The former Aston Villa man has paid tribute to the ex-chairman.
Indeed, Ellis has been discussing Villa of late and McGrath took to Twitter on Thursday afternoon to laud the 92-year-old.
He feels Ellis - along with Steve Stride - were true Aston Villa men who loved the club, while he enjoyed watching him on Sky Sports.
Great to see my friend Mr Doug Ellis on Sky Sports today , Himself and Steve Stride, were Aston Villa men all day long. Loved the club .— Paul McGrath (@Paulmcgrath5) February 25, 2016
That's one criticism most fans aim at Aston Villa's current men in charge, of course, and the club's sad decline doesn't exactly suggest there is much love for Villa within their hierarchy.
The players, however, have a lot to answer for this season but, as with the example of Joleon Lescott on Twitter, it just seems many of them don't care - and won't no matter how much they are told they are to blame.
All eyes will be on Villa next season if their relegation occurs as expected. Rarely has a team gone down to the Championship with so many people predicting they will go down again the next season.