Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood thanks controversial owner Randy Lerner for funding

Tim Sherwood Press Conference 12/02/2014

The American has backed the Aston Villa manager in the transfer market this summer.

Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner has not been a popular figure at Aston Villa in recent times, after some frugal times in the transfer market and his seemingly increasing distance from the club.

However the American has dived deep into his pockets for the upcoming season and spent big on plenty of new recruits at Villa Park.

Now the manager Tim Sherwood has been thanking the owner for putting some money into the club as Villa look to push on this season. He is quoted by Sky Sports as stating:

"He doesn't have to talk. He is showing it by his actions that he is willing to back this football club and take us in the correct direction.

"I think a football club is like a player, you're always for sale depending on what someone wants to pay. If someone wants to pay a huge amount of money and Randy decides he wants to sell then it's his decision.

"In the meantime he is not sitting on his hands, he is actively trying to do something to improve this club.

"It's good the club have backed me and it needed change. We have sold a lot of players and we brought in a lot of money. The owner has not put that back in to his pocket, he has reinvested it into the squad."

Of course Villa were flushed by the sales of Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph this summer but this type of investment is unheard of in recent times at Villa Park.

Villa have brought in the likes of Jordan Amavi, Jordan Ayew, Jordan Veretout, Rudy Gestede and Idrissa Gueye this summer – with talk of more spending to come – so it is certainly a turnaround from the man who made Paul Lambert work off of a shoestring.

Of course it is well known that Lerner is happy to sell the club, with several takeovers rumoured in the recent past.

After nearly suffering relegation last term he perhaps realised the club needed to have an injection of fresh talent if it was to remain in the Premier League and become a viable option for potential buyers.

Either way, Villa fans will just hope the players brought in can lead Villa up the table.

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