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Randy Lerner Blasts 'Big Bad Manchester City'

Randy Lerner Blasts 'Big Bad Manchester City'

Jonah has just pointed out an article in the Mail On Sunday today as well.

Randy attacks Manchester City over their conduct over James Milner. Good to see our owner have his say:

Lerner said last night: 'Big, bad Manchester City came along and asked for Milner and we said, 'No, he is not for sale". And under the rules you have to respect that. And Manchester City respected that for two whole days. And then they violated the rules and came in for him again.'

The report says that Randy won't be making a formal complaint but nor will he make it easy for City to finalise the deal.

Interesting article on Vital Man City (a quality City site by the way) where 75% voted for their club to pull the plug on the deal: Click Here

Randy continued: 'Who knows if Milner is going to go? Kevin just came up to me and said, "Ask for more money".'

milner full back

The reaction to James Milner was slightly mixed at the start of the game, about 50/50 boos to cheers BUT the majority I think remained silent?

However the reaction when he went off the pitch was a standing ovation and Milner clapping all four stands.

Was that a goodbye or was that a ... ok, I might stay, is that ok?

Time will tell. Hope he stays, maybe the badly informed pundits can stop saying we are a selling club then? As I've said over and over, every club is a selling club when the price is right. As Alan Hansen said on Match of the Day last night... Milner is a very good player, but worth £30m? Not really! So if you get that sort of money AND if the player wants to leave, how can you not sell? Just look (yes, you know what is coming) at Manchester United selling the best player in the World!

So... would you be happy to see Milner stay or should we take the cash?

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday August 15 2010
Time: 11:08AM

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shame on man city, not only do they keep trying to steal our top players, but now they have stole our colours! (claret & blue training tops).
15/08/2010 12:09:00
Fear, how dare you misquote Randy. It was Big BAD not Big BAG!
15/08/2010 12:46:00
Dunno what happened there....some weird kind of echo
15/08/2010 12:48:00
Can we get some clarification here. Did Randy The Cowpoke say Bag or Bad, because my professional credentials are erm, on the line again at VMC if he said Bag. Then again, he might have meant shopping bag.....?
Johnny Baguette
15/08/2010 13:25:00
whoops, sorry Nimmo... didn't have my weetabix! lol Will amend!
The Fear
15/08/2010 15:20:00
Don't worry Mr Baguette, it made me titter!
The Fear
15/08/2010 15:20:00
Wow cajun, are you on the ManCity Board? Because you seem to be pretty certain as to the inner workings of our club. Or are you just guessing? Oh, and curb our practices? Check out what the owners of West Ham have to say over Tottenham's attempt to purchase Scott Parker. The allegations you are making as to our transfer policy are A) unfounded and B) nothing different to what virtually every other club in the land does. And you know what? Villa are reacting in much the same way as most selling clubs do. So there is nothing new in this whole situation, it's just that it's rather convenient to bring this up now during the middle of negotiations and when Lerner could do without Villa fans looking further into why you manager walked out 5 days prior to the start of the season.
15/08/2010 20:38:00
Our manager walked out five days before the season got underway fifthcolumnblue, because he wasn't prepared to act in the best interests of Aston Villa Football Club, wasn't prepared to do his bit to ensure that our wages fiasco came under control, and quite clearly did not have the interest of AVFC or the supporters, close to his heart. That sir from a huge Martin O'Neill fan, as any regular on this site would/could confirm. However, that aside, Mr Lerner has aired his views about your underhanded and persistent pushing to secure the services of Milly, despite being told at the time of your initial approach, that he was not for sale. Not for sale means exactly that, we as a club had Milly under a four year contract still, two years remaining, and we did not want to sell. What is there not to understand about that? Milly was tapped up, no doubt about it, and that as we all know is against the premier league rules and regulations.
15/08/2010 21:32:00
If we were to pull out of the bid, would you still be confident of getting ahold of Ireland? I'm not saying we'd stop the sale out of spite, but he's worth more than the reported £8m mooted in the part-ex deal - will you be prepared to meet our asking price?. I'm also wondering whether lerner will then have any money to give to whatever manager you have in place for squad strengthening. Up until MoN walked I think most people were under the impression that Villa were relying on the Milner transfer to provide some cash.
15/08/2010 21:35:00
Randy has plenty of money, it's always been about the wages of those sitting on the bench that O'Neill would not play. Ireland isn't fancied by Mancini, would you really dig in (regardless of whether we can meet it or not) for a valuation that would possibly leave you with yet another peed off player. City isn't a happy camp at the moment it seems with players and you are by the looks of things having trouble shifting players anyway. I'd take Ireland happily, but the question has to be asked with all the faffing around, does he really want to come here or is it simply a way of not being redundant until next January ala Bellamy comments etc.
15/08/2010 21:47:00
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