The Chief Executive of Aston Villa Football Club Paul Faulkner is stepping down.
Before joining Villa, the club said Paul had worked closely with Chairman Randy Lerner in a 'variety of capacities within his organisation.'
It comes as the American tycoon described yesterday that the sale of the club was 'productive' and 'ongoing', after his decision in May to sell.
On Mr Faulkner's departure, a statement from Aston Villa said:
The club went on to say that Mr Faulkner is parting on good terms.
Current Chief Financial Officer Robin Russell will step in as acting Chief Executive.
He joined Villa in 2006 when Randy Lerner bought the club, and has worked with the chairman for more than 20 years.
Paul Faulkner said:
Randy Lerner thanked him saying: