SportSoccer

Randy Lerner's letter to Aston Villa fans is bizarre

SoccerBy Sunday World
Lerner breaks his silence
Lerner breaks his silence

Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner has issued a curiously worded letter to the club's supporters for publication on their official website.

Lerner has come under fire for his shambolic handling of Villa since Martin O'Neill left the club after he learned of their plans for a change of direction back in 2010.

The plans of Villa owner Lerner to trim costs at Villa Park has seen a dramatic decline in their fortunes on the field, with relegation from the Premier League the inevitable outcome last weekend.

Villa fans were looking for some kind of reaction from Lerner over the last few days, but it is hard to know what they will make of this statement.

"How many seasons after all can one hold on and hope to slide through? That is not Aston Villa," he wrote.

"That kind of desperate existence is totally unacceptable, unbearable and totally incompatible with Villa's glorious past.

"That is not what, or why, I looked to get involved back then and it is why I've looked for some time to make a change.

"I can say certainly in good faith that I have tried to sell since my May 2014 announcement and put our beloved club in better suited hands - but that hasn't happened.

"I write to Villa supporters to make clear that this relegation lies at my feet and no one else's. And because I believe in Aston Villa and know it will come back stronger and more able, with love and care for the community it serves, with the edge and attitude it must have to represent our history and tradition.

"Memories of Acorns on the shirt, and Ashley Young scoring a late winner against Everton still romantically nourish me. I know Villa will return better, stronger.

"I will continue to try to put the club into worthy hands as I have, and also do my best to position Villa for the quickest possible return to its rightful place among England's elite."

Lerner refused to address the issues over why he has sacked so many manager or gave any clarity when recently appointed board members walked away from the club this week, but thus is his mantra.

After several failed attempts to sell the club, it is pretty clear that his continued reign at Villa Park is one of the major obstacles blocking their return to their former glories.

This is one club owner who has done things his own way over the last few years and the end result is that one of the great names in English football will start next season mixing it with the likes of Burton Albion and Brentford. 

Nice one Randy.