Villans set for new ownership.
Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner has announced that he will put the club up for sale this summer after calls from the club’s fans to step aside, the BBC reports.
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The American businessman, who also used to own the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, has been tipped to make an exit several times over the past season after his reduced appearances at Villa Park and his continued downsizing of the club have caused rumours of a lack of interest.
Villa managed to maintain their Premier League status last weekend by beating Hull City, but the team, and manager Paul Lambert are now set for an uncertain future.
In a statement on the BBC, Lerner said: “I owe it to Villa to move on, and look for fresh, invigorated leadership, if in my heart I feel I can no longer do the job.”
Villa ended the season in 15th place, just five points above the relegation zone, and the announcement comes just a month after Lerner confirmed that he would address speculation surround his intentions at the end of the season.
Lerner bought the club from ‘Deadly’ Doug Ellis for £62.6m back in 2006, and despite a bright start to his tenure that saw the club wrack up three consecutive sixth placed finishes spending under Martin O’Neill spiralled out of control and the club struggled to find a suitable replacement once the Northern Irishman walked out on the club just days before the 2010/11 season began.