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Randy Nets $1billion For The Cleveland Browns

ESPN are reporting that Randy Lerner has sold the Browns.

The report says initially $700m for a controlling stake with a second $300m due to follow.

Very nice!

Forum thread: Lerner to sell the Browns

Remember Villa CEO Paul Faulkner has said this won`t affect the Villa spreadsheet (and also rubbished sale of Villa rumours) see: Villa NOT Up For Sale

Paul told the Daily Star: 'The Browns situation means absolutely nothing with regard to Aston Villa - neither good nor bad. The big point that people sometimes forget is that he inherited Cleveland - he bought Villa. Any rumours that he could be thinking about getting out or losing interest is nonsense.'

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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 2 2012

Time: 5:20PM

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If any of you think he's going to re invest some of the money from the sale your sadly mistaken i'd say we be lucky if we got 5% from the sale put back in to the villa
I don't think people do think that, having read the comments from the CEO as above. To be fair, that is Randy's money, he can spend it how he wishes. Can't hurt us to have a rich owner who has just become richer though and also, it frees him up to enjoy Villa more, instead of being split between two clubs and having two sets of stress. No idea how he did it, I'd not be able to handle owning one club, let alone two! Then again, the biggest commitment I've ever taken on in life is a bag for life (shouldn't talk about the wife like that though!)
The Fear
Agreed. I think there is more chance of some London museums benefitting that the club is. To be honest that's fine by me, although I would hope that some of the money could be invested in various development projects that would generate a pay back over time, such as the North Stand for example. There is a difference between wanton spending on over rated underperforming players and investment into the future of the club to grow the business. More of the latter would be welcome, where and when required.
Don't lets under-estimate the value of his undivided attention. There maybe more benefit to be gained from that than there is from a simple injection of cash.
A million dollars at todays exchange rates is only just under 650,000 quid so I don't think Randy could spare much anyway.......
Pride of Lions
Pointless having a billionaire in charge if he wants to break even and isn't going to invest. May aswell be Joe Bloggs from down the road.
Joe Bloggs knows more about football too and would never have employed Eck.
I think if Lambert does well this season Randy will give him 20million a season again to build us up, this is my opinion also if Lambo goes to Rndy next season and says there is a player avbailable for 20million and its a player we need Randy would back him just like the Bent buy!
He could lend us a tenner at least.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
Yeah v444 and I hate the way he always wears the west ham colours too!
I agree with GLB. As indicated on the article about all the players in/out under Randolphs reign he has been more than generous in his financial support of our club. And as well as being the 4th biggest NET spending club since his arrival he has invested multi millions on the infrastructure of the club. If as supporters we had put our few quid in to fill the ground each week then we would currently have a 52,000 seat stadium to be proud of. Remember that Villa Park was to be the Olympic football location for the Midlands, but Randolph pulled out as he couldnt guarantee that the redevelopment work would have been completed in time. This project was postboned because we didn't fill our ground regularly enough, despite all the money he has pumped into the club. In my eyes he has made two mistakes. He never controlled M'ON enough. He trusted him to deliver considering the huge financial support he gave him. M'ON failed to deliver. He then appointed the man who cannot be named. Randolph, only the fickle want you to spend without thought or concern for the future. If you can, invest in the infrastructure of the club. Hopefully you now have a manager who will spend more wisely than his predecessors. We dont want to be a club that spends above its means. We dont want to rely on a sugar daddy. Be a good custodian of our club and spend what we can afford, not what the irresponsible want. As long as the the correct manager is in charge the rest will all fall into place.
thank you voiceoftheholte i am fed up of reading comments about randy needs to invest more and about the mistake he made with eck in my opinion it shows why good character he has ready to take a chance and make big decisions when he got it wrong he got rid whats the problem? can anybody name me one chairman,manager, player or human being that has made a mistake in their life time? randy is a good chairman and has put ALOT into villa just look at our training ground one of the best in the country if not europe and now it seems he has got it right with PL. and if you you remember towards the end of the Houllier season we where starting to gel and play some good football but of course the old mans heart was weak and had to retire so if you ask me that was a decent appoint just shame he lost the dressing room so early
Black_villian / VOTH: 100% agree. In my dim witted view it is clear that many cannot see thewild spending of MON and embarassing ways he put players on the bench for no reason and certainly not footballing ones led to our top players losing interest and Randy was very naive but thankfully wealthy enough not to do a Leeds on us...his heart has always been in the right place and PL looks like being a great apponitment. Long may Randy continue and hopefully in the next five years with a bit of stability and success we can see raised attendances ensuring Villa Park is truly redeveloped into a 52,000 stadia. UTV. The 19th minute. Petrov rules.
Aussie Villain
Under the new fair play rules he would be stretched to get away with a huge investment used to buy players anyway. But like the majority I do not expect the owner to keep putting his hand in his pocket for overpaid players who choose when they want to perform and as for paying more attention to Villa I doubt it was the Browns that split Randys time more liklely the family reasons he gave including his young son and regardless of how much we love Villa family comes first.
Hope you're right Clive Re: 20 mil per annum. He'll be earning 4 times that in interest on his fortune and with no Browns to waste time on, you'd expect him to concentrate on us.
Black_villiian, you can't count mate. 1 mistake!!! Employment of Eck, GH, not sacking Eck earlier, allowing Eck to buy Hutton, allowing MON to buy anyone he felt like, defying the fans countless times and ignoring their more knowledgeable advice. Some will never forgive him. I'm prepared to give him a chance but am not bending over like some of you. Forgive but don't forget...
GH was only a good manager from his hospital bed when the opposition had nothing to play for.
And koolbill, he's tried to change our Claret and Blue to sky blue with a slight bit of claret ala the new crest that he wears on his ankle.
Yeah! And if William McGregor and Fred Rinder rose from the dead, took over the club, invested billions and won seven more FA Cups - you'd still be whining.... :)
444, What have Randy Lerner and DB9 done to you? You sound like an intelligent fan who knows his football. Why then can't you let last season go? Lerner made a terrible decision based -- probably -- on a poor knowledge of modern footie. With hindsight he was probably right to wait until the end of the season to sack Ollie Hardy. The Yanks at RedScouse did the same thing with the hapless Scotsman there, too. Nobody at Villa is 'bending over'. I'm sure few have forgotten last season and if it goes Pete Tong with Lambert then many Villans will be watching to make sure their isn't another kneejerk reaction in recruiting a new boss like after Houllier left. RL hasn't been doing this job long and he -- for the most part -- has done OK by Villa. Look at 'Glasgow Newco' for an example of what can happen under a bad owner. Manure, RedScouse and Chelskov could all go to the wall in the next ten years. It COULD happen. Will you be slating Randy Lerner then?
*None of the fans/supporters are 'bending over'.
Talking about wealthy Yanks (or wannabee Yanks) one David Beckham of the mighty L.A Galaxy has been quoted as saying his homeboy Prince Wills 'unfortunately' supports Villa. DB7/23 has started growing his Edwardian gent/backwoodsman facial hair again. It makes him look like the bloke from V for Vendetta.
Villan444 your a disgrace to our club .... Get behind our great club instead of negative comments all the while ... or go support someone worthy of your comments .... in fact just change your name to Blues444
why didnt "Wills" give him an Erdington kiss for that comment then ? Actually, how many of you have Hammers for friends........theres a poll for you !
The irony is Beckham would probably have been a Hammer, Spud or Leyton Orient supporter if he hadn't -- 'unfortunately'-- decided to become a cockney red like his old man.
VWRA: Don't bite mate, V444 loves it. I'm sure he loves the Villa as well. I bet her drinks carling black label too ;-) I for one, do not take it so personally that RL has had a learning curve here. Many of our staff that know the game ten times better have mis-advised him and I'm sure he's aware of that too. Mistakes are as valuable as successes and V444 would do well to cut some slack but he's entitled to his opinions EVEN if they are wrong! BENT rules ----------> insert raspberry here <----------.
KB -- Agreed. This site is all about debate and the debate is never, ever over. Everyone is entitled to their views. Remember when Albarnista used to post on here? Rarely agreed with his views but they almost always guaranteed debate. Maybe 444 is Albarnista under a new username??? Agree with you 444 about the club crest. Absolute rubbish!!!
VWRA: So true. Remember OneAaronLennon - such a joker and AVFC48 was so incendiary it was untrue. V444: Are you AVFC48 in disguise? Either way, we appreciate your views. UTV. P.S Oh and that Fear bloke, always giving it the biggun....
I'm one of the only ones who doesn't say how high when Randy says jump on here but I can assure you that there are loads who aren't as forgiving or have as short memories as some. Look at the end of season interviews. I will praise him after a season or 2 of doing the right thing. Not 3 bloody months gents.
Some people don't get these new fair play rules I don't think. Also agree with others, the backing has been there, just the managers choices have often been suspect.

Takes all opinions to make a site, no matter how much we disagree/or agree.

444, your comments on Randy and the fans jumping when he says how high are pretty childish, I didn't see many fans jumping last season. Just many fans try to look (TRY) to look on the upside at least sometimes. A good life lesson. ;o)
The Fear
Agree on that though Koolbill that Fear user should be banned really, such a pillock and obviously knows nothing about football... Very well versed in woman's beach volley ball though, so I'm told...!
The Fear
Yes Fear, my comments are called childish and comments like "you should change your name to blues444" are grown up because people are scared to say what they think as they will be shouted down by moderators etc. LOL @ "Takes all opinions" comment and then you claiming that the comments are childish mate.?!?!?!?! Forgot we're not allowed to disagree on here regardless of the disclaimer you squeezed in the middle of your post LOL
I hope Randy will sort it out ( as he appears to be) but he's conned me once before so I'll wait to cheer him on this time...
saying that the fans are bending over for Randy? You are always having a go at someone. So yes, it is childish and yes, you are going to get people having a go. Now calm down... you can't take anything back at all can you? It does take all opinions, but you stomp around like only yours is valid and anyone who dares to disagree is a kiss arse or whatever. Boring mate. If you don't like the site and the way it is run, find another, if you do, great, try to simmer down and discuss instead of the crap you aim too often at others. NOT open to a discussion in article comments, any problems, feel free to email. Right, must go, got to bend over and take it up the jacksy.
The Fear
Oh and before I go do something more useful, shouted down by moderators? Takes all opinions on here, including ours. The whole idea of setting up the network was for debate. There are only two of us front page who do any moderating and I'd estimate 1 in 500 posts if that are removed, if we were any more laid back we'd be in a coma. Now go get laid or have a drink. ;o)
The Fear
I take it all light heartedly Fear unless someone gets really offensive. Hopefully my posts are taken so. There's no right or wrong, only opinions in this game as I'm very sure you know. I say what I honestly feel and don't think that I should change it to please some. Seriously, that's twice " go and support another team " or go to another site if you don't agree with the article. Who was calling who childish??? Yours is the best site around by far but I don't have to agree with everything you say mate!!!
That's ok then V444 as long as your honest then that makes everything you say fine. We will just be polite and think before we type whereas you are quite clearly your own man and far more righteous than us Randy lovers. Accusing others of being football manager types and bending over is as close to name calling as it gets - therefore childish. I didn't see any such posts till you stirred everyone up by the way. I await your typical response. No-one asks for you to agree be a Randy sicophant - just stop winding people up.
But this was feck all to do with he who shall not be named, feck all at all but .... sod it, bored.... There is no way I want anyone to have to agree with me, you also maybe forget that it was me in the national press slating the idea of bring 'that' man in.
The Fear
I reckon we'll see the dividends of Randys personal fortune increasing next year Fear OR he may just buy a American Soccer franchise which I believe is cheaper and could give us a feeder club?

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