We have had an interesting news day today !!
It was a shock to hear that Randy is in talks to sell a share of the Browns. I actually believe it is more than just a stake but actually will signal him selling the whole club. the Browns are worth $900M, around £650M so it is not an insignificant sum is it ? In fact in terms of Randy’s wealth it may well double his value but this is what the implications could be for Villa.
As I see it there are three possible implications for us.
1) He will use the money to fund Villa and this will have a beneficial impact to us.
2) This signals he is short on money and needs to sell. The Browns were his Dad’s club and a massive emotional pull for him, would he sell if he did not have to ?
3) No impact at all as he will use the money in other ways and it will not change a thing at Villa.
I guess what you could say is he is willing to talk about incoming investment, did that happen at Villa ? Were rumours of QIA investment more than
mere wishful thinking on some fans behalf ?
I have to say many people believed the cost cutting At Villa was more to do with preparing the club for a sale and not the reasons he gave. Now this may well be rubbish but this indicates he would sell at the right price. With lower wages, a good manager in place then it makes it a better looking prospect that 12 months ago.
At the Browns he has been under increasing pressure. If you measure success as an owner by business means he has done well. If you measure success by sporting achievements, he has been a total failure. I know many Brown’s fans will be delighted he is looking to sell parts if not all of the Browns that says a lot.