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  1. TED
    TED May 9, 2014 at 9:08 pm . Reply

    Stan Collymores post makes no sense. Why would Lerner who is so unpopular destabilise the club further and actually announce club for sale BUT no buyers. That would show he has no interest and the clubs lost this would drive fans away. Why would fans then hand over money to Lerner? Makes no sense. The most logical action for Lerner in these circumstances would be to say nothing. Keep quiet certainly not admit to no interest and not caring

    1. nath
      nath May 9, 2014 at 9:25 pm . Reply

      if there no buyer, aston villa will be battling relegation again, the squad lacks depth and quality, i think lerner has trimmed back because hes trying 2 recoup his dollars, because he knows his outlay far exceeds the value of the club, so he might be around 4 a few more years bleeding us

      the announcements we are waiting for maybe just the obvious, hes trying 2 find the right buyer who can take us forwards and be patient, it may take some time, but not 2 worry i will pump another 20mill for transfers but wage budget remains same ~ mission impossible don’t forget to get urseason tickets

      1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
        OohAhPaulMcGrath May 9, 2014 at 10:44 pm . Reply

        Yep sounds right he will pretend its up for sale but that could take another year. £20m is peanuts

        1. Andrew
          Andrew May 9, 2014 at 11:15 pm . Reply

          £20m might be peanuts, but looking at the squad. We don’t need a striker because we have like 10, we don’t need a gk unless we get one in on a free, we don’t really need a CB with Okore coming back. We need maybe 1 FB and a midfield revolution. Gotta remember also that he’s gotten a £20m netspend, not just £20m overall. I don’t think we’ll sell anyone worth anything as Benteke’s injured.

          1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
            OohAhPaulMcGrath May 10, 2014 at 12:14 am . Reply

            But the players we have got in those positions are complete shite

          2. Andrew
            Andrew May 10, 2014 at 12:59 am . Reply

            Kozak and Benteke are good enough up front when we have 1 striker playing at all times. Plus add in Gabby, Weimann, Robinson and Helenius, we don’t need anyone else. I don’t like having a front 3 of all forward/strikers which is why I do hope our academy graduates are our wingers next season.

            Baker’s not near as bad as the media’s made him out to be and next to Vlaar is actually pretty decent. What we need is a competent midfield which we don’t have. I’d honestly flag em all and get a brand new 3 man midfield, yes that includes selling Delph as he’s probably our 2nd biggest asset in terms of worth. I can stand having one of someone like Lowton or Luna, if the other FB is good enough to cover defensively. I’d personally say screw it and use a complete academy wing-base. Grealish, Albrighton if he chooses to stay, Stieber Carruthers and Graham along with Bacuna. All young, quick, a few of them with technical ability and all eager to show. Meaning we can fully rely on getting in midfielders. 1 DM, 1 CM and 1 AM. Obviously we wouldn’t have to sell Delph, El Ahmadi, Westwood to get them, though to make room we might have to flag one or two. But 1 fullback, 3 midfielders, selling the likes of Tonev, Sylla, Herd (think he’s out of contract), one of Bennett or Luna, Bent, Given, Holt going away, sadly I think Helenius will get sold. I’m sure we can round up 8-10m for that lot, and he does get 20m + sales or so so 30m for 4 positions could well put us as a top 10 club under Lambert. If this happens, i doubt it as he’ll go for the likes of Hernandez and Lescott, wasting money imo.

            1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
              OohAhPaulMcGrath May 10, 2014 at 1:34 pm . Reply

              First 2 games of the season v arsenal and cheksea we actually looked a very capable team everyone seemed to have improved gabbys best ever game v arsenal away where he played central. We are the only team to beat arsenal away this season even cheksea and city couldn’t do this. So what went wrong!!

          3. Andrew
            Andrew May 10, 2014 at 5:59 pm . Reply

            Lambert can’t develop his tactics around how other teams play. He like O’Neill has 1 style, 1 set of tactics. Long ball. It’s no surprise we’ve played the most amount of long balls in the league this season. We have players that can open up defensive teams, but when you only play long balls which happens to fall into half the teams hands in defending, then we’re fucked. Arsenal, Liverpool and City have been very suspect when facing said tactics, Chelsea’s suspect to fast players. Much the reason we have such an incredible record against them as that is our style. However… You can’t beat the West Ham’s, Fulham’s and Crystal Palace’s like that. Or you’ll be made to look like a joke.

        2. nath
          nath May 10, 2014 at 8:28 am . Reply

          i find myself in totally agreement again with oohah ( i need 2 see a doctor me thinks) also and andrew is correct, while our strikeforce has scored us goals 2 keep us up, 3 strikers in 90% of each staring line~ups is to bold, we need 2 blood the so called youth andrew named and maybe a DM and AM with premier class, but think about it how many strikers we av and we av almost lost all to injury weimann really only fit villa striker of any note at present

          1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
            OohAhPaulMcGrath May 10, 2014 at 1:39 pm . Reply

            Flippen heck nath u should see a dr no one ever agrees with me lol

          2. Andrew
            Andrew May 10, 2014 at 6:03 pm . Reply

            Has been largely the problem. I personally rate Tonev still, after watching him for Bulgaria anyways. I still want Popov, he was very good with Tonev in linking up together. But given the fact we have Albrighton and technically Tonev who can play on the wing, it should be a given we don’t play 3 strikers and play 2 out wide. If you do, you can’t have 1 really big guy who’s not gonna swap positions with the others during the game.

  2. ifiruledtheworld
    ifiruledtheworld May 9, 2014 at 9:51 pm . Reply

    If course there’s no buyer at the moment, the fact from the start was Villa had to survive in the premier league for this takeover, we only did so last weekend… lots of rumors flying around at the moment, lets just sit back and see what happens!!

  3. Bencey83
    Bencey83 May 9, 2014 at 10:08 pm . Reply

    Just hope we see some changes soon…not too bothered what – can’t be much worse than the dross we’ve been served up the last few years. As long as McLeish doesn’t come back! I’d have been happier if McAllister had stayed on.

  4. Andrew
    Andrew May 9, 2014 at 10:28 pm . Reply

    We are now linked with Fulham’s former owner, Al Fayad and claims are he’s heading a consortium, now if the claims are true that the clubs throwing out false rumours due to too much leakage out of the club, I hope this is one of them. Although that Michael Jackson statue was good luck, so maybe, just maybe. 😉

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath May 9, 2014 at 10:45 pm . Reply

      Fuck me I hope not don’t want that twat anywhere near us another vincent tan

      1. Andrew
        Andrew May 9, 2014 at 11:08 pm . Reply

        Oh come on… That statue would be incredible… Maybe he can make one for Freddie Mercury too. Just imagine arriving to Villa Park with those 2 statues. WE’D NEVER LOSE.

        1. Bum Bum
          Bum Bum May 10, 2014 at 7:43 am . Reply

          Agreed Andrew. It was fucking class! He did great things for Fulham. He was completely comedy, but behind that facade works the mind of a very clever businessman.

          1. Andrew
            Andrew May 10, 2014 at 8:01 am . Reply

            Pretty much, had a 5 year plan for them to become a Premier League club, they did. They challenged for a European spot on a few occasions, He loaned the club nearly 200m pounds interest free by 2011. He paid very little for them and did a lot. While claiming fans can go to hell if they don’t like the Michael Jackson statue, he’s quite the businessman. But then again he’s worth 1.5 billion USD’s, so a lot of fans would be very unhappy as he’s not “Rich” enough.

  5. Andrew
    Andrew May 9, 2014 at 10:28 pm . Reply

    Randy Lerner leaves Aston Villa in the dark.

    RANDY LERNER is not expected to fly in next week & will announce Aston Villa’s future from 3, 000 miles away at his New York home.

    Villa’s senior management are in the dark about what billionaire Lerner intends to do with the club. And they do not expect him to be getting on his private jet & be at the club in person to say whether he is selling.

    Only a statement, filed to the club’s media department, is expected from him.

    Lerner did not confirm or deny he was selling, leaving Villa in limbo but is thought to be looking for buyers himself.

    There is no comment from the Villa board on the situation & manager Paul Lambert admits he does not know what is going on (Express & Star).

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath May 9, 2014 at 10:50 pm . Reply

      Well lamberks not resigning even if he has little money. I’m worried now. http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/aston-villa-paul-lambert-insists-7099920?

      1. Andrew
        Andrew May 9, 2014 at 11:01 pm . Reply

        Think he realizes that few if any EPL clubs will give him the chance after how garbage he’s been, so it’s either sack me and pay up or give me the season and let me go for free.

  6. Badger123
    Badger123 May 9, 2014 at 10:33 pm . Reply

    As I see things, any rumours are just that. Rumours.

    I don’t believe anything I’ve read or heard, because stuff just doesn’t leak from the club, simple!

    And if you think it does, please quote me an example.

    But, at the same time, I believe SOMETHING is going to happen and it will not involve things staying exactly as they are, with Lerner saying that he’s looking for a buyer/investor.

    Something HAS gone on and there WILL be a buyer or an investor.
    Otherwise, Lerner wouldn’t have said anything.
    Why should he open his mouth if nothing’s happening?
    He doesn’t have the history for it after all and getting him to talk in the first place is difficult, to say the least.

    Unless, of course, Lerner is totally stupid in coming out with a comment that is only a prelude to “nothing changes, but I just wanted you to buy season tickets”.

    He’s advised by people that know money and there’s no way Lerner or his advisors are that stupid.

    Let’s just wait and see.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath May 9, 2014 at 10:47 pm . Reply

      I think his advisors are stupid. Especially not advising him to get a proper football person at the helm and watch over MON

      1. Badger123
        Badger123 May 9, 2014 at 10:59 pm . Reply

        Proper football person, yes.

        MON, good choice at the time, but we missed out. I fail to see where a football person would have changed much, but we’ve been there and done that.

        I still want examples where anything has leaked out beforehand under Lerner’s tenure.
        Until then, it’s all speculation.

        We’re all guessing.

        1. Andrew
          Andrew May 9, 2014 at 11:03 pm . Reply

          Football person like a DoF, who’d have bought the type of players O’Neill wanted, but would’ve done it far better than what he actually bought and would’ve probably bought smarter than allowing so many players to not play.

        2. Bill Pearson.
          Bill Pearson. May 10, 2014 at 6:57 am . Reply

          That is why I’ve not commented on Lerner and Lambert’s future, up till now its simple guess work by fans, your right the clubs not that stupid in leaking news of change in ownership or sacking, to much money at stake for both sides. We all want but not in our hands till that fat lady sings.

          1. GIDDYVILLAN
            GIDDYVILLAN May 10, 2014 at 7:22 am . Reply

            Morning Bill get the insignificant game out the way tomorrow then hopefully soon after Lerner tells us all what we want to hear.

  7. Tekkers48
    Tekkers48 May 9, 2014 at 10:58 pm . Reply

    Maybe he is going to announce he is leaving and handing the club back to the fans (spanish style) ownership. Then we can do what we want with it. We all pay a membership fee and elect a president from our members who then hires manager of their choosing. Until we know for sure anybody in the media or otherwise can write or say anything and people will latch onto it. We will know when we know. But don’t hold your breathe I have a feeling he is staying .

  8. Andrew
    Andrew May 9, 2014 at 10:59 pm . Reply

    @MatKendrick: Paul Lambert expects Randy Lerner’s statement soon, but says: “It won’t happen before the game and it won’t happen directly after the game.”

    Lambert also claims he won’t resign from the job, he’ll have to be sacked. Shocker.

    1. Badger123
      Badger123 May 9, 2014 at 11:08 pm . Reply

      Matt Kendrick knows about as much as we do Andrew.
      And he’s been months behind the consensus, in saying that things have to change.

      So why listen to him?

      1. Andrew
        Andrew May 9, 2014 at 11:12 pm . Reply

        That I do believe though. I don’t think it’ll be before or during the game, as Lerner will want focus, despite there being little on the game because it means little to fans and his announcement means everything. Plus it’s respect for Lambert not to say anything yet. I wouldn’t argue with him being right on that.

        1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
          OohAhPaulMcGrath May 10, 2014 at 12:13 am . Reply

          Slight change of subject why is our game with spurs televised on sky on sun when it is a dead rubber game?

          1. Andrew
            Andrew May 10, 2014 at 12:49 am . Reply

            Spurs are a media’s favorite. Have been since Bale came good, so it’s not surprising.

            1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
              OohAhPaulMcGrath May 10, 2014 at 1:31 pm . Reply

              They were wats a media favourite loads of media support spuds.

  9. Badger123
    Badger123 May 9, 2014 at 11:02 pm . Reply

    To think Lambert’s contract extension was apparently in the bag just a few weeks ago.
    Just shocking, that rumour.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath May 10, 2014 at 12:15 am . Reply

      Nothing beats rewarding failure it’s the American way!!

  10. Andrew
    Andrew May 9, 2014 at 11:06 pm . Reply

    I do think that’s what gets me about this, is that he didn’t get his extension nor has Albrighton like both were supposed too. Wasn’t Albrighton and his agent talking to Faulkner like a week or two ago and a deal was sorted? Unless Lerner and Faulkner are incredibly talented actors and both will sign extensions after say Monday, then I do believe something’s happening.

    1. Badger123
      Badger123 May 9, 2014 at 11:13 pm . Reply

      I think everything is up in the air mate.

      Lambert’s extension rumours in Jan, then all of a sudden, Albrighton starts, where it seems the manager didn’t rate him originally?

      Things ain’t right mate, I feel it in my water.

      With that, I’m knackered and off to bed 🙂

      1. Andrew
        Andrew May 9, 2014 at 11:18 pm . Reply

        Plus Robinson and Grealish out of nowhere getting chances, but his own signings like Tonev and Helenius aren’t? It shall be fascinating.

        1. nath
          nath May 10, 2014 at 8:46 am . Reply

          i think tonev will come good (maybe) its hard for this type of player 2 adapt quickly 2 premier life, he has the attributes, needs another good pre season and he might make a better fist of the league.

      2. OohAhPaulMcGrath
        OohAhPaulMcGrath May 10, 2014 at 12:13 am . Reply

        Lightweight lol

  11. Bum Bum
    Bum Bum May 10, 2014 at 7:55 am . Reply

    Imagine if Lerner released his statement at half time! Lol!

  12. Andrew
    Andrew May 10, 2014 at 8:09 am . Reply

    “Lulz, I’ve sold the club and the owners have already sacked you Lambert. You’re jobless at half time. Tonev’s manager for the 2nd half. Bye folks!”

  13. nath
    nath May 10, 2014 at 8:53 am . Reply

    he might say sorry for the shit he put us through, i am gonna splash all my wealth on the team and make u great again nxt season and england will win the world cup lmao 🙂

  14. B6
    B6 May 10, 2014 at 11:11 am . Reply

    I think Lerner will stay, a director of football will be employed to negotiate contracts/fees for players that the “management team” want and Pie eating Paul will deal more with the commercial side of things. I put “management team” because I also think that Lambert will make or be forced to make Sid and Given his permanent assistants/coaches. Culverhouse and Gardsa won’t be coming back in my opinion. Money will be made available and I believe the purse strings will be made looser than the last 4 years but not to the extent of the O’Neil days. Of course I could be totally wrong but in my opinion what I’ve written would make sense. Really can’t see a takeover happening. Lerner’s statement will be to say he’s making changes and no takeover is happening, it’s all rumours.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath May 10, 2014 at 1:41 pm . Reply

      Hope ur wrong b6 coukdbt stand another season of lamberk and Lerner

  15. VTID
    VTID May 10, 2014 at 2:48 pm . Reply

    Lambert will not be manager/coach or anything next year at AVFC, if he was the contract extension would have happened.

    I think Lerner will stay owner, and the statement will be a complete reshuffle of the board and a director of football will be announced, along with the new manager and said funds.

    This is also why Albrighton’s contract has been stalled because they want the new manager to approve or remove, and currently his agent is talking to Leicester where he will end up.

    Finally we may see a few radical changes, but the ethos will be pretty much the same as the past 4 years.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath May 10, 2014 at 5:04 pm . Reply

      agree vtid same old shit but in disguise

    2. Andrew
      Andrew May 10, 2014 at 6:04 pm . Reply

      TUCHEL WANTS TO LEAVE MAINZ… He has 1 year left… But has told their board he’s wanted to leave for a couple months now. This is the god damn time to get him in.

      1. belcs
        belcs May 10, 2014 at 7:25 pm . Reply

        100% agreed, Tuchel would be a dream appointment. Not a big name but the job he’s done at Mainz is fantastic. Right time for him to step up and IMO would literally be a perfect fit for us. My first choice.

        1. Andrew
          Andrew May 10, 2014 at 7:31 pm . Reply

          German reports claim he’s either going to Red Bull Salzburg and joining their dynasty or won’t manage anyone as Mainz won’t let him go so he’ll sit around for a year.

  16. ifiruledtheworld
    ifiruledtheworld May 10, 2014 at 4:02 pm . Reply

    The negativity on here is crazy… we just need to sit back and see what happens regarding Lerner’s statement, we’ve all tried second guessing him before and that was to no avail, astonishing how all the optimism over a takeover is gone within a few weeks…

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath May 10, 2014 at 5:07 pm . Reply

      plenty to be negative about.

  17. COE1982
    COE1982 May 10, 2014 at 6:20 pm . Reply

    Graham Taylor has just said on Wm that a deal to sell us is done!

  18. Andrew
    Andrew May 10, 2014 at 6:24 pm . Reply

    “Every source he has at Villa has told him it’s a done deal”… I guess you’d think a few would know it’s done.

  19. paul
    paul May 11, 2014 at 2:44 pm . Reply

    Andrew, u rate tonev and baker?? U have no clue about football…baker too many mistakes that cost us, everyone says hes young though….take one look at stones at everton! As for tonev couldnt hit a barn door….

  20. daniel kendall
    daniel kendall May 15, 2014 at 11:08 pm . Reply

    Villa need a rich owner and good experianced players! We need hernandez, lescott, ferdinand, fellani, kagowa, ruddy, cole, and walker then we would be a very gd club and none of them will cost to much

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