When the performances of a Football team happen to be poor over a long period of time, it’s the manager who takes the most of the flak, but, in Aston Villa’s case, it’s the hierarchy too which seems to be a tad responsible.
Randy Lerner, who bought Villa 8 years back in 2006, has never tried to get involved that much into the cub activities.
He does not even spend a lot of time in UK and many experts reckon that’s not the way to run a top class Football club.
Lerner might say that he has done things which people expect a good owner to do. He spent as much money as anyone else, brought in a young, creative manager and also gave him his full backing.
But, spending money and employing quality people does not mean that your duty as an owner is completed.