Doug Ellis makes Aston Villa admission

Aston Villa's former owner Doug Ellis says that he would sell the club to Randy Lerner all over again.

Former Aston Villa chairman Doug Ellis has revealed to BBC Radio that he would sell the club to Randy Lerner again.

With Villa on the brink of being relegated into the Championship, manager Remi Garde, whose old side are 12 points from safety with seven games left, was fired on Tuesday.

A protest group has held Lerner directly responsible for Garde's perceived failure in the West Midlands, amid suggestions that he did not back the Frenchman - who only replaced Tim Sherwood in November - in the January transfer window.

Ellis sold Villa to the American businessman in 2006, and the 92-year-old states that he would do so again, insisting that he has no regrets over the decision.

Asked if he would make the same decision all over again, Ellis instantly responded on BBC Radio: "Yes, I would. Although I may try to get some sort of promise or guarantee that he would spend some time at Aston Villa.

"I didn't get that because he did say that he wouldn't be able to come over very often and that he would leave it to me, and I said 'well yes, fine. As long as you have ask me I'll only be too pleased to do whatever you want', but he doesn't ask, he stays in the States."


Lerner put Villa - whom he bought for roughly £62.6 million a decade ago - up for sale last May but is yet to sell the club.


The search for a new manager now begins and plenty of names have been linked, including the likes of ex-Everton boss David Moyes and Hull City's Steve Bruce.

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