Dan has submitted this article, and he looks at Randy Lerner as a owner.
We all know that publicly Randy Lerner is a man of few words; however on joining Villa he made a statement that has stuck with me:
“There have been plenty of custodians of Aston Villa since 1874 and if I can’t make it work, I will do what the others did, move on and let someone else try”.
Well I suggest that the time has come. Lerner gave it his best shot under MON, but he backed the wrong man. Now we seem to have gone from an era of spending freely on wages and transfers to an era where we can only pay championship level wages. In other words, where is the middle ground?
There seems to be a lack of ambition and direction nowadays. The positive energy that greeted the Lerner era has all gone now and behind the PR, there seems to be little substance. One of Randy’s biggest errors is the failure to have any football men on the board. I have nothing personal against Paul Faulkner nor do I doubt his business credentials, but in terms of footballing decisions, he simply isn’t the right person. In fact, it is well known that when MON walked Graham Taylor offered his services to Lerner as an advisor but was snubbed; a stupid move given how the last couple of years have panned out.
So, I do believe that Lerner’s time here is up. Now before anyone says who will buy the club, lets not talk ourselves down too much. We still have a lot to offer a potential buyer. I appreciate the gestures Randy has done with the training ground, Holte pub, etc. But ultimately he is judged on what happens on the pitch. He has failed to appoint the right managers and has failed to provide a coherent strategy to move forward, as we find ourselves in our third consecutive relegation battle. I say sell and leave now Randy and let this club fulfil its potential, otherwise our history will be the only thing worth clinging on to.