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Aston Villa Chief Executive Paul Faulkner steps down

Paul Faulkner has announced he is stepping down as Chief Executive of Aston Villa FC Photo: PA

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.

Lerner confirmed in May that he was trying to sell the club Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive/Press Association Images

On Mr Faulkner's departure, a statement from Aston Villa said:

"Prior to his joining Villa, Paul had worked closely with Villa Chairman Randy Lerner in a variety of capacities within his organisation. Having discussed his re-engaging with the Chairman’s broader business while remaining involved with Villa in a non-operational role, agreement could not be reached."

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:

“I would like to thank Randy Lerner for the opportunity to become involved with Aston Villa and for the relationship we built over years, which pre-dated my time at the Club.

“To the Villa fans, I am grateful for their support over the years, and for their passionate love for and loyalty to this great club, which deserves the very best.

“I would like to make particular reference to the wonderful Villa staff both at Bodymoor Heath and Villa Park. They are an incredible group of people and it's been a privilege to lead and work with them on a daily basis. Villa is best in class in so many ways off the field and I only hope that success on the pitch follows.

“I feel very humbled to have been able to spend such a long period of time amongst such special people at such a special club and I wish them, Paul Lambert and the squad all the very best for the future as I look to embark on the next stage of my career and a new challenge.”

Randy Lerner thanked him saying:

“Paul has been fantastic in his role at Villa and more broadly as a colleague over the years. I offer him my deepest thanks.”