Aston Villa supporters urge chairman Lerner to arrange quick sale

Aston Villa fans are urging chairman Randy Lerner to arrange a quick sale of the club after the American announced his intention to seek “fresh, invigorated leadership” on Monday, reports The Mail Online.

Lerner, who arrived at the midlands outfit eight years ago, is thought to be wanting around £200m for the club, which he purchased in 2006 for around £62.6m from Doug Ellis. However, the news means that Villa could effectively be in limbo until a buyer is found, and the news is not likely to help manager Paul Lambert’s uncertainty surrounding his own future at the club either.

The Aston Villa Supporters’ Trust have issued a statement, both reflecting their gratitude towards the restructuring done at the club during Lerner’s tenure, but also requesting that the sale be identified and carried out as quickly as possible so as to allow the club to get back to building for next season.

The statement reads: “AVST wish Mr Lerner the very best in his future endeavours. We are sure all Villa supporters appreciate the great respect he has shown for the club’s traditions and heritage during his time here.

“We are also sure that, with this in mind, he will make it a consideration of the utmost importance that these traditions should continue to be respected by whomever he passes his custodianship to.

“We would ask the sale is completed as quickly as possible in order that the new owner can put his team in place, and make the required changes to ensure Aston Villa become a competitive force on the field again.”

Aston Villa finished 15th in the table this season – the same position as last year and one better than two years ago – but ended with their joint lowest points total since 1987, with 38.

Lerner has overseen four permanent managers’ stints in charge at the club, in the form of Martin O’Neill, Gerard Houllier, Alex McLeish and incumbent boss Paul Lambert.

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