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Last Updated: Saturday, 24 December 2005, 08:26 GMT
Villa takeover almost ready to go
Aston Villa chairman Doug Ellis
Chairman Doug Ellis could be set to leave Villa Park
The businessmen aiming to take over Aston Villa for 64.4m are hopeful a deal can be completed with chairman Doug Ellis before the new year.

Bid frontman Michael Neville said Irish property developers Brian and Luke Comer are going through the accounts.

"There is a possibility it could be completed by the new year," Neville told the Birmingham Evening Mail.

"They have met with the chairman and I am still very upbeat about completion of the transaction."

The club refused to comment but Neville described the negotiations with Ellis as having gone well.

He said: "They have met with him and discussed a whole range of things.

"Mr Ellis has been most charming and accommodating and things are progressing well. Everything is very cordial."

Eliis has been chairman at Villa Park since 1982, the year they won the European Cup.

And Neville, an ardent Villa fan, wants to bring glory back to the club.

He said: "I think that Champions League football is a realistic possibility at Villa Park within three years. I would love to see them back in Europe."


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