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Joint Statement From Randy Lerner & Paul Faulkner

The club have just released a statement stating they share the concerns and hurt of the fans.

The statement on the Official Site reads as follows:

'Right now everyone connected with Villa is hurting badly. We very openly acknowledge the frustrations of Villa fans and share them completely.

'What matters to us and the Board at this moment is how we, as a Club, handle adversity and the pressure it brings. We continue to be in control of our own destiny. We will continue to support and rely on our manager and the squad and therefore give them our full support.

'We are totally conscious, as is everyone at the Club, that this is a very trying time for those who love Aston Villa.

'We know that the team will continue to fight through every minute of the remaining games and we hope Villa fans will continue to show their great support.'

The statement also briefly mentions the Bolton loss talking about a 'strong start and the tenacity' the team showed where a win was in sight, and mentions the young players fighting side by side their more senior counterparts to ensure survival.

Not the statement anybody really wanted, and unfortunately not a statement that will ease tensions amongst the fanbase.

We've heard all season from the Eck about how the players will fight, what fans wanted more than anything from the board - even excluding the key question of Eck's future - was to see a roadplan for where the club is going, what our genuine and achieveable goals are in the short term instead of the standard 'European slots' comments and after two years of wages never being far from anybodies mouths, has the apparent cost cutting worked and are the club going to push on in the summer.

That's the statement fans want to see next to 'we are looking for a new manager', not a 'we hurt aswell but we back the manager and will fight' job.

If anything, I guess the responses will show it, this is just going to rile people up again who may have settled slightly on a new day.

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The Journalist

Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday April 25 2012

Time: 6:37PM

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***** ***** ***** **** ***** GET OUT!
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25/04/2012 18:40:00

Maybe it's the pre-sacking statement. The "vote of confidence". Please let it be, I can't take it much longer.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
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25/04/2012 18:43:00

Cliff notes for those on the go > "bla bla bla bla"
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25/04/2012 18:44:00

Dreaded vote of confidence? Please
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25/04/2012 18:45:00

"We will continue to support and rely on our manager." That's us screwed then.
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25/04/2012 18:53:00

Randy you never listened to us when you appointed Mc**** so why should we listen to you now. Cant take anymore of this, stick of blue noses, baggies fans and to cap it off a fans of a team actually worse than us wolves fans. Work is a nightmare but you probably dont care.
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25/04/2012 18:55:00

The full statement implies they are only supporting AM until the summer (there is a mention of the next 3 games), it suggests to me that they are at least giving serious thought to the continued employment of the muppet.
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25/04/2012 18:55:00

what a load of testicles!!!!!!!!
Pride of Lions
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25/04/2012 18:57:00

Most patronising statement from the club yet McT**t out. VTID
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25/04/2012 18:58:00

After a great start RL has made our club a laughing stock, I for one will not enter Villa park till the present manager is replaced, he is a disgrace.
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25/04/2012 18:59:00

Is this the same Faulkner who told us our aim was European football? I would lose my job if I under achieved to this degree.
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25/04/2012 18:59:00

F##K off Lerner you yanky dick head.
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25/04/2012 19:00:00

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25/04/2012 19:00:00

This is fine in my opinion they needed to say something and they have.What more can they do they cant sack him with 3 games to go. I like that their horizon is the next 3 games that is a little ray of hope.
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25/04/2012 19:10:00

Utter tosh blah blah blah jog on
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25/04/2012 19:11:00

Reading between the lines I think I can make out what they are REALLY saying ......"f*** you Villa fans, you're all a bunch of c***s, we love the man you hate so much and don't give a s*** whether Villa go down because we know nothing about the game anyway and we have, and never have given you a thought in anything we did or will do in the future!"...........think that's what they're saying anyway?
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25/04/2012 19:11:00

This statement says nothing any villan doesn't already know that we are in trouble, i mean FFS to say we are hurting too really has got me fuming what a clueless bunch we have at the top, what other mess will they cause us next eh?
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25/04/2012 19:27:00

Actions speak louder than words. Unfortunately we only get the words regularly....
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25/04/2012 19:42:00

On the subject of statements backing the manager, is it just me, or has Gordon Mcleish, sorry - Gordonsleftboot been very quiet today?!
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25/04/2012 20:09:00

The only way Paul and Randy can share what we're suffering would be if McLeish had been forced upon them, as he was on us. They got to choose this misery, we did not.
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25/04/2012 20:10:00

I have to say, I think we stand a better chance staying up with him than without. Looking at what happened with Wolves, we have to keep him till the end of the season. We have a tough 3 games but so do the other 4 teams fighting the drop. The statement to me sounds like the usual 'vote of confidence' before the eventual sacking.
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25/04/2012 20:10:00

Despite my own protests at certain aspects within the club I have a degree of sympathy for Randolph and PF. As a leader you often have to be strong in the face of the fiercest critisism. And to his credit, Randolph hasn't buckled yet in his support of the manager. This strength of character serves us well in the many aspects of running the club, that as fans we do not get to see. For example, when firms were offering less than the going rate for sponsorship, Randolph simply said if you are not paying then I will give away the space free for a worthy local cause. That shows integrity and desire to do what is right for the club. It has also been one of the best things ever to happen to ACORNS. When Redscouse came knocking for Barry, he held his ground. Did he cave into the pressure applied by Liverpool friendly media trying to force his hand? No he stood up for Villa, Liverpool missed out and we held onto him for another season. He bank rolled MON's reign with his money, not the clubs and isn't charging interest on all the debt that has landed on the club. As when M'ON lost some popularity we as fans have to be careful for what we wish for. But the statement is probably more important for what it doesn't say, rather than what it does. For the first time there is no reference to 'transition' and we will be better for it next season. It gives the manager short term support, but no long term guarantee. I read it that they are now fully aware that the manager has to go at the end of the season, but secretly they are simply crossing their fingers and hoping that we survive in the division before presenting McLeishes exit strategy that is reportedly already in place. Randolph has obviously made mistakes in his running of our club, but I think like all things, he will become stronger from adversity. The stubborness (or loyalty) that he is showing in resisting the fiercest attack on his reign to date, may well be the exact same characteristics that we need to unite the club and make it even stronger in the future. Whilst it is now obvious to all, including I think Randolph and PF, that McLeish can never succeed at our club, I still have belief that in Randolph we have a good custodian of our club. Albeit one that has made the biggest managerial appoinment cock ups in our history.
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25/04/2012 20:22:00

for christs sake, SUPPORT your football club. this negative **** does not help our young side. at the end of the season, say what you want.
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25/04/2012 20:23:00

F uc king pi s sing me off
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25/04/2012 20:28:00

focus for the three games. Agreed. Would rather the backroom staff doing it but it is 3 games. As long as they then look and fully take on board this season and get rid ... fine. If not, it is going to be yet another club v fans season which is horrible to go through for all
The Fear
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25/04/2012 20:30:00

Lerner and ****ner are spin doctors the general no longer Able to bull sh-- us anymore now they think they Can pacify us with this mindless drivel
Randy bollox
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25/04/2012 20:36:00

Top drawer voth, glad you typed it and it me, would have taken me hours! Something might change after these 3 games but for the grace of god, if we get a new manager we have to be in the premiership. Stick together. UTV
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25/04/2012 20:38:00

Last man standing at villa park please switch off the lights.
Randy bollox
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25/04/2012 20:40:00

BigFatRon: Had work to do today, but thanks for missing me. Unlike some I was there last night and saw an improved performance in the first half and then the usual collapse. What statement did you expect? It is evident that this board is not going to change direction now. I totally agree with Mike, this was not the statement we wanted, we wanted to know what the future direction is going to be, for now we have to depend on the pride of the existing players.
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25/04/2012 20:45:00

mcleish will become the 3rd manager to be sacked after a loss to west brom
Villa b
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25/04/2012 20:46:00

.Laursen would be greatfor villa park
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25/04/2012 21:23:00

Whatever happens he won't be in charge next season, but it is very unlikely he won't be in charge for the next three games. Just have to grin and bear it and hope for a sunnier 2012/13.
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25/04/2012 21:27:00

Fully in line with VOTH. Scrape through this season, stick together and get rid of McLeish. Ohhhh and by the way Randy.........don't do anything like that again!!!!
Matt B
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25/04/2012 21:30:00

apache - King Laursen isn't pulling up any management trees at the moment. His team Søllerød-Vedbæk are currently bottom but one after 20 games in the Danish Second Division East.
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25/04/2012 22:34:00

Just heard Faulkner on sky sports, what a clueless cock he is, he hasn't the slightest idea what it's like to be a Villa fan.
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25/04/2012 22:39:00

And Dunne was on as well, telling us all to leave the ginger one alone! pay me 50k a week and i'll forget all about the *****in club fullstop.
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25/04/2012 22:41:00

the statement i heard from PF this evening stated mcmuppet was the man to take us forward next season ! so dont get your hopes for for the 3 game scenario. I have had it, over 40 years of support 22 as a season ticket holder, I think they all have to go before i will be returning to the once hallowed ground. Thanks for tearing my heart out you nucts.
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25/04/2012 22:47:00

the only reason I can see that they are sticking with him is that there MUST be a performance clause in his contract. ie get relegated and you must resign. Or hopefully finish bottom 5 and you must resign. I would not be surprised, its getting to be standard practise.
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26/04/2012 00:03:00

oh and another thing..... there were a surprising number of Villa fans in the lower Nort who just kept their mouth shut with 5 minutes to go. perhaps they went home and kicked the dog. Well when you are watching championship football next year remember that yu had a chance to have your opinon heard.
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26/04/2012 00:06:00

VOTH sorry m8 but in your undenying and admirable support of Randy you will soon be the minority m8, fans have had enough of being downgraded and you say how great it was for Randy to show some steel in holding onto Barry? what about Milner what about Downing? he also let MoN exceed a sustainable wage structure in the gamble for 4th place in the prem when we were challanging the Gooners is that responsible and great leadership? Sorry m8 but Randy has caused this mess we are in now and fellow Villa fans have realsied he really is not a Leader of men nor does he have a clue how to run a football club and make important decisions for the best interests of this club and its fans the life and blood of the club, Randy im afraid has proved to be inept as an owner at best!
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26/04/2012 02:23:00

"Right now everyone connected with Villa is hurting badly. We very openly acknowledge the frustrations of Villa fans and share them completely." Shame they didn't realize this until now, most of us have felt this way since August
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26/04/2012 06:30:00

Yes Clive, randy has made the same mistakes with his franchise in America. What makes anyone think that he will improve as an owner?? The holding onto Barry was only as people wouldn't pay what he wanted. As soon as he saw the money ( or Stephen Ireland,) he would've swapped his grandma. He obviously doesn't know what he's doing and gestures like supporting acorns can be easily mostly undone by getting in Genting which is a joke.
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26/04/2012 08:33:00

lol griffgriff! I agree with Voice, I think that this means Randy has decided McLeish is out but at the end of the season not now (unfortunately). I honestly think it sounds like they realise it will never work but they see no value in axing him now in this relegation scrap. That's good news (If he's going at seasons end) but I still think we'd go better without Eck now. The whole weight of this rubbish would be lifted and the whole club could battle these last few games together with a more positive outlook. This to me would give us more of a chance then McLeish staying. Like I said before, against Spurs would you rather 30,000 fans pumping out negative energy to the pitch OR 40,000 fans united and 100% behind the team and K Mac????
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26/04/2012 09:27:00

Another excruciatingly poor decision from the decision makers of our club. Unbelievable.
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26/04/2012 09:27:00

voiceoftheholte and matty1986 -totally agree.
Bobby Norman
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26/04/2012 09:39:00

Ask Wolves fans whether they think sacking Mad Mick helped their cause. Most of them wanted hi out and they have got 1 point from the 8 or so games since... The grass aint always greener so dont give me the 'get the backroom staff to keep us up rubbish'. Everyone has slated Wolves for doing this and its why they have gone so badly, they could easily have stayed up under Mick! I take this to mean, we got ourselves in this mess, we have to see it through for 3 more games as there is no other choice. We will address after the Norwich game when we know our fate but the best we can do now is back what we have for 3 games as we have no other choice. It actually makes sense, however I have no faith in us being able to get a win. However away games at WBA & Norwich who have nothing to play for is our best hope.
Chelt Villan
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26/04/2012 09:41:00

guys - watch this..very interesting
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26/04/2012 09:42:00

Yeah Wolves 1 pt from 8 with caretaker, us 6pts with a permanent manager with "premier league experience" I hope we belt WB but what happens to Eck if we get taken to the cleaners? Surely Randy won't sit there and let McLeish cop it for a full 90mins. Villa to stay up JUST and a new future laid out in the summer with a promising young manager!
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26/04/2012 11:12:00

bbc gossip today : Mcleish is given 3 games to save his job. Understand VOTH backing for RL there are not a lot of good owners out there. Still feel Director of football is the way to go someone to help and advise RL leaving PF to do what he does best concentrate on the money side. If we do stay up and it means Mcleish stays we will be playing in front of championship attendances on our own turf next season.
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26/04/2012 11:30:00

Agree Merlin128777 definitely definitely a director of football they should have done this after M'ON left
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26/04/2012 13:50:00

I see hope in the statement, I think 3 games, keep us up, then go. Maybe I'm just seeing what I want to! lol
The Fear
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26/04/2012 15:50:00

This statement is more interesting for what it doesn't say. McLeish may well be gone at the end of the season if you read between the lines. If anyone is interested, please read my blog about McLeish's inevitably failed tenure as manager.
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26/04/2012 16:29:00

Not a massive fan of linking out without permission but I'll leave it be! I think he knows, they know, we know. It was tried, it hasn't worked, he will be gone. For harmony next season, he must be.
The Fear
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26/04/2012 17:54:00


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