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.

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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."

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