Date: 24th September 2006 at 7:35pm
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Established reporter David Conn (who did the excellent article on Doug’s reign at Aston Villa for the Guardian: Click Here ) got in contact with me last week and we met up before the match against Charlton.

He spent some time interviewing Villa fans and then went to the match in the press box (where I saw him grab a chat with Charles Krulak!).

I asked him to summarise what he was doing at present and this is what he said:

I’m writing a major piece for 442 about Villa in the light of the recent takeover. It will look at the takeover by Randy Lerner, and at the Ellis years, and also at Doug Ellis’ earnings over the years from Villa, as I put in my piece in the Guardian.

The piece will also take a broader look at Villa, its history, traditions and fanbase, and ask what the club is. Sleeping giant or middling provincial club? Huger than Blues, or similar? Also, how do the fans seem themselves and see the club? How important is the heritage to them, and what hopes do they have of the future now? I know VFC are wholly positive about Randy Lerner, but I would like to hear from fans who have reservations too – if there are any.


So if you want to express your opinions, do so in the forum, in the article comments or email me at: editor@astonvilla.vitalfootball.co.uk and I’ll pass on your communications.

 

11 Replies to “Views Of Villa Fans Needed”

  • great manager,greatstart,great confidance,great signing, great chairman,great times ahead at villa, but sadly the game is morraly bancrupt, we are now part of the money go round, if randy could give his money to staving kids in africa or whatever i could

  • His Guardian article wasn’t shoddy at all unless you can’t bear having to admit the amount of money Ellis has fleeced out of Villa. A lot of us would like to forget Ellis but if people are going to keep defending him in the face of all the facts then you

  • David Conn has written a geat book on football finance in which he has a chapter on Doug Ellis.
    He is an excellent writer. I fully agree with Steve W

  • An excellent article, which cuts straight through the BS about Ellis digging into his pocket to buy players. The man was (is) a greedy, self-serving egotist and I’m VERY glad to be rid of him.

  • Anyone who sees that eminently forgetable ex Chairman as motivated by anything other than greed and self interest is sadly deluded. What that man has done to a great club is indefensible, he has syphoned off money after appointing himself to all the pos

  • Thank God Ellis is gone. He was a stain upon Aston Villa’s good name for over twenty years. And rename that f***ing stand.

  • Sleeping giant? I don’t think so – more like a club taking a siesta. Always have been and always will be a bigger club than the Alliance. Future aspirations? – to get back to the top of the domestic & European agenda. For the immediate future it can be no

  • obviously ellis wasn’t using his own building company on the bodymoor development before he stopped it last season. its no wonder he didnt want to spend any money on the team. Its always the same, when someone high profile leaves a team all the stories co

  • My only criticism of Lerner’s plans (as I understand them) is his proposal for Ellis to be made a Life President and for his name to remain in perpetuity over the Witton Lane Stand. My reasons for both criticisms are well founded on objective and not subj

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