Former Aston Villa chairman Doug Ellis has passed away.
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.
Sad news to hear my good friend Doug Ellis passed away at the ripe old age of 94. At a game at Villa 25 years ago he bought champagne to cerebrate the birth of my first grandson . !9 years later at in Spurs board room I reminded him R.I.P Doug. pic.twitter.com/2y6TWkUmHE— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) October 11, 2018
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.
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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