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Steve Hollis replaces Randy Lerner as Aston Villa chairman

Published 14/01/2016

Randy Lerner has owned Aston Villa since buying the club in 2006.
Randy Lerner has owned Aston Villa since buying the club in 2006.

Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner will take back seat in the running of the club after announcing the appointment of Steve Hollis as chairman.

American owner Lerner has confirmed Hollis, a former deputy chairman of Birmingham Metropolitan College, as his replacement at Villa Park.

Lerner had promised to step down as chairman last May if he failed to sell the club, who are bottom of the Barclays Premier League, last summer.

In a statement, he said: "Regarding my future role with Villa, I expect to remain engaged with both Steve and Tom (Fox, chief executive) although at a somewhat further distance that I believe suits the reality that I live full-time in the States. That is appropriate given Steve's need to have the room to make decisions on behalf of the board.

"Villa's success is dependent in aggregate on the skills, determination and commitment of the manager, chief executive and chairman. I believe Steve can contribute meaningfully alongside Tom and Remi (Garde, manager) and identify opportunities that can take the club forward."

Villa are eight points from safety and host second-placed Leicester on Saturday having ended a 19-match winless run by beating Crystal Palace 1-0 on Tuesday.

Villa are looking set to be relegated to the Sky Bet Championship after five years of battling the drop Hollis admitted the club needs a "shake up".

"The club needs a shake up and with Randy's continued support the board will look forward to working with Tom and Remi to help drive the changes that our fans rightfully demand and that our city can be proud of," he said.

"As we have witnessed in the Premier League this year with other clubs - money no longer buys success. Randy has consistently provided financial backing no less so than last year. Our future success however lies in building a winning culture that is underpinned by a commitment to continuous improvement both on and off the pitch."

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