Date: 22nd December 2010 at 2:17pm
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Villa CEO Paul Faulkner has been talking to Matt Kendrick at The Birmingham Mail.

According to Paul Randy Lerner is as dedicated as ever to Villa.

“He`s as dedicated as he`s ever been, absolutely. When he bought the club it was always a plan where you knew you were going to have to pay the price to buy it, then spend on players initially and over a number of years.”

He also points out it was essential to build the infrastructure including the training ground at Bodymoor Heath.

Adding, “We spent on the stadium, with the improvements and upgrades we`ve made with the Holte Pub, the Holte Suite, Trinity Road and other parts of the ground. There`s always an initial period of spending and then it settles down a little bit. But the ambition now is the same as it`s always been, which is to be up there competing at the very highest level in England and in Europe, we really want that.”

The article also points out that Villa are only second to Manchester City in spending under former manager Martin O`Neill.

He says he hasn`t seen any criticism of the owner but points out if anyone doubts the spending, “we`ve spent £140 million on players and net it`s still nearly £100 million.” Adding, “Over those four-and-half-years there`s probably only Man City who have spent more. So if you really get into that I feel pretty comfortable with our record there. Actions speak louder than words.”

Full article: The Birmingham Mail.


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