Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner has issued a statement explaining that Martin O’Neill quit as manager because the two could not agree on the future direction of the club.
O’Neill walked away from his role at Villa Park on Monday, just days before the start of the Premier League season, and American owner Lerner has explained the reason for his departure.
Lerner also pledged his support for reserve team coach Kevin MacDonald who has been promoted to a caretaker role for Saturday’s Premier League opener against West Ham at Villa Park.
“Having had some time to reflect on Martin leaving, I can say that our most immediate resolution is supporting Kevin MacDonald and resolving the situation with Manchester City and James Milner,” said Lerner in the statement.
“As far as explaining why Martin left, I can say only that we no longer shared a common view as to how to move forward.
“To deal in greater detail would do little but cause additional distraction for the club as it faces imminent games and the clear priority of hiring a permanent manager.
“Finally, there have been no changes in our approach to building the club aiming always to be as competitive as possible given our size and resources.”