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Published: 12:14 | 22/4/16

Lerner takes blame for Villa relegation

Club owner pens open letter

Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner has accepted blame for the club's relegation from the Barclays Premier League.

The American, who has made no secret of his wish to offload the club he has owned since 2006, penned a written statement on the Villa Park outfit's official website accepting the blame as the club slipped out of the top flight for the first time since 1987.

"I write to Villa supporters to make clear that this relegation lies at my feet and no one else's," he said.

"How many seasons after all can one hold on and hope to slide through? That is not Aston Villa.

That kind of desperate existence is totally unacceptable, unbearable and totally incompatible with Villa's glorious past.

"That is not what, or why, I looked to get involved back then and it is why I've looked for some time to make a change. I can say certainly in good faith that I have tried to sell since my May 2014 announcement and put our beloved club in better suited hands - but that hasn't happened.

"I believe in Aston Villa and know it will come back stronger and more able, with love and care for the community it serves.

"I will continue to try to put the club into worthy hands and also do my best to position Villa for the quickest possible return to its rightful place among England's elite."

The club is currently in talks with potential buyers but nothing has been agreed as yet.


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