Friday, July 28, 2006

Cleveland Browns owner ends Aston Villa bid - an open letter

Dear Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner,

I just read that you have called off your bid to purchase English Premier League's Aston Villa. I know you had been looking at buying the team for about US$100 million, but decided to kill the deal after meeting with club chairman Doug Ellis.

Rumor has it that Ellis refused to meet with you alone and insisted that he would remain in charge after the sale. Some people, just so pushy.

So no soccer club for you, but it doesn't have to be that way.

You could take the $100 million and invest it in a MLS club. Yes, the MLS might not have the old world charm that is Aston Villa, but it also will not be making big demands. I know, ever since Tampa Bay Buccaneers' owner Malcolm Glazer bought Manchester United, it has become very fashionable to own a piece of the EPL, but why spend $100 million to become a medium size fish in England when you could become a big fish in the US?

Think about it, with $100 million you could make a move for MLS's best team, DC United. If buying the best is not what you are looking for, you could use the money to create your own dynasty (say in Cleveland) by purchasing an expansion club.

It's true, the glamour is not yet there for the MLS, but with a little time and a some more investors like you, the MLS will become something better then Aston Villa.

Hope your dawg pound is doing fine,
Mike H


Blogger AVFC said...

Hello Mike I mean no o-ffence and I'm sure you didn't want to offend me but I have to raise issue with your comment 'the MLS will become something better than Aston Villa.'

I have to point out to you that this is impossible. You refered to 'Old world charm' earlier in your letter, and although this misses the point of one of the world's most historic Football clubs it points us in the right direction for my arguement for the de-fence.

In 1888 Mr William McGregor, a director of Aston Villa Football Club came up with the idea of a league based competition. Teams from the Midlands and the North of England were invited to join the fledgling league, the first of it's kind in the world. Although Villa finished runners up to Preston North End in the inaugural season they quickly established themselves as the dominant team of English Football. As 7 time winners of the English FA Cup (easily the most prestigious domestic cup compition in world football) and as one of only four English teams to win the European Cup, Aston Villa's place in the fabric and history of football is asssured and not something to be taken lightly. The MLS as a whole, let alone a single MSL team, could never hope to have the influence on the world of soccer (sic) that Aston Villa has had, innovators, champions, makers of history. And just up the road from Shakespere's Stratford, Pop in next time you're over.

Birmingham, England.

8:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not with that attitude it won't...

3:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some people are just dicks. I think, no scratch that, I know that one day the MLS and the US MNT will show those snobs in Europe what they are made of. Yes soccer is not as popular here as it is in Europe but it is the American way to simply kick-ass. The Europeans are so happy that they have one thing on America that they have become huge A-holes about it. That's okay. We didn't become the most powerful country in the world by caring what those sissies over in Europe thought.

3:58 PM  
Blogger M.McGlinchey said...


As an Aston Villa fan from Ireland I have to agree with the posting from the gentleman from the UK. The fact of the matter is that within the history and fabric of soccer Aston Villa have no rivals.
Aston Villa quite simply invented league football. If we add to this the fact that Villa are the only "old" English club to have won every major soccer trophy available we begin to realise just how unique the club is.

I only hope that whoever takes over the grand old club realises just what they are buying and that they treat it with the respect it truly deserves.

If we use the metaphor of nations representing soccer clubs, then, as Anonymous says, America would indeed simply kick-ass with most. They are rather like a Chelsea, brash, confident and powerful.

Aston Villa? I would equate them to China. Ancient, worldly and wise. Quietly getting on with incredible things - even putting men into space on a regular basis.

America versus China anyone? I know who my money is on and it certainly isn't the young upstarts!

All the very best,


9:28 AM  
Anonymous dean said...

to the american pr1ck, Arerica got to where they are today by bullying all the other country's and taking their oil
up the villa

6:54 AM  
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