Randy Lerner puts Aston Villa up for sale

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The rumors have finally come to fruition. After eight years as Aston Villa’s owner, former Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner is finally selling his Aston Villa soccer club.

In a statement on Villa’s website Lerner gave detailed reasons for selling up as he believes that a fresh and a new approach is needed to bring the club back to its glory days of the past.

Above all, the debt I owe Aston Villa whether as owner, Chairman, custodian or simply as a fan is to put the Club first. To make good on that debt, 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.

Lerner bought the Aston Villa club for £63 million in 2006 and has spent around £250 million on players and facilities, drawing the ire of stateside Browns fans who felt that the son of Al Lerner was not fully committed to the American football team. Since 2011, however, Lerner has been the subject of EPL fan criticism as he has largely disappeared while the team—believed to be worth $300 million—piles up losing seasons and fends off relegation.

Sounds eerily familiar, eh?

(h/t Kunal)

  • Garry_Owen

    Now he can focus on that cricket team he owns in Indonesia.

  • dimoko

    well, now i have ZERO actually connection to Villa other than my Jersey collection.

  • RGB

    Spoiled little boy, weary of his latest toy.

  • boomhauertjs

    Is there any other owner who has failed so miserably in 2 sports?

  • boomhauertjs

    “Born on 3rd, thinks he got a triple…”

  • Hopwin

    No joke, my brother-in-law and I were just discussing how we both want to see an EPL game live and were planning to watch Aston Villa get their butts beat by someone while I wore my Brady Quinn jersey and he wore his Ruben Droughns one. My bucket-list just died a little :(

  • MrCleaveland

    “A man’s gotta know his limitations.”

  • BenRM

    Is it possible he is the worst professional sports owner of all time? Who else has owned and ruined 2 franchises in two different sports?

  • Steve

    Sigh. He didn’t ruin Aston Villa. Before he bought them, they had run off two straight losing seasons, they almost immediately came back to relevance under him, and have proceeded to rack up all of two straight losing seasons again.

  • Steve

    I’d take him over Huizenga. Lerner actually did a pretty good job with Villa.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    King of the Andals and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, Protector of the Realm

  • CB Everett

    Maybe he can buy Richard Pryor?

  • Hopwin

    What is this team called? I am willing to take my heckling show on the road.