News breaking this evening is that a genuine bid of around £150 million has been submitted to the people handling the sale of Aston Villa.
The consortium is led by the former Arsenal defender and Captain Tony Adams, but it seems the brains behind the outfit is one Paul Smith, who was previously Chelsea’s group business affairs director.
Until he was seemingly unfairly sacked by Chelsea in 2007.
I find myself wondering how this story has got out, as surely you would expect things to be kept very quiet until the actual deal is done, so that we actually don’t have any chance to voice our opinion. And it certainly seems that Lerner doesn’t like his business done in the open.
I doubt he’ll be too happy.
The BBC report I’ve just watched also says that Lerner is loathe to sell until our fate this season has been decided, which doesn’t surprise me I guess, as think of all the extra money that’ll be rolling in if we survive.
I don’t know, but every time I hear the word “consortium”, I get this creepy feeling down my spine and thoughts of a lack of investment, whilst taking money out, automatically go through my mind.
Perhaps it’s unwarranted, but I have my doubts.
While I want Lerner out, I really do worry that we may be jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire.