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Randy Lerner And CEO Paul Faulkner Speak

Randy Lerner And CEO Paul Faulkner Speak

Here we go, a report straight from the horses mouth. Not that I'm calling Randy a horse you understand?

A report in the Independent today Randy Lerner: 'I have long-term plans, but as a fan I crave instant results' by Tom Watt has the straight but seldom talking Villa owner/Chairman Randy Lerner as well as CEO Paul Faulkner explaining all things Villa.

Makes for fascinating reading as Randy sees that the English game is at a 'crossroads' and also talks about the seldom mentioned 'geek' Paul Faulkner (sorry, his words not mine!!!!) who runs the club day to day.

On buying Villa, having looked at many clubs, Randy said: 'When we heard that Villa was a club here that might be available, I had a strong feeling that a team in the West Midlands could be the chance to create something very special.'

PF adding 'Football's about people coming together and if you forget that, if you start thinking the fans don't matter because you'll get money from TV or whatever, you're sort of ripping the soul out of the thing.'

Must admit I think this is bang on, not just Villa fans but many fans of clubs across the leagues: 'I think there's a palpable frustration among football fans right now that I believe we in the football business should be conscious of. Fans see TV revenues going up, wages going up, the price of their tickets going up and they're thinking: 'Hey, it's the same round ball, the same number of players and still two 45-minute halves. We don't get it.' Winning supporters over can only really be achieved by what you do, not what you say. It's no use just smiling and shaking hands and getting quoted with witty one-liners. We'll be judged by our actions: ticket prices, conditions inside the ground, how good our hospitality is and, of course, how the team develops. I'm not in this to win a popularity contest and I guess that's why I keep a relatively low profile. Winning our fans' approval will come from all of us doing the right things for the right reasons, me included.'

As said, full article and quotes are available here:

Another report which seems to be getting top views on newsnow but with no direct access and I'd argue a number of 2+2=5's in there. Sometimes in business, I know I've done it, you shuffle finances from one place to another for best tax gains etc, not for sinister reasons, not all loans are re-called, some are turned to equity etc and the finance in this case are loaned until 2016 and aren't then necessarily repayable. Without details you can look at accounts any which way you wish:

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday April 9 2010
Time: 11:07AM


What an excellent article. Really good read. I just hope some of the moaners in the Trinity Road take on board the progress Villa, as a club, are making. Not only Carling Cup final, FA Cup semi (at least), challenging for Champions League but probably winning the Reserve Premier league for the 3rd year running and in the semi final of the FA Youth Cup
09/04/2010 11:42:00
Who says there are only moaners in the Trinity Road? Yes there is some grey hair there - lots of it actually - but many of these have been supporting this club for may years - I first went 48 years ago, actually haven't got any hair - but please don't class us all together.
09/04/2010 12:51:00
Excellent article. Great owner. Great last paragraph in the independent. Can't wait for tomorrow! Come on you Villa boys!
09/04/2010 13:14:00
09/04/2010 13:20:00
great read
09/04/2010 13:23:00
The main theme of it being 'it is all about the fans'. How let down must he feel over the attendances this season? How let down must he feel about the lack of interest in an FA Cup semi final. When you choose to invest time and money on something, but the effort and money you put in is not appreciated, the simple thing is to stop putting in the time, effort and money. Villa fans, we have all been warned. The part time fans are key to Villa making progress or not.
09/04/2010 14:48:00
Just can't get the staff thesedays, and so pleasing to see it's not just me who has a finger meltdown every now and then PMSL
09/04/2010 16:53:00
"It's no use just smiling and shaking hands and getting quoted with witty one-liners." Think that the whole paragraph which contains this line is a dig at David Gold. Sends a shudder down my spine just typing his name!!!
09/04/2010 18:16:00
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