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Randy A Willing Seller - But No Deals Done

Lots of takeover talk and I got asked on our facebook page why we`d not covered it.

Fair comment.

We do have a forum thread on the rumours (Click Here) but for me they are just that, rumours. Some are presenting this as a done deal. I simply don`t believe it is and I`m slightly bored now of fans getting wound up in excitement over stuff that isn`t true. It isn`t nice, it isn`t fair! We had a 30 or more page thread on Arab`s taking over the Club. Then Chinese. One rumour linked an Austrian, then we had Red Bull. None had any substance at all.

The latest has named a couple of mega rich Americans with a combined wealth of 17billion. Nice. But.....!

What I do believe is that we have a willing seller in Randy Lerner.

He said at the start if anyone comes along who can take us forward he would listen and wouldn`t hold Villa back. Obviously after sorting (and it needed sorting) the infrastructure we have stalled under Randy but I don`t believe he`ll just offload us to any Tom, Dick or Harry. He will want to make sure Villa is protected. No matter what anyone says about Randy, he is a decent guy. He might not have succeeded, he might well have now retreated and yes, it is driving many of us mad watching the decline and the awful boring football etc but if he could now move us on, he would be able to go with dignity and I think for some with thanks.

But as said, I simply don`t believe we have a done deal.

It doesn`t add up with the contacts I`ve spoken to, they and I could be wrong, fine, hope so in this instance, but this is the same as the other links, same questions, same answers and some people saying 'no smoke without fire` where there is actually no fire.

As said, I`m not saying that Randy wouldn`t sell to the right people if they approach, so a takeover could happen. But one isn`t in due diligence or set to be announced. For one thing do you think if they were in due diligence that they`ve have created a legal situation with the assistant managers? Or are they now ruling by committee?! (No I believe is the answer there!). Also, Randy does his business very privately, look how quickly the Browns went in the end, I could be wrong but as an outsider there weren`t loads of press articles and links before it happened, it was just quick as a flash signed and announced. That is how I expect any takeover at Villa to happen IF there is someone daft enough to want to join this Premiership circus.

I do think we are one of only a few prospective Clubs, there is Villa, the historic and mighty club who founded the league, Everton but they need a new ground and training facilities, Newcastle but they`ve been available for a long time with no takers, then as a more outside punt the likes of Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday. Oh and you also have Tottenham but that would be London prices and obviously they are having to have a new stadium etc. We have all the infrastructure, just not the team!

Neil Moxley is a good reporter with his ears to the ground, he says today Click Here

Sunday People Sport understands that the new prospective owner already owns a sports club - a Major League Baseball team. But it appears that no deal is imminent after initial talks between the two parties broke down. Discussions have hit a snag and, at present, there is nothing concrete on the table.

One thing our struggles at the bottom half of the table AND these press reports do though, is to potentially put us in the shop window. I do look at these sort of mega rich owners and lament the way football has gone, but in the modern Premiership world, only silly money will bring any success. It is a shame, but it is a fact. I do also have the usual worry of if the next lot (if and when) are better. I always used to worry when agitating for Ellis to go what would come next, the same worry has to always been on the minds of fans I guess, you don`t know until they come in where they`ll take a club and we`ve seen some massive disasters at other clubs over the years. However, this stagnation can`t continue.

I must say a lot of the reports at the moment suggesting it is massive news that Randy Lerner would sell at a given price is hardly news at all, surely most people understand that everything has a price and Randy said at the start he`s a custodian and would move aside if he can`t do a good enough job.

I do find it difficult to believe that brokers doing deals would leak this out to people to start tweeting by the way. I was involved in a small way last time and got to see how things worked. It was all very cloak and dagger, non disclosure agreements, secrecy and loads of negotiating and that was at a time that the Club was full of leaks and gossip!

Funny old game. Whatever happens, we do need an injection of renewed hope at Villa, to see us season after season struggling is not where a Club of this pedigree should be and Randy Lerner isn`t stupid enough not to realise that.




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday April 20 2014

Time: 10:57AM

Your Comments

Not getting excited, I'm used to feeling let down, but I'm just keeping my fingers crossed. Only time will tell.
Pride of Lions
It is only a matter of time surely? It just has to be the right people who unfortunately have bottomless pockets. there just aren't that many people around who want to throw millions of their pounds down the drain cos that is what football is now
TuBBz
Nice thought but until it happens I'll keep my excitement to a minimum.
eltoro
As long as lambert goes ,that progress,please icant take Any more of this dross
Flo Moses
I want a new owner with deep pockets and a willingness to spend but I don't to see a squad policy like Man City or Chelsea who just purchase mercenaries. I for one bought into the initial vision of Lambert of establishing a world class youth academy and discovering young hidden gems. Problem was he never gave our best academy players a chance and didn't recognise the folly of his mistake by not keeping a core group of experienced players to help implement the new strategy. So in short if I was to hire a head hunting firm to find a new owner my brief to them for the successful candidate would be as follows: Owner must have a ridiculous personal fortune earned from legitimate sources; must be willing to spend it without restriction or conditions; must have genuine interest in football and the need to maintain a clubs link to its history; develop a squad with the ability to challenge for honours but with an eye on youth development. I think that is a good start and unfortunately rules out about 95% of candidates. Is there anything else I missed?
marlin magic
Fear's analysis looks sensible to me. There is another element for the mix - if the next takeover fails to get success the club could be regarded as lacking in potential by any future buyers. Randy's lack of success in my opinion is partly due to the lack of by in from the fans. The club still has some of the cheapest season ticket offers in the country and lacks real capacity. Compare our gate receipts with many other PL clubs and I'm sure we would be closer to the bottom of the pile than the top. OK it makes us cheaper to buy but also limits annual investment. Until an owner can find a way to make more cash from AVFC outside of TV, we are stuck where we are. And once that golden route is identified, almost every other club would chase us hard down the same road.
Gordonsleftboot
Fear's analysis looks sensible to me. There is another element for the mix - if the next takeover fails to get success the club could be regarded as lacking in potential by any future buyers. Randy's lack of success in my opinion is partly due to the lack of by in from the fans. The club still has some of the cheapest season ticket offers in the country and lacks real capacity. Compare our gate receipts with many other PL clubs and I'm sure we would be closer to the bottom of the pile than the top. OK it makes us cheaper to buy but also limits annual investment. Until an owner can find a way to make more cash from AVFC outside of TV, we are stuck where we are. And once that golden route is identified, almost every other club would chase us hard down the same road.
Gordonsleftboot
Summed up beautifully JF. Anything is for sale at the right price. You all know I support RL and many of those reasons are what you have written in this article. He is a decent guy who would do the right thing if the right situation came about. As you clearly said no one knows what the next owners would be like. Everyone thought it was the new dawn under RL. Now 7/8 years later alot want him gone. Be careful what you wish for isn't it. Many are now saying 'at least Deadly would have sacked Pl, or Deadly wouldn't have tolerated this blah blah' I do believe RL cares (not in the stereo type way people think of only) In the way he is a decent guy who has poured alot of money into our club and also written off alot, too. Tubbz how long is a matter of time?. There aren't too many people in this world who want to own a football club, or are daft enough to want too. That could mean this season end, 1 year, or 20 years.
kefkat
Well written, Fear. Hopefully that will shut up all the so called ITK posters who have 'inside knowledge '
Villa_Grizzly
Flo, I think we get that you do not like Lambert seeing as that is the angle of every post you make, however the article is about rumoured takeover or not. Personally I would like to see big investment in the team and do not care who's money it is. I would also like to see a director of football brought in.
holte ender 1969
Good article and spot on that there's no deal done. Hopefully something happens when the season ends though. We need a reset
AdzVilla11
lener has wasted our money, the guy is clueless and should be arrested by interpol
Ali Arab
Ali Arab, either your a wind up merchant or seriously not all there with some of the stuff you come out with
kefkat
Good view of things. Any deal will be kept close to the chest until it becomes official. Something may be going on but there's a lot of smoke blowing in the breeze at the moment and I'm not pinning all my hopes on the present rumours.
Ironside
kefkat, trust me if i saw lerner in the street i would make a citizen arrest.
Ali Arab
its simple. lerner arrives, buys villa on the cheap. invests extremely badly, six years down the line sells us for no loss or maybe a slight profit. the premiership is a very big brand hence why the value of villa and other clubs have rocketed. lerner is a complete bafoon. it saddens me deeply what he has done to villa in last 6 years.
Ali Arab
Randy has spoken again....
Stephen Jay Hawkings
This is a great thread.
HolteEnd89
Any Villa supporting princes out there?
andy5759
Think back Ali Arab. When Mr Lerner arrived, we had three successive sixth places in the League under MON - we have never looked like equalling that since his management. Then the rot and the real mistakes. Idiot Frenchman and a Scotsman who was never going to achieve anything because of his club history. Mr Lerner has done a fair job but it's time for a change I reckon.
AVFCinOz
avfccinoz, i think you should think back. 3 sixth place finishes at what cost. we still paying th price now casue of oneil and the lack of management skills regarding a football team from our owner. still baffles me why doug sold to this guy.
Ali Arab
 

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