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Randy Lerner Statement

Randy Lerner Statement

Several weeks back I said that following the end of the season I would clarify my future role with the Club, and address what had become seemingly constant rumours of a sale. I have come to know well that fates are fickle in the business of English football. And I feel that I have pushed mine well past the limit. The last several seasons have been week in, week out battles and having now come through this last season unfortunately limping amidst very meaningful injuries and constant sale rumours, I feel further that now is the time for me to look for new ownership and thus new leadership. I have asked the world of Paul Lambert and Paul Faulkner and they have both delivered selflessly. On a personal level it is time for me, like the Shunammite, to dwell among my own and get on with other aspects of my career, following a sale.

Above all, the debt I owe Aston Villa whether as owner, Chairman, custodian or simply as a fan is to put the Club first. To make good on that debt, I owe it to Villa to move on, and look for fresh, invigorated leadership, if in my heart I feel I can no longer do the job.

During my time with Villa, I have tried to strengthen and improve the Club's physical infrastructure both at Villa Park and Bodymoor Heath while also trying to carry on the McGregor tradition of being mindful of the local community we serve. Above all in this effort is the connection the Club has made with Acorns; the caring, kindness and warmth that players, staff, managers and supporters have shown to Mr Strudley and Acorns has wiped away all disappointments and sobered my finest memories. Still, I can see now that it is time, if possible, to hand these privileges and responsibilities to the next person or group to take the Club forward. I am appreciative of the support I have received, even in these last years of comparative struggle when criticism was due, and will look on with others - with fingers crossed, for stronger future performance appropriate to our size and heritage.

On a practical level, the Club will continue with its normal operations and plans for the summer. I've no doubt that the core staff at both Villa Park and Bodmoor Heath, to whom I owe a massive debt of friendship and loyalty, will continue to guide and protect the Club through this period of transition according to their collective sense of professional pride and long term service to Villa - the vast majority having preceded my tenure.

Finally, in light of the above, I have engaged Bank of America Merrill Lynch to advise on the sale of Aston Villa.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday May 12 2014
Time: 10:37AM


Thanks to Lerner for everything he has done. But if this drags on we could end up in serious trouble. It will no doubt mean that Lambert will stay on as manager and investment in the team will not increase. I bloody well hope a buyer is on the horizon or we could go down next season.
Bikini Inspector
12/05/2014 10:41:00
I hope the deal is what's best for Villa - not the bank and him. Scary times ahead - As he said Fingers Crossed. But hey thanks Mr Lerner, Enjoy retirement from football - hope you stay a fan and watch every game.
12/05/2014 10:47:00
If he really doesn't have a buyer already then he is a real *****! He must know that this has to be sorted NOW if we are to progress at all next season. If this drags on then no one will buy us except from those wanting to make a quick buck How is that building on our heritage ??? I can hardly contain my anger!!!😁
12/05/2014 10:50:00
Qudos for that statement- touch if class but let's hope we already have a buyer lined up!
12/05/2014 10:53:00
Brilliant news and exactly what we need. Thanks to Lerner for his work with the training facility, Villa Park and also Acorns but it's time for a reset. It's time for someone who has the belief, passion and wallet to take us forward to step up. I think we will be sold very quickly. Pumped.
12/05/2014 10:55:00
This is my worst fears confirmed here, no buyer just Randy wanting to sell us, prepare for darker times my fellow Villans, i am biting my tongue and worried for the upcoming summer/season ahead.
12/05/2014 10:55:00
So we wait..... then all we get is 'the club is up for sale'?...... the rest of what I have to say is CENSORED.....!!!!!!
Pride of Lions
12/05/2014 10:56:00
p.s. i would also like to recoup all the money i have invested in villa. i am useless in the business of running an english football club, many apologies for wasting your money. love you and leave you, cya. american pr rubbish at its best. this con man should be locked up.
Ali Arab
12/05/2014 11:06:00
"I have asked the world of Paul Lambert and Paul Faulkner and they have both delivered selflessly." pay me a few million i will also selfessly do as you wish.... all i know is ever a film was made of your tenure, i would want clint eastwood to play general krulak.
Ali Arab
12/05/2014 11:10:00
I think we are in serious trouble if a buyer is not already 'in mind and interested'. I hope RL does the proper fit and proper test, like Doug did, rather than the attitude of the porn merchants of take the money and run. We need massive change, and if a buyer can be finalised very quickly then great. Otherwise? Beware Birmingham/Blackburn type scenario...I do think RL try and do the best deal possible for Villa, but the longer it drags on, the more likely a take the money and run scenario
12/05/2014 11:19:00
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