Lord Sugar pays tribute to former Aston Villa chairman Doug Ellis

Former chairman of Aston Villa Doug Ellis during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Aston Villa at Craven Cottage on December 08, 2013 in London, England.

Former Aston Villa chairman Doug Ellis has passed away.

Former chairman of Aston Villa Doug Ellis during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Aston Villa at Craven Cottage on December 08, 2013 in London, England.

Former Aston Villa chairman Doug Ellis has died at the age of 94.

Ellis OBE was chairman at Villa between 1982 and 2006 and oversaw a period of stability in the top flight after a rocky start in the mid-80s.

Ex-Tottenham chairman Lord Sugar paid tribute to Ellis this afternoon, with a post on social media.

Ellis sold Villa to Randy Lerner in 2006 and was later made a Life President of the club.

Nicknamed 'Deadly Doug' due to his willingness to sack managers, Ellis was a controversial figure among the fanbase.

Sir Doug Ellis ex chairman of Aston Villa before the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Everton at Villa Park on January 14, 2012 in Birmingham, England.

The more recent travails of successors Lerner and Tony Xia reflect Ellis in a more positive light.

Ellis' death came just a day after Villa announced the next chapter in their history, appointing Dean Smith as manager, replacing Steve Bruce.

 

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