Date: 28th July 2006 at 4:05pm
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With reports appearing in the Mail (the favoured outlet for leaks from the board) suggesting that Villa hope to make a managerial appointment in time for the pre season tour which begins on Monday, a number of worrying issues arise.

With Michael Neville’s consortium having yet to arrange a meeting with Mr Aston Villa agreement would seem to be a long way off. Two other consortiums are thought to be interested and obviously an astute businessman such as Doug Ellis will want to weigh up the options and decide what is the best deal for Doug Ellis. Or Aston Villa if you prefer to believe that fairy story. Whatever he decides will take some time.

Though the USA option seems to be fading fans favourite Martin O’Neill is thought to be the first choice of both the Neville group and Randy Lerner. However it has been widely reported that O’Neill is not interested while Ellis remains in charge.

If a takeover is close – and many of us remain dubious about Ellis’s true intentions – surely it would be irresponsible of the board to appoint a manager who did not meet with the approval of any new consortium. But with the League season three weeks away there is pressure on the board either to make an appointment or make it clear Roy Aitken will carry on in a caretaker role.

The appointment of Martin O’Neill would be fantastic for two reasons. Firstly, he is a proven manager who has vastly improved the standing of every club he has managed. Secondly, if his reported comments are true it would send a signal that the removal of Ellis from Villa Park was at hand.

However, the appointment of an unpopular manager (Hoddle, Souness, Reid – name your own particular muppet) would indicate that Ellis was not planning to leave any time soon. And we’d all love that, wouldn’t we?

By Steve W

 

13 Replies to “New Manager Arrival Feared?”

  • it’s just getting ridiculous. will this man ever just leave us alone?! I have no trust in Ellis, whatsoever choosing a new manager. How can he say that there will be transfers whilst the takeover is going on, and then appoint a new manager?

  • I honestly now think that alot of this stuff we hear in the press is made up or based on very little (such as rumours floating round the average staff down at villa park), we rarely have quotes coming from anybody inside villa park. I think that if Doug d

  • I hate to say this, but I think death will be the only we we will be rid of that awful man

  • The thought of Ellis appointing a new manager of his choosing had indeed crossed my mind. Its definitely something that the old fool would do, believing that it would calm the troubled waters, and defer the supporters minds away from a possible takeover.

  • No quotes from Villa Park? Doug hasn’t bothered communicating with us for 40 years, so it’s a safe bet he’s not about to start now. Anyway he’s too busy writing his next 7 day business plan because at 83, I imagine you don’t think too much about the futur

  • Watch out Carrick just signed for Utd, Spurs will want a replacement. I hope Doug does not get any bright ideas before he sells with Barry. It would be a great parting finger to the fans!

  • I think he’s going to get Little back. And keep the club, He’s trying stupidly to get success by going backwards to managers that have won something at the Villa. What next Ron Saunders

  • Ellis has already as good as told us he will be choosing the new manager from his midnight working on holiday!! Wasn’t it 12 very good candidates that HE will be choosing from?!?

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