Date: 27th July 2006 at 6:54pm
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All this bidding and withdrawing is getting exciting isn’t it?

Waking up in the morning and stumbling straight to the telly to see what the latest news is. Spending most of the day checking the internet for the latest whisper in this never ending chain of Chinese whispers. At least summers at Villa are never dull.

I heard the news this morning that Randy Lerner had withdrawn his bid and returned to the US. I was disappointed but figured that he mustn’t have been that interested and decided to sod off after a sniff around English football.

By lunchtime I’d managed to connect to the boards and found out the real reason for Mr. Lerner’s departure. I was livid that the menace of B6 was about to ruin the future of Aston Villa with his petty selfish nonsense the way he has ruined the past 20 years. I posted an angry message on the boards and sent an email to Jon Fear urging all fans to take action against Ellis.

This afternoon rumours started to circulate that the deal with Lerner wasn’t dead and that negotiations were likely to continue. The mists cleared for a moment and it became obvious that the Lerner walk out was just his way of telling Ellis that his conditions were unacceptable. I’ve done it before in Thailand haggling for fake football shirts. I didn’t think it went on in multi-million pound businesses but it just reflects Doug’s market stall attitude.

One of the reasons why I had gotten so upset in the first place was that the Lerner bid with his 1.4 billion dollars meant that he would have loads of money to put into bringing shinny new players to our beloved club. Lerner’s 1.4 billion dollars made him a clear favourite over the Neville bid which has struggled to come up with the funds to match the asking price and so was presumed not to have a sufficient transfer budget to get us to the top of the table. However, Neville has already stated that he has an agreement with Martin O’Neill (or at least hinted at it). O’Neill is no fool and knows that to get Villa to where we should be will take
investment. He’d never agree to come under a ‘sell to buy’ policy so Neville must have promised him a healthy transfer budget.

So at the close of business today we are still in the same position as yesterday. Lerner and Neville are both still in for the Villa and which ever bid wins they are likely to have a healthy transfer budget for Martin O’Neill (hopefully) to work off. Which ever bid wins will depose Doug, although he may have a ceremonial role (who cares).

Before the end of last season we all wanted Doug and DOL gone, but didn’t really expect it. Now DOL is gone and Doug is on his way out. This is what we have all been dreaming about so lets all just chill out and when Doug is finally removed from power we can all celebrate, instead of fretting over every little thing and getting upset over every bump in the road.

The future is bright, the future is Villa!

Article by ooahPaulMcGrath


27 Replies to “Lets All Chill Out”

  • And looking at the league table on the right, we’re still second behind the Arse, been there a few weeks too, Come on Villa!!!

  • I dont think we should get ahead of ourselves, doug has yet to really come out and admit he wants to sell. It wouldnt suprise me in the slightest, in fact i would put money on it, doug being here at xmas

  • That is very definitely the key danvilla2. You’ve hit the nail very squarely on the head. Ellis has never once stated that he’s ready and willing to sell. He can play his selling games all he likes, but until a deal is signed, sealed, and delivered, I’ll

  • As previously stated, Doug is legally obliged to act in the interests of all shareholders, he may therefore have to advise shreholders (including Petchy and his 20%) to sell to one of the bidders (Rothchild’s should keep him straight on this). This does

  • I guess what I’m trying to say in my previous post is; yep, let’s just chill out and enjoy the ride!!!!!

  • I think that this has the ability to be the best of times or the worst of times. Villa fan base is huge and lets not forget what has happened over the last 5 years Herbert has run the fans from the ground. He has managed to turn a historic name into a l

  • Thats why I dont want to Chill out, I can see this playing out to nothing but the same as last year, hope and dashed expectations.

  • As far as I understand, there has only been one bid. Now correct me if I’m wrong, but Neville seems to be struggling for enough cash to do much more than meet the asking price and he must also be very desperate to conceed to Ellis’s demands to be on the b

  • How does anyone on these boards have any idea what Neville’s financial situation is? He’s apparently managed to raise £64 million, not exactly pocket change but since this Lerner charater has come on the scene everyone is assuming that Neville’s bid is f

  • These chill pills aren’t steriods are they. You I enjoy the sport of cycling and would appreciate anything that would give me that edge.

  • I think you have to be a cheating scumbag to get those pills, helps if you’re a Tour De France rider. ;o)

  • A season with no cash and no Doug would have to be better some overstated play dollars and the gympie old git still around.

  • VOTN, I agree with you, but I think even Neville has admitted he wouldn’t be able to offer the funds that Lerner could. I do agree that until we know the full details of the bid, it’s unfair to judge Neville. To be fair to the guy, he has stuck at for 12

  • The misunderstanding that Herbert is looking to get £64m still seems to be prevalent. He won’t. At £5.60 per share he will get about £25m (40%). However, “life-long Villa fan” Neville still needs to raise £64m as he will have to offer the same price to al

  • Is the plan to take Villa of the stock market completely? Any buyer could achieve overall control with just 51%, ei. the shares that Doug and Petchey own would be more than enough. We all look at recent take-overs (MUTD and Chelski) and assume the same

  • The simple fact of the matter is that Ellis wants to sell (or so he says) BUT he still wants to be involved with the running of AVFC..! Neville has already hinted that Ellis will remain in some capacity and from what we hear mr Lerner is having non of it.

  • Here’s the thing, it’s not that unusuall in big business for a takeover to go through but for members of the board to stay on in some capacity. This has obvious advantages and disadvantages that I will not discuss as I do not wish to patronize anyone her

  • It is all very simple. Doug never has and never will have any intention of selling our football club. his intention is to use the takeover smokescreen to allow the club to slip past August without any further investment in the playing staff. Therefore Dou

  • notthedougellisstand, if your entire life is this pesomistic I pitty you. There comes a time when even Doug is legaly obliged to recommend the sale of shares to a bidder. He is never obliged to sell his own but that is not actually necessary. As I stat

  • im not going to chill out. The old tw*t at the top is being a selfish old git. He is 1 person – villa fans are tens of thousands. How can one man ignore our needs for so long unless he is amazingly arrogant and self important. I am not going to chill out

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