17/08/12 – Aston Villa 12/13 Season Preview

Aston VillaAston Villa owner Randy Lerner has quickly learned that mistakes in football aren’t cheap, but he had little choice in dismissing Alex McLeish as he continues to look for a long term successor to Martin O’Neill. Lerner paid in the region of £3m to hire the Scot from rivals Birmingham and, having given him a three year deal, would have had to pay McLeish another seven figure sum to remove him. Throw in the reported £5m paid to Gerard Houllier after his unsuccessful nine month tenure and the couple of million Villa reportedly paid for current manager Paul Lambert and Villa have spent upwards of £10m hiring and firing managers since O’Neill resigned in 2010… (Read more)