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Lerner - Villa A Lifetime Thing

Lerner - Villa A Lifetime Thing

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.'

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday February 11 2007
Time: 12:37PM


Gee-wizz, the guy is awesome dude!
11/02/2007 14:03:00
He always seems to say the right things. pity he wasnt here years ago.
11/02/2007 14:48:00
Seems we have been very lucky to have landed a real decent bloke.
11/02/2007 14:57:00
And to his credit he has not plunged the club into massive debt to fund either the purchase of the club or new players. Manyoo were plunged into massive debt from day one. To-date Randy has been good to his word about everything he stated when he first arrived at the club. This week he has re-Itterated those statements. MON runs the team and Randy signs the cheques. The nagative people may say its still a honeymoon period, even so it lasted longer than Alan Pardews honeymoon at West Ham.
11/02/2007 15:56:00
You have achieved your business goals and been successful, raised your kids and dealt with all the responsibilities you have inherited.What do you find a hobby, a passion, to leave your own legacy.Thank god that Randy's is Aston Villa.A genuine good man with a desire and belief to use his energy, time and money to make a difference.Randy you just wait until we get a european game and VP is REALLY Rocking...there and then the true power of what you have done will surge like a thunderbolt.The best thing is it will happen....I am so happy to be a Villa fan and a part of our bright future.Thank you.
11/02/2007 16:05:00
hang on to O'Neill, lose him and it will all change
11/02/2007 16:31:00
Yeah, there might be a sensible wage structure and tactical awareness :P
11/02/2007 17:00:00
I hate to say this but Ellis knew how to make a profit from a football club, He has taken money out for years & spent the last 20yrs trading on the clubs good name. I am so greatful we have someone like yourself that is interested in the club like the fans.
11/02/2007 17:14:00
NeilBaker - We already have a tactically aware manager, and as for breaking the wage structure what proof do you have that he did? I am really starting to dislike Villa fans who won't back the teams cause unless they are winning every game, the majority of fans can see improvements and accept that it's going to take time. O'Neill was right though, he can't control fans expectations even if they are unrealistic.....
11/02/2007 17:54:00
At the moment we can't do any better than MON. Now don't get me wrong cos I like him, but............. if MON decides to take a new challenge in the future I expect Villa to either in the CL or challenging by then. Therefore, I believe we can attract another quality manager. Our future past the next 2 or 3 years is not dependant on MON. UTV
11/02/2007 21:31:00
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