Ellis eager for wealthy Villa owner

The former owner of the Cleveland Browns is looking to sell the Premier League side, and the former chairman is hoping for an owner with plenty of resources.

Doug Ellis hopes Aston Villa attract a new owner in the mould of Sheikh Mansour as Randy Lerner attempts to sell the Premier League club.

American businessman Lerner has stated that he is looking to sell Villa eight years after buying the Midlands club from Ellis.

Lerner has turned to Bank of America Merrill Lynch to find a buyer to advise him on the sale of the Villa Park outfit and Ellis believes Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour is the type of person needed to take the club forward.

"Lerner has admitted he would like to sell, we are all waiting to see who it is to, and we have to find someone who has the money - someone equivalent to the Sheikh, who I met at Manchester City the other week," he told Sky Sports News. "He is a delightful chap, is passionate beyond measure and has billions of pounds of money.

"He is a young lad who, I must admit, would be the ideal person, if in fact we found the right one for Aston Villa."

Ellis also leapt to the defense of Lerner, who became increasingly frustrated with criticism from Villa supporters who bemoaled a lack of success.

"He hasn't been bad for Aston Villa. In my view, he was the right one to choose at the time," Ellis said.