Lerner plays down hands-on Villa role

Randy Lerner has denied reports that he is to become chief executive at Villa Park and move permanently to England.

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The Birmingham Mail reported on Saturday that Lerner's right-hand man Paul Faulkner is to assume the role, albeit without a title, with Lerner becoming more hands-on following the departure of Michael Cunnah.

In a response to the American press, Lerner said: "To clarify recent reports, I'm not becoming a permanent resident/citizen of the UK.

"I will not be changing the amount of time I spend with either the Browns or Aston Villa, nor will I be assuming the title or role of chief executive officer of Villa.

"The responsibilities of that position are currently spread among several people at the club and I am comfortable and confident continuing in that manner."

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