Microsoft co-founder interested in the Villa; It can’t be true can it?

Here’s a good news story for us, even if it’s the usual load of baloney that comes out of the papers.
Basically one of Microsoft’s co-founders is interested in buying the club;

Paul Allen co-founded Microsoft along with Bill Gates and as you’d guess, he’s worth a load of money.
$17 billion apparently or £11.22 billion in proper money.

While I’d absolutely love this to be true, you have to question it, if Tom Fox’s spiel not long ago saying that Randy Lerner is revitalised and keen for us to push on, is supposed to be true.
My opinion is that if Lerner was indeed revitalised, he’d have put his hand in his pocket and we would be signing at least a couple of decent proven players in this window.
Given that there’s no sign of this happening and indeed Lambert has said we can’t even afford Scott Sinclair, I think Tom Fox was talking rubbish.

So, if that’s the case, a sale is probably still on the cards at the right sort of price.

I’ve noticed a fair bit of debate on here recently about financial fair play and why it would be pointless for an owner to buy the club and pile a load of money in.
My take is that we all know there are ways around this, Manchester City’s stupidly massive sponsorship being the classic example.
Even then, what exactly is the punishment if you break the rules?
I believe you get banned from European competitions.
I’m playing Devil’s advocate here, but would that really be so bad?
Just think; a team that wins the league, but is banned from Europe would surely have a better chance of winning the title next season, wouldn’t it?
I suppose it depends on how important you think the Champions league is, but I’d be quite happy to be challenging for the title and put the CL on the back burner. Then when you’ve got a decent team, you start to comply and eventually get allowed into Europe.
The point is, you build a really good base to work from, with a top quality squad and all the best prospects in the academy.

All that said, it’s probably a fanciful notion and I’m sure you’ll tell me why.

Paul Allen buying the club is probably also a pie in the sky idea, but I’d so much love it to be true.
And even though I’ve previously said I don’t want Villa Park renamed, I think I could actually just about live with “Microsoft Villa Park”. Not that I’d expect Microsoft need to advertise in football.


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  1. VillaAwayInDiv3
    VillaAwayInDiv3 January 23, 2015 at 6:35 pm .

    Thanks Pat57…for this link………
    Will be off for another look in a minute and then find other similar ones….Brilliant stuff.
    Thats why I chose Villa in Div 3 as it was just brill….I was 17 plus and went all over the country …mainly on my own but once we got to a new town you would all be pushed together by the police and it was just a marching choir as we sung all the way to the grounds….and back. Got ambushed a lot by the other fans but a spot of running keeps you fit….LOL.
    We may as well look back and enjoy as we aint gonna change anything in the near future…….might miss the Blues if we cross over.

    1. pat57
      pat57 January 25, 2015 at 12:31 pm .

      The away game I remember most vividly was away to Mansfield where we needed a point to be sure of promotion and that’s what we got thanks to Geoff Vowden (if I remember right).
      Must have been way over 10,000 Villa fans there that night and we just took the whole town over. Doubt we’ll ever see times like that again (sigh)

    #HELENIUS January 23, 2015 at 6:55 pm .

    Just when I think I’ve heard it all!!

  3. VillaAwayInDiv3
    VillaAwayInDiv3 January 23, 2015 at 7:03 pm .

    Coming up……going down…………..

  4. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson January 23, 2015 at 7:13 pm .

    That was in the time we had a groundsman that sowed the grass seeds upside down, we had the worst pitch any club could have. It was dug up twice needless to say groundsman got the sack. Happy days Helenius.

  5. VillaAwayInDiv3
    VillaAwayInDiv3 January 23, 2015 at 7:32 pm .

    Can you imagine the mamby pamby so called footballers on those pitches with those balls…….teams would never scorer. !!!!!
    .blimey I sound like me grandad…LOL

      GIDDYVILLAN January 23, 2015 at 7:39 pm .

      We don’t score on fucking decent pitches.

  6. Hitchens 60
    Hitchens 60 January 23, 2015 at 8:02 pm .

    Resigned to relegation now so no longer worried about results. Forget the Villa and enjoy the weekends again; that’s what I intend to do.

    1. BWS
      BWS January 23, 2015 at 8:19 pm .

      How bab are things when you are sitting there watching Cambridge and thinking if only we could play like this.

      1. Bill Pearson
        Bill Pearson January 23, 2015 at 8:32 pm .

        Doing the same, how many times have Cambridge been on goal, I bet its more times than Villa have all season.

        1. BWS
          BWS January 23, 2015 at 8:48 pm .

          Bad ain’t it Bill.

          1. Bill Pearson
            Bill Pearson January 23, 2015 at 8:59 pm .

            Bad isn’t the word Bill, its disgusting, I think Sunday is when people will react but like always to late.

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