Aston Villa owner puts club in the shop window

Aston Villa owner, American businessman Randy Lerner, has put the club up for sale as he says the club is in need of 'fresh, invigorated leadership'

Aston Villa fans keen for swift transition of ownership

Fans at Villa Park are hoping for a swift transition of ownership Credit: ITV News Central

Aston Villa fans are calling for outgoing owner Randy Lerner to orchestrate a quick sale to a buyer who has the club's best interests at heart.

The American businessman announced his decision to sell the club on Monday, citing the need for what 'fresh, invigorated leadership'.

It is understood Lerner has valued the club at £200m - some £137m more than he purchased the club for back in 2006.

The Aston Villa Supporters Trust are anxious for him to move swiftly and released the following statement:

"We would like to place on record our gratitude for all he (Lerner) has done with regards to the infrastructure of the club and his significant investment in Aston Villa over the past eight years...

... AVST wish Mr Lerner the very best in his future endeavours.

We are sure all Villa supporters appreciate the great respect he has shown for the club's traditions and heritage during his time here...

... We are also sure that, with this in mind, he will make it a consideration of the utmost importance that these traditions should continue to be respected by whomever he passes his custodianship to...

... We would ask the sale is completed as quickly as possible in order that the new owner can put his team in place, and make the required changes to ensure Aston Villa become a competitive force on the field again."

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