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Ellis dreams of Villa saviour

Investors such as Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour would be perfect to salvage Aston Villa, says former chairman Sir Doug Ellis.

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Mis-firing Aston Villa now looking for new owners

Mis-firing Aston Villa now looking for new owners

Villa's current owner Randy Lerner, the American entrepreneur who bought the midlands outfit from Ellis in 2006, declared his intention on Monday to put them up for sale.

Manager Paul Lambert's future is still up in the air after overseeing another spluttering season, while City secured their second top flight title since their Abu Dhabi takeover in 2008.

Ellis told Sky Sports News: "Lerner has admitted he would like to sell, we are all waiting to see who it is to, and we have to find someone who has the money - someone equivalent to the Sheikh, who I met at Manchester City the other week.

"He is a delightful chap, is passionate beyond measure and has billions of pounds of money.

"He is a young lad who, I must admit, would be the ideal person, if in fact we found the right one for Aston Villa."

Villa finished the 2013/14 Premier League campaign last weekend in 15th spot and their final position has been only just above the drop zone for the past three seasons.

But the club enjoyed relative success in the first few years of Lerner's ownership, securing three successive sixth-place finishes up to the summer of 2010.

And Ellis said of Lerner: "He hasn't been bad for Aston Villa. In my view, he was the right one to choose at the time."

Lambert and chief executive Paul Faulkner are reportedly set to fly out to the United States this week for talks with Lerner.

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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