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Randy Lerner Still Has Financial Clout


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I thought these quotes were worth picking up on and publishing from Villa owner and Chairman Randy Lerner.

I'm not 100% sure of the original source, I would assume this is from the press conference he had recently.

Randy said with reference to the economic hit all businesses and 'men of means' so to speak have taken and whether Villa have to sell etc....

'It`s a fair question and I feel I have the same financial substance that I had when I got here, and I`m prepared to give that assurance.'

'While the financial crisis certainly impacted on me, that impact had no bearing on the wherewithal, or ability or commitment to continue to work for Aston Villa.'

I guess, in reference to any of our players, just like any other club, it just comes down to the fact every player has his price. They have proved for instance they wouldn't be bullied over Gareth Barry and only sold him when the player signalled he had no intention of signing a new deal, wanted to leave and had only 12 months left on his contract. To get 12million in that instance was top money.

With James Milner they have done the same. A 20million bid was rejected. At what price do you accept? I guess that is down to Chelsea, Manchester City or Manchester United to test if the reports are true that these clubs are interested.

One thing is for certain, no player is bigger than Aston Villa, however I do hope the guy lines up in a Villa shirt next season. My feeling is that he won't be though so we need to - and they will - get every penny they can for him. Prove me wrong though James, stay!




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday May 23 2010

Time: 4:40PM

Your Comments

Fear - Would you really rather Milner stay than us take a sizeable sum from any possible deal and use it to progress as a club? As much as I love Milner (platonically of course) I'd rather the cash as long as it's spent productively instead of wasting 15m on Robbie Keane!
JayVFC
With regards to Randy though, time will tell as to whether he will provide funds that haven't come in from player sales. If he does then we will be looking at a mini warchest with the two combined.
JayVFC
As annoying as it is, every player has there price! I'm 21 and have been a season ticket holder for 4 years. Regretfully, not really being able to go or follow villa so much before that. So i've only really been around under Lerner and MON/ I think both contributions have been amazing and we deserve to be where we are in the league. RL has given so much to this club with MON that if he didnt have so much 'financial clout' left to give as freely as before then u couldnt moan about it, as he has already done so much for us.
AndyFC
bit of a daft thing to say voice, I was asked so answered about Keane, far from an obsession, although my info suggests he is Villa bound and I'd be pleased with that. The finances aren't for me to worry over, that is down to the manager and board. Now leave me and my boyfriend alone ya git... :o)
The Fear
Fear lol but I am sure when we look, your paddy mate will be getting plugged by you more and more. But you say finances aren't for you to worry over, if that is the case I think we should bid for Messi, Ronaldo, Kaka and Rooney and pay them all 1m a week. Of course finances are an issue and 25m of dead money for Keane is as out of the question for us as buying the players I mentioned. So being persistent, do you honestly believe that if it was your money you would spend 25m on Keane in preference to any other striker in the world??
voiceoftheholte
Tad harsh voice - you can't ask the 'any other striker' in the world question as they wouldn't come to Villa. Keane on the other hand might. Keane is a different striker and has a proven record of scoring goals in the premiership. Have we ever bought a striker like that apart from Stanley Victor Colleymore?
melski
No1 has a clue how much Keane would cost, need to be paid, other fees etc. So 25mil is a estimation. He might sign on a 3year contract if he came, he might come on loan. Tottenham might sell him cheaper than expected. He might stay. it's all ifs and buts. Inter Milan signed Milito for 25mil i believe as a 29year old which most would say was crazy but he scored them the winning league, cup and champs league goals in each game. Just leave u guys to stew over that :-p (not comparing Keane to Milito, but u get what i mean)
AndyFC
"One thing is for certain, no player is bigger than Aston Villa" Why do we still hang on to this delusional idea that the clubs bigger than the player ? Platt , Southgate , Yorke , Barry , Milner(?) have shown thats a load of cobblers . Bottom line is Lerner has not invested to the level we need to offer a realistic challenge to the top 4 . I'm not knocking Lerner , in fact I love the bloke , it just shows how vulger football is . We are who we are , We never pushed on from our 2nd place in the first year of the prem. We will sell Milner , cut our cloth accordingly and buy more top 6/7 type players , no more , no less .
Bsixer
Footie is vulgar now Bsixer, agreed. What I mean is no player/manager is bigger, they go, we survive, fans go, clubs go. Not that many have ever gone on to better things either. Yorke did, who else? Barry? Maybe, not yet though, well ok, 1 place but not Wembley like we did
The Fear
 

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