Supporters and shareholders of Aston Villa have joined together to fight what they see as the "endless cycle of under-achievement" their club has suffered for the past 20 years.

Press Release - 17th June 2004.For the love of god, just go


VFC and the Shareholders Association are dismayed at recent events leading to the collapse of the Ray Ranson and Richard Thompson bid.


At a time when it is becoming increasingly clear that the Chairman should be looking to succession and new owners because of his advancing years, falling status within the game and inability to cope he must facilitate conversations which may be in the best interests of the Club, it's supporters and shareholders regardless of his own selfish desires!

VFC and the Aston Villa Shareholders Association can only agree with the comments of Mr Ranson. "Doug Ellis, who has gone on record as saying he is willing to listen to offers for the club, has declined to even meet us to discuss our plans. He has said our offer significantly undervalues the business, but if that is the case then tell us why." Just how can Mr Ellis claim to be acting in the best interests of our club if he won’t even meet potentially important investors?

Spokesman Jonathan Fear said, “You have to ask why Mr Ellis won’t at least meet potential investors and the fact that he won’t makes us worry all the more that Mr Ellis is only interested in his own best interests. The initial offer from this group may well have been low but who is to say what could have developed to the benefit of the club from professional and constructive talks?”

“It is a great pity that Mr Ellis doesn’t consider consulting the rest of the shareholders when opportunities arise instead of continuing his dictatorial approach. We feel he needs reminding yet again that he owes us a moral, if not legal, obligation to act in the best interests of all shareholders and stakeholders. As someone with a vested interest he should stand aside when such offers are made so the board can evaluate each approach on its merits for the club”.

ENDS


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Reaction from the first VFC meeting:
Paul's response: Remember the day - the 24th of May.

Shareholders Association Press Releases:
10th May 2004: Doug in disrepute
5th May 2004: Shareholders Association Appointments

Previous VFC Press Releases:
18th May 2004: DOL - Thanks. HDE - No thank you...
6th April 2004: Nice to see you Bruce?
25th March 2004: Doug Rejects Salvation as Opportunity Knocks
16th February 2004: Doug Running Scared
30th January 2004: Money to burn???
9th January 2004: Birthday Wishes
3rd December 2003: Ellis In Blunderland
25th November 2003: Ellis, we're coming
20th November 2003: Situation Vacant
11th November 2003: Time for Action
27th October 2003: The Decline Deepens
9th September 2003: When VFC met Doug
9th August 2003: Open Season
1st August 2003: Annual Results - Hang Your Heads In Shame!!!
27th July 2003: Sell, Sell, Bye Bye - Is there a takeover in the wings?
11th July 2003: Football Fans Census - Villa Fans Survey
26th June 2003: Second Rally - The Hodgson Report
18th June 2003: Fans Testimonial for Ian Taylor and Alan Wright
6th June 2003: Second meeting announced.
20th May 2003: New Manager, same core problems.
20th May 2003: Rally 24th May - Update.
18th May 2003: Potential investors identifed - Report commissioned.
14th May 2003: GT Resigns. The Board Must Go Now.
12th May 2003: Another wasted season, another opportunity missed.
4th May 2003: VFC Update - The right moment?
10th April 2003: Treffick Shareholding, Uncertainty and the Fear.
4th April 2003: Club for Sale - Time For Change.

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