Date: 27th July 2006 at 12:34am
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Joint statement from Aston Villa Shareholders Association and Villa Fans Combined.

The never ending saga of Mr Ellis seems to know no bounds, unless groups interested are willing to bow and scrape to our so called ‘Mr Aston Villa` no matter how much money they have got or how good they would be for the club, they will have no chance of wrestling power away from one very destructive and sad individual.

Today`s events only go to illustrate just how farcical the situation is, not only has Mr Ellis let Aston Villa down but also the board of AVFC plc have let us down to a man for not controlling the ‘chairman`.

Randy Lerner came to England with the intention of bidding for Aston Villa. His advisors and himself had been in contact with VFC and the Shareholders Association in order to gauge the fans feelings and they showed a great willingness to listen. There can`t be many billionaires in the world that would treat ‘simple fans` with that level of respect.

Our information is that Mr Lerner had a meeting with Mr Ellis today that was described as ‘farcical` because Mr Ellis tried to jostle for position and play one group off against another.

Mr Lerner had the funds in place and was willing to offer the full asking price. What he was not prepared for was the level of disrespect that Mr Ellis showed and was stunned to the point of walking out when Ellis said to Mr Lerner:

‘Once you have bought the club, you will report to me.`

So not only does Mr Ellis want a kings ransom for his shares, he also wants to remain king.

Mr Ellis, by the time this is all finished, I think you will find out that you will be reporting to the fans, I think you should be prepared for a massive backlash as you have reduced our club to a farce for your own selfish ends.

You are not Mr Aston Villa, you are the Menace of B6 and I suggest you step aside before the start of the season or see what a Villa Park scorned really looks like.

(Please note, we haven`t and won`t endorse any bids or approaches, our fear is that if Mr Ellis treats one group with so much obvious potential and funding in this way, then he will treat them all the same. Instead of new owners and a top new manager, we could face a new season with an ailing ‘chairman` and the 14th managerial victim).

Jonathan Fear, Chairman of The Aston Villa Shareholders Association.


31 Replies to “Why Randy Lerner Pulled Out?”

  • Typical Doug Ellis! Still cannot see him possibly being in charge of the club in the new season. The amount of pressure he will be under will be unbelieveable.

  • I’ve finally come to the decision that I’ll not return to Villa Park until that cancer has left. Heartbreaking but at some point you just have to make a stand.

  • If this wasn’t so sad and true, I would still be rolling around on the floor, has anyone considered a challenge based on his mental stability? Maybe the S (tupid).O (ld).C (unt). views Villa Park as a pyramid and when he falls off the perch so will Aston

  • I am biiterly disappointed once again. This must rank along side Chinese water torcher. I have suffered like most Villa fans for a long time. I was there in 1969 as were a lot of us. Docherty said Villa fans would watch Villa shirt being hung out to dry.

  • I will not return to Villa Park until radical change occurs ie Doug lets my people go and MON or someone equally as good steps in. We demand change.

  • Absolutely appalling Disgusting. A disgrace. This man Ellis is the lowest of the low. The Lerner bid was a tremendous opportunity, and the old man has choosen to screw it up. He will no doubt do the same with the other bids. Meanwhile weak-kneed Stride an

  • For the first time during 20 years of supporting Villa, I have lost total interest in the team. Until Doug Ellis goes, nothing else matters..doesn’t matter what manager we have, who we sign, how many games we win..the cancer is not cured until he goes.

  • Guys, I’ve been telling you for months, the Menace isn’t going to sell. He’s going through the motions of “attracting bidders” purely to keep the fans off his back. My guess is that Michael Neville won’t produce the funds and that will be the Meance’s gue

  • I’ve got to say that I am gutted but not suprised. Seeing Ellis playing-up to the cameras at the airport on his return from holiday and outside VP last night you can see he just loves the attention. He claims that any takeover will proceed as long as it

  • I saw Mike Neville on SSN. Nicer house than mine but didn’t look like the garden of a man that had £64 million. I know he is only the public face of a consortium but who are they? How much cash have they got? I don’t know if Lerner would have been good fo

  • I just can’t believe he’s still messing things up. The statement says it all and let’s hope it gets the media coverage it deserves so everyone knows what that senile old scrooge has done to our football club. There’s a guy with the money and a proven trac

  • I hope Ellis goes obviously. I just wondered why Lerner was so put of with Doug asking him to report to him, he’ll only be alive a couple of years max, and could soon start forcing doug out of the picture.
    Steve W – Neville is a self made millionaire bu

  • I’m sure about that thekentvillan! We’ve been comforting ourselves with the thought that he’ll only have a couple of years left for a decade!

  • ‘I saw Mike Neville on SSN. Nicer house than mine but didn’t look like the garden of a man that had £64 million’ – brilliant!

  • MR FEAR GET BACK ON THE PHONE TO LERNER. Doug says you will report to me. Randy nods and says yes of course Mr Ellis. Randy buys and owns club and relocates Mr Ellis’s office to the basement with no stair lift. Randy realises the club requires more cut ba

  • It’s OK to say go ahead and buy Villa Randy, ignore Doug. But he won’t let him buy it will he?


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