Takeover dead; I’m not sure what to think

Tim Sherwood has been quoted as saying that he thinks the takeover by a consortium that had been granted exclusivity, has failed.
We knew the period was six weeks and we knew it was up soon, but it seems it’s now passed without an outcome.

Why it’s failed, begs lots of questions, but I would guess that it’s probably because the consortium wouldn’t or couldn’t match certain assurances that I think Randy Lerner would have wanted.
While I’ve been quite critical about our owner, I totally believe that he does have the club’s interests at heart and he wouldn’t leave us in the hands of someone who might asset strip or fail to invest in the club.
So if I am on the right track with my thinking, I’m actually pretty pleased that we aren’t going to be taken over by a load of vultures who don’t give a flying proverbial about the club.

But then, we’re now in limbo again and that’s never good.
The obvious question is what’s Lerner’s thinking going to be with regards to our transfer budget?

If, as has been suggested, Gueye was bought on the assumption that Delph was leaving, meaning the spend was negligible, it would now mean that we’ve spent £9 million or so out of our budget.
And when you consider we’ve averaged a net spend of around £15 million a season (I think???) under Lerner, that doesn’t leave a lot left for this window.
Which, it would seem to me, leaves Lerner with a bit of a dilemma.

You would think Tim Sherwood was promised decent money to spend when he arrived, but I wonder if that promise might have been made on the assumption that the club was going to be sold?
So does Lerner risk upsetting the manager, by telling him the rug has practically been pulled from any further spending or does he temporarily go again?
After all, any investment now can easily be recovered by the extra Sky money that the club will receive at the end of this season.
But that would mean that Lerner is probably committed for yet another year, as I can’t see him laying out serious transfer money without increasing the supposed £150 million asking price for the club, which would only make us more difficult to sell.

The big fear now, is that Sherwood is only allowed to spend another £5 million or so and is expected to bring some of our kids through.
We all know that won’t be enough and we could be in for a torrid time again this season.

Of course, selling Benteke could be Lerner’s saving grace, in that he could probably spend a fair percentage of the fee on transfers and look good, even though he’ll have spent next to nothing in reality.
But this would be a retrograde step in my opinion, even though I know some don’t agree.
We should be looking to keep Benteke and buying better players and not using this situation as a reason for letting Benteke go.

No doubt the next few weeks will tell us all we need to know.


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  1. Mark
    Mark July 16, 2015 at 9:46 am . Reply

    I’m sorry but I can’t get my head fully round this £32.5 million clause. Firstly, who was it that insisted on the clause in the first place, the club, the player (or more likely his agent), or both sides ? Next, if the amount is triggered does this mean that’s it, Benteke goes or does it mean that he just has permission to talk to other clubs ? I saw an interview with Sherwood on Sky where he said that it is out of his control should the £32.5 million fee be reached. This is surely a situation that is in no way beneficial to the club. For me, if a player has any feeling about even wanting to discuss terms with another club then we should get rid. I agree though at the right price. I previously posted that Delph should have killed any link with Man City following his “loyalty” speech a few months ago. The same should be done with Benteke. The club say he is not for sale but if someone bids £32.5 million for him, that stance means nothing. In the meantime, with the player wanting to go elsewhere but the club not selling because the clause has not been reached, then we have an unhappy player who will be criticised for not trying should he play badly. What a ridiculous state of affairs.This needs sorting and sorting as soon as possible. By the way, more worryingly was that during the Sky interview with Sherwood, he was asked about the possibility of signing Adebayor, him who would take up the full hold of a jumbo jet with the amount of baggage he carries. Sherwood did not at any stage say that he was not interested in him. All he said was that it is not an issue at the moment because we cannot afford him. Guarantee then that Adebayor or to give him his alternative name Balotelli the second, will be wearing the Macron manufactured Claret and Blue shirt by September 1st. Lord help us !!!

  2. DSVilla
    DSVilla July 16, 2015 at 10:06 am . Reply

    Reports now that Amavi has a 4 year deal with Villa and will have a medical tomorrow or latest Saturday. Really looking forward to this one.

  3. langfordvilla
    langfordvilla July 16, 2015 at 11:04 am . Reply

    One thing is for sure is that Benteke WONT be going to the bin dippers after that favoured tweet yesterday!

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath July 16, 2015 at 1:19 pm . Reply

      Looks like they are going to meet buyout clause now though. Brilliant ploy by Utd to feign interest in benteke which makes their rivals pay £8m more thus weakening their power to spend elsewhere to challenge them. It’s brilliant

      1. langfordvilla
        langfordvilla July 16, 2015 at 2:03 pm . Reply

        Well, if that tweet was genuine yesterday then the bin dippers will be straight on his back if he has a bad start!

  4. ifiruledtheworld
    ifiruledtheworld July 16, 2015 at 12:39 pm . Reply

    Sherwood saying Gil will be a Villa regular this coming season.

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