martin O'Neill highly saying the Villa manager is more like a director.
'If anybody is looking for a key driver as to why Villa are so different, then I'd be delighted to take the credit. But let's face facts. If you take Martin O'Neill out of the equation for this year and leave me in it, God knows what we'd be talking about right now. He is almost like a director. There is no decision that we've made where I'm not on the phone to Martin asking him if it makes sense. I need to know where he stands on things.'
Adding: 'I think Martin has somehow been able to retain and package the experience under Brian Clough, the successes of team mates, the games and the glory, without making that his meal ticket or his entrance into the room. Secondarily, he has developed a way of managing that has strategic, tactical and operational designs, combined with the history and experience. The facts sit there and everyone knows about them, but somehow he never beats you with them. You never feel burdened by them. That would be my way of summarising what I have observed with Martin.'
Date:Sunday February 11 2007
Okore Not Ready For Premiership Action (Tuesday October 21 2014)
Nathan Baker Picks Up Hamstring Injury (Tuesday October 21 2014)
Lambert Hoping Everton Was A Blip (Tuesday October 21 2014)
Sanchez Now Ready To Be Relied Upon (Tuesday October 21 2014)
Grealish Back To Nottingham? (Tuesday October 21 2014)
Poll - Which Kick Off Times Do You Hate The Most? (Tuesday October 21 2014)
Lambert Aug 2012 - Promises Of Attacking Football (Tuesday October 21 2014)
Vital Villa Man Of The Match v Everton (Away) (Tuesday October 21 2014)
Keep Doing The Same Thing = Same Old Results (Tuesday October 21 2014)
The Villa Times - 20/10/2014 (Monday October 20 2014)
|1.||Pride of Lions||612|
|8.||Villan Of The North||135|
|Aston Villa||0||-||2||Man City|
|Aston Villa||2||-||1||Hull City|
|11. Hull City||8||2||4||2||0||10|
|12. Aston Villa||8||3||1||4||-8||10|
|15. Leicester City||8||2||3||3||-2||9|
|Okore Not Ready For Premiership Action
» Aston Villa : 21/10/2014 17:11:00
|Nani Staying in Lisbon!
» Man Utd : 21/10/2014 17:02:00
|Nathan Baker Picks Up Hamstring Injury
» Aston Villa : 21/10/2014 16:58:00
|Match Day Moments - Maribor (h)
» Chelsea : 21/10/2014 16:57:00
|Foster May Not Be Back For Crystal Palace
» WBA : 21/10/2014 16:56:00