Prospective Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner has vowed not to interfere with Martin O'Neill's managerial role.
Lerner has not ruled out renaming Villa Park
"O'Neill is the saviour of this club, not me," he told the News of the World.
"You don't meddle with the top guys or they won't work for you. You can't get the best if you spend all day poking them in the ribs."
American billionaire Lerner has had his £62.6m takeover offer accepted, with shareholders recommended to accept the bid from the Cleveland Browns owner.
He may still face a fight from rival consortia but Lerner is now in pole position to take the reins at Villa Park.
However, if he does take over, he has not ruled out renaming Villa's ground as part of a lucrative sponsorship deal.
"Naming rights is something we would have to look at because it could make a very positive impact on revenue," he said.
"I hope people are more open-minded about it now.
"If there is an extremely negative reaction, I'll have to take that into account."