The Shareholders Association would like to know exactly what Mr Ellis means when he says:
"I do not want to listen to brokers, or bankers, I want to speak to people who have the money. You would be surprised what I have turned down. Lots more than the Ranson situation, but they were the wrong people. If you knew who they were, you would agree with me. You would."
We would like to know on what grounds he turned down these offers, who and exactly what he has turned down and why the offers weren't made known to the City?
He goes on to say:
"I made a famous, or should I say infamous, saying once that everybody is up for sale in my book, including my wife. I cannot forecast for the future. If somebody came in who was the right person, in my view, to continue with my idea of how Aston Villa would be operated in the future, then we would listen".
We suggest that approaches aren't considered by Mr Ellis' view and his view alone and that in fact the sale of the club is put in the hands of a broker to impartially consider what is best for Aston Villa. We would like to remind Mr Ellis that he does not own the club; he simply holds the major shareholding.