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Has Lerner Lost Interest?


My first attempt at an article having visited the site for years.

Be forewarned, it's a bit of a rant!

There seems to be a growing number of fans calling for Lerner to relinquish ownership of the club. His 'reluctance to spend' seems to be the main reason behind this opposition, though I'm still struggling to comprehend how such a conclusion has been drawn by so many of the club's supporters. Lerner has invested in the club, its players and its facilities substantially since he took control back in 2006. It seems that some aren't happy unless we bring in at least one £10million+ marquee player each window. Agreed, our average transfer spend has decreased in recent years but is the chairman tightening the purse strings or simply being more careful with his cash?

Lets look at our squad now compared with the squad we had at the end of MON's final season -arguably our most successful in recent years.

First up, goalkeepers. Brad Guzan and Andy Marshall featured in both squads, with Brad Friedel and Shay Given in the '09 and '12 squads respectively. Both Friedel and Guzan represent excellent purchases by O'Neill, rumoured to be around £3million for both in the summer of 2008. The former was inspired between the sticks and rallied performances out of an ever-changing back line, while we are still reaping the rewards of the latter. Given came in for a mooted £3million alone and after one season has fallen down the pecking order at the club. Despite playing a big part in keeping us up last season, could Guzan have done as good a job? £3million is a big outlay for 12 months of service and that's before taking wages into consideration. Arguably a poor purchase by an abysmal manager.

Right backs. Luke Young and Habib Beye were both brought in by MON at an estimated £5million and have since been sold for less than £1million (combined). When you consider that roughly £3million was spent on Alan Hutton and around the same on Matty Lowton the young lad looks far and away the best bit of business in that area, especially considering he probably commands the lowest wages of the four. Fine bit of business by Lambert, awful from MON and big 'Eck (again). Left backs. Warnock and Bennett. Both tend to look more like Championship players than top-flight defenders. The difference being that one of them is young enough to improve and cost about a third of the price.

In central defence Lambert's sole purchase has been Ron Vlaar. Injury plagued both past and present but a solid player and a Dutch international. £3-3.5million. Collins, Cuéllar and Curtis Davies. Bought in for a combined fee of around £22.5million, sold for a grand total of £2.5million. Yes, it's thought that Martin spent somewhere in the region of NINE MILLION POUNDS EACH on Cuéllar and Davies. Both left on free transfers.

I could go on...

The point I'm trying to make is that Lerner seems to be trying to steady the ship financially. When you look at clubs like Portsmouth and Rangers would you really like to see Villa in such a position? QPR have spent big and it hasn't done them any favours either. If the price is right I'm sure he will stump up the cash.

We've seen our transfer record smashed to bring in Darren Bent. He's gambled £7million on an unknown young Belgian striker. It wouldn't be surprising to see a seven-figure-sum spent on the next Ashley Young or James Milner - someone who could help take us places before being sold at a tidy profit. Just don't expect £8million to be spent on the likes of Nigel Reo-Coker for the sake of Premiership experience.

After all, wouldn't we all prefer a Michu over a Marlon Harewood?

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Writer:Bristol Villan
Date:Friday December 28 2012
Time: 10:11AM

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Comments

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That's your side of it, I have a different view, and to be honest I just wish he'd let us know what his view is, because his silence is affecting the club, and as every week passes less and less people are turning up, Jesus even he doesn't turn up to watch the *****e being served up.
eltoro
28/12/2012 10:22:00
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Well on the up side, Got a great Aston Villa DVD for Christmas, Aston Villa 100 best throw ins 2011-2012 there are some real crackers on it.
eltoro
28/12/2012 10:23:00
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It's like a well chewed bone isn't it? Nobody knows WTF is going on, Lerner seems like a Vietnam vet. And this is why he bought all the shares.... to close shop so no-one knows..... gone are the days of shareholders meetings.
Pride of Lions
28/12/2012 10:24:00
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Another thing we could do is put the numbers on the front of the shirts, at least then it would look like we were attacking for most of the match!!
eltoro
28/12/2012 10:27:00
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Um, I am a bit confused... Is this an article praising Lambert's signings given the lack of funds from Lerner? Or praising Lerner for spending nothing for the last few years? Lambert has done brilliantly in the transfer market given that he had almost nothing to work with in the club and very little money. Yes Mon wasted money in the transfer market. But he also unearthed several gems that were sold for BIG money.
Astriel
28/12/2012 10:36:00
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And let us not forget. This overpriced and overated MON squad got us to 6th. We currently are?
Astriel
28/12/2012 10:37:00
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Took the words right out of my mouth ASTRIEL, no mention of the massive profits on Barry, Young, Milner, and Downing, under MON I always felt we could win the League, or at least get in the Champions league, since he left all I think is ' we could go down this season'
eltoro
28/12/2012 10:44:00
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Might be a blessing in disguise losing by 12 goals in two matches, we might actually buy some experienced quality.
Villa 4 Ever
28/12/2012 11:32:00
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I think the point of the argument is that MON spent big, and there success to failure rate of his signings was poor. Barry wasn't an MON signing, Young Milner & Downing were all big money buys, the profit we made on them would barely buy Cuellar, who he kept over Cahill.... Eck, was just poor, with the exception of Holman. Anyway, the point is that Lerner isn't gambling with Villas future anymore, there is less speculation on big buys, we're speculating on lower prices. I'd just say that's sensible husbandry, given what's preceded it.
lorenzo
28/12/2012 11:38:00
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Eltoro, Barry was nothing to do with Mon, nor was Milner (he wanted to come to the Villa after Do'L arranged loan with permanent move that was buggered by poor negotiating). Young was a MoN success, true, and Downing proved to be shrewd business, but only because Liverpool were in such disarray, they offered twice what he was actually worth and we got away with it - he was crap and motivated by self-interest. MoN was a disaster for us, and his game plan (he only had one) was weak, his substitutions and strategy non-existent, the team ran out of steam at the end of each season, no rotation, blah, blah.
144wittonlane
28/12/2012 12:09:00
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