Premier League - Ellis: Fans should back Lerner
PA Sport - Tue, 10 Aug 09:10:00 2010
Former Aston Villa owner Doug Ellis has urged the club's fans to back his successor Randy Lerner in the search for Martin O'Neill's successor.
Ellis, who appointed O'Neill as manager four years ago, insists "the club is bigger than any one man" after O'Neill resigned yesterday because of a dispute over transfer policy.
Ellis believes the timing of O'Neill's decision, just five days before the Barclays Premier League campaign, is far from ideal.
He told Sky Sports News: "I was not entirely surprised by Martin's resignation although I was disappointed by the timing of it.
"I'm saddened. I think the supporters will be saddened - on the whole.
"Martin has done a very good job for Villa and I'm glad I appointed him.
"It is just a pity it has been done at this particular time."