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UK News The day Deadly Doug sacked Big Ron - and 'left by the back door'

16:05  11 october  2018
16:05  11 october  2018 Source:   msn.com

Former Aston Villa chairman Ellis dies aged 94

  Former Aston Villa chairman Ellis dies aged 94 Aston Villa have announced that former chairman Doug Ellis has passed away.Former Aston Villa chairman Doug Ellis has died at the age of 94.

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For a soccer godfather who relished the nickname ‘Deadly’, Sir Doug Ellis wasn’t known for being sheepish.

But I swear he had that look on his face when I quizzed him about the sacking of Big Ron Atkinson, the Brummie-born flamboyant former Manchester United manager who had finally put some silverware in Doug’s cupboard.

Although Villa won the League Cup in 1977, Division One in 1981-82 and the European Cup in 1982, Sir Doug was chairman of Villa from 1968-75 and 1982-2006.

The day Deadly Doug sacked Big Ron - and 'left by the back door'

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Which meant that when Big Ron’s team won the League Cup in 1993-94 it was the first trophy won for 20 years with Sir Doug at the top of the boardroom tree.

I first interviewed Sir Doug at his home in April 2013, eight months before he would turn 90.

The idea was to try to ask him 90 questions in 90 minutes.

But he had so many stories to tell we got little more than half way.

Was Sir Doug a bully, nasty or fair?

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Hesitating for only a second about record of hiring and firing managers, Sir Doug said: “I'd like to be thought of as fair minded.

“But, at times, life is not fair. It’s not.

“Ron Atkinson was somewhat surprised when I sacked him (in November, 1994).

The day Deadly Doug sacked Big Ron - and 'left by the back door'

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“But again, results weren’t going well. We’d just lost to Wimbledon.”

Liking his fishing-skills nickname ‘Deadly’ so much that he named his Spanish boat after it, Sir Doug added: “Children still call me ‘Deadly’ when they are asking me for my autograph.

“Now, I haven’t got any worries about it.”

Big Ron on being sacked by Deadly Doug

a man wearing a suit and tie: 10th November 1994: Ron Atkinson outside his Barnt Green home, after the shock announcement of his sacking from Aston Villa as their manager. © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited 10th November 1994: Ron Atkinson outside his Barnt Green home, after the shock announcement of his sacking from Aston Villa as their manager.

In March, 2014, two months after Sir Doug’s 90th I was round at Big Ron’s house to interview him about his 75th birthday.

This time Doug Ellis took centre stage, even though he wasn’t there – not least because Paul Lambert seemed to be defying gravity at the time under the vacant Randy Lerner regime, while Big Ron had been sacked months after landing silverware.

The day Deadly Doug sacked Big Ron - and 'left by the back door'

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Speaking before Villa’s then vital 1-0 victory over Chelsea in a pulsating match, Big Ron said: “I think if Deadly was still in charge of Villa he would have had an itchy trigger finger by now with (manager) Paul Lambert.

“Twenty years ago I was sacked six months after we’d won the League Cup – and I was telling him to save his money!”

“I look at certain people now in the Premier League and think, ‘If I can’t to a better job than you I’d plait sawdust’.”

Ron's record stands test of time

a man holding a sign: Dalian Atkinson, born Shrewsbury, aged 46, striker, played for Ipswich, Sheffield Wednesday, Real Sociedad, Villa (1991-95: 114 appearances, 46 goals), Fenerbache, Metz, Manchester City, Al-Ittihad, Daejeon Citizen, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors. Now operates as a football agent and works in the financial services industry. © Credits: Mirrorpix Dalian Atkinson, born Shrewsbury, aged 46, striker, played for Ipswich, Sheffield Wednesday, Real Sociedad, Villa (1991-95: 114 appearances, 46 goals), Fenerbache, Metz, Manchester City, Al-Ittihad, Daejeon Citizen, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors. Now operates as a football agent and works in the financial services industry.

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In 21 years at the top Ron became the manager of three post European Cup-winning clubs teams – Manchester United, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest – as well as 1974 finalists Atlético Madrid.

He had a better career win ratio than Brian Clough and, along with Kevin Keegan at Newcastle United, was one of only two English managers to have finished second in the Premier League (with Aston Villa).

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He also lifted the FA Cup with Manchester United and the League Cup twice, both times beating Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United, first with a then Second Division Sheffield Wednesday side in 1991 and with Villa in 1994.

Since 1990, the only manager to have had a better win ratio than Big Ron at Aston Villa is another Manchester United legend - Steve Bruce who was sacked last week.

How Deadly Doug fired Big Ron

Just six months later chairman Ellis pulled his famous trigger.

“Deadly told me in the boardroom, ‘I’m sorry Ron, we’re dispensing with your services’,” he recalled.

“It was the only time he went out of the back door after announcing it to the Press. Normally he loved that.

“I knew Villa were having a blip, but it was only temporary.

“Deadly wanted me to buy (ordinary) players and I told him to save his money.

“I had plans to bring in Les Ferdinand and I’m pretty sure I would have got him, plus another star who would have lifted the club.”

Ron's a Brummie but was still sacked

Born in his mother’s native Liverpool and brought to Birmingham when he was just two days old, Ron grew up in a council house on Eatesbrook Road in Lea Village where a rectangular green enabled him to play football every night.

After failing to get a game at Wolves and then Aston Villa, the robust wing-half made a club-record 562 professional appearances for Oxford United (1959-71).

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Ron never had an operation and was team captain for a decade – at the same time as selling bathroom suites and paint for Cooper Callas, the country’s largest independent supplier of kitchens and bathrooms.

Those commercial skills stood him in good stead for dealing with directors who didn’t understand football.

Men, in his view, like Deadly Doug.

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“Villa today are what I call ‘insignificant’,” said Big Ron – speaking in March 2104 before they had even been relegated to the Championship where they are now in their third season out of the Premiership.

As well as being founder members of the Football League, Villa were also one of only two other teams to have been founder members of the Premiership, too, along with Everton (still not relegated) and Blackburn Rovers (relegated twice).

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“My teams always tried to play well even if we weren’t winning and a lot of people like the way we played,” said Big Ron.

“Villa is a club where there should be some glitter in the team.

“Benteke looks as if he might provide what they used to have with Trevor Ford, Gerry Hitchens, Peter Withe and Andy Gray.

“But Villa should be knocking on the door of finals and be on a par with Everton, Newcastle and Tottenham.”

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Aston Villa manager win ratios (rounded percentages)

32.7 Josef Venglos (1990-91)

43.3 Ron Atkinson (1991-94)

41.5 Brian Little (1994-98)

43.2 John Gregory (1998-02)

31.7 Graham Taylor (2002-03 second period in charge)

35.9 David O’Leary (2003-06)

42.1 Martin O’Neill (2006-10)

38.9 Gerard Houllier (2010-11)

21.4 Alex McLeish (2011-12)

29.6 Paul Lambert (2012-15)

35.7 Tim Sherwood (2015, nine months)

13.0 Remi Garde (2015-16, five months)

8.30 Robert Di Matteo (2016, five months)

45.1 Steve Bruce (2016-18)

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