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  1. Lionheart April 10, 2014 at 1:23 pm . Reply

    Some rumours going around that a takeover is ‘imminent’.. anyone else hear anything!!??

    1. Vaze April 10, 2014 at 1:33 pm . Reply

      Chief executive Paul Faulkner told The Express and Star in February 2014: “I can categorically confirm Aston Villa Football Club has absolutely not been put up for sale and that Randy Lerner is not actively looking to sell the club.”

      You don’t make that type of statement if it isn’t true.

      I would say that Lerner has invested too much to sell out too low and I don’t know what an investor would gain from buying the club for £200m+.

      The Premiership is already pretty well stocked with massively backed or high income producing clubs for a new entrant to make ANY impact without spending £1bn+ from midtable or below.

      Who in the world wants to do that with a team from Brum that was good in the 80’s for a bit ? Just being realistic.

  2. Lionheart April 10, 2014 at 2:06 pm . Reply

    The word ‘Actively’ is intriguing thou…………………………

  3. #HELENIUS April 10, 2014 at 2:54 pm . Reply

    http://bellsareringing.forumotion.com/t211-takeover-imminent#9008

    This is where the latest “Takeover’ rumour started,. Make of it what you will

    1. Vaze April 10, 2014 at 3:15 pm . Reply

      So a couple of anonymous blokes on an internet forum suggest that it’s a done deal. It would be interesting, but slightly worrying, I am always cynical about these things rather than optimistic. What’s in it for them ?

      I don’t know why any suggested American owner would look to buy from Randy, I could see the potential benefits of reaping worldwide revenue through Manchester United and Liverpool, but not even the most ardent claret & blue lover can say we have any chance of their worldwide exposure in the next decade or three.

      We should have exploited our Empire wide market during the heydays of the late 19th Century lol !

      Another rumour I reckon, time will tell.

      1. OohAhPaulMcGrath April 10, 2014 at 7:47 pm . Reply

        Be good if true he’s worth nearly 50 billion USA dollars richer than abromovich fith richest in world

  4. BWS April 10, 2014 at 3:28 pm . Reply

    Why would anyone do a deal and announce it now when there is still a danger of relegation and potentially paying a Premier price for what might be a Championship club?

  5. DSVilla April 10, 2014 at 3:42 pm . Reply

    You know how on the last day of the season fans of clubs in the mix for the top few positions and in the relegation fight listen to their radios for what’s happening at other grounds? There’s always a few cheers when someone starts a rumour that another game has seen an important goal. Cheers ring around the ground as it gets picked up, only for the sad truth to become apparent. It’s just some idiot who starts it all off thinking its funny to wind fans up.

    Takeover rumours, rich Quatari investors blah blah. We’ve heard it all before. It’s just wishful thinking. A done deal would’ve been announced. A deal contingent on staying in the Premiership? Maybe. I just don’t see it happening, as I can’t see anyone paying enough for Lerner to get out of this without taking a massive loss.

    Of course I know nothing about the facts, and I think that’s about the same for anyone else on here. My guess? No sale. Lambert in charge next season. Moderate investment from the owner. Mid table finish. I just hope the football improves for the sake of those hardy souls who still turn up.

  6. MorganVilla April 10, 2014 at 5:44 pm . Reply

    The only name i have seen come up is Larry Ellison not saying true or false

    1. Vaze April 10, 2014 at 6:09 pm . Reply

      Well, it definitely won’t be Bill Gates or Warren Buffett so let’s throw the next richest Yank’s name into the ring.

      He may well be, but he loves ocean yachting and motor racing, and has probably never been to a ‘soccer’ match in his life.

      However, if a 70 year old multi-billionaire wants to blow a wad on us, let it be.

      1. Andrew April 10, 2014 at 6:23 pm . Reply

        Maybe he’ll employ someone who has seen a “soccer” match in his life…

        1. Vaze April 10, 2014 at 6:39 pm . Reply

          I was pointing to the unlikeliness of his pursuit of Villa than any insight into his potential running of the club.

          It’s about as likely as me investing in an Argentinian polo team.

          1. Andrew April 11, 2014 at 3:58 am .

            Well then, he very well might like the sport and even Villa or in the EPL in general? Or it’s not even him? It’ll be continued guess work until it happens, or around August comes around and nothing has happened.

      2. MorganVilla April 11, 2014 at 3:48 am . Reply

        He is 69 Ellison out. 😉

    2. OohAhPaulMcGrath April 10, 2014 at 7:48 pm . Reply

      Worth 50 billion US dollars though bad news is he’s american with Ellis in his name lol

  7. Andrew April 10, 2014 at 6:22 pm . Reply

    Ellison’s only worth $48 billion… Not enough.

    Kendrick’s also come out of his shell, claiming Lambert shouldn’t get a new contract after another season of mediocrity. Can’t just be me thinking Kendrick’s coming out of his scared little shell.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath April 10, 2014 at 7:49 pm . Reply

      Hope so. 48 billion isn’t bad mate blows abromovich out the water

      1. Andrew April 10, 2014 at 8:07 pm . Reply

        It was definitely a joke. $48 billion is clearly a massive amount.

        Could explain the added trip to the US for Villa if true.

        Would be incredibly exciting, though I wouldn’t still want a Chelsea/City type spending.

        1. OohAhPaulMcGrath April 10, 2014 at 9:26 pm . Reply

          Unfortunately a Chelsea/city type spree is the only way a club like ours can compete agsin.

          1. Andrew April 10, 2014 at 9:47 pm .

            Unless of course you get someone intelligent in who doesn’t need to overpay for players. Hell, look at your favorite for the title in Liverpool. Smart signings = a very good team. Rodgers hasn’t really done well in the market too be fair, but his man management ability is beyond any manager I’ve seen of late. 40-50m and we can start moving up and possibly challenge the likes of Everton/Arsenal for a top 4 spot. I know that seems low, but really a fullback, getting Okore fit, get 2 midfielders and a winger, 10m or so each and we’d be so, so much better. Obviously getting Kozak and Benteke fit also and keeping the latter is key.

          2. OohAhPaulMcGrath April 10, 2014 at 11:04 pm .

            Rodgers has done ok in the market courtino and Sturridge were master strokes.

          3. OohAhPaulMcGrath April 10, 2014 at 11:06 pm .

            Ps of course if we can do it spending £50 me then great but realistically for us to be chsllanging top 4 it’s a 100m min for title and CL around 150-200m

          4. Andrew April 11, 2014 at 12:19 am .

            50m top 4, 100m for the Premier League title, 200m for the CL. I’d probably agree with that. Unless again you get a guy in who knows what he’s doing and doesn’t go for inflated priced-players.

  8. Vaze April 11, 2014 at 12:09 pm . Reply

    Oohah & Andrew, are you being serious ?

    The last couple of seasons, these teams have spent this mount of cash adding to already high quality squads.

    Chelsea – £160m
    Man U – £120m
    Man C – £115m
    Liverpool – £98m

    You think spending £50m would get us past one or two of those next season, and that £100m would win the bloody title ???

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath April 11, 2014 at 1:12 pm . Reply

      i said £150-200m for title challange and circa a 100m to compete for top 4. Though look at liverpool doing it on a lot less that that twat MON spent when he was with us. A once in a lifetime opportunity wasted imo

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