The American has confirmed that there has been ample interest in buying the club from various parties, but has suggested that he will not be rushed into making a snap decision which jeopardises the security of the club.
“I have had interest from nearly every corner of the globe. Germans, Italians, Americans and Chinese among others have expressed interest in and fondness for the Villa,” he said.
“This year Plan A remains to find a buyer if on the cards or, Plan B, find a new chairman.”
Lerner has made it clear that he’s ready to move on from his role at Villa Park but the scares of the past year, as the club narrowly missed out on relegation into the Championship, show the importance for a sensible decision to be made.
Lerner seems to have accepted that he is not the man who will take Villa forward towards the club that everyone wants them to be.
The investments needed by the owner and the commitment seem to have got a little bit too much for the American, but he does have the respect not to leave Villa in a mess by selling to the highest bidder as quickly as possible.
Villa are one of the biggest clubs in English football with a proud history and a large support base.
Those are factors that Lerner seems to have understood very quickly but from a business point of view, he can’t be blamed for looking to hand over control of the club to someone or to a group in a better position to give Villa and manager Tim Sherwood what they need to move on.