Previously I wrote an article that went over the situation at Villa in regards to the ongoing sale of the club. This week, the recent update is that talks are on-going and will most likely be completed by the end of the season. What I understand Lerner and a party of interest are undergoing ‘delicate’ negotiations. The price is still rumoured to be around £150 pounds, but a lower price would be negotiated should Villa drop down to the Championship. The current buyers will remain secret as they continue to negotiate with Lerner and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
It’s clear that Aston Villa will get sold sometime this year. But what do you expect from the owner? What kind of actions do you think the new owner would have to take to improve Aston Villa as a club?
On an imaginary scale, the best thing that could happen to the club is a repeat of Man. City. An owner who would be a huge fan of the club and willing to invest. Worst case scenario would be an owner that invests too much, doesn’t understand the sport and loses interest over time: Birmingham City, Leeds United, Blackburn. I think you’re seeing a trend. It could get worse than it has been under Randy Lerner, we can’t forget that.
But apart from squad investment and interest, I’d personally like to see Aston Villa invest a little more in their youth set up. Maybe open up a youth academy somewhere in Europe. With Tim Sherwood and Kevin MacDonald back, we have good staff members that are interested in the development of youth players.
Lerner has done a fantastic job in developing the infrastructure at Aston Villa, including new training ground facilities and Villa Park updates. In the grand scheme of things, Randy Lerner hasn’t been the worst owner the club has even seen. His intent was good, but things got a little underhand under Martin O’Neil.