Aston Villa chief dismisses rumours owner is to sell club

The boardmember describes speculation that the American tycoon, who recently sold his NFL franchise, is about to part with the club he bought in 2006 as 'nonsense'

Aston Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner has dismissed reports suggesting owner Randy Lerner is preparing to sell the club.

The American tycoon, who took over the Midlands outfit in 2006, opted to sell his NFL team the Cleveland Browns recently - sparking speculation that he is keen to do likewise with the Premier League side.

However, Faulkner has dismissed the reports and insisted Lerner’s choices in America have no bearing whatsoever on his business decisions at Villa Park.

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Faulkner told The Daily Star: “The Browns situation means absolutely nothing regards Aston Villa - neither good nor bad.”

And the chief executive was quick to point out that it was Lerner’s own call to take over the Premier League club, as opposed to his NFL side which was passed down to him after his father died in 2002.

Faulkner added: "The big point that people sometimes forget is that he inherited Cleveland - he bought Villa.

"Any rumours that he could be thinking about getting out or losing interest is nonsense.”